I used to be gobsmacked by the Packers’ determination to play Aaron Rodgers towards the Jets on Sunday attributable to harm threat, drop in draft place, and forgoing the chance to judge DeShone Kizer at backup QB. I hypothesized that Rodgers was pushing to play as a result of he needs interim head coach Joe Philbin again subsequent season. Now that the Packers gained their first highway recreation of the yr, beating the Jets in OT, Rodgers affirmed that concept.
Through Jason Wilde on the Wisconsin State Journal:
Rodgers mentioned after the sport that among the many motivations was to the gamers’ love for Philbin — “We need to play for Joe and provides him the very best alternative potential” to get the job completely — and regardless of the Christmas Eve vacation on Monday, Philbin nonetheless had the gamers in for a morning exercise.
After Mike McCarthy was fired, group President Mark Murphy — who is admittedly in control of the search, as a result of the Packers have a bizarre construction the place the coach and GM Brian Gutekunst each report back to him — mentioned that Rodgers was “free to supply enter” into the teaching search, however that he “gained’t be a part of the method.”
Rodgers mentioned that he would “have an curiosity” within the course of, and that he has “at all times had good strains of communication” with Murphy and Gutekunst.
Rodgers chooses his phrases rigorously, utilizing the language “greatest alternative potential” for Philbin. He’s making clear his want with out sounding like he’s unilaterally deciding it. Let’s assume for argument’s sake the Packers beat the Lions within the season finale, costing themselves ever extra spots within the Draft within the course of: The unanswered query right here:
- Do Murphy (and Gutekunst) agree with Rodgers and need Philbin full-time?
- If not, would they overrule the need of his star QB?
- Possibly Philbin is a fallback for them in the event that they go after massive names like Lincoln Riley or Nick Saban and get turned down? Who would you like, for instance: Philbin or, like, Josh McDaniels (assuming he’d take the job)?
We’ll see how this performs out however proper now Philbin could be my odds-on favourite to be Packers’ head coach subsequent season.