Today’s article is going to be an interactive one.
Below is the entire text of an article Andy Baggot published at the Wisconsin State Journal a few days ago. In short, the article states that the way the Packers have handled Aaron Rodgers’ injury mirrors the way the organization handled Brett Favre’s departure in 2008:
First impressions, second thoughts and the third degree:
Once again, a revered Green Bay quarterback finds himself in the middle of a PR moment gone wrong.
Once again, there are cryptic quotes and curious behavior emanating from both sides.
Once again, there is a segment of Packers Nation questioning the character of the player.
Once again, there are reports of tension involving those in the front office and the face of the franchise.
On several levels, it seems what happened in 2008 to Brett Favre is being replicated right now with Aaron Rodgers.
In the case of Favre’s retirement and subsequent change of heart, Favre, general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy acknowledge making mistakes that allowed public opinion to become toxic. Those errors created a tremendous rift of trust between fans, club officials and Favre that’s still being repaired.
In the case of Rodgers’ broken left collarbone and subsequent seven-game injury sabbatical — coming while Green Bay is in the midst of a volatile push for the playoffs — the blame is more concentrated.
The Packers have done the right thing by keeping Rodgers out of harm’s way, but they failed him by never putting the injury in its proper public context. Sadly, the lack of detail has given way to fans and media members ignorantly, but predictably, questioning Rodgers’ toughness.
The Cliff’s Notes version of this saga is Rodgers says he wants to play, but he’s not yet been medically cleared to do so.
The most bothersome thing in all this is not the slings and arrows being flung at Rodgers — he’s a big boy; he’ll be OK — but the fact the Packers apparently didn’t learn a whole lot from the Favre fiasco.
Interesting comparison to say the least.
Everyone has an opinion on both subjects brought up in this story-the handling of Rodgers’ injury, and the departure of Favre from the Packers. And we want to hear them.
Is the author correct in his theory that the situations are eerily similar? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
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