Apparently Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson is not an especially big fan of media-created, completely non-existent controversies as they relate to his starting and back-up quarterbacks. It’s a shame, really, because this latest media-created, non-existent controversy relating to Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn is actually really, really funny.
This past Sunday Packers head coach Mike McCarthy rightfully sat down his MVP-favorite starting quarterback in a meaningless showdown against the Detroit Lions. Over the course of the game, Flynn impressed with an assortment of nifty little throws – including this one. As you might expect, shortly after the back-up quarterback put together a record-breaking day against a Detroit defensive unit that actually appeared to be trying for a lot of the outing, the inevitable nonsensical whispers started.
Maybe Rodgers is only a system quarterback. Maybe Flynn is better than Rodgers. Maybe the Packers would have gone undefeated if they had Flynn at the helm the entire way. Maybe Brett Favre should come and restore rightful balance to the NFL universe.
Of course, all of the talk was meaningless and anyone with any sense wholeheartedly ignored it from the beginning – but it still got under Nelson’s skin, apparently.
During a recent interview with Bill Michaels from WSSP in Milwaukee (via Sports Radio Interviews), here is what Nelson had to say about Rodgers-Flynn drama:
What about people perhaps saying Aaron Rodgers is a system quarterback because if Flynn can do it, anyone can do it?:
“That’s a joke. I think that’s very disrespectful for people to say that about Aaron. The year he’s had, the past couple years he’s had, have been incredible. I think that’s very disrespectful for a guy who’s put a lot of time, a lot of effort, a lot of work into his game. To have a great year, as he’s had … and now all of the sudden he’s a system quarterback. I don’t agree with any of that.”
Even though the notion that Rodgers is a system quarterback is a complete and utter joke, it’s nice to his wide receiver step up and deflect some of the stupidity from his teammate. That kind of camaraderie, even if the face of undeniably dumb controversy, goes a long way in building team unity.