Green Bay Packers: Is It Time to Call Aaron Rodgers Just a System Quarterback?

Tony Santorsa@@TonySantorsaSenior Writer IIJanuary 1, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 25:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers smiles as he leaves the field after a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on December 25, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Just three years ago, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady suffered a torn ACL and MCL in the team's Week 1 game against the Kansas City Chiefs and ultimately opened the door for the success of quarterback Matt Cassel—who is now the starting quarterback for the Chiefs. 

As Cassel had close to as much success as Brady did in New England's system, many believed that Brady should be deemed a system quarterback.

Many also tend to believe that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is just a system quarterback, as he's been with offensive coordinator Tom Moore for the majority career. 

With that being said, is it time to label Aaron Rodgers a system quarterback? 

For starters, Rodgers begin his career as a starting quarterback back in 2008, when he replaced Brett Favre as the Green Bay Packers franchise quarterback. Keep in mind that Green Bay had a very success offensive attack of the years under head coach Mike McCarthy. 

Rodgers continued Green Bay's offensive success, as he ultimately led the team to a Super Bowl victory a year ago, when he threw for 3,922 yards while tossing 28 touchdowns. 

Now in 2011, Rodgers led the Packers to an incredible 13-0 start to the season and has finished the year with a whopping 45 touchdowns compared to only interceptions while posting a stellar 122.5 quarterback rating in 15 games.

As Rodgers played only 15 games this season, Green Bay's back-up quarterback, Matt Flynn, was declared the team's starter for the final week of the season, as the Packers had already clinched the top seed in the NFC. 

Flynn came into Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions with only one start under his belt, as he filled in for Rodgers a year ago against the New England Patriots. He threw for 251 yards and three touchdowns as the Packers fell just short, 31-27.

So, with minimal success, Flynn came into Sunday's game against the Lions and literally shredded Detroit's defense to smithereens. 

Flynn broke two Green Bay franchise records, as he threw for a whopping 480 yards while throwing a remarkable six touchdowns, something that Rodgers hasn't done in his career. 

As Flynn completed 70.5 percent of his passes, he led the Packers to an impressive 45-41 win over the playoff-hungry Lions, a team that was fighting for playoff seeding. 

With Flynn's recent phenomenal success against the Lions, is it time to deem Rodgers as just another system quarterback?

Flynn's record-breaking day certainly raises a few eyebrows and makes a strong case for it.


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