Packers' Aaron Rodgers Unconcerned Flynn Might Help 'Hawks & More NFCN Notes

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistSeptember 21, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23:  (L-R) Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 and Matt Flynn #10 of the Green Bay Packers celebrate the Packers 21-14 victory against the Chicago Bears with the George Halas Trophy after the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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This hadn't even occurred to me until Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee brought it up, but apparently, Aaron Rodgers is unconcerned that Matt Flynn could give Packers secrets to his new team, the Seattle Seahawks.

Is this still a thing? I know every time a former Jet is picked up by the Patriots or vice versa, the media (mostly radio) goes on and on about getting an "edge." Does this really ever translate to reality, though?

It's one thing if a player who is let go comes back and has a big game against his former team—that's to be expected and could sting a bit. You thought so and so was a washed-up or mediocre player and it turns out you were wrong.

But how much of an advantage can any one player really give a new team? 

In the case of Matt Flynn, he knows the Packers' offense well, but there are still things they change year to year and week to week that he won't know about. How much stock does a coach like Pete Carroll put in what he can learn from Flynn on an offense's tendencies that 1) he can't get on film and 2) won't change instantly anyway?

I know we've heard tales of players calling out plays before, as when Kevin Kolb allegedly did it to his old team. That's a rarity, though, and it was predicated on the fact that Andy Reid has been calling from the same playbook since 1902.

So it never occurred to me they might be concerned. At the end of the day, even if Flynn handed his playbook to Carroll, they still need to lace up and play.

It's one thing to know when someone is going to call a certain play, it's another thing to stop it.

On to the rest of the NFC North.


Chicago Bears

Joe Cowley of the Sun-Times says that Brian Urlacher isn't concerned about last week's Cutler-Webb brouhaha.

Hopefully putting a button on last week's Packers debacle, ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson says that special teams coordinator Dave Toub takes responsibility for the Packers' fake-kick TD.

The Tribune's Dan Pompei says that while the Bears have given up plenty of sacks, they're getting a lot on defense as well.


Detroit Lions's Anwar Richardson says Calvin Johnson is hoping for a big game against the Tennessee Titans.

Sean Yuille of Pride of Detroit has a list of players who worked out for the team this week, most notably Steve Slaton and Ryan Grant.

Dave Birkett of the Free Press reports that even though Matt Stafford has turned the ball over this season, the coaching staff is still pleased with his progress.


Green Bay Packers

Greg Jennings has had a setback and may not play this week, according to Kevin Seifert at the ESPN NFCN Blog.

The Journal-Sentinel's Tom Silverstein says the new defensive line depth is giving BJ Raji more time to rest during games.

Over at the Press-Gazette, Peter Dougherty examines why Clay Matthews is off to a hot start.


Minnesota VIkings

ESPN 1500's Tom Pelissero has said that when the going gets tough, the defense has allowed the opposition to move the ball pretty much at will.

Bleacher Report Vikings columnist Arif Hasan maps out his plan of attack for the Vikings to take on the Niners.

At the Star Tribune, Bo Mitchell wonders if the best the Vikings can hope for is a "moral victory."


So today, I am starting to dump videos at the bottom of this column for fun or when I find something interesting football-wise to share or something pertinent to the above info. 

This week, I drop a clip which sums up how I feel about "moral victories."

It's a bit not safe for work language-wise, so beware.


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