Rodgers' Fumble Recovery Was the Right Move & More NFC North News

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistNovember 7, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 04:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers recovers a fumble against the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field on November 4, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Cardinals 31-17.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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When James Starks fumbled last weekend, plenty of folks gasped. 

Then they had heart attacks when Aaron Rodgers dove on the ball.

One of those clutching his pearls was none other than head coach Mike McCarthy who said Rodgers scared the hell out of him when he dove on the ball. He didn't like that, not one bit.

Rodgers disagrees, and told Jason Wilde of that it was one of the best plays of his career.

Unlike Rodgers, I get why McCarthy was unhappy that his star quarterback dove into a scrum and risked injury. I mean, he's got Graham Harrell as backup and even if he had a better quarterback, it's still not Aaron Rodgers. 

With precious few top shelf quarterbacks out there, you can't be too careful.

Actually you can and I'm with Rodgers on this one, though maybe I'd fall short of it being the best play of his career.

The effort is what you love about Rodgers. The "win it all" and "never say die" mentality. The competitiveness that makes him tough to play ping pong with, but has also driven the Packers to tremendous success. 

As Rodgers points out, the score was just 14-7 at the time (second quarter) and while the Packers were starting to dominate, a fumble like that on the Packers' own 25 could have been a game changer.

Nobody else was there—Rodgers did what he had to.

That's who I want as my quarterback. It's what makes a quarterback a leader and a guy the team can depend on to do what has to be done.

Of course McCarthy wasn't happy. 

Of course Rodgers doesn't regret it.

Neither should any Packer fans.

On to the rest of the NFC North...


Chicago Bears

The Sun-Times' Mark Potash says there are a lot of positives so far in the Bears' season, which he breaks down in his mid-season report.

There's still work to be done on the offense, says The Tribune's Mike Mulligan.

Michael Wright gives you his latest edition of Stock Watch over at ESPN Chicago.


Detroit Lions

The Lions' secondary continues to have health issues, this time resulting in the end of rookie cornerback Chris Greenwood's season, according to's Justin Rogers.

Carlos Monarrez has a look at what Joique Bell brings to the Lions over at the Detroit Free Press.

Can the Lions defense hold up against some potent offenses to finish the season? Tim Twentyman tries to answer that at


Green Bay Packers

We should find out whether the Packers will activate Andrew Quarless today, according to Brian Carriveau at  

Rookie linebacker Nick Perry just had wrist surgery and it could end his season, according to the Journal-Sentinel's Tom Silverstein.

Weston Hodkiewicz and Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette say that despite his critical role as a receiver and the injuries at the position, the Packers will not pull Randall Cobb off kick and punt returns.


Minnesota Vikings

1500 ESPN's Judd Zulgad says that while the recent slide for the Vikings might be disappointing after a 4-1 start, it shouldn't be surprising.

Jim Souhan examines why the media and Vikings cut Percy Harvin so much slack in the Star-Tribune.

Over at the Pioneer-Press, Fran Tarkenton says struggling Christian Ponder needs to block out the critics and focus on playing his game and being true to himself.


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