It's been a long summer for Aaron Rodgers, but in the end he got what he wanted all along: the starting QB position for the Green Bay Packers. Brett Favre has been traded to the Jets, stopping any competitions for that spot. Now, the team is his to lead. The question is simple—where will he lead them?
Rodgers is assuming leadership of a team that went 13-3 last season. He's got a pretty high mark to live up to from that alone, and we haven't even brought up the endless comparisons to Favre! Rodgers has big shoes to fill, and he has to fill them fast. Most judgements of Rodgers will probably take place in the first half of the season. If he can make the playoffs, he should be sure not to crack under the pressure, or he will be held up as the next Tony Romo.
It seems like I am painting a dreary portrait of Rodgers' next football season. However, not all is bad for the new starting quarterback. He has a dependable running back in Ryan Grant; as well as a skilled, if young, group of wide receivers. He will have plenty of targets, and if that doesn't work out he can hand off the ball and let Grant chip away at the defense. All of this adds up to a productive season for Green Bay.
Aaron Rodgers may be under a lot of pressure this season. He may be compared to a lot of really great people, and maybe some not-so-great people. Regardless, if he can stay as cool as his legendary predecessor, Rodgers should be able to lead the Packers to the promised land—or at least he will alleviate some doubts.