There's no doubt about it. Aaron Rodgers is going to be scrutinized this year.
Not only in the Dairyland, though. From coast to coast and from border to border, people will be hoping that Aaron Rodgers has a bad first season as an NFL starter.
These are the entities that will be hoping the hardest.
No, not best friends forever. Brett Favre Fans.
During the entire summer controversy concerning Favre, "Packer" fans divided themselves between pro-Favre and pro-Packers.
This is a big problem in and of itself. If you say you're a Packer fan, you stay a Packer fan, regardless of who the quarterback is. Otherwise, you are just a bandwagon fan who nobody likes.
What makes it worse is that instead of just jumping off the bandwagon in shame, as they should, these people try to loosen the wheels on the wagon, hoping that they'll fall off.
These so-called Packer fans, the ones who booed Rodgers at Packers Family Night, will be watching intently. They'll be hoping for a chance to jump on Rodgers and a chance to march down Lombardi Avenue with torches and pitchforks asking for Ted Thompson's head on a stake.
The Teams by the Bay
They say that poor decisions concerning a quarterback can set a professional football franchise back five years. So it's no wonder these two teams came up.
The 49ers had the first overall pick in the draft. They could've picked any player they wanted, and what they really needed was be a quarterback. According to experts, there were two quarterbacks in the discussion of who was best.
The first was Alex Smith, a Utah Ute who led his "mid-major" school to a BCS bowl win. The second was Aaron Rodgers, a California kid who played for Cal-Berkeley, a school that was ranked fourth at one point during his final season and nestled comfortably by the San Francisco Bay.
San Francisco passed on the local kid and took Smith, who had an eight-to-one touchdown to interception ratio in Urban Meyer's spread offense.
Wait...spread offense? In the Mountain West Conference? No wonder he isn't having success in the NFL.
The Raiders, who also could have used a quarterback and picked one spot ahead of the Packers, drafted cornerback Fabian Washington. While Washington saw some success as a Raider, he doesn't play for the team any more.
Since that day, the Raiders' quarterback situation has been very fluid, and as a result, very ineffective. Maybe Rodgers doesn't help them, but isn't the 23rd overall pick for a guy that could've gone No. 1 worth the old college try?
It's not just for the reason you think.
Of course the Vikings are going to be waiting for Rodgers to fail. That's the only way they can usurp the power of the Packers in the NFC North.
But the Vikings have other reasons to hope Rodgers doesn't succeed.
One is named Tarvaris Jackson. Sure, he's started games in the NFL, but how has T-Jack fared? He's just as unproven as Aaron Rodgers is because of his lack of any real success in the NFL.
The other two reasons passed them by on day one of the 2005 NFL Draft.
That's right, the Vikings had two chances to pick up Rodgers in that draft. Instead, they took wideout Troy Williamson at No. 7 and defensive end Erasmus James at 18.
If A-Rod outplays T-Jack this season and earns Green Bay the division crown, the Vikings will really be regretting their 2005 draft decisions. If they had taken Rodgers, who knows where they would be? The Vikings may already have displaced the Packers and Bears as the only winners in the history of the NFC North.
Other potential hopers