In the week 6 Divisional matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers took a controversial hit from Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr that would later be confirmed as a broken collarbone. Green Bay head coach, Mike MCcarthy took issue with Barr,s hit “He’s out of the pocket, he’s clearly expecting to get hit,” McCarthy said. “To pin him to the ground like that, I felt it was an illegal act. To sit here and lose any of your players on something like that, it doesn’t feel very good. Yeah, I didn’t like the hit. It was unnecessary … totally unnecessary, in my opinion.”
The loss of Rodgers opens up a huge window in both the NFC and NFC North. “It’s devastating, no question about it,” Packers receiver Randall Cobb said. “First and foremost, it’s one of my closest friends, so to see him go down with that, it’s tough. But we’ve still got to play football. We’ve got a long season ahead of us, and we’ve got to figure out what we’re going to do.”
Who’s the next man? The answer is the third year quarterback out of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Brett Hundley. Hundley threw one touchdown pass and three interceptions in relief of Rodgers. Two of the interceptions came on deflected passes. The former fifth-round pick played well in his rookie preseason in 2015, when he led the league in exhibition passing yards while throwing seven touchdown passes and one interception. “He brings a lot of tools to the table,” Packers offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett said. “I think it all starts with his overall preparation and his command in the huddle. You look at the way he’s performed in the preseason, I think he’s a unique player. Go back to his college days, the plays that he made stood out. We know that we have a player that we have all the confidence in.”
The vibe in the NFL has changed in the past 3 weeks due to the loss of two of the
league’s best players; Giants star wideout Odell Beckham jr. and Houston’s savior , J.J Watt. Now another star in Aaron rodgers is added to the list. All eyes are on Brett Hundley as he makes his first career NFL regular season start this sunday on October 22nd against the New Orleans Saints.
By: Joey Gross