Tuesday, August 12, 2008

It's a whole new era in Green Bay...

...as Aaron Rodgers, Brett Favre's replacement and the Packers' management's anointed one, started his first game as the team's new starting quarterback, 16 seasons after Brett took over that role exclusively in the 4th game of the 1992 season.

And by starting a game - even if it's just a pre-season tune-up - against the Cincinnati Bengals after all that drama between the Packers' management and Brett, A-Rod can finally start the process of exorcising Brett's ghost from Lambeau Field and win over the cheeseheads who're still blindly loyal to Brett's greatness.

And he wasn't too bad, either, even if his team lost 20-17 against the Bengals. He completed his first play (a short 6-yard pass to James Jones), brushed off his first sack, and connected with Jones again who ran for a 30-yard touchdown, thereby completing 9 of 15 throws for a total of 117 yards. Again, not a bad start even if they lost, because at this point, all the focus is still on him taking over Brett's place in Green Bay.

The real challenge comes once the season starts because, as knowledgeable as he is with the Packers' offense - thanks in part to his role as Brett's understudy for the past 3 seasons - the real pressure cooker starts once Week 1 kicks off. And as always, only time will tell if A-Rod can really get out of Brett's shadow and cast his own over Green Bay.

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