I will preface this by saying I mean no disrespect to Aaron Rogers. I'm sure he has a ton of talent, and I know he'd do a better job than me.
What is the deal here?
Brett Favre is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, coming off an MVP-caliber season (he finished second in the voting), and an icon in the NFL.
Aaron Rogers is a promising young quarterback, who despite his 4 years in the league, is only 24. While he may do well in training camp, and lets not forget the Dallas game last year, he is still an injury-prone, unproven young man.
What, exactly, has Rogers contributed to the Packers and the league? What do the Packers expect from him this year?
This is a team with the talent, skill, and experience to make a serious push for a Superbowl win. At least with Favre behind center. With Rogers, you have a lot of potential, but not much proven experience. So lets forget for a moment who Brett Favre is. Lets put aside all the records, the legacy, etc. Brett Favre is a proven quarterback, and a damn good one at that. Rogers may have promise, but thats all it is right now. At best, Rogers is as good as Favre. At worst, he is Matt Leinert. Is he really the guy the Packers think can take them to the Superbowl?
What about the other players? The years of sacrifice all building toward this season? The aging cornerback core? Do the Packers really think that Rogers will get good enough, fast enough to take these same players to the championship? They can't possibly believe that. Al Harris and Charles Woodson don't have too many good years left, if any. The running game is still suspect, and that offensive line still leaks pretty good. Without a good running game and great O-line, Rogers will not produce like he may be capable of.
The Packers have continually stated that the time is now for Rogers to take over the reigns because of the team around him. But the two most important components to a young quarterbacks health and success are faulty. Wouldn't it serve Rogers better to wait for a solid line and running game? Wouldn't it serve the Packers and their fans better to put the best guy in they can behind center and go for a championship?
It's been 11 years since the Packers have gotten to the Superbowl. Now is the best opportunity they have had since the mid-90's. Ted Thompson has done a good job of rebuilding this team, however his tactics have been suspect. Much like a new male lion taking over a pride, Thompson is going around disposing of any remnants of the previous legacy just to impose his own. That's what this is really about.
If the Packers want to be fair in this, make the quarterback position and open competition at training camp. Let both men prove it on the field, and give the starting job to the best man, not Thompsons best friend.