With the 2018 season essentially over for the Green Bay Packers, there’s nothing left worth playing for. But don’t go telling Aaron Rodgers that.
Interim head coach Joe Philbin wouldn’t comment on who would start against the New York Jets on Sunday, but Rodgers said that he’ll be the one under center in New York.
“It’s about leadership. How can I stand here and say these game don’t matter,” Rodgers told The Athletic’s Josh Tolentino. “That’s not the way I lead. I’m super competitive.”
There are risks to Rodgers playing, of course. He’s been dealing with a knee injury since Week 1 of the regular season. He also picked up a groin injury this past Sunday in Chicago.
“I’m hopeful he’s going to practice, and I’m hopeful he’s going to play,” Philbin told ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.
If Rodgers cannot go against the Jets, then the team will turn to DeShone Kizer to lead the first-team offense. And by doing so, they’ll see what they have in the backup they acquired this past summer.
But again, this game means nothing for the Packers. We’re not saying athletes should go out and try to lose, but there are risks here. They are 5-8-1 as things stand and are out of playoff contention. Whey not just take a note from the Panthers and rest your signal-caller until next season?