Any time you lose a player of Aaron Rodgers' caliber, you're going to have some struggles when you try to replace him.
However, Green Bay Packers fans can't be too happy with what they've seen from backup quarterback Brett Hundley so far this year. After Rodgers was injured following a 4-1 start to the season, Hundley has presided over three-straight losses and the Green Bay offense has looked terrible in the process.
Yes, Rodgers is a once-in-a-generation talent, but you'd think Hundley would have learned a little more from the Green Bay starter in his years on the bench behind Rodgers.
However, as you can see in the photo below, one play from Monday night's loss to the Detroit Lions shows why Packers fans should be incredibly worried about the rest of the season. Star receiver Jordy Nelson was wide open on this play and Hundley couldn't get the ball to him:
Do you think Rodgers would have missed a wide-open Nelson like that? Not a chance. Even with the safety in the picture at the top of the screen, there's more than enough room to get a pass to Nelson for a huge gain.
After the game, coach Mike McCarthy stood by his young quarterback, saying he thinks Hundley has what it takes to succeed in the NFL (via Packers.com):
“I believe in Brett, and that’s not just a press conference statement,” McCarthy said. “He’s got what it takes. He has it in his body, he has it in his mind, and he definitely has the heart.”
Hundley finished Monday's disappointing home loss by completing 26 of his 38 passes for 245 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. Therefore, he didn't actively hurt the Packers, but he didn't exactly help the team either. He did, however, run for 22 yards and a touchdown.
Hundley knows he has to do better, and there's still time for him to show he has what it takes to succeed. He said after the game that he and his teammates need to find a way to bounce back from Monday's tough loss:
“My only goal I care about is winning. Didn’t get that done,” he said. “Gotta go back, look at the film, see what I can do better, and go from there.
“We can’t let this loss or the last loss define us as a team. We have to shake this off.
“It hurts. I want to stand up here with a W. Tomorrow I’m going to wake up, God’s blessed us with another day, and we’ve got to go to work.”
The Packers take on the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon in a game that Green Bay must win if it wants to keep it's narrow playoff hopes alive.
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