We’re six weeks and change into the NFL season, and the list of teams that have lost their best player to injury keeps getting longer.
But it wasn’t until Aaron Rodgers’ broken collarbone in last weekend’s loss at Minnesota that the man down for an extended period was an elite quarterback, twisting the Green Bay Packers’ season in ways other teams don’t even want to think about.
“Philosophically, that’s one of the flaws of the National Football League,” one longtime NFL scout opined to me this week. “It’s so quarterback-driven. Quarterbacks are paid an extraordinary amount of money. If you have one, you’re an immediate contender. If you don’t have one, it’s really hard to win. And if you find one, you set your team up around that guy, then he gets hurt, your season’s almost lost.”
There are exceptions, of course — namely the 2016 Dallas Cowboys, who plugged in rookie fourth-round draft pick Dak Prescott after Tony Romo’s preseason back injury and roared to a 13-3 record. But Prescott was a relative anomaly and had a stud rookie running back, Ezekiel Elliott, behind the NFL’s best offensive line to ease the burden.
Article source: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000864482/article/aaron-rodgers-injury-packers-brett-hundley-aim-to-buck-trend
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