COLIN COWHERD: Whitlock, do you think Aaron Rodgers can save Packer's season?
– One problem, Aaron Rodgers can save many seasons. The problem is with the Minnesota Vikings, I think, in week 16. Minnesota Vikings now, for me, is the best team in football. And I think it will take 10 and 6 to get to the playoffs in the NFC.
COLIN COWHERD: Yes.
– That means you have to win them all. I do not think they can beat the Vikings, even with Aaron Rodgers doing his magic.
COLIN COWHERD: The only thing I will say, though, is that when it comes to baseball pitchers and quarterbacks, we watch their arms. But in reality it's all about legs. It's that impulse for a pitch or a field marshal. Aaron, in his career, this will be the coolest his legs have had in December.
So he's been sitting for eight weeks, and he's been watching movies, and he's been resting, and he has not taken those pictures. And when you talk to field marshals, it does not matter who they are, Tom Brady … Drew Bledsoe is a friend of mine. He's 45. It seems that I can still spin it.
Go, I can throw it all day. He goes, his legs are gone. Marino will tell you, the legs are gone. Aaron's legs will be the best they had in December. And if his legs are fine, his arm is amazing, and I think they have a chance to beat Minnesota with him.
– No way. First, they have to win the rest of the games. And let's say they lose to Cleveland this week–
JASON WHITLOCK: That's not … that's not happening.
– Let's say what happens. This is the NFL, let's say they lose to Cleveland. Now, they're going to be, what, 9– if they win the rest of them?
COLIN COWHERD: 6 and 7, 9, it's over.
– Then you would bring it back?
JASON WHITLOCK: No.
– Hell, no, why? You put the donkey suit on everyone. You could have the chance to get, for me, I think, the best quarterback I've seen playing, hurt. Has no sense. I mean, if they win, uh, maybe, maybe.
I still do not think they can beat Minnesota. The Minnesota defense – yes, you can put it into practice. That's easy, shaking it. When you get into football games, when the bullets become real, the click is not happening either.
– I hear you there. But … but if they win, and there is an opportunity for him to return, I would put him there. But the only thing that would worry me, yes, can shake it, you know, especially the way Aaron throws the ball. He uses that doll more than his shoulder anyway, it seems that sometimes.
I just want to make sure that if he could … can he take that hit? And, for him, it is a calculated risk. The closing of the window. I love Aaron Rodgers. You know, how many more chances are you going to get? And especially with this soccer team, they are– they're pretty good. When he is there, they are a different football team.
Remember that last year they went to Dallas and I thought they did not have a chance in the playoffs? And you saw what Aaron Rodgers did. We talked about what Russell Wilson did on Monday night. It's the same as Aaron Rodgers consistently, very, very much.
That's why I agree with you, he's the best field marshal I've seen, up close and personal. Then, if he came back, absolutely. Always bet on the Hall of Fame quarterback. If you are healthy and ready to go, you can win any game.
– By the way 2013– we have a precedent– he hurt his clavicle, he came back late. He had to beat Chicago to make the playoffs. And that … there was the touchdown by Randall Cobb. This is the work, really. Then we have a precedent.
And I also believe that Aaron is better now than then. I think it's just better to pre-snap, more savvier. Let me throw this too. If Green Bay defeats Cleveland this week, then Aaron returns. Then they have 7 and 6 and they have to sweep. The Packers have been competitive without him.
You know, could you argue that, in reality, it helped to refine the team? They have had to play hard. They had to be more …
JASON WHITLOCK: You can make the argument.
– They had to have been more resourceful and played cleaner soccer without him.
– You can make the argument.
Where it collapses– I'm just–
COLIN COWHERD: It's Minnesota.
– Minnesota, the Rams, the Saints, and even Philadelphia. But again– Really– Minnesota, the Rams, the Vikings, I love them all. And then they managed without him, but they have not faced those guys, the elite of the NFC.
And in the playoffs you can not avoid them. Again, I think Minnesota will be the obstacle to reaching the playoffs. But even if they get there, I just do not think their supporting cast, this is a loaded NFC.
ERIC DICKERSON: Loaded, charged, I mean, when I think that– when I think the Packers without Aaron Rodgers, they're just– they're just a football team. And you know, I think when you play the Packers now, you do not have Aaron Rodgers, then you know, we can beat them. So I think some teams tend to bring, you know, knock it down. OK, now we have to pick it up again. You know, we thought we could beat them.