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This is the first in a series of position-by-position looks at the Packers' personnel entering the 2011 offseason. We begin with an analysis of Green Bay's QB situation.
Overview: Provided starter Aaron Rodgers stays healthy, it’s safe to say there isn’t a team in the NFL in better shape at the all-important QB position than the Packers. Overcoming an uneven start and a pair of concussions — the last of which forced him to miss the Week 15 game at New England — Rodgers was in great part responsible for propelling the Packers to their fourth Super Bowl title in five appearances and league-high 13th NFL championship.
Here's a breakdown of each of the quarterbacks on the roster:
Aaron Rodgers: The Packers’ 2005 first-round draft pick established himself as one of the league’s elite signalcallers, emphatically emerging from the massive shadow of Packers legend Brett Favre. Utilizing his arm, legs and brain with maximum effectiveness, Rodgers posted an NFC-high 101.2 passer rating before excelling in the postseason on the way to a Super Bowl MVP award with a picture-perfect performance in the NFL’s showcase event. Operating like a coach on the field with his total grasp of the Packers’ multifaceted offensive system, Rodgers possesses pinpoint accuracy and flawless mechanics that kept on improving as the season wore on. He also has an uncanny knack for buying time and escaping pressure and provides an extra-special dimension with his running ability, ranking third among QBs in rushing yards behind Michael Vick and Josh Freeman while gaining 5.6 yards per carry.
Matt Flynn: Flynn proved his worth with a stellar starting effort in place of Rodgers against the Patriots, posting a 100.2 passer rating in a near-upset of one of the league’s best teams. Flynn’s arm strength has steadily improved, and he also possesses excellent poise, toughness and mobility.
Graham Harrell: As third-string quarterbacks go, Harrell, who was promoted from the practice squad after Rodgers’ second concussion, would appear to fill the bill sufficiently enough. But he remains totally unproven and is far from a lock to return next season.
Bottom line: With Rodgers entrenched under center, the Packers’ QB situation is as good as it gets. But with more than a few teams possibly considering a trade for Flynn as a starter, it would not be a shock at all if the team drafts a quarterback in late April.