GREEN BAY, Wisconsin – Aaron Rodgers said he could probably name all 16 different quarterbacks the Chicago Bears have started since he took over as quarterback for the Green Bay Packers in 2008, but by then he must have realized how long it would take him to do so .
“Playoffs count? Yeah, I could probably get close,” Rodgers said as he asked the quiz question during his press conference on Wednesday. “Jay Cutler. Kyle Orton. Rex Grossman. Mitch [Trubisky]… “
And then he ran away.
“I’m giving up, I have to go to a meeting,” Rodgers said. “Can’t destroy the memory banks.”
To be fair, only seven of the 16 had actually started against Rodgers.
When Bears rookie Justin Fields takes on the Packers at Soldier Field on Sunday, he’ll be eighth. He will also become the 20th distinct starting quarterback the Bears have used against the Packers since Brett Favre took over as the Packers’ starter in 1992. During the same period, the Packers have only used three different starting quarterbacks against the Bears: Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers, and Brett Hundley.
Only one NFL team has started more quarterbacks, including playoffs, than the Bears 16 since 2008. The Browns have started 21 different quarterbacks, while the Broncos tied the Bears at 16.
Don’t expect Rodgers to switch sides in the rivalry even if he pushes his way out of Green Bay after this season.
After talking at length about how much he likes Chicago, he said, “I’ve always enjoyed the city, the fans enjoyed even though they didn’t enjoy me. I see the time is running out to play here. But I have a lot of respect for the city and the sport, “he was asked if he could ever imagine playing for the bears.
“No,” he said quickly. When urged with a follow up, Rodgers said, “It’s just not going to happen.”
It’s safe to say that Rodgers won’t be adding his name to the long list of Bears quarterbacks anytime soon.
Sunday is the 203rd all-time meeting between the Packers and Bears, including the playoffs, and the Packers have a series lead of 101-95-6. The lead of six wins marks the greatest advantage the Packers have ever had in the series, having never led a series from 1933 to 2016.