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Updated: November 5th, 2013 9:32am
Are the Packers lucky? Or do they deserve credit for QB stability?

Are the Packers lucky? Or do they deserve credit for QB stability?

by Phil Mackey
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Reports surfaced early Tuesday morning that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will likely miss at least three weeks with a broken collarbone.

As of now, it appears Seneca Wallace will start in Rodgers' place, which brings to light a pretty incredible 20-year stretch for Green Bay.

Since 1993, the Packers have used exactly three starting quarterbacks: Rodgers, Brett Favre and Matt Flynn. Wallace would be the fourth.

Over that same stretch, the Vikings have used 19 starting quarterbacks. In alphabetical order, those quarterbacks are Brooks Bollinger, Todd Bouman, Matt Cassel, Daunte Culpepper, Randall Cunningham, Brett Favre, Josh Freeman, Gus Frerotte, Jeff George, Kelly Holcomb, Tarvaris Jackson, Brad Johnson, Jim McMahon, Donovan McNabb, Warren Moon, Christian Ponder, Sean Salisbury, Joe Webb and Spergon Wynn.

The Browns have used 25 quarterbacks since 1993, including Todd Philcox and Ken Dorsey.

Even the Colts, with a long stretch of Peyton Manning and now Andrew Luck, have used 13 quarterbacks over the last 20 years.

In theory, the Packers could still sign Flynn, who is currently a free agent, to keep the total at three. 

The Packers certainly deserve credit for developing Favre and Rodgers into franchise quarterbacks, but to go 20 years without any significant injuries to those quarterbacks -- and without any significant drop off in production that would lead to a change -- is incredible. 

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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