Instead, against all odds, a relatively civilized debate ensued -- though Rodgers would later inflict his wrath upon the Baltimore Ravens by flexing his golden right arm.
Rattled by the scary sight of Cobb, perhaps his most dangerous target, dealing with a potentially serious injury after absorbing a low blow from rookie safety Matt Elam late in the first half of Sunday's game against the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium, Rodgers loudly expressed his displeasure. To Elam's defense came fellow Baltimore safety James Ihedigbo, who issued a reasoned rebuttal.
"I was upset that Randall got hit in the knee, but (Ihedigbo) made a good point," Rodgers recalled Sunday night after landing in Green Bay following the Pack's 19-17 victory. "He said, 'What do you expect? It's the way they're calling things. The hits to the head are being called so closely, we have to lower our target area.'
"Personally, I think there's some room to operate without going unnecessarily low -- but more power to him for voicing that. It's rare that we have intelligent banter back and forth like that, instead of trash talk. I thought (Elam) could have gone for the midsection or shoulder area, but I haven't played defense before, so I don't understand what that's like. I do appreciate his perspective, but I just hate to lose a player like Randall."
Cobb's fractured fibula, which left the young receiver on crutches during the second half, was compounded by an earlier leg injury to deep threat James Jones, whose status also was unclear as the Packers returned home (although coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that Jones might play in the next game). Losing both wideouts for an extended period would be a big blow, but whatever goes down, it's clear the Pack will have life as long as the quarterback remains upright.
As Rodgers showed in Sunday's pivotal moments, Tom Brady's not the only brilliant passer who can survive the absence of his most potent pass catchers and find a way to thrive.
The first came late in the third quarter, with Green Bay clinging to a 9-3 lead: On first-and-10, Rodgers faked a handoff to his left to rookie running back Eddie Lacy (23 carries, 120 yards), a key part of the team's newly energized rushing attack, and rolled back to his right as receiver Jordy Nelson streaked downfield on a post. After planting his right foot, Rodgers delivered a glorious dime that traveled 60 yards in the air. Nelson, who had several steps on cornerback Lardarius Webb (with no safety in sight), caught it in stride and cruised into the end zone to complete the 64-yard scoring play.
The 2011 league MVP made it look so easy: As Rodgers released the ball, it was the equivalent of Michael Jordan launching a 3 he knew was destined to swish or Tiger Woods nailing a perfect drive down the middle of the fairway.
"We got a real good look, and when I came off my fake, I had a good idea what was going to happen," Rodgers said. "On a play like that, you can't try and baby it or aim it -- you have to throw it."
And when Rodgers throws it, you might as well call him 'Daddy.'
That same principle applied to Rodgers' second and equally impressive dagger, which came after the Ravens had cut the deficit to two points and were threatening to get the ball back in quarterback Joe Flacco's hands. With 1:53 remaining and the Packers facing a third-and-3 from their own 27, Rodgers (17 of 32 for 315 yards and one touchdown with one interception) took a shotgun snap and zipped a perfect pass over the middle to tight end Jermichael Finley, who caught it 15 yards downfield in full stride and rumbled free for a 52-yard gain.
It helped that Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees had dialed up the same alignment (five-man pressure, one safety deep) on consecutive downs, leaving Rodgers with an appetizing array of options.
"We had a good call -- really, it gave us three one-on-ones," Rodgers said. "We had Jordy on a post, Jarrett (Boykin) on a quick route on the back side and Jermichael inside on a quick post. Jermichael just had to beat an inside linebacker -- I was kind of hoping for that matchup all day, and we finally got it late in the game. I just wanted to make sure he got some room, and once he did, I had a lot of confidence that he'd make a play."
"Jermichael has expressed a desire to be 'The Guy,' and I've told him to stay patient," Rodgers said then. "He's really been playing well, and if he can stay healthy, he can do all the things that he wants to do and more. He's primed for a big year."
Can the same be said for Green Bay? Despite a tough Week 3 defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Packers (3-2) have shown signs of developing into the type of well-rounded team they were in 2010 (when Rodgers led them to a championship) and 2011 (when they went 15-1 before suffering a divisional-round upset to the New York Giants).
Rodgers has been heartened by the effort of the Pack's defense in a 22-9 victory over the Detroit Lions on Oct. 6 and against the Ravens on Sunday, saying: "They were unbelievable. They've kept us in the game the last two weeks, and their goal-line stand (stuffing four short-yardage running plays to keep the Ravens scoreless in the second quarter) was tremendous. They did their job; at some point, as an offense, you've got to make some plays."
He's also thrilled with the contributions of Lacy, a hard-running second-round draft pick from Alabama who has gained 219 yards over the past two games.
"Eddie was awesome," Rodgers said. "He's just a heady player who knows how to run the football. He's very elusive for a guy his size, and he's a winner. He runs so hard, and that's just his personality. We haven't had a back like him in my nine years here, and I'm definitely enjoying it."
Some of Rodgers' enjoyment level will hinge on the severity of Jones' and Cobb's injuries, the latter of whom could be out for six weeks. And while he appreciates Ihedigbo's perspective, and the calmness with which the Ravens safety delivered his argument, Rodgers would like to see some action taken to mitigate the possibility of future hits like the helmet-to-knee shot Elam delivered on Cobb.
"The NFL really needs to examine some of these hits on defenseless guys in the knee area," Rodgers said. "If you think about the hit to (Dolphins tight end) Dustin Keller that knocked him out (for the season), that was a bad one, and I think they should do everything they can to avoid those. I just hope Randall's isn't nearly as bad."
Even without Cobb, all won't be lost: As long as the Packers have Rodgers, they have hope. And they're also likely to continue their ascent up our query-laced totem pole of the NFL's three-dozen-minus-four combatants: