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Clements Suggests Rodgers Just Needs to Throw the Ball

Aaron Rodgers vs. Denver

The issue with the current version of the Green Bay Packers offense is simple — receivers aren’t getting open and the play calling isn’t conducive to helping them get open.

What does the guy who calls those plays have to say about it?

Tom Clements seems to suggest that quarterback Aaron Rodgers just needs to throw the damn ball.

“A lot of times there’s a very small area that constitutes being open,” Clements said. “At times we were, at times we weren’t. Just have to try to get open, create some more separation consistently and allow the QB to throw them open.”

Throw them open?

It seems like Clements is suggesting that his play calls would work if Rodgers would just take some chances.

The problem is, Rodgers is averse to doing that.

He does not have the gunslinger mentality of Brett Favre. Favre would fire the football into the smallest window because he thought he could make any throw. That resulted in some great plays, but also a hell of a lot of interceptions.

Rodgers is more than happy to hold onto the ball, scramble around to extend plays and sometimes take off running. Unless a guy is wide open, Rodgers usually doesn’t bother throwing the football.

And there’s part of the problem right now.

Guys aren’t getting wide open. So the Packers either need Rodgers to take some chances throwing the football or they need to run plays designed to get guys open.

And it certainly sounds like Clements feels like his play calling is good enough as is. He’s incorrect, but he’s looking for his quarterback to shoulder some of the blame.

Let’s be honest. After throwing for a pathetic 77 yards agains the Broncos, Rodgers should shoulder some of the blame.

We think these guys need a come-to-Jesus meeting so they can get all of their finger pointing out of the way and then figure out how the hell they’re going to get back on the same page again.

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18 Comments

  1. Eduardo November 3, 2015

    On the replays, anyone notice that the receivers don’t seem to be running at full speed? Or is it just me?

  2. The Money Mike November 3, 2015

    “We think these guys need a come-to-Jesus meeting so they can get all of their finger pointing out of the way and then figure out how the hell they’re going to get back on the same page again” THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Chad Lundberg November 3, 2015

      I concur.

  3. Shawn November 3, 2015

    Read Bob McGinn’s game evaluation. He is more critical than Clements was.

  4. Packer Bob November 3, 2015

    Clements is not saying Rodgers needs to “throw the WR open”. He said, “Just have to try to get open” which clearly they need to do. It’s that simple. Changing the play calling isn’t going make a WR get open. But something resembling a running game might.

  5. bob November 3, 2015

    Clements needs to stop calling the plays and hand off full responsibility to Rodgers. Fuck it.

  6. MMK November 3, 2015

    I don’t think I could live through another game pissed away on a preposterous interception. Unless it was vikes/saints in the NFC championship. I’ll take Rodgers being smart with the ball for now.

    1. disposable hero November 3, 2015

      I agree, Rodgers start taking chances to “throw them open” and then ends up having a ball tipped and picked, potentially swinging momentum and or sealing a loss everyone will bitch that he wasn’t protecting the ball. Farve lost plenty of games by trying to fit the ball into small windows. As mentioned multiple times over, there’s no creativity in the scheme minus Cobb in the backfield. Lastly, zero adjustments are being made on either side of the ball…

  7. John Smith November 3, 2015

    What Tom Clements is trying to say is that Rodgers just needs to trust his Damn WRs.

  8. Deepsky November 3, 2015

    This was one of the few games where I was yelling at Rodgers to get rid of the ball. Several times there were guys open short and Rodgers had time, but he chose to wait for a WR to get open long. That wasn’t likely going to happen against these good corners.

    Manning and Brady make a living off of these short passes. Their coaches call plays making it easy for them to find a receiver. The Packers coaches need to adjust when facing a defense like this.

    1. Shawn November 3, 2015

      It is tough to throw short passes when the defense has 10 guys within 5 yards of the LOS. Defenses rarely give Brady a 1 deep or 0 look because he will throw the ball downfield if you do, and he’ll complete some. Not because his receivers are great, but because the pass will be good.

      If the Pats get to play the Broncos, you will see plenty of covered receivers, again. The difference will be that Brady will still throw the ball to his receivers. He might throw a pick or two, but he’ll move the offense. Unlike Rodgers, Brady can’t run, so he won’t look to. Like Manning, Brady knows on every play he has to throw the football. Running isn’t an option.

      1. Andy November 3, 2015

        And the difference going in to that game is the pats will expect that, and game plan around it, calling all sorts of pick plays, crossing routes, reverses, sweeps and whatever else they can think of to get the offence moving. Heck they’d even call a fumblerooski if they thought it would work. The issue at the moment is we don’t see any variation in the play calling, so once the defence has us figured out there is nowhere to go from there. The only thing i saw that looked decent was cobb out of the back feld and then running no huddle out of that.

  9. billabong November 3, 2015

    throw it all over the field then like he wants, see what happens with a few pick sixes…tension in TitleTown!!!!!

    1. icebowl November 3, 2015

      From The Discount Double Checker to The Gunslinger II !

  10. billabong November 3, 2015

    Clements doesn’t have a clue…

  11. Phillthy November 4, 2015

    This offense seems bland.

    Play calling, execution,strategy.

    Just seems like they rested on their laurels and forgot the NFL is an ever evolving league.

    1. MGP November 4, 2015

      I agree with you.

      Bland is the corret word.

  12. xlvordie November 4, 2015

    Feeling a little we might have had a similar conversation to this in 2009 about Rodgers hanging onto the ball