If there was any question about whether Aaron Rodgers would take any number of meaningful snaps for the Green Bay Packers this preseason, there no longer should be.
The Packers are clearly going to roll with Brett Hundley in their first preseason game, with Rodgers likely a bystander throughout.
And we’ve raised the question before. How can you expect a fast start when the regular season rolls around, when you don’t get a feel for your timing during the preseason?
Well, pish posh, says AR.
“I don’t think there’s any correlation with that, no,” Rodgers said.
Rodgers threw a whopping nine passes last preseason. He played in one game. Then he and the offense came out and stunk it up for about half the season.
Rodgers, however, will not blame that on lack of preseason playing time. He’ll blame it on personnel groups, which would seem to suggest that coach Mike McCarthy doesn’t really know what he’s doing until halfway through the season.
“We have to figure out what those personnel groups are from the start. And you know we’ve been working on some things; we’ll start to work on some more stuff as a No. 1 group as the weeks progress, as we get more playing time in the preseason. But to me it’s all about the identity. I don’t think it’s about reps — it’s just finding how we’re going to start the season and what kind of team we want to be on offense.”
And shouldn’t those things be established during the preseason?
Just a thought.
Look, we get it. You don’t want to risk the only guy on your team that matters in a meaningless game. At the same time, if the Packers start slow again — especially on offense — we’re certainly going to wonder if Rodgers shouldn’t have gotten some game action with his receivers.
Perhaps the NFL should just get rid of the damn preseason and we wouldn’t have to discuss it.
I SWEAR I remember his saying earlier in the offseason, that he wanted to get some more reps during preseason to establish better timing.
Want to get the timing down, but at what cost. TT has put together a maximum 4 win team without AR.
Rodgers has shown in the past an ability to play without preseason time, like 2011. Problem is everyone else didn’t play it practice either.
Look, I get he might be the best QB on the planet. And has been doing it at a high level for years. But when you are doing it against the best athletes in the world, some preparation is needed. Especially since the offense is a timing based offense, and there are a lot of young receivers on the roster. Just my thoughts, AR could prove me wrong by throwing 6TDs in the first game.
Dom Capers has a shiny new defense! It’s called “nitro.” Sounds pretty sweet, we are going to the goddamn super bowl! Top ranked defense in the league no doubt.
I heard about that. But that’s nothing, wait until they unleash the twin turbo, supercharged, and diesel packages.
Re-watched the game tonight. There was reference made to “nitro”. I believe Gannon said it was 5 DBs on the field. So, the nickle with a new name? Sounds about right.
As far as Rodgers playing in the pre-season, shouldn’t Fat Mike be addressing these issues? He’s still the head coach i’m guessing, still in charge? I would think McCarthy dictates how much Rodgers plays, not Rodgers.
If Fat Mike told Rodgers to play 3 series Thur. night, i doubt Rodgers would tell him no.
Maybe this is more about protecting the 3 stooges lottery ticket, idk. Truth be told, i’m guessing most veterans don’t want anything to do with pre-season games. Hell, Brett didn’t even want anything to do with mini camp, OTA’s and training camp, or sharing a locker room with his team mates.
Then there is no chemistry with the WRs other than Nelson. And we will be told that “they haven’t earned Aaron’s trust”. That’s why having him throw a few passes to all the receivers beyond WR3, so they are not total strangers if they need to step on the field. Whether it is Rodgers, McCarthy or the pope Benedict, someone should make the decision to have Rodgers in the field at least to be comfortable with all the receivers, up to WR4 or 5.
Besides, I totally agree with Kato’s post above: while Rodgers is the best to ever throw a football, he competes against the best athletes and coaching staff that get paid to screw his game. Talent alone won’t cut it.
If it was my decision I would use the first game to make sure you don’t have problems with the offensive line working together and making the correct pass protection adjustments. With several running backs working on pass pro it would be most prudent to see how RBs, and the offensive line react to live game action without Rodgers being the brunt of their mistakes. Sorry Hundley. Let the linemen and backs prove they have QB protection down in the first game then work Rodgers into games 2 and 3.
It is a new season with maybe new calls, protection schemes, and personnel that will need some work to get on the same page. You make sure the protection, etc. has no hiccups before you put in QB #1. With that said Rodgers after game 1 should see work in game 2 and 3.
Despite losing a couple pro-bowl guards the last two seasons, they saved some cash and this line won’t miss a beat. Anyone who’s not a believer doesn’t understand the true genius of our GM.
Some naysayers may argue you deplete depth when you have to insert back ups into starting roles. But the jokes on them as Ted outsmarted everyone and signed a 6 time pro-bowler and 4 time all pro. Therefore keeping the talented trio of Barclay, Murphy, and Patrick as fully capable depth to protect our #1 asset.
My advice to Packer Nation is save your money, buying tickets to watch our Packers at SB LII won’t come cheap.
See you there.
So I did some more reading and apparently Rodgers took all of the scout team reps today. For those concerned with him getting reps with younger receivers, that shouldnt be a big problem.
Thanks for the info. I was one of those, as it has happened before that we need a replacement or two to step in.