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Rodgers, Offense Off To Uneven Start

This morning's practice was marked by blown blitz pick-ups, failed sight adjustments between quarterback and receiver, and a bevy of lost one-on-ones in the trenches.

The old cliche, "it all starts with the quarterback" was on display as Rodgers was very uneven in both team and 7-on-7 drills. He made two or three uncharacteristically bad decisions, throwing into tight coverage several times. On another play, he sailed a ball above Greg Jennings' out-stretched hands and into the lap of Will Blackmon, who reeled in his first interception of camp.

There was one two-play sequence during team drills where Rodgers threw to nothing but a wide open patch of grass. On each play, Jermichael Finely and then rookie tight end Andrew Quarless, either completely missed Rodgers' adjustment at the line or mis-read something in the secondary. Whatever the case may be, both tight ends and Rodgers were clearly not on the same page.

The troubles were not limited to Rodgers and his receivers however. The offensive line and backs missed at least three corner blitzes that would have gotten their quarterback killed had the hitting been live. One play in particular had Brandon Chillar flying up the middle and forcing Rodgers into a bad throw which was picked off.

Obviously, the offense is still potent and had many, many good looking moments. Finely is in mid-season form, catching everything thrown at him. Rodgers and Nelson have a very-apparent connection, hitting on at least one deep post every team drill.

But so far, the negatives far outweigh the positives. And though much of this is expected this early in camp, look for McCarthy to be all over the offense during tonight's practice.

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nypacker's picture

Hmm.. sounds worrisome but at the same time could it be the fact that our D is just that much better after year 2 with Capers?

packeraaron's picture

The offense always starts slower than the defense. Always. That's just life in the NFL.

alfredomartinez's picture

itll get better, come on man its A-mother-effing-rodgers....

James Rarick's picture

Second day of camp and worrying? You've GOT to be kidding me!

Jen's picture

AGREE!

bkshimada's picture

I'm not too worried. Weren't a lot of the starting oline out for this practice for rest? We already know Rodgers plays better when he's got Tauscher and Clifton out there... Of course, I also wasn't out there watching practice, so I know my opinion isn't worth anything. In any case, hopefully it'll get better further on in training camp. Rodgers always starts off slow regardless, right?

Anita's picture

Second day, second practice. Now is the time for stuff like this to happen, so they can work on mistakes. I'd be more concerned if everything worked like clockwork in the preseason and they entered the season overconfident and cocky.

Austin Auch's picture

Speaking of Rodgers, it isn't too late for you to join the beard growing contest. We extended it to Monday night.
http://www.bitterborderbattle.com/2010/07/official-aaron-rodgers-beard-g...

It is going to be fun seeing, well reading tweets on how much better the offense gets as camp goes on. Thank you guys for being at camp for us. I have not been this excited since I was at the Cardinals playoff game last year.

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