Just a great breakdown from Jersey Al over at Packers Lounge today of Aaron Rodgers and his part in the eight sacks the team gave up on Monday night. Money Quote:
You’ll notice I haven’t discussed the offensive line. For those of you yelling at your screens that it’s the line’s fault, I say - somewhat...no matter how good a team’s offensive line is, a top-flight QB will have to face moments like these in a game. Rodgers has to learn to handle it and make the right decision - period.
Could not agree more. Yes, the offensive line has been terrible, but Rodgers plays a part here as well. Especially when you consider his words after the Cincinnati game saying that McCarthy needed to send more guys out in pass patterns. Well, Rodgers got his wish on Monday and failed more than a few times to hit a shallow crosser or a checkdown. He simply HAS to make those plays. He has to. Does this absolve the line? Of course not. But Rodgers is not an innocent in the bevy of sacks the Packers have allowed up to this point.
UPDATE: And yes, I wrote about this very point this past offseason in my series on things that Rodgers needed to work on - and got ridiculed for it.