Rodgers Watch

What a game for Aaron Rodgers.

He came out spraying the ball a bit and it is unbelievable frustrating to see the offense start a game with two three-and-outs for the third time this season, but once he settled in, Rodgers was just about flawless. I say 'just about' because he was victimized twice by his laid-back Californianess (yes, yes not a word, I know) when he was far too nonchalant getting the team in and out of the huddle, to the line of scrimmage and getting the ball snapped before the play clock expired. I've noted it before, but this was the first time it cost him and the team. This is something that can be corrected, but I'm shocked McCarthy hasn't drilled this into him by now. It's a small, but very important nuance that Rodgers needs to get a handle on. One need look no further than Matt Hasselbeck to find a quarterback who had trouble with this aspect of the game his first year as a starter. And now he is one of the best at driving the tempo of his offense. Rodgers will get there.

But as I say, overall, a great performance. Yes, the interception was a killer, and it would be nice if Rodgers could snatch a game or two in the final minutes as did his predecessor. But he's not that kind of quarterback (at least not yet) and should never have been in that position to begin with. If you lead your team to 31 points, you should get the win. The move to Rodgers was made with the thought that he would be efficient, control the game and score points. Then he would turn it over to a stout defense that would suffocate opponents. Only one of those two aspects has materialized this year, and Rodgers, the great unknown, has become the only thing you can count on on a Packer team that's suffering from every other move Thompson made this off-season.

It's nice as well to see members of the national media, ones that aren't hick ex-quarterbacks, recognize that Rodgers is about the only thing that ISN'T a problem with this team. As Don Banks over at CNNSI notes:

The more I watch the Man Who Replaced Favre, the more I see a quarterback who's going to play and play very well in this league for a long time. Rodgers did his job Sunday, overcoming a somewhat sluggish first half to put the Packers into position to win a crucial game. They didn't, but that was the fault of Green Bay's shoddy pass coverage -- not their quarterbacking....Green Bay's defensive liabilities once again wiped out much of Rodgers' good work. Keep that in mind, Packers fans, when you assess 2008 and the controversial switch at quarterback in Green Bay.

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Holly's picture

December 01, 2008 at 11:53 am

That's my biggest gripe lately with other football fans -- people love to come and ask ‘if I miss Favre yet.’ No, I don’t, I miss the times when the other 52 guys on the active roster showed up to play. Not that Rodgers doesn't have room to improve, he does, but these last few losses fall much more heavily on the shoulders of our defense and special teams.

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DaveK's picture

December 01, 2008 at 12:05 pm

Great post! I couldn't agree more. Rodgers play is a bright spot in this other wise lousy season. I am glad we extended him as I think he has the tools to lead this team to a championship if the other parts of the puzzle are put into place.

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PackerAaron's picture

December 01, 2008 at 12:05 pm

Holly, if I had a dollar for every time some idiot has said a variation on that phrase to me, I would be able to bail out Citi myself.

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PackerAaron's picture

December 01, 2008 at 12:08 pm

DaveK - Thanks, and I could not agree more with what you say re: getting the other pieces in place.

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PackerBelle's picture

December 02, 2008 at 02:06 pm

This season has been disappointing but Rodgers gives me a lot of hope for next year and many years to come. Rodgers has made mistakes - he's basically one step above a rookie we need to expect some of those but he's been very good. I'm betting a number of teams, including pretty much every one in our division, would be thrilled to have him right now.

Rodgers is definitely not the problem and if we can fix the problems we do have in the off-season (the O-line, the D-line most notably) then this team could be scary next year.

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