Cory's Corner: Stop Worrying About Aaron Rodgers

No. 12 can do things that few people can do. He proved it on Sunday night. 

There is no doubt anymore. 

Many people were still wondering how good Aaron Rodgers would be this season after an unorthodox offseason. 

Those thoughts can now be put to rest. 

Rodgers had 37 seconds and no timeouts. He made an absolutely perfect 25-yard throw to Davante Adams to put the ball at midfield. Three plays later, he found Adams again for 17 yards before spiking it with three seconds on the Levi’s Stadium clock. 

Right after Rodgers spiked it, he knew. He celebrated before Mason Crosby even took the field and before San Francisco took a timeout to ice him. Crosby nailed the 51-yard field goal as time expired as the Packers found a way to win 30-28. 

“It’s just tough when you’ve got a guy like Aaron on the other side,” 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said. “You leave him any amount of time, you never know what can happen . . . 36, 37 seconds. You’ve got to tip your hat to him sometimes.”

To be fair, Garoppolo played good in his own right. He had a passer rating of 87.2, with two touchdowns and he brought San Francisco back from a 17-0 early deficit. 

“No timeouts from the 25 you need two chunk throws,” said Rodgers, who noted that on the first play of the final drive, the play was installed in practice on Thursday. “I knew that, that’s why I wasn’t thinking dunk. We didn’t have any time for that. We had to get at least 15 on the first play.”

Rodgers was on another planet. He completed his first nine passes and he wasn’t playing the role of Danny Dump-Off either. Of those nine, five were at least 10 yards. He was throwing darts and putting it anywhere he wanted it. 

The throw that stood out to me was the 12-yard touchdown pass to Marquez Valdes-Scantling early in the fourth quarter. Rodgers dropped the pass perfectly over 49ers rookie corner Deommodore Lenoir but gave Valdes-Scantling enough room to make the catch on the sideline. Just a remarkable throw. 

And that’s the thing about Rodgers. There are so many things that he can do that only guys like Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson can do. 

Rodgers put the Packers out in front by throwing the ball down the field. And the Packers were rewarded with three pass interference penalties. We can quibble all day long whether or not the majority of the deep passes were penalties, but that’s a part of the game now. If a team is going to be courageous enough to play man-to-man the majority of the time, they have to realize that getting ticketed with pass interference is a real possibility. 

And Rodgers gets kudos for realizing that. If this was 2004 when defensive backs had more freedom, going heavy man-to-man would make more sense. 

Rodgers picked apart a very good defense by escaping pressure, stepping up and making great throws. And let’s not forget that Yosh Nijman was making his first career start at left tackle in addition to starting a pair of rookies at center and right guard. I hate to bring up officiating, but when it impacts player safety, it really showed that the men in stripes weren’t doing their job — but it also showed how tough Adams really is. 

We just witnessed a gold standard performance from the most important position in all of sports. 

You only have one thing to do: appreciate it. 

 

 

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Cory Jennerjohn is a graduate from UW-Oshkosh and has been in sports media for over 15 years. He was a co-host on "Clubhouse Live" and has also done various radio and TV work as well. He has written for newspapers, magazines and websites. He currently is a columnist for CHTV and also does various podcasts. He recently earned his Masters degree from the University of Iowa. He can be found on Twitter: @Coryjennerjohn

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Savage57's picture

September 28, 2021 at 06:28 am

No one will ever be able to fairly criticize AR's arm talent.

Probably the most amazing thrower of the football the NFL's ever seen.

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wildbill's picture

September 28, 2021 at 07:32 pm

Doubt it. Rodgers seems only capable of hitting players on his team while Favre could find the open man on both teams.

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RedRight49's picture

September 28, 2021 at 06:39 am

That was a remarkable, well placed throw to MVS and, a great route and catch by Valdes -Scantling as well.

Loved the clip, it really shows the great pocket and time for Aaron to make that throw and for that route to develop courtesy of the O-Line.

And agree, Aaron made throws Sunday night that very few quarterbacks could make!

37 seconds left in the game, a lot of yards to go to get a big win and that man was as cool and precise as anyone could have ever imagined.

GPG!

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murf7777's picture

September 28, 2021 at 08:00 am

On that particular play Aaron did have enough to time, but that wouldn’t of been the case the whole game if Rodgers holds onto the ball beyond 3-4 seconds. I give credit to Mlf for designing a scheme of calling plays that get the ball out of Rodgers hands under 3 seconds and staying with the run. Also, to Rodgers for following the play calling. This scheme takes a page right out of Tom Brady’s strategies of how not to get sacked while putting points up on the board.

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dobber's picture

September 28, 2021 at 07:20 am

"Stop worrying about Aaron Rodgers"

Um. OK.

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Handsback's picture

September 28, 2021 at 07:22 am

Rodgers is probably the best passer I have ever seen and that goes back to Joe Namath and Sonny Jurgenson days.
I’ve also learned that at the end of the day….the best passer doesn’t alway win the game.

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nostradanus's picture

September 28, 2021 at 07:22 am

Yep, I have to admit that I called to question just how focused A Rodg would be after a very “unorthodox”offseason. Dude is an alien 👽 unbelievable talent!
I’m just going to enjoy it while he’s in GB!
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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

September 28, 2021 at 07:42 am

Yosh and Cole Van Lanen are the key to the Packers OL in 2022. Yes, that is correct!

One game doesn't make a player but I was pretty impressed with Yosh. I re-played the game a 2nd time exclusively focusing on Yosh. Far from perfect but he did very well. With more playing time experience he might be starting quality. At 25 years old the Packers appear to have a player who will be around for a number of more years.

We all know Turner at RT is gone next year. I'm guessing Jenkins never returns to Guard as the Packers have a significant number of talented young guards who will continue to develop. With the salary cap, I see Jenkins becoming the full-time RT with Yosh the LT backup. The Packers need 4 OT's, so Cole Van Lanen's (23 years old) development is going to be very important in 2022 because if the team believes he is a quality player Gute can focus his attention in 2022 on the DL, and LB positions. Yosh and Cole are the critical pieces to the OL that is young and talented because should they be legitimate and quality players the Packers are completely set at OL once they resign Jenkins.

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greengold's picture

September 28, 2021 at 11:14 am

I'm not so sure about that, my friend! Yosh played both LT and RT at a very high level at Virginia Tech. I think he could very well find himself taking over that RT position if we don't retain Billy Turner, who has been pretty solid there, with Jenkins going back to LG.

Bakhtiari and Nijman could make some pretty good bookends going forward. We'll have to see.

I do get where you're going there, but, I really like Jenkins next to Bak.

Regardless, we are playing for now, and that is all that matters. The future is looking pretty bright with Stenovich's coaching and development of all the young players we have. Seeing real results now. Fantastic. Runyan. Newman. Wow. This is a very impressive young group, and I hope they continue to show well. Tough tests abound through these next 8 games.

Rodgers worked 100% legit magic Sunday night, as did the rest of this Packers team. Great to see.

GPG

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September 28, 2021 at 11:36 am

GG, I agree with you. You want your best 5 out there. Jenkins time at Tackle can come when Bak is no longer a Packer or retired as a Packer. Unless he would take a large pay cut, Turner will be gone next year due to SC.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

September 30, 2021 at 02:40 pm

GG,
My main point is the Packers need 4 OT's. Turner will be gone and yes if Jenkins slides back into Guard he can swing back to OT in a pinch. Regardless, the Packers really need Yosh and Cole to develop. Presently, Yosh still has a ways to go to be a good starting OT. The OL is a bright spot for the GBP's.

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Guam's picture

September 28, 2021 at 07:40 am

Maybe its just me, but I find the theme of this article unsettling. The article implies that Rodgers was the reason Green Bay won the game. Rodgers did play very well and was one of the primary contributors, but this was a TEAM win. Many contributed including the offensive and defensive lines who played their best games of the season, Without everyone else playing at a high level, Rodgers doesn't win the game with his play.

And the hero who won the game was Mason Crosby with an unbelievable 51 yard field goal on the last play.

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packerbackerjim's picture

September 28, 2021 at 07:57 am

The team did play at a very high level, but with just about any other QB the result would not have been the same.

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Guam's picture

September 28, 2021 at 08:58 am

Not entirely sure I agree PBJ. Rodgers was very good, but he didn't exactly drive the Packers into chip shot range for Crosby. I think the result was just as much if not more about Crosby than it was about Rodgers.

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murf7777's picture

September 28, 2021 at 11:38 am

Guam, he only had 37 seconds with no timeouts to work with. He played that 37 seconds like a surgeon. In addition, he had to get the line set to spike the ball twice, no easy feat. Few QB’s could’ve pulled that off.

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Bure9620's picture

September 28, 2021 at 08:42 am

To a certain extent I agree. Rodgers is forcing the ball to Adams ALOT 18-20 targets is very high. There were a few plays the ball went to Adams when he was bracketed and MVS was singled and open.....

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murf7777's picture

September 28, 2021 at 11:43 am

Where are you getting your stats from? He had 7, 9 & 18 targets in the first three games. In the SF game, Why wouldn’t you target Adams when they are decimated at DB’s in the game. Can you really trust our other WR to get open and make the plays Adams did during that game. That make sense to have your playmaker go up and make plays. He gets the same amount of targets as other superstar WR’s.

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September 28, 2021 at 01:15 pm

Murf, I remember when the Chicago Bulls would pass the ball to MJ and then stand around and watch him. They didn’t win that way. I’m in favor of keeping all the parts involved, and I think 18 targets is too many for this offense, because it causes other good players to be underutilized.

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Since'61's picture

September 28, 2021 at 01:09 pm

In the NFL you rarely have a situation where a player cannot be stopped. The 49ers had no answer for Adams on Sunday evening. Why not keep throwing him the ball if the opponent can’t stop him?

Your QB is deadly accurate and his best receiver is open on almost every play. It’s just pitch and catch for Rodgers to Adams. DCs are going to watch this game film and either over compensate to cover him which will create opportunities for Tonyan, Jones and Cobb (when he is in the game). MVS and Lazard with get their shots as well. It’s all good. Thanks, Since ‘61

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 28, 2021 at 08:02 pm

Ask LaFleur who was his go to set of guys for the 49r Game Plan. If he wanted to play hot potato with the WRs he would have played that scheme and Rodgers would be on his back most of the game.

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Coldworld's picture

September 28, 2021 at 08:33 am

I wasn’t aware that anyone was suggesting that Rodgers had lost his physical talent. The questions were about whether his absence from the preseason impacted him and if his mind was focused. I think it’s clear that he was rusty and perhaps needed the cold shower that was game one. Sunday’s performance would seem to indicate that he was rusty and perhaps did need to remember that he is fallible.

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September 28, 2021 at 08:46 am

He looks like he wreaks of cigarettes in that picture. I'm sure he's doing that look ironically.

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September 28, 2021 at 08:49 am

he may have played a brilliant game, but I think he relies on DA too much...last years NFC Championship game, and I just don't like his diva attitude and his press conference on his return. He lost me as a fan at that point and will never get it back. .Packer fan for over 60 years

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September 28, 2021 at 10:29 am

I was feeling the same way, but after this week I think he changed my thinking. Had to be the emotion he showed this week. The lack of that before had lost me and the stubborn focus on Adams

Just going to savor this and dwell on what could be. Campbell,Stokes, and now Yosh are making this feel more and more like it could be a special year.

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murf7777's picture

September 28, 2021 at 11:45 am

Are you a fan of Favre?

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Swisch's picture

September 28, 2021 at 08:15 pm

I hear you, Spiker, as a Packer fan for 50 years.
However, I extend to Aaron Rodgers an opportunity to get us back as fans, at least this one fan.
It would help if he showed some remorse or regret.
He doesn't have to grovel, just recognize in some sympathetic way that he jerked us around as fans by threatening to hold out on us in this most promising of seasons.
I'd also like him to apologize to everyone in the front office for trashing them (in that press conference) as cold and calculating to Packers players.
I'm not holding my breath, but not giving up on him, either.
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As it is right now, I don't trust him. If he is pretty much the same guy as he was this offseason, I'd rather trade him (right now) than win a Super Bowl with him (which doesn't seem likely, anyway).
Rodgers is angry at the front office for supposedly not appreciating him as a player; why shouldn't we be angry at him as a player for not appreciating us as fans?
The star quarterback in high school cuts class and is rude to teachers, but he may help us win a state championship. Do we excuse and coddle him (even as we would cut other players for smaller infractions), or do we give him a clear choice and one last chance (if not also some kind of punishment).
Rodgers is supposed to be a venerable veteran, not a moody adolescent.
There are things more important than winning. I truly think Vince Lombardi would agree.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

September 30, 2021 at 02:42 pm

Swish and Spiker....Amen!

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 28, 2021 at 08:07 pm

Well, then go back to your Randy Wright and Barty Smith highlight reels to placate your soul.

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TheVOR's picture

September 28, 2021 at 09:00 am

Like I keep telling all Packers fans in public forums, enjoy the ride. If this organization is truly stupid enough to trade that player away, it will likely be one of the last times you see QB talent like that in GB.

Players like this are freakish rare, and they sure don't look like our current backup that so many were clambering for. Aaron Rodgers is a very gifted dude, and it's been so much fun to watch that talent in Green Bay. Hope they find a way to have him finish his career in GB, and put a defense on the field.

If the front office put as much attention into building a proper defense, as they do in hacking off the HOF MVP QB they have on the roster, we'd be playing for a championship annually.

Rodgers is flipping awesome. That game was a legend!

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packerbackerjim's picture

September 28, 2021 at 09:06 am

Thumbs up, to infinity and beyond

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Matt Gonzales's picture

September 28, 2021 at 01:50 pm

I want to agree, but the Packers are a victim of their own success. They have a HOF QB that set the market with his last contracts, enjoyed a long stretch if picking near the bottom of the draft based on how they finished the season each year, and had a run of both bad defensive picks and unfortunate injuries to key players that required spending top picks on the same positions way too many times.

In 2019 GB reversed course and brought in several mid/big name FAs to jumpstart their team. If Rodgers stays after this year, they're all gone due to the cap implications, and there's no way homegrown cornerstones like Alexander, Tonyan, Crosby, Lazard/MVS are able to be resigned. It would make such a deficit that it almost negates the benefit of keeping Rodgers, and I think he knows that.

Unless GB goes out on top this year and it motivates AR to want to pull a Ryan or Brady and agree to a longer term extension for less pay to keep riding the wave, this is the last year, and we can be thankful that he will yield multiple high picks over the next few years that can be used to jumpstart the inevitable rebuild, taking solace in the fact that the Packers have a lot of good, young, cheap players that they can lean on and allow Love to simply be a game manager while he continues to develop.

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dobber's picture

September 28, 2021 at 02:12 pm

Well said, Matt.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

September 30, 2021 at 02:44 pm

Matt,
A voice of reason!

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 28, 2021 at 08:09 pm

Rodgers stays, Management goes is the 2022 theme song...

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Swisch's picture

September 28, 2021 at 10:10 am

It's about Aaron Rodgers being coachable.
If it's fourth-and-goal at the one yard line, who makes the decision as to whether to go for a touchdown or a field goal?
If in the key moments of a game, our head coach decides something our quarterback doesn't like, is our quarterback going to truly go along with the decision of our head coach?
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Last week, when things we're looking bleak, I said I would go with Rodgers this season through thick and thin if he's really on board with our head coach, Matt LaFleur.
This week, when thinks are looking rosy, I would trade Rodgers today if he's not really on board with our head coach, Matt LaFleur.
I don't expect the relationship between Rodgers and LaFleur to be perfect, but Rodgers for the most part has to be ready and willing to do whatever his head coach wants him to do.
If in the last minute of the fourth quarter on a win-or-lose play, LaFleur draws up a play for MVS or Lazard instead of Davante, Rodgers can't pass over it.
If LaFleur says hand off the ball to Jones or Dillon, Rodgers has to run with it.
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I don't know the situation between Rodgers and LaFleur. Maybe it's great. I sincerely hope so.
However, if it isn't, at some point LaFleur has to draw a line. He can't sell out his integrity. It's not good for him, not good for Rodgers, not good for the team.
At some point, a dysfunction between quarterback and head coach would cause us the must crushing heartbreak.
I'm not going to get on a roller coaster from week to week this season going up and down breathlessly with the enigma of Aaron Rodgers, trying to decipher his cryptic remarks and to analyze his expressions.
I've been rooting for Rodgers all along, but I'm not going with him at any cost. I'll live with some interceptions, but not with insubordination.
Again, if Rodgers has truly come around from his apparent arrogance of the offseason, then I'll stick with him loyally.
If his astounding excellence and clutch performance this past Sunday night only emboldens Rodgers to be more stubborn and bossy, then let's trade him while he's hot -- as of now.

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September 28, 2021 at 11:12 am

I don't recall Rodgers ever criticizing MLF.
Just the opposite: he praises him regularly.

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September 28, 2021 at 02:56 pm

I'm not saying Rodgers has ever criticized MLF publicly.
He did criticize the front office, though, and harshly. That puts MLF in an extremely delicate position between his superiors and Rodgers, or so it seems to me. What if MLF shows any approval for what the front office does that Rodgers doesn't like?
Who dares to suffer the disapproval of Rodgers in all its self-righteous superiority as venerable veteran and reigning MVP? Just one downward glance is enough to send its recipient into a downward spiral, nay a freefall, of shame at incurring the disappointment of our distinguished QB, if not his seething wrath.
Too strong? If there's a fair measure of truth, though, in that possible hyperbole, then the problem becomes clear in the dynamic between player and coach.
At a certain point, one wearies of weathering the tempestuous moods of Aaron Rodgers. It's silly for us to be so taken with him. It's not about his golden arm but his fickle heart. Ultimately, we risk becoming saps.
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Anyway, What I'm concerned about is Rodgers subtly undermining MLF.
Have we ever found out what happened with the play calls in the last NFC Championship Game against the Bucs, when it was first-and-goal from the eight, and the game was on the line?
Also, who makes the decisions about going for it on fourth down for the Packers these days?
So many questions, so few answers. We have to hope our head coach and GM have some dignity to draw a line with Rodgers.
Yes, give him some freedom for his genius, but we can't continually be haggling with him unto headache, and especially when quick calls have to be made in crunch time.
Our destiny as fans being rewarded or rebuked is on the line.

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September 28, 2021 at 01:01 pm

"Just one downward glance is enough to send its recipient into a downward spiral, nay a freefall, of shame at incurring the disappointment of our distinguished QB, if not his seething wrath."

"Our destiny as fans being rewarded or rebuked is on the line."

You really are a weird duck. "Our destiny as fans"? I think someone needs to get a hobby.

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September 28, 2021 at 02:51 pm

Hey, 13TimeChamps, weren't you one of those who wasn't going to respond to my wildly weird comments?
Not that I mind if you comment, and no hard feelings (although some continuing annoyance that need not be lasting) -- but could you at least address the points I'm making, even if it's to undo them?
You're intelligent enough to actually engage in a thoughtful discussion rather than just ridiculing, right? Show your stuff.
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The manipulative slyness of Aaron Rodgers is indeed the unspoken elephant that's always in the room for the Packers and their fans, is it not?
Everyone is supposed to decode his words and expressions and gestures, and then figure out how to please his highness.
We'll compromise our dignity if only his majesty may just lead us to a Super Bowl.
That doesn't seem like much of an exaggeration. That seems like telling the truth in a fair and complete way.
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Is everything manufactured by the media, or is there really something to the self-manufactured Aaron Rodgers Melodrama that is getting more than a little tiresome to others beside myself?
Are others really confident about who is making the calls for the Packers to go for it on fourth down? Because I'm not.
I suspect Rodgers is the little kid always threatening an embarrassing tantrum in the grocery store if he doesn't get his favorite cereal.
And we're the supposed adults who are enabling him.
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However, enlighten me, anyone, as to where I'm wrong.

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September 28, 2021 at 03:14 pm

I just don't understand the importance you put on this. It's a damn football game. We're not talking about ending wars and world hunger.

You've made the point that you're not sure of the true relationship between Rodgers and MLF....like about 50 times now. It's a legitimate question, but why you seem to take it so personal is what's weird to me. Making comments like "We'll compromise our dignity..." How in the hell is watching a football game compromising our dignity?

I've been watching Packer football since 1962. I get as fired up during the game as much as the next guy, but when the game is over I go off and do other things. It's a small part of my life. I don't sit around for the next 6 days analyzing to death every aspect of the previous game, and attaching bizarre personal things to it like it's going to affect my legacy as a fan. I don't even know what the hell that means.

But you have every right to attach as much importance that a football game/team has on your personal life as you see fit. I also have the right to read your comments and go...WTF!?

I was really serious about getting a hobby.

Peace

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September 28, 2021 at 04:30 pm

Peace to you, 13TimeChamps, in all sincerity.
Yet would you have it that the Packers just hired 53 Hessian mercenaries if only they would win us a 14th championship?
We won't care if they're all robotically uninterested in us as fans, as long as they perform well?
That's not for me.
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Actually, though, character and winning are intimately interrelated.
The reason Lombardi won -- even though he could be maniacally critical to his players -- was that he truly loved them.
He wanted them to do things the right way not only in terms of technique, but in terms of ethics. He wanted them to be not only great players, but great persons.
One end of football is making a good living, but it can also be a means to a good life.
(Remember his talk on the sidelines before what I think was the second Super Bowl against the Raiders. He wanted his players to be proud of their profession. It wasn't just a frivolous exercise of entertainment to temporarily amuse fickle fans. Any honest work is noble, including that of professional football player. Go out on the field with that sense of honor! Don't diminish the profession; don't let down yourself. Play hard. Play fair.)
Lombardi wasn't going to use a stolen a playbook to win. He wouldn't put up with a diva to win, either.
Winning was hugely important, but so was the process of being a diligent worker and a good sportsman. Even in our glaring imperfections we strive for perfection -- realizing that we'll fall far short of it -- yet still we can hope to achieve a measure of excellence. That goes for developing morals as well as practicing football.
The reason a team wins the Ice Bowl on the literally frozen tundra with a 68-yard drive in the last few minutes -- after being roughed up and pushed backward for negative yardage on offense up until then in the second half -- is because of character.
Love covers a multitude of sins. It may be the difference between seeing a championship game slip away by one yard in the waning seconds, or getting over the top for a title and legendary glory.
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That's why I love the Packers, even though I was just 6 years old during that second Super Bowl of January 1968, entirely oblivious to the game at the time. It's the romance of gallantry and chivalry that would capture my imagination a few years later, and more so now.
If we discount the humanity, then it's just fantasy football -- mostly a meaningless exercise in deceptive statistics and perhaps making (or losing) some cash.
For anything in life to have true meaning, to really matter, it's about the people.
As Mother Teresa seemed to say: Do the little things with great love.

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September 28, 2021 at 08:13 pm

Our destitute Fans...

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croatpackfan's picture

September 29, 2021 at 11:44 am

"I do not understand why he (MLF) take the ball from me at the 4th down, his best player!"

That was said out of the AR mouth at the end game interview. Is that criticism? Or he praised him with that statement?

Did he follow play calls from MLF at that last 3 possesions Packers had or he overturning those play calls to try to force the ball to well covered DA?

That is just one example...

And the last question on the Jeopardy when AR was host?

AR place his criticism very subtly. This is his manner. When he believe he can win over somebody (MM, BG, Personnel department) he will bw direct!

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September 28, 2021 at 12:28 pm

The Rodgers haters are still hanging on in the comment section I see. Although less then before. Wonder how many games into the season they’ll hold on. Ya he’s great but….but butt his man bun bothers me..wah.

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jont's picture

September 28, 2021 at 01:22 pm

Re the hair, it was reported that growing it out is part of his plan for a halloween costume.
The Joker?
Let's hope he cuts it after the party.

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September 28, 2021 at 08:14 pm

Why?

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Swisch's picture

September 28, 2021 at 03:14 pm

Yeah, the critics were there after the first two games, but then somehow disappeared Sunday night.
How oddly inconsistent. What could explain such a peculiar phenomenon?
Off with the king's head! Long live the king!
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It's not about hating Rodgers.
I'm a big fan. I'm all for the guy as a player and a person.
True friends are not sycophants, though.
Also, we don't abandon him after a bad game, then giddily slap him on the back after a good one.
I consider myself a true friend of Aaron Rodgers, even though we've never met. I'd be glad to have a scotch with him, though these days my wife and I are trying out bourbon manhattans (especially as a recent southerner am I willing to substitute for brandy).
Oh well, maybe we'll have one of each. We could talk current social issues, in the context of European history, in light of the unique contributions of Christianity to the good of civilization (with the invention of hospitals and universities, for example).
I'm not going to pander to him, though, just because he may give me an approving glance.

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September 28, 2021 at 01:25 pm

Cory - I was never worried about Aaron Rodgers. I knew that if he returned to the Packers that he would play well just like he has over his entire career.

If he retired he retires. That was his call. If the Packers traded him that was their call. Once he decided to return I had no doubt him on the field. I wasn’t worried about him subverting the coach because he has never done that, he has never tanked a game or a season, he has played through injuries when he could have sat down and he has always been a good team mate.

The idea that everything would change because he blew off the OTAs after 16 seasons in the league was totally overblown and a lack of understanding of what he was doing and a lack of appreciation for what he means and has meant to the team.

As I posted in the past and during this latest off- season, Rodgers is the last player on the team we need to be worried. We should be lucky enough to have 53 that play their positions as well as he plays QB. Thanks, Since ‘61

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September 28, 2021 at 08:16 pm

Naturally, '61, we again must "worry" about the Fans: The fickle, the faithful and the fictional.

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September 28, 2021 at 09:58 pm

"Cory - I was never worried about Aaron Rodgers."

I was never worried about Rodgers, the PLAYER, but I was and still am worried about his dispute with the Front Office:

* Will or did his going public with the F.O. dispute create division in the locker room?
* Did the lack of offseason sessions with coaches and practice with players contribute
to the abysmal game in Jacksonville?
* Will Rodgers restructure his deal next year so that the Packers can keep him without
decimating the roster?

As I posted in the past, I'm a PACKERS fan for life, and have been thrilled to have Rodgers, the player, as QB. I'm now hoping he RESTRUCTURES so he can achieve his stated desire to retire as a career Packer.

Rodgers talent as a PLAYER goes without question, but I was (and still am) a Packers fan that is worried

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Harold Drake's picture

September 30, 2021 at 07:37 am

Bang on 61.

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September 28, 2021 at 01:31 pm

This is the bottom line: If Rodgers has enough protection to do his job, there’s a real good chance that he’ll put 30+ points on the board. Even if guys are injured, even on the road, even against good teams, even if he throws to one guy too much, even if the refs are boning us. We get to 30.

We always win when we hit 30 and have less than 4 turnovers. Stretching back over our last 21 games, to the start of last season, we’re 14-0 when we hit 30 and don’t have multiple turnovers.

As long as we get adequate blocking, nobody is going to stop this offense.

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September 28, 2021 at 07:25 pm

Completely agree Leatherhead, especially since I believe that our OL will only get better as the season progresses and we get Bak back at 100%. Thanks, Since '61

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September 28, 2021 at 04:33 pm

I did not worry about Rodgers. But I was upset with all the off-season noise. I did not like what I was hearing from pundits. I always feel that miscommunication is a two way street and often both sides have responsibilities to get it right. I don’t see a drop off in his play or his relationships in the locker room. He cares about his teammates and the team. He disagrees with some of the decisions from the front office. He made that known and I was mad that he did. But he has that right and I had the right to fuss about it. Since then, he had made his opinions clear and I respect that.

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September 28, 2021 at 08:20 pm

I encouraged Rodgers to maintain the drama, unhinge the red hats and get the water hot.

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September 28, 2021 at 10:03 pm

So I guess you think a dysfunctional organization has a better chance of success?

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September 30, 2021 at 07:35 am

This article provides an excellent analysis and appreciation of Aaron Rodgers' other-worldly skills as one of the greatest QBs of all time. (It is hardly important or insightful to state with any certainty that he's No.1 or No.2 - you cannot compare a Rodgers to a Brady to a Montana or to a Starr since each player was part of a specific team with a unique roster of players working with a different coach and competing in a different era - try running that through a supercomputer to get a definitive result that can separate out the hundreds of variables that would affect any ultimate ranking of QBs, notwithstanding the arbitrary categories used in the NFL QB rating equation!)

But Mr. Jennerjohn should not be worried about the limited capacity of certain fans to understand that Aaron Rodgers is a highly intelligent, deeply introspective individual and hence their "worry" that his offseason internal debate over whether to return to a team that is anxious to terminate his services has affected his desire and ability to play the game at the highest level. AR12's extraordinary skills as a QB are a combination of natural physical and mental gifts (strong arm, ability to throw with high accuracy, quick reads of opposing defenses). None of these things is affected by how much time he spent in Hawai'i with his fiancé and friends or whether he is studying Buddhist or other philosophical/wellness texts as part of his attempt at spiritual growth.

As I have mentioned many times with respect to the lunatic class of anti-Rodgers (I wonder what the overlap would be with anti-Vaxxers and MAGA J6 deniers, but I have tried to assure Aaron Nagler that I will try not to bring politics into these discussions), Brian Gutekunst's reckless, premature, and destructive choice of Jordan Love has set in motion a disastrous scenario in which Rodgers will almost certainly be playing for another NFL team next season. While Mr. Nagler and other Gutekunst party faithful will try to argue that the latter was simply trying to avoid a Ben Rothlisberger situation where a team is saddled with a legendary QB one season too many, this argument falls apart when one looks at the careers of Brady, Elway, and Peyton Manning - the latter who still won a Super Bowl with a badly damaged neck and diminished passing velocity. Rothlisberger was NEVER a QB with the kind of skill set that these GOAT-like QBs displayed and it was already evident last year (despite starting off with an 11-0 record) that Big Ben was not performing at the same level as before his arm surgery.)

Gutekunst panicked with his decision to draft Jordan Love (setting in motion a clear succession scenario) which has resulted in the PREMATURE termination of Rodgers' tenure with the Packers. Given that AR12 is still performing at GOAT level (the last two games have shown that there may never have been another NFL QB who is capable of the kind of throws that he made against Detroit and the kind of lightning comeback he mounted against the Niners last Sunday (which even a Joe Mantana, John Elway, Peyton Manning, or even Brett Favre would have had trouble duplicating), it is pure INSANITY that Rodgers will NOT be playing for Green Bay over the next two or three seasons during which one would expect him to perform with Brady-like consistency of excellence barring a major injury.

AR12 had already served notice that he wanted to play out his career with the Packers but Brian Gutekunst decided he would try to apply the simplistic and statistically non-comparable Favre-Rodgers transition scenario equation (largely occasioned by Favre's intimations of pending retirement and NOT by physical decline) to the present. This utterly fallacious reasoning will likely result in the precipitous decline of the Packers beginning next season - admittedly I am assuming that Rodgers will be gone - that will also likely see Adams and MVS depart for greener pastures (pardon the pun). If this takes place, then the legacy of Brian Gutekunst will be the wholly unnecessary premature dismantling of the Rodgers era. That is the reality that should be the most urgent (beginning next season) object of Packers' fans' reflection. I am hoping that Rodgers will lead the Packers to a Super Bowl victory this year so he can engage in the ultimate form of schadenfreude and bid farewell to Gozer Gutekunst the Destructor.

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