Raji: Packers will “try to go for this thing”

AP

It doesn’t sound like the knee injury to Greg Jennings will change the Packers’ approach to the rest of the season.

They still have to clinch homefield advantage in Week 14. After that, it sure sounds like the Packers will keep playing to win.

“I think I can speak for coach in that he’s going to try to go for this thing,” defensive tackle B.J. Raji said via Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com.

While Raji may not be authorized to speak for McCarthy, he fully expects the team will go after 16-0 record unlike the Colts in 2009.

“You don’t win a Super Bowl by being scared. You just play. That’s the message [McCarthy] is preaching,” Raji said. “Just play the game because . . .  that’s the way you’re supposed to play it. You’re not supposed to be playing a game and looking at all of these scenarios of who you want to play. That’s not how football is supposed to be played.”

Would you like to be the one to tell Charles Woodson that he’s going to be “rested” before a bye week?

“Nothing’s going to stop this train,” Woodson said. “That’s our thought. We understand guys are going to go down. No excuses.”

67 responses to “Raji: Packers will “try to go for this thing”

  1. Well…. That’s what they’re paid to do…… The Colts in the past tried to flip the switch off and then on….and it didn’t work. Just play the game.

  2. That’s the spirit your fans have come to enjoy watching. Go for it Green Bay, and enjoy the ride. I will enjoy the irony when the Pats beat you at the Super Bowl, and you too can be 18-1.

  3. Your only loss will be to steelers in super bowl this year…you got a 3 turnover gift last year. Won’t happen this year…book it!

  4. what are they supposed to do? The colts tried it one way and failed and the Pats tried another way and failed.

    I guess if they are gonna go down, I want them to go down swinging. Go for the fences and go for history. If someone critical gets injured, then that’s what happens.

  5. We’ll see if Raji is correct in his belief that he can speak for McCarthy that the Packers will try to go 19-0. I have a feeling anyone that has so much as a hangnail will be inactive if home field is locked up. And pretty much everyone has nicks and bruises at this point of the season. I would not be at all surprised to see a bunch of starters inactive in Weeks 16 and/or 17. It just seems like McCarthy’s way of doing things.

  6. Just a note on the 2009 Colts. They rested their starters but were, in fact, able to switch it back on like flipping a light switch. They got to the Super Bowl. Two things happened: 1.) Caldwell is just a bad, unimaginative coach and couldn’t adjust, and 2.) The Saints played a good game and flat out won. But it’s not like Indy lost in the first round or something cause they rested starters.

  7. The fans of the steelers always argue they won’t play as bad this year in the super bowl than they did last year. Not a very good argument fellas. Green & Yellow all day…Go Packers…Do what you do…

  8. Rhetorical question: Is there anything more whiny or obnoxious than a loser Steeler fan?

    The reason they will go for 16-0 is because they play divisional foes the last two games. You don’t want them in the playoffs. That is why the Bears played the Packers tooth and nail week 17 last year when they had nothing to play for….they did not want the Packers in the playoffs. They were right.

  9. Caldwell’s decision to forego the perfect season was a case of a rookie coach being way too conservative. Can you imagine the Patriots not trying for the perfect season in ’07? Or the ’85 Bears? Mike Ditka, resting his players for fear of injury? Of course they should try to win their remaining games, because turning off the switch at any point, for a game or even for a quarter, is a bad idea.

  10. Thankfully Ted Thompson had the smarts to resign James Jones in the off season. Packer fans will recall that he he came up big late last year, even if he did have a few costly drops. Losing Jennings is bad but it’s not the end of the world so I agree with the big man, go for it.

  11. Packers and Pats fans should book their lodging for the Super Bowl now……Immediately….Cause this is what the league wants, they don’t want a defensive team and a 10-7 real game…..They want the two worst defenses in the league, in an NBA all-star game type shootout……..This is why Fletcher got a penalty for a legal hit on Brady, it’s a predetermined story line, the Pack undefeated goes against the last undefeated team to make the game…….They own to teams to make money and that game makes alot of money…….

  12. i have to admit the Packers mentality is awesome. there is a lot to like about that team. too bad their fans make that impossible.

  13. “Cause this is what the league wants, they don’t want a defensive team and a 10-7 real game… They own to teams to make money and that game makes alot of money…….”

    Yes, who can forget how the league was struggling to make money when the defensive-heavy Bucs or Ravens won Super Bowls last decade? I could barely even find those games on TV, the league was so obscure at the time.

    I mean, before they said guys couldn’t “James Harrison” the quarterbacks and they could just spear them right in the head or dive right at their knees Bernard Pollard-style, the league was just scraping by, wasn’t it? God, the league would sure hate it if a low-scoring Tim Tebow offense made the Super Bowl. Nobody is talking about Tebow. They’d really hate it if the defensive-minded Jets made it because nobody in New York watches football.

  14. .
    the only football franchise that would NOT try to go undefeated a feat more precious than a super bowl is the sissy colts…..

    the packers team would NOT allow this like the colts

    too bad the Giants are going to beat them in the Super Bowl though…… 18-1!!!!!
    where plax at?

  15. I think the J-E-T-S would have a better chance of getting to the SB than the Steelers. Which isn’t going to happen. Texans sure are looking kind of good.

  16. Does this mean that stupid f_ck Mercury Morris is going to change his mind about hoping the Packers go 19-0? After all, he rooted against New England because they were “all in your face about it”. I guess now the Packers are “all in your face” Mercury. It wasnt the Pats talking about 19-0 all year long. It was ESPN, etc. Just like the Packers have been saying all year, one week at a time, etc. This year’s Packers and 07’s Patriots have been mirror images of each other, the only difference is that nobody hates McCarthy like they hate Belichick

  17. 700 get the tinfoil hat off please.

    Regular season NFL games out draw viewer wise even playoff basebore. If you want the two worst defenses in the game, the Colts would have to be one of the teams. Defenses are measured by points allowed, not yards. Unless you’ve ever seen an NFL scoreboard with “team A with 433 yards beats team B with 344 yards”. I know I haven’t.

    Good for them if they do go for it. That’s the way the game should be played.

  18. That’s a dumb idea to even think the pack wouldn’t try and run the table. This is a football team were talking about. Who would give up the last game of the year to go 15-1 and not 16-0. Ridiculous question.

  19. I am glad to hear they are going for it. It has always annoyed me when teams didn’t fight for it.

    You should give your team every chance to win, sitting players may or may not help them. If they are going to get hurt, they will get hurt.

    Go Pack.

    I am a Skins fan but would love to see a QB like Rodgers who waited for his chance and made good as well as a team that largely seems to be made of the right stuff.

    Steelers fans, I am sorry but scoring 3 against the Browns isn’t going to help you get to the SB, much less beat the Packers if both teams get there.

  20. As great as the packers have played(I am a long time packer fan) I am nervous about this undefeated season. It still is the NFL and I believe after winning so many games in a row, a team is due to knock you off. It happens every year, Peyton flirts with 16-0 every year he plays it seems. I think losing a game in the regular season can be the best thing to happen for the packers. It will take all the pressure off of the team that will just build greater with each undefeated win. I think if they get that one loss out of the way, the super bowl will be a lock for them, if that makes any sense to you

  21. Soooo…he shouldve said, “No, were gonna pack it in. Losing our best WR for 4 weeks is not something we are willing to deal with. Give me my kickball…we’re going home. This just isn’t fair.” And then he kicks the dirt with a pout on his face.
    Give me a break. What a non-story.

  22. Man up! Play each meaningless game (e.g. if homefield already secured) as third preseason game. Play starters into 3rd quarter then rest them. Packers have the BYE to rest players.

  23. the Packers are playing it cautious. If the playoffs were held yesterday Hawk, Starks and more then likely Sitton would have played.

  24. Erin Rodgers will not see the big game unless he is watching it from home.
    They will not make it to the NFC Championship they will not get past the 49ers Saints or Giants.
    Erin hates to be hit so blitz him early hit him hard and what you have is another Tom Brady can not do it when the heat is on.

  25. I’m glad they’re going after it…as well they should. I’ve already made my disdain for the Colts organization well known when they wussed out. That Packer team is playing a different game than the rest of the NFL.

    There are two things that will stop them from being 19-0…themselves and playing a team that plays an absolute gem of a game, above their level, with zero mistakes.

    I also want them to finish it because I want that STUPID 16-0 banner banished from Gillette Stadium. It’s awful to look at and it should be burned.

  26. And to add to my last post, I think desperate teams such as the Giants(7-6) and last years Packers(7-6 at this time) are teams to look out for. They will be sharp and playing with nothing to lose whereas the packers of this year are cruising and expected to win easily which is never good when facing hungry underdogs. Nevertheless, Go Pack 🙂

  27. All this “book it” stuff coming from no-nothing partisans! It’s actually funny and pathetic at the same time.

  28. @bigbluefan.. Teams do try to blitz him, and that’s where the problems begin for teams. He makes such great pre snap reads that he gets rid of the ball before the defenses even get off the lines. He is the best at evading the rush and also the best at hitting receivers on the run. And if teams drop all there guys in coverage, he has the ability to throw covered receivers open. It’s really the best quarterback play the league has seen in my opinion. He learned so much from favre( what to do, what not to do lol). Rodgers is almost a clone of favre, except he does not turn the ball over as much as favre did(just watch film o them both and they both make the same kind of throws with the same play making abilities)

  29. Erin hates to be hit so blitz him early hit him hard and what you have is another Tom Brady can not do it when the heat is on.

    Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has recorded a passer…[+] rating of 149.3, with 15 touchdowns and only one interception when facing the blitz this season.

    HMMMMMM…

  30. Being that their coach is a players coach and listens to his players when they make a request that involves the team I believe he will do what his players really want and that is to go undefeated for the year, he will keep all his starters playing like they have all year against the Lions,he knows the fans want it,the thousands of stockholders really want it,the players want it and management wants it,probably the NFL itself wants it,the only ones who dont want it is the Lions who they play the 16th and last game of the season,if Ted Thompson says go for it MM will certainly listen.

  31. The Steelers, even though I am a diehard Browns fan, look like the best choice to repeat. NE’s defense is horrible, Flacco is horribly inconsistent, Houston has a 3rd string QB, and No way Tebow takes Jesus all the way to the Super Bowl. The Steelers are ride their own ticket to the game.

    But the Packers look real good. Better than they did last year. I hope they go all the way and win it. I’m 34 and I have already seen a team go 0-16 in my lifetime and may see another. I’ve seen a team go undefeated in the regular season and then lose in the Super Bowl. I would love to see an undefeated 19-0 team in my lifetime.

  32. Skittles…logic and facts have no use on a football message board.
    Or general competence in the case of BigBlue. I’m sure Wolverine fans everywhere are thrilled you use that moniker to spew your ignorance.

  33. “bigbluefan1 says:
    Dec 12, 2011 11:36 AM
    Erin Rodgers will not see the big game unless he is watching it from home.
    They will not make it to the NFC Championship they will not get past the 49ers Saints or Giants.
    Erin hates to be hit so blitz him early hit him hard and what you have is another Tom Brady can not do it when the heat is on.”

    Seems to me that he “did” it when the heat was on at Giant’s stadium with only 58 seconds to go.

  34. Um, isn’t every teams goal to go 16-0??

    Tramon Williams had the best quote “our goal isn’t to go 16-0, it is to go 19-0.”

    Go Pack!

  35. They just need to worry about the health of 3 players… Rodgers, Woodson, Matthews… Mainly just Rodgers cause he is in a class of his own…

    So as long as those guys are healthy the Pack will repeat

  36. As they should, just like any team if they have the chance. I don’t think one thing went right for the cowardly Manning and the Collts when they layed down their perfect season to “rest” for the playoffs.

  37. glenne81, you couldn’t have put it any better. The packer tools, especially on this blog, make it hard to give the team kudos. I hope all the arrogant, snarky comments they post generate some bad juju karma for them. Jennings getting hurt is a good start. No more imaginary penalty flags from him!

  38. “bspurloc says:
    Dec 12, 2011 10:46 AM
    …the packers team would NOT allow this like the colts

    too bad the Giants are going to beat them in the Super Bowl though…… 18-1!!!!!
    where plax at?”

    You do realize that the Packers and the Giants are in the same…Oh, never mind.

  39. The real question is this: If one were to visit any Junior High School located East of Lake Michigan, how many times an hour would one hear “book it?”

  40. imaginesuperbowlwin says:
    Dec 12, 2011 12:34 PM
    glenne81, you couldn’t have put it any better. The packer tools, especially on this blog, make it hard to give the team kudos. I hope all the arrogant, snarky comments they post generate some bad juju karma for them. Jennings getting hurt is a good start. No more imaginary penalty flags from him!
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    wow way to wish injury on a player of a team you hate. Way to stay classy

  41. Packers have had an astonishingly easy schedule for a defending Superbowl champion! Yeah, you can only play who’s on your schedule, but chances are they will have played only 3 playoff teams this year (ATL/DET/or NY, DEN before Tebow, and NO). OMG they whipped a Raiders team that got blown out in Miami the week before! Besides they’re only 11-0 tops, the refs have accounted for at least 2 wins (we’re looking at you Tripplette).

  42. Your only loss will be to steelers in super bowl this year…you got a 3 turnover gift last year. Won’t happen this year…book it

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    Turnovers aren’t gifts, they’re earned!

  43. @skimbell-

    Apparently, you must have met my late father. He used to say “Never try to teach a pig to sing. You’ll waste your time and annoy the pig.”

  44. “orangeflh says:
    Dec 12, 2011 12:57 PM”

    Never wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty but the pig likes it.

  45. @rodgers4nflmvp: Ummm, Jennings got hurt BEFORE I posted. I was wishing Erin would get hurt! And no, I don’t hate the packers. I hate most of their fans. Thought I made that clear!

  46. the packers are averaging around 40 points a game at home and the defense is allowing around 18 as compared to 24 on the road….no one will get through lambeau out of the NFC…and tebow is awesome.

  47. swampymux12 says:
    Dec 12, 2011 12:53 PM
    Packers have had an astonishingly easy schedule for a defending Superbowl champion! Yeah, you can only play who’s on your schedule, but chances are they will have played only 3 playoff teams this year (ATL/DET/or NY, DEN before Tebow, and NO). OMG they whipped a Raiders team that got blown out in Miami the week before! Besides they’re only 11-0 tops, the refs have accounted for at least 2 wins (we’re looking at you Tripplette).
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    that’s hilarious since the NFL schedule is made a couple years in advance as to what teams play who

  48. Everyone needs to “book it” even if they don’t like” bookin it” cause at this day in age it’s all about “bookin it” and you can “book that”

  49. I love how everyone around town here and online complain about the “easy” schedule the Packers have had. I won’t try to say it’s the most challenging, not by a longshot, but look at the playoff contenders that they have beaten (division leaders and wildcard contenders). Lions (in Detroit), Bears (in Chicago), Broncos, Falcons (in Atlanta), Saints, Giants (in New York), and Raiders. No this is not a murderers row, but still not a cakewalk either. Just because they didn’t play the likes of New England, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, or San Francisco doesn’t make their schedule easy. Plus last I checked those other “contender” have lost what was supposed to be easy games. Baltimore to Jacksonville and Seattle, San Fran to Arizona, New England to Buffalo, New Orleans to St. Louis, the list goes on…. Any given Sunday is supposed to be the rule, but the Packers are just plain better than everyone right now.

  50. rugdog100 says: Dec 12, 2011 9:48 AM

    Raji might be making a foot-in-mouthwich for lunch.
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    Slow your roll there, fella. He didn’t guarantee anything, all he said was they are going to go for it. Meaning they most likely won’t rest there starters going into the post-season. They have the 2009 Colts in the back of there minds and they want to go into the post-season hitting on all cylinders…

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