Aaron Rodgers indicates he knows McCarthy’s plan

Reuters

Packers coach Mike McCarthy hasn’t said publicly whether his team will rest players the last few weeks of the season, but the early tea leaves point to the Packers’ truly going for an undefeated record.

B.J. Raji thinks that’s the way the Packers will approach things. It’s also how Packers safety Charlie Peprah hopes the team attacks their final games.

“It’s definitely something that’s in the back of our minds. Why not shoot for greatness? Why not be legendary?” Peprah asked NFL.com’s Albert Breer.

Sensing himself going off script for a minute, Peprah returned to coachspeak.

“But we’re gonna take this thing one game at a time. As cliché as that sounds, that’s been the formula, and it’s been working for us and we’re gonna continue to do that. But it would be sweet if we went 16-0, can’t lie to you,” Peprah said.

It sounds like Aaron Rodgers already knows how McCarthy plans to approach the final weeks.

“I am anxious to get to Sunday and am excited about the opportunity to wrap things up,” Rodgers told Jason Wilde on his ESPNMilwaukee radio show via ESPN.com. “There is some information that is privileged and some that is for some people’s ears only. So I can’t say that I’m completely oblivious [to] what the potential plans are, but I am excited about the rest of the team figuring them out as well.”

It would stand to reason that Rodgers would only be excited for the rest of the team to find out if the team was truly shooting “for greatness.” Rodgers also indicated players could potentially get pulled early if scores get out of hand, but that’s to be expected.

All signs point towards the Packers making a run at immortality.

93 responses to “Aaron Rodgers indicates he knows McCarthy’s plan

  1. The Packers are obviously awesome, but with a defense this questionable, it’s hard to count them as one of the all time greatest squads.

  2. I don’t think any coaches really care all that much about going undefeated. I think they would take a 14-2 regular season with a Superbowl win over a season like the Patriots a few years ago.

    I think the real issue is you just don’t sit your guys, because 2-3 weeks off is hard to jump back into a playoff atmosphere and not show some rust.

    I think if Tony Dungy believed in playing his guys he’d have 1 more ring. I’m a Steelers fan, and in our 2006 playoff run I thought there was no chance in hell we’d knock of Indy, in their house, because they’d blown us out there earlier in the year.

    Peyton Manning looked VERY average throughout the first half of that game, and looked like he was getting a rhythm in the second half and nearly made the comeback. I think if Peyton Manning finishes that regular season, he isn’t as rusty, and he beats Pittsburgh at home in that game.

    Aaron Rodgers and co. should play at least a half of every remaining game to keep them in game shape.

  3. Gentlemen, you’re paid to play. Let’s do it, let’s be smart about it, let’s don’t get all wrapped up in it like the media will and most importantly..don’t lose focus on our ultimate goal which is a 14th world championship. Good luck!

  4. You get paid to win games. It’s pretty simple yet every year we have to go thru this. You win bc its the right thing to do. It’s your job. And you work for the fans, who WANT TO WIN.

    what a tiresome conversation this is every December.

  5. My early tea leaves point to injuries knocking key players out for the playoffs. That’s what happens when you don’t play smart and confidence turns to arrogance. The latter of which happened a long time ago.

  6. “I love it when a plan comes together.”
    Get up early in these next 3 games.That will let us rest players and get some experience for the backups before the playoffs.It also lets us bring our injured players a chance to heal up a bit longer and not rush them back into the lineup before the playoffs start.

  7. they don’t even have to play rodgers to go 16-0 for 2 of the games. The Lions game they may need him for a half, but there is no way they don’t go 16-0. and inevitably 19-0. nobody stands a chance against them. nfc is going through green bay, and then they play the superbowl indoors, where the packers play exceptionally well.

    sorry other teams, but this team is unbeatable. and i predict they don’t lose next year if they keep stars off IR. they are all young. and they all have backups that could start on any other team. and then they draft star talent, ready to play. this team is going to go on a boston celtics type run this entire decade. just watch.

    -vikings fan.

  8. You HAVE to go for it….
    As William Wallace (Braveheart) said:
    “Dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days…from this day to that…. to go 19-0”.

    Side benefit: Old Dolphin players can save money on annual champagne spending

  9. Well, I agree that the defense definitely has some weak spots, but this a team and the units work together in that manner.

    If this TEAM does go 19-0 (big IF) they will be BY DEFINITION one of the all time greatest.

    Legendary indeed.

  10. Not sure things will be as easy as people think… should beat KC although a new QB with no tendencies to look at, a new head coach, and a team with nothing to lose (and a decent pass rush) may make things closer than people think. Division games in weeks 16 & 17 are always a toss-up plus who knows how cheap and dirty the Lions will get in Week 17.

  11. musiccitymiracle says: Dec 14, 2011 11:05 AM

    The Packers are obviously awesome, but with a defense this questionable, it’s hard to count them as one of the all time greatest squads.

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    Defense doesn’t win football games, but turnovers do. Turnovers have always meant everything.
    Questionable defense when you count yardage given up only. Which is a useless stat. Points given up and turnovers are the only stats that matter for a defense. The Packers are number one in INT’s and middle of the PACK in points given up. I would not call that questionable.

  12. This is McCarthy putting the final steak in Favre’s heart. A 19-0 steak to heart will make the town scrap their plans for a Brett Lorenzo Favre statue for good. And everyone knows it.. cruel world.

  13. I am praying to Tim Tebow for a Pack vs. Pats Superbowl. That would be great, except the Pats D is a joke and Brady is eventually going to lose them a game.

  14. Somebody wins the superbowl every year. Going undefeated while doing so is another level entirely. They have to go for it.

  15. The Packers are obviously awesome, but with a defense this questionable, it’s hard to count them as one of the all time greatest squads.
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    I’d settle for the Packers continuing to score more points than their opponents each game…….. If that continues to happen, yes, they will be one of the all time greats.

  16. If they are going to get beat the refs might have a say in the game and they wont be beat. Then they’ll have to keep cutting the cameras away from Rodgers and the refs laughing and joking together so it doesn’t look as bad as the Steelers Seahawks a few years ago.

  17. ACTUALLY,

    The NFC going through Green Bay is a bad thing:

    1. one bad weather playoff game shuts down those receivers
    2. Bring a tough D to a bad weather game and you have an upset (I present the San Francisco 49’ers)
    3. Bring a running game to a bad weather game and you have an upset (did someone hear that this guy GORE in SF is pretty good?)

    It would take a perfect storm of a bad weather day and the 9’ers bringing the ‘A’ game but the outdoors gives the 9’ers a shot.

  18. …or he could just be excited for the players that don’t normally get to play, to get more playing time. He was excited for Ryan Taylor to get in and get a touchdown.

  19. @flipadelphia

    I don’t personally see any arrogance. Are they getting excited about the prospect of 16-0? Yeah, but who wouldn’t be?

    And I wouldn’t be so quick to say playing starters isn’t smart. There is something to be said for not letting starters get rusty and for the confidence/momentum that comes from winning a game. I doubt the players’ spirits would be unaffected by essentially throwing a game and that could be just as costly as someone getting injured.

  20. sschmiggles says:
    Dec 14, 2011 11:04 AM
    If they get past Kansas City, who have a pretty good defense, it’s 16-0. The Lions will beat themselves

    KC has a good defense ????? LOL

    the Jets got 28 in the first half against them

  21. they don’t even have to play rodgers to go 16-0 for 2 of the games. The Lions game they may need him for a half, but there is no way they don’t go 16-0. and inevitably 19-0. nobody stands a chance against them. nfc is going through green bay, and then they play the superbowl indoors, where the packers play exceptionally well.

    sorry other teams, but this team is unbeatable. and i predict they don’t lose next year if they keep stars off IR. they are all young. and they all have backups that could start on any other team. and then they draft star talent, ready to play. this team is going to go on a boston celtics type run this entire decade. just watch.

    -vikings fan.

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    Remember, the Pats looked even better than this a few years back, and they couldn’t do it.

    And nobody actually believes you are a vikes fan.

  22. @bangithard

    You do know the Packers play their home games at Lambeau Field, right? You know, one of the most notoriously miserable bad weather stadiums in league history? I agree that if they meet a stiff defense with an offense that can at least keep up with Rodgers they’ll be in a lot of trouble, but…

  23. NYJALLEFFINGDAY,

    Think about it. The last 19 victories were in stadiums that were suited to the Packers spread 3,4 & 5 wide offense. The ball is tough to catch when it is cold outside, add rain or sleet to the mix. the Rodger’s fastball is nearly uncatchable. I hold my breath that the Green Bay area experiences a much warmer than normal winter.

    SF is a much bigger threat than N.O. is.. SF is perfectly suited to D it up and ram it down the throat of the packers. NO will not hold up in the cold.. they are fast track team.

  24. foosball11,

    yes i realize our 13 championships are by far the best and greatest of all teams.

    But you have to realize the average fan that lives today can only count super bowl victories as titles. The average fan does not believe football was played before ROMAN NUMERALS.

  25. MM has to give his guys something to reach for. A SB win is big yes, but most guys on the team already know what its like to win one.

    They will go for greatness.

  26. “Remember, the Pats looked even better than this a few years back, and they couldn’t do it.”

    Exactly. The formula to date has been Rodgers playing perfectly and getting a few turnovers. Play one ball control team in less than stellar weather and it all comes crumbling down.

    And other than the turnovers, the defense is pretty poor by Super Bowl standards.

  27. I think if I was the coach I’d put it to the team if they want a undefeated season they need to put these last three games away early and I would challenge my backups to hold the lead if they want 16 and 0, surely want to keep the momentum going and I am worried about the Saints in the playoffs if they play! I would be concerned about the 49’ers also! Bottom line: the playoff games at Green Bay will be electric! Roll Pack!!!!

  28. jf203 says:
    Dec 14, 2011 12:04 PM

    KC has a good defense ????? LOL

    the Jets got 28 in the first half against them
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    They’re ranked 10th against the pass. But I’m sure the Packers won’t take them as lightly as you do

  29. I say go for it.

    Look whats happened to the Colts since they quit on their fans, themselves, and the league two years ago. They haven’t stopped quitting since and are now the laughing stock of the NFL.

    An undefeated 19-0 season would cement the Packers as the best ever. But I still hold out hope the Pat’s get to the big game and pull out the upset. Brady vs Rodgers? Bring it on!

  30. sschmiggles says:
    Dec 14, 2011 1:10 PM
    jf203 says:
    Dec 14, 2011 12:04 PM

    KC has a good defense ????? LOL

    the Jets got 28 in the first half against them
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    They’re ranked 10th against the pass. But I’m sure the Packers won’t take them as lightly as you do

    Take lightly….at this point..with that QB team in upheaval..playing at home …..what is to take seriously

  31. Theoretically, yes. But SF would only get to GB in the conference championship and they won’t get that far.

  32. I love it when people try to act like the weather at Lambeau could be a disadvantage to the Packers and not their opponents. On a neutral field, how many NFC teams can beat the Packers? Maybe the Saints? Given how the Pack plays at home, given how the Saints play on the road, given that the Saints defense is not much more impressive in yards allowed and is less impressive in points allowed and turnovers, why would anybody think that bad weather would favor the southern dome team?

    Given that nobody has slowed down the Packers offense, why would anyone think an Alex Smith-led 49ers team can outscore the Packers at Lambeau if the weather turns? Let’s say the 49ers really slow down Rodgers and they hold them to 17 points (less than half of what they score per game), does anybody see Smith putting up 18 or more in crappy weather in Green Bay?

  33. Please stop with all this 49’s talk. They had a great year based on the preseason predictions but are not ready to make a deep playoff run.

    1) Pretty good chance they’ll be playing on Wild Card weekend. Pitt will beat them Monday night and Saints will end up with a bye. May not even be alive at Divisional round to test this argument.

    2) Worst red zone team in NFL. Last I checked TD’s are worth more than FG’s.

    3) Pack will have played 3 of last 4 at Lambeau in Dec/Jan. They’ll be ready for the elements!

    4) If that defense is so good how does a backup QB like Skelton burn them for the W. Rodgers or Brees are lightyears better.

  34. bangithard says:
    Dec 14, 2011 12:37 PM
    foosball11,

    yes i realize our 13 championships are by far the best and greatest of all teams.

    But you have to realize the average that lives today can only count super bowl victories as titles. The average fan does not believe football was played before ROMAN NUMERALS.
    ====================
    I don’t care about any fan that is too stupid to count correctly. I don’t think you give fans enough credit. Maybe it is only you that can’t count.

  35. Didn’t they put up 46 on Sunday in 33 degree weather with 40mph winds?

    Didn’t they put up 48 on the Giants last year with temps in the high teens?

    Anyone who says the weather shuts the Packers offense down hasn’t watched them.

  36. blaz0037 says:
    Dec 14, 2011 12:28 PM

    Saints, Giants, and Patriots are all teams that could beat the Packers.
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    And the Packers are a team that “have” beat the Saints and the Giants and “could” beat the Patriots. What’s your point?

  37. I suspect they will go for it – with some caveats… Some guys will get less playing time (Woodson, Matthews, anyone else who gets nicked, Rodgers with a lead…). They should beat the bears without Cutler and the biggest risk with the lions is a cheap shot injury by the dirtiest team in the modern era.

    I almost wish they didnt have home field however through the playoffs. No one beats the Pack in a dome. At Lambeau, on any given Sunday, I’d fear the Saints or the Giants.

  38. what I love is getting all those old people season ticket holders out of lambeau for the playoffs and letting in all the rowdy wisconsin fans who will actually make some real noise to make it difficult for the other team.

  39. “bangithard says:
    Dec 14, 2011 12:35 PM
    NYJALLEFFINGDAY,

    Think about it. The last 19 victories were in stadiums that were suited to the Packers spread 3,4 & 5 wide offense. The ball is tough to catch when it is cold outside, add rain or sleet to the mix. the Rodger’s fastball is nearly uncatchable. I hold my breath that the Green Bay area experiences a much warmer than normal winter.

    SF is a much bigger threat than N.O. is.. SF is perfectly suited to D it up and ram it down the throat of the packers. NO will not hold up in the cold.. they are fast track team.”

    =================
    I disagree. SF is not going to beat Green Bay at Lambeau. Green Bay’s defense is actually pretty good at stopping the run when it wants to. The reason it doesn’t always work that way is that they play almost 80% of their snaps in a nickle defense with only two down lineman. Stack 8 in the box and stop Gore. Make Alex Smith try and outgun Aaron Rodgers. Not gonna happen. I know smith is improved this year, but he’s not on the same planet as Rodgers.

    With respect to the cold weather, as a native of the midwest I will say that it’s not the cold that’s the problem – it’s adjusting to it. 50 degrees feels a lot colder in Fall than it does in Spring because in Fall we are used to the warmer weather. There is an adjustment period. New Orleans will have more of a problem than the Packers dealing with it.

    That’s why the Giants are probably the biggest threat – they can play in the cold and Eli is looking pretty good lately.

  40. Hopefully Rodgers blows his knee out in the final game trying to run for the sticks on a 3rd down or something. That way analysts can refer to what happened that one time about 250 times per year for the rest of our lives. That’d be neat as heck.

  41. It makes me laugh every week while Green Bay gets closer to 19-0 and the same LAME excuses are said, NE didn’t do it, NE lost in the superbowl, don’t end up like NE. Let’s be real, NE is not the measure of the NFL. So bc they couldn’t pull the trigger means Green Bay can’t? Be real when GB does it, they will go down as the best pro sports team ever. 98 bulls second with 72-10.

  42. bangithard says:
    Dec 14, 2011 11:45 AM
    ACTUALLY,

    The NFC going through Green Bay is a bad thing:

    1. one bad weather playoff game shuts down those receivers
    2. Bring a tough D to a bad weather game and you have an upset (I present the San Francisco 49′ers)
    3. Bring a running game to a bad weather game and you have an upset (did someone hear that this guy GORE in SF is pretty good?)

    It would take a perfect storm of a bad weather day and the 9′ers bringing the ‘A’ game but the outdoors gives the 9′ers a shot.

    ——————————————–

    So is this the tried and true formula that worked so well at AZ this past weekend in good weather?

  43. Think about it. The last 19 victories were in stadiums that were suited to the Packers spread 3,4 & 5 wide offense. The ball is tough to catch when it is cold outside, add rain or sleet to the mix. the Rodger’s fastball is nearly uncatchable. I hold my breath that the Green Bay area experiences a much warmer than normal winter.

    SF is a much bigger threat than N.O. is.. SF is perfectly suited to D it up and ram it down the throat of the packers. NO will not hold up in the cold.. they are fast track team.
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    Point 1, Where do the Packers play their games at? It’s their home field advantage… they have the advantage there against warm weather teams like the Saints or 49ers. They are used to playing at Lambeau. San Fran is not. Alex Smith is going to need snow pants over his dress in Lambeau late in the year IF San Fran makes it that far.
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    Point 2, I don’t really see the Saints keeping up on offense in Green Bay, but they would be a better competition than San Fran. Brees is much better than Smith. You HAVE to have a competant QB if you expect to win in the playoffs and the 49ers have anything but a competant QB. If Green Bay plays San Fran for the NFC championship game, mark my words, the Packers D will score more points than an Alex Smith led offense.

  44. 49ers are overrated. Theyd be welcome at Lambeau. Packers build a modest lead, slow down the run and Alex Smith starts throwing interceptions. The script writes itself.

    The Giants on the other hand, if they can keep it close with both Bradshaw and Jacobs, could make a game of it. Eli will reliably make a few stupid decisions every game but unless they turn into turnovers (points), they can overcome them.

    Go Cowboys

  45. Doesn’t matter what they do, they’ll get criticized for it. If they don’t go for it and lose one of their final games, there will be people criticizing them for not going after immortality and there will be people criticizing them for “taking their foot off the pedal” and being rusty in the playoffs. If they go for it, they will be criticized for risking injury to their star players.

  46. nflofficeadmin – I hope that they tenderize that steak before they put it through Favre’s heart. He might appreciate a more cajun meal, in any case.
    This isn’t high school or college football, where the Packers can put in the entire second or third team. Maybe they can rest/protect most of the “skill” players, but a lot of the starters have to keep playing. Of course an injury to Rodgers would be the most crippling, but the Packers can ill afford loses on either line right now either. So no matter whether you’re “going for immortality” or “playing it smart and safe,” you basically just have to keep your fingers crossed and hope.

  47. armchairqb says:
    Dec 14, 2011 12:07 PM
    A packers undefeated season would create a supernova of midwestern douchery.
    ____________________________________

    sounds like the only person being a douche is you. You sound mad bro. Did the packers wipe the floor with your team? Making a comment like this just makes you sound like a bigger d-o-u-c-h-e then you already are.

  48. “With respect to the cold weather, as a native of the midwest I will say that it’s not the cold that’s the problem – it’s adjusting to it. 50 degrees feels a lot colder in Fall than it does in Spring because in Fall we are used to the warmer weather. There is an adjustment period. New Orleans will have more of a problem than the Packers dealing with it.

    That’s why the Giants are probably the biggest threat – they can play in the cold and Eli is looking pretty good lately.”
    ————————–
    ^^This exactly. When you get that first cold blast in November and it drops into the teens in the morning, you feel like you’re going to die. You have a hard time shaking the chill of. By mid-January, 20 degrees feels great.

  49. Anyone who thinks the Packers aren’t a lock to be the NFC representative in Indy hasn’t been watching football.

    However, the biggest threat to their repeat would be going into the playoffs unbeaten. It would just jack up the pressure on the team exponentially.

    It’s not that I don’t think they can pull it off, but if they ever get into a jam in the playoffs, it’s better to just play to be saving your season rather than having the pressure of potentially blowing The Best NFL Season in History.

    I think they should be smart and play their starters for the first half of the last two games, and if it happens … it happens.

    Besides … Matt Flynn needs to beef up his resume for free agency in the spring.

  50. Packers have about done it all in 92 years as a franchise except perfection. Coming off another Lombardi trophy I say go for it. Any loss is gonna hurt but after the Denver Super Bowl,4th and 26 and NYGiants NFCCG I guess no reward is w/o risk of failure or disappointment.

    Pack might not be in this situation again for 30 years..if ever.

    In addition…how sucky would 18-1 feel with your only loss week 17 to the LIONS? Ok,not too bad w/ another title but that oh so close will naw at Packer nation.

  51. As a Colts fan, I hope the Pack completes the perfect season. I’m still mad at the Colts for not even trying when handed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. C’mon, man!

  52. boisestatewhodat says: Dec 14, 2011 3:01 PM

    The plan is to keep winning and hope the Saints don’t make it back to Lambeau…
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    Why? I hope the Saints do come back. They can’t hang at Lambeau with the Packers.

  53. boisestatewhodat says:Dec 14, 2011 3:01 PM

    The plan is to keep winning and hope the Saints don’t make it back to Lambeau…
    __________________________________

    I fully welcome the Saints or 49ers (or Cowboys), before the Giants…and even they don’t scare me.
    Giants always have and do play fairly well in the cold.

    I can envision Brees, Smith, and Romo all looking like fumbling machines on the 14th or 15th of January when the weather is all of about 6 degrees above zero. Packers won’t enjoy it either, but they’ll have the crowd noise and the mental edge already in hand.

  54. I’m not dumb enough to think the Packers can’t lose, but the weather thing is a bit over-rated. Rodgers has a rating of over 100 in games under 40 degrees. So I don’t think snow/cold matters at all.

    The only real weather to worry about would be an extremely windy game like the one versus the Jets last year. The Packers did have trouble that game as they could only throw short passes. However, it cuts both ways. The Packers were able to stack the box versus the Jets which meant they had no long runs and only a meager YPC.

    As far as the regular season, my worry would be Rodgers taking a cheap shot from Detroit in the last game. However, if Detroit is still in it at that point I think the Packers have to play Rodgers and try to put the dagger through them.

  55. I can envision Brees, Smith, and Romo all looking like fumbling machines on the 14th or 15th of January when the weather is all of about 6 degrees above zero. Packers won’t enjoy it either, but they’ll have the crowd noise and the mental edge already in hand.
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    As a fan, trust me, we hate the weather too…….. but it’s so much better when we’re winning. The thing the weather gives the Packers is the mental advantage against the southern teams. To be there in the stands is a bit of hell…. then you look at the other teams bench and see the grown men shivering behind the heaters… it’s priceless. I’d love for it to be the Saints or 49ers we’re defeating in the NFC Championship game.

  56. bangithard says:Dec 14, 2011 11:45 AM

    ACTUALLY,

    The NFC going through Green Bay is a bad thing:

    1. one bad weather playoff game shuts down those receivers
    2. Bring a tough D to a bad weather game and you have an upset (I present the San Francisco 49′ers)
    3. Bring a running game to a bad weather game and you have an upset (did someone hear that this guy GORE in SF is pretty good?)

    It would take a perfect storm of a bad weather day and the 9′ers bringing the ‘A’ game but the outdoors gives the 9′ers a shot.
    —————————————————-
    Rodgers put up 27 on The Ravens in a MNF game in late november, Put up 36 (on the road) against the Steelers in Late December, then put up 45 on the Giants last year in december, an Old Brett Favre put up 42 on seattle in that snow game in 2007.
    People been saying “Oh That Offense is gonna slow down once december comes around” for about 20 years now, yet here we are still running a very productive version of the West Coast Offense in any weather condition.

  57. ftbfan76 says:
    Dec 15, 2011 12:04 PM
    They’re done in the first round of the playoffs.

    ================================

    Considering they have a first-round bye, it will be extremely difficult for them to lose.

    Chalk up another one for the All-Madden Moron Team.

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