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Aaron Rodgers: Packers offense will be fine

Green Bay Packers quarterback Rodgers drops back during a  NFL pre-season football game against the San Diego Chargers  in San Diego, California Reuters

The Packers first-team offense didn’t look too good on Thursday night against the Chargers.

They turned the ball over twice, gained 32 yards on 14 plays and generally looked sloppy. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers finished with a 0.0 passer rating and took a big shot from Chargers linebacker Melvin Ingram, but he wasn’t concerned about the performance after the game.

“Whether you play real well or you struggle, it’s preseason,” Rodgers said. “You’ve got to be working on things. We’ll be fine. We’ll just watch the film, get a nice tongue lashing, come back on Saturday and get ready for next week.”

Given the absences of tight end Jermichael Finley, wide receiver Greg Jennings and left tackle Marshall Newhouse, it’s not surprising that the Packers weren’t in sync offensively on Friday. There’s no reason to think that things won’t get better as they get healthier and start game planning for their opponents.

If there’s any cause for concern, it would probably be running back James Starks. Reports from practice have not been strong and Starks had a dropped pass and a fumble on Thursday night while running for 16 yards on five carries. No decisions are going to be made on the first game, but Alex Green could get a bigger opportunity to win playing time if Starks’ performances don’t improve in the weeks to come.

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21 Responses to “Aaron Rodgers: Packers offense will be fine”
  1. Kelly's Chronicles says: Aug 10, 2012 11:01 AM

    Packer fan here….I see drops, fumbles and the general lack of consistency we saw from KC game on from last year. I am worried we are looking at 10-6 if we are lucky….

  2. ninefingers9 says: Aug 10, 2012 11:04 AM

    Its not the O…its the D that is going to be suspect! IMO

  3. kidpresentable says: Aug 10, 2012 11:08 AM

    Hmm, concerns about last night. Well there’s injuries like what happened to Desmond Bishop and perhaps Davon House, and there’s “injuries” like what kept Newhouse, Jennings, Finley, and Woodson out of the game. Bishop had the facial expressions of a guy who thought he was done for the year.

    Also, holy balls is Herb Taylor awful. Had this been a real game where Newhouse and Sherrod are unavailable, there’s no way they don’t move either Bulaga to LT with Lang going RT, or just Lang to LT with Dietrich-Smith filling in at LG in either scenario.

  4. muskyhunter2542 says: Aug 10, 2012 11:10 AM

    Not only those, but Driver was in uniform but didnt play, Jordy Nelson didnt take any snaps. Im not even sure that Bulaga was out there.

  5. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Aug 10, 2012 11:25 AM

    The beginning of the end.

  6. ernie ernie says: Aug 10, 2012 11:27 AM

    I have the Pack 8-8. The Bears are vastly improved, ditto the Lions and a little so for the Vikes.
    The Kansas game gave opposing coaches the game plan to defeat the Pack: go with man coverage against Rogers and rush the heck out of him.
    It worked well for the Giants and San Diego last night.

    The Pack have no offensive line protection. Running game is abysmal and now the passing game will become a scrambling game and the Pack will not be back.

    No playoffs this year. Way to many young players under Ted Thomspons Cheap Ball Plan.

  7. kidpresentable says: Aug 10, 2012 11:39 AM

    “Its not the O…its the D that is going to be suspect! IMO”

    Meh, the “starters” gave up one big play on defense when “not Charles Woodson” got turned around. The offense and special teams put them in bad positions and they mostly held their own. I was just happy that they got a pass rush from somebody other than Matthews and that House looked really good (before he got hurt).

  8. packerfan121 says: Aug 10, 2012 11:44 AM

    Everyone needs to calm down and be realistic. It was the first of four meaningless preseason games. The offense will be just fine and so will the defense. Instead of hitting the panic button, or writing this team off, remember this is a team who went 15-1 last year and took steps to improve their defense.

  9. hugeredskinsfan says: Aug 10, 2012 11:46 AM

    Packer fan here….I see drops, fumbles and the general lack of consistency we saw from KC game on from last year. I am worried we are looking at 10-6 if we are lucky….

    —————————————————-

    Must be nice to “worry” about a 10-6 season while a lot are wishing for it….

    Maybe one day I will be there….

  10. bjorntorock says: Aug 10, 2012 11:51 AM

    ernie ernie says:
    Aug 10, 2012 11:27 AM
    I have the Pack 8-8. The Bears are vastly improved, ditto the Lions and a little so for the Vikes.
    The Kansas game gave opposing coaches the game plan to defeat the Pack: go with man coverage against Rogers and rush the heck out of him.
    It worked well for the Giants and San Diego last night.

    The Pack have no offensive line protection. Running game is abysmal and now the passing game will become a scrambling game and the Pack will not be back.

    No playoffs this year. Way to many young players under Ted Thomspons Cheap Ball Plan.

    HILLARIOUS. you must not follow the team…or you’re very jealous

  11. nflhof says: Aug 10, 2012 11:52 AM

    Norv Turners Chargers were more prepared for the game last night. Which means absolutely nothing.

  12. noeffinway says: Aug 10, 2012 11:58 AM

    HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! GO LIONS!!!!!!!!!

  13. markpackman says: Aug 10, 2012 11:59 AM

    OK, Packers fans, take a deep breath. McCarthy, more than most other coaches, uses the preseason games to evaluate talent. He kept key players out of the game, and substituted freely. Last year, they got pounded by Cleveland their first preseason game. On the bright side, Jeff Saturday and Rogers seem to have a good connection, and there were few offside, false start type penalties.

  14. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 10, 2012 12:00 PM

    Kelly’s Chronicles says:Aug 10, 2012 11:01 AM

    Packer fan here….I see drops, fumbles and the general lack of consistency we saw from KC game on from last year. I am worried we are looking at 10-6 if we are lucky….

    ——-

    Terrible take. But, I accidentally clicked to go to your wordpress blog and the chicken recipe you have on there actually looks pretty good. Might try that at the next tailgate.

  15. markpackman says: Aug 10, 2012 12:28 PM

    Must be nice to “worry” about a 10-6 season while a lot are wishing for it….

    Maybe one day I will be there….
    ________________________________
    hugeredskinsfan, RGIII looks wicked good- you may be on your way!

  16. gpack22 says: Aug 10, 2012 12:48 PM

    Starks has to be a big concern heading into the season. He really hasn’t shown anything since their SB run. He is a HUGE injury concern and his pass catching has gone downhill.

    The passing game will be fine and is well documented but I have to wonder why they seemingly can’t run the ball….ever. Is it the RB talent? The O-Line’s blocking ability or schemes? The run plays called (some of which are so obvious I can call them out from my couch)?

    Thoughts……

  17. schmitty2 says: Aug 10, 2012 3:09 PM

    If there is one offense in the league to NOT worry about come regular season it would be the Pack

  18. sixjak says: Aug 10, 2012 3:52 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Aug 10, 2012 11:25 AM
    The beginning of the end.

     34 59 

    ^^^Now this is funny. It’s preseason. Ever notice how the preseason darlings always manage to find themselves drafting in the top 10 the following year?

    As a 9er fan I’m not concerned at all for the Packers’ passing attack. Best in the league. They need to find better answers in their running game and on defense.

  19. pauliepennino says: Aug 10, 2012 5:19 PM

    To the morons that “have the Packers at 8 and 8,” or see “the beginning of the end” you are obviously Vikings, Bears or Lions fans and as I recall it you had your ASSES handed to you a total of six times last year and this year’s roster isn’t much different. Yes, the Packers defense struggled last year…take away the best safety in the league and a top tier pass rusher and see how your teams fare….it was ugly, and it was preseason, so it was ugly and meaningless. Go on ahead and have a chuckle at the Packers expense in the preseason…just don’t cry when the Packers run the table in the division AGAIN and the Lions and Bears are looking UP at the Packers. In the end, Jay Cutler is STILL Jay Cutler and Matthew Stafford is as fragile as your gramma’s antique teacups.

  20. chi01town says: Aug 11, 2012 2:23 AM

    @ pauliepennino
    The 15/1 season is over. This season Greenbay has NO running game. This season Greenbay has NO defense. an this season there are 16 games to be played an ( like every body else ) Greenbay has not won 1 yet. Cutler is waiting for that first Greenbay game…

  21. chi01town says: Aug 11, 2012 5:28 PM

    I agree with ernie ernie 100% Greenbay will be lucky if they are 8/8 with No running game an No defense. Greenbay won that Superbowl 2 years ago…. got all that money an aint spent a DIME YET. CHEAP BALL is right an now its gone show up.

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