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Dick LeBeau compares Aaron Rodgers’ release to Dan Marino’s

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On Thursday, Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau was asked whether Aaron Rodgers’ edge in mobility was what most differentiated him from backup Matt Flynn.

In LeBeau’s view, Rodgers’ right arm, not his feet, is the differentiating factor.

“He’s like Dan Marino the way he gets rid of the ball,” said LeBeau, noting Rodgers’ quick release.

LeBeau, whose remarks came from a transcript from the club, described Flynn and Rodgers as “both fairly mobile guys.”

Said LeBeau: “Rodgers is very athletic, but I think probably his overall field acumen, he just knows where everybody is, and he’s so quick with the ball it’s hard to get him.”

LeBeau also observed that a quarterback inexperienced in a particular system can be apt to hold onto the ball “a little bit longer,” but he noted that Flynn was “pretty quick with it, too, really.”

Rodgers was limited in practice on Thursday with the collarbone injury that’s kept him out the last six games. If Rodgers cannot play, Flynn will start his fourth consecutive game for Green Bay, which is a half-game out of first place in the NFC North.

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10 Responses to “Dick LeBeau compares Aaron Rodgers’ release to Dan Marino’s”
  1. skolvikesskol says: Dec 20, 2013 1:15 AM

    Love triangle?

  2. taintedsaints2009 says: Dec 20, 2013 1:24 AM

    Dick commenting on a quick release

  3. binkystevens says: Dec 20, 2013 1:37 AM

    Quite a compliment from a legendary coach

  4. joetoronto says: Dec 20, 2013 4:02 AM

    Ya, I don’t think so.

    Dan the man had a machine for an arm, it was nuts.

  5. jerrysglassescleaner says: Dec 20, 2013 5:10 AM

    Dan Marino’s release is like the opening act to the headliner Tony Romo.

  6. GenXJay says: Dec 20, 2013 5:58 AM

    It’s apparent Lebeau hasn’t seen ShAaron’s post collarbone injury ball release.
    I compare it to a female dog not willing to release the ball from it’s mouth.

  7. bert1913 says: Dec 20, 2013 6:46 AM

    and just like marino, aaron’s team doesn’t have an elite defense

  8. wisconsinhillfolk says: Dec 20, 2013 8:16 AM

    Hey. Long time no talk, Mike W. You’re still terrible at this. It’s sad really.

  9. whiplash013 says: Dec 20, 2013 8:17 AM

    I know Dan Marino, you are no Dan Marino.

  10. themagicfanguy says: Dec 20, 2013 12:14 PM

    Except that if you compare numbers and success it’s clear that Rodgers is already better than Marino.

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