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Aaron Rodgers: We’re a more physically intimidating team

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers watched the Seahawks win the Super Bowl in February and took “a hard look” at what made them the best in the league last season.

Rodgers saw big, physical players all over the place and noticed that his own team wasn’t built in a similar fashion. Heading into the 2014 season, though, Rodgers thinks that the Packers have done a good job of addressing their need to bulk up.

“I think we’re a bigger, more physically intimidating team,” Rodgers said, via ESPN.com. “We haven’t had the kind of physical talent as far as size here in a while. I think there’s been times — I think back to playing Jacksonville in ’08 in Jacksonville [a 20-16 Packers’ loss], some of the battles we’ve had with our division teams at times — where you walk on the field and feel like you’re kind of a JV team.”

Rodgers pointed to the arrival of linebacker Julius Peppers, linebacker Adrian Hubbard and tight end Richard Rodgers and the return of tackle Derek Sherrod as players who have helped the team get more physical this offseason. It’s hardly an overhaul of the roster, but a little power and better health would be two clear improvements over last year in Green Bay.

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  1. thepftpoet says: Jun 24, 2014 3:23 PM

    I might have taken this statement a little more seriously if the whole team didn’t all do yoga with each other.

  2. tjacks7 says: Jun 24, 2014 3:25 PM

    LOL the packers are essentially a JV team. Just lucked into an elite QB that covers a lot of holes.

  3. chicagobtech says: Jun 24, 2014 3:26 PM

    I see that picture, I hear the Jaws music…

  4. GenXJay says: Jun 24, 2014 3:28 PM

    nothing can save the cheeseheads downward decline to ineptitude.

  5. touchdownroddywhite says: Jun 24, 2014 3:28 PM

    “I think there’s been times where you walk on the field and feel like you’re kind of a JV team”. Wow. What a slap to the face of the front office.

  6. rpiotr01 says: Jun 24, 2014 3:29 PM

    Say what you want about Rodgers, the guy is as open and honest as they come for a big name.

  7. stellarperformance says: Jun 24, 2014 3:31 PM

    Just returning the injured players from the last two years would provide for this description. This is the best team the Packers have had since 2010…..if they stay healthy. It’s some other teams turn to be the league leader is games missed by starters.

  8. purp1eone says: Jun 24, 2014 3:31 PM

    thats what yoga will do for you.

    TT is a genius, clays hair is kind of scarey also.

  9. chawkup says: Jun 24, 2014 3:37 PM

    You might believe this for another 72 days and 4 hours, but in 72 days and 8 hours, you will realize that you are still a finesse team unable to deal with the brutal nature of any NFC West team, let alone the World Champions.

  10. deltaoracle says: Jun 24, 2014 3:39 PM

    I don’t think they’re necessarily going to be a physically intimidating team.
    I do think they’re going to be a more athletic team, and a better team. Not good news for the rest of the division.

  11. denver1983 says: Jun 24, 2014 3:40 PM

    LOL no team in the NFL is afraid of the Packers

  12. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Jun 24, 2014 3:41 PM

    I dig it Rogers! The could have used more edge last year. Were gonna need it this year too with the Bears and Vikes on the rise. Lions… are still the Lions sorry haha.

  13. ariani1985 says: Jun 24, 2014 3:42 PM

    I am sure you are little Erin, I am sure your are!!!!

    Horrible defense—-Check
    No running game—check
    horrilbe O line—–check
    soft aging QB——check

    welcome to the basment cheeseheads!!!!

  14. ariani1985 says: Jun 24, 2014 3:44 PM

    I see the picture and I see clown music!!!!

  15. mnjoemama says: Jun 24, 2014 3:55 PM

    How genius. ? With yoga? Softest team in the league , can’t wait to see peppers and Fabio in sweatpants for 8 games ! #exhaunerated #ponyup #skolvikes.

  16. cheeseisfattening says: Jun 24, 2014 3:57 PM

    So even Rodgers now admits the Packers are a soft team. This is what the rest of the league already knows. :)

  17. atthemurph says: Jun 24, 2014 3:57 PM

    Mean on Sundays. Can’t wait.

  18. sterling7 says: Jun 24, 2014 3:59 PM

    Certainly uglier-you’ve got Julius Peppers:-)

  19. scrp2 says: Jun 24, 2014 4:01 PM

    Still ain’t going to the super bowl

  20. rosstuckershair says: Jun 24, 2014 4:03 PM

    Lets see…One 35 Year old DE now playing LB with bad feet, and an injury bust from 2011, and a 3rd round draft pick. Thats intimidation at it’s best. Nice try covering for your lame GM Aaron

  21. ickky says: Jun 24, 2014 4:03 PM

    Lol no you are not!

  22. wnstonchill says: Jun 24, 2014 4:03 PM

    Agreed. And the team is always a direct reflection of their head coach. Mike McCarthy’s “pound of bacon” per day this off season has paid off, so it seems. He’s very physically intimidating compared to last year. Just ask Kohl’s Dept. Store!

  23. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jun 24, 2014 4:04 PM

    If adding an over-the-hill has-been defensive end and moving him to linebacker makes your team more physically intimidating, what kind of a collection of kittens did you have before?

  24. vincelombardisghost says: Jun 24, 2014 4:05 PM

    Gee, how does one “see music?” Evidently, Mr, Doofus does.

  25. icebowler says: Jun 24, 2014 4:10 PM

    I see a clown talking about clown music. This from the “land of the loon”, where loony toon music turns into dirge music by the middle of every recent season(:

  26. tformation says: Jun 24, 2014 4:13 PM

    That picture… say hello to Shea, Aaron… Oof…

  27. jefferyduane says: Jun 24, 2014 4:14 PM

    Got to love the haters…when you are the best everyone wants to try and talk tough but when the game is being played it will be Packers doing the talking :)

  28. f1restarter says: Jun 24, 2014 4:16 PM

    They didn’t let him finish his sentence.

    What he actually said was “We’re a bigger, more physically intimidating team than the Minnesota Vikings.”

  29. purplecrusher says: Jun 24, 2014 4:19 PM

    Is there any doubt any more that Bridgewater is already head and shoulders better than this scrub? Everyone knows Zimmer is a better coach than McFatty too. What a joke of a worthless “franchise.”

    SKOL!!!

  30. Norseman says: Jun 24, 2014 4:22 PM

    Whatever the Packers may be, physically intimidating isn’t it. Never has been.

    Bringing in an elderly Julius Peppers, well past his prime, does nothing to change that. Nor do the other guys, who have hardly even played.

    It’s always up to Rodgers to overcome the weak defense and 50 sacks a year.

  31. themeccalambeaufield says: Jun 24, 2014 4:25 PM

    nothing can save the cheeseheads downward decline to ineptitude

    Playing the queens seems to rectify that every year, 1 win out of the last 10 ouch!

  32. deltaoracle says: Jun 24, 2014 4:34 PM

    Packers won the division last year for the third straight season.
    They added a draft class that most commentators ranked very high.
    They also added Hubbard and Colt Lyerla as UFAs, players many thought might be drafted on the second day of the draft.
    They have a lot of players back who were injured last year.
    Even if math’s not your strong suit, I don’t see how anyone outside of East Dakota can add that up and not believe the Pack will be tough this year.

  33. InFact says: Jun 24, 2014 4:41 PM

    Whether you’re a Green Bay fan or not, this team is the favorite to win the NFC North.

    So who’s complaining? Not Green Bay fans.

    It’s people who might not see the facts straight.

  34. ragnarthemagnificent says: Jun 24, 2014 4:42 PM

    Without A-Rodge playing they are a JV team, proved that last year.

  35. fartweasel says: Jun 24, 2014 4:48 PM

    Just because Rodgers talks, Packer fans will listen and believe. Unfortunately, adding 100 year old Julius Peppers to the team with Clay Mathews as the only other playmaker, will not help their terrible linebacking and dbacks. The lions, bears and vikes all got better on offense this off season. The Packers TT did not keep up with his draft or free agent crop. Should be fun to watch the nfc north.

  36. stellarperformance says: Jun 24, 2014 4:55 PM

    This team is well-positioned to do great things…..and it will.

  37. themeccalambeaufield says: Jun 24, 2014 4:58 PM

    Gotta love the ingenuity with the annual offseason chest beating by the purple posters with the ever witty girl names and fat comments. It would be interesting to see the collective age of the posters because the only time I witness this personally is when I hear kids on the playground when I pick up my children. I guess when your team continually gets beat down once the season starts after a summer of boasting it gets pretty tough to find anything positive regarding your own team so you have to resort to insults, very petty

  38. purplezimmerpride says: Jun 24, 2014 4:59 PM

    Oh good lord if the Packers are a JV team what does that make my Vikings? Pop Warner? Flag? NFC North worst Offense and Defense with no relief in sight.

  39. clayshair says: Jun 24, 2014 5:12 PM

    Love the claim that “without Rodgers, Pack sucks”…uh, how many teams would be as good without a superstar? Bulls without Jordan? Pats without Brady? Colts without Manning? etc.

    Since when do you have to not only win but also win with a certain type of “all-weather” team? Winning is winning – doesn’t matter how. I don’t expect Vikings fans to understand this.

  40. packersgreenbay says: Jun 24, 2014 5:38 PM

    U trolls/Vikings so quick to hate on the better team. Some trolls/Bears think it’s a race to get 1st (moronic) comment on Packers(division champs) article. Get a life u trolls/Lions. GO!-PACK!-GO!

  41. ariani1985 says: Jun 24, 2014 5:50 PM

    I see the packer trolls are out today. Do you guys ever talk about something relevant?

  42. Ferdinand says: Jun 24, 2014 6:31 PM

    Anyone else find it odd that we have heard nothing from Clay Matthews for months? He’s always good for soundbite.

  43. 15starr says: Jun 24, 2014 6:48 PM

    And doing yoga means you’re soft? Lol.. Obviously you’ve never done yoga

  44. dubblelznhell says: Jun 24, 2014 6:53 PM

    Why is Aaron Rodgers talking so much lately?

  45. sonofad says: Jun 24, 2014 6:59 PM

    No quarterback since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger has mastered an opponent better than Rodgers has Minnesota. His 116.4 rating in 11 regular-season games against the Vikings ranks No. 1 in NFL history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. That is only slightly higher than Rodgers’ 111 rating against the Detroit Lions, another NFC North foe.

    Rodgers has completed 70.7 percent of his passes for 2,840 yards and 24 touchdowns with just four interceptions against the Vikings. His 8-4 record includes last season’s wild-card playoff victory at Lambeau Field.

  46. axespray says: Jun 24, 2014 7:38 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Jun 24, 2014 5:50 PM
    I see the packer trolls are out today. Do you guys ever talk about something relevant?
    ———————————
    You’re right, we shouldn’t be talking about irrelevant things like the Bears, vikings, and lions.

  47. usdcoyotesfan says: Jun 24, 2014 8:14 PM

    Don’t you Viking fans get it? “Erin” missed as much time as he did because THE DOCTORS WOULDN’T LET HIM PLAY!!!!!!! Get a damn clue.

  48. ariani1985 says: Jun 24, 2014 8:30 PM

    Dr. Won’t let him play? So he isn’t soft? “Eyes roll”

  49. beerbratscheese says: Jun 24, 2014 9:07 PM

    Seriously, fans of other teams can call Aaron Rodgers whatever they want. Call him gay; call him soft; say he has small hands; say he’s a choker. I don’t care.

    I wouldn’t trade him for any other QB in the NFL today. I’d be willing to bet 90+% of other NFL fans would say the exact same thing if he were playing for their team.

  50. jayfish6402 says: Jun 24, 2014 10:21 PM

    The Packers even without Aaron Rodgers led the division…and was only a field goal away from beating the niners. You can’t make a case that we can’t execute without A-Rod. The Pack got more physical players and is now better than they were last year. Think about it.
    Aaron Rodgers, healthy, throwing to Jordy and Adams, Lacy running the ball, and Clay giving you concussions. Got a headache yet Bears fans?

  51. jayfish6402 says: Jun 24, 2014 10:24 PM

    Packers are on the road to maybe 14-2, realistically 15-1 if more people stay healthy, and another Lombardi. Don’t you get it yet? Rodgers and Lacy is a POWER OFFENSE.

  52. tokyosandblaster says: Jun 25, 2014 4:37 AM

    I’m so glad that I cheer for a team that has won something important in their history.

  53. chris1cat says: Jun 25, 2014 7:56 AM

    sonofad says: Jun 24, 2014 6:59 PM

    No quarterback since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger has mastered an opponent better than Rodgers has Minnesota. His 116.4 rating in 11 regular-season games against the Vikings ranks No. 1 in NFL history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. That is only slightly higher than Rodgers’ 111 rating against the Detroit Lions, another NFC North foe.

    Rodgers has completed 70.7 percent of his passes for 2,840 yards and 24 touchdowns with just four interceptions against the Vikings. His 8-4 record includes last season’s wild-card playoff victory at Lambeau Field.
    ************************************************
    I’ll admit that’s an impressive run. All good things come to an end though and……….IT’S OVER.
    AR and the rest of the so called Ho ,Ho, Ho, “Jolly Green Giants” will be mistreated by the ZIMZAM!

  54. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 25, 2014 8:40 AM

    maybe, but the bar was set pretty low.

  55. bdfun400 says: Jun 25, 2014 8:46 AM

    sick of reading the same thing over and over again from viking fan.

    The packers are not sliding towards ineptitude. They will be no where near the basement.

    Do you think it is completely by chance the packers have had their last QB’s be the best of their generation? No. The packers develop talent.

    The vikings are always bad because they cant develop talent. The systems are not in place, the organization sucks.

    Bridgewater=ponder=tjack. Always going to be bad.

  56. itfox2003l says: Jun 25, 2014 10:06 AM

    Bridgewater better then Rodgers, that’s a laugh. Hey everyone Bridgewater is one of the best quarterbacks in league history check out his stats 0 starts, 0 wins, 0 completions, 0 yards, 0 touchdowns, 0.0 q.b. rating. Rodgers stats, uh, nothing as good as Bridgewater, nfl best career passer rating 104.9, (even Payton Manning only has a 97), only qb to ever have career rating over 100. Highest touchdown per interception ratio in league history 3.62 (188 to 52) besting very other quarterback, 24,000 yards passing. He may have only won one Super Bowl, but that is a show of entire team, not just one player. Last year showed how good he really is, team with him played really well, team without sucked. If he had more talent around him he would be unstoppable like last half of 2010, and most of 2011. If pack defense can be good Viking fans gonna have a rough couple of games against the pack. I would rather be a finesse team then the NFC north perennial basement team like the Vikings. The packers have won the division title 3 years straight. The Past 12 seasons the pack has 7 division titles plus a Super Bowl title on a year they didn’t win the NFC north. Bears have 3 division title, and Vikings 2. In the last 20 years the packers are 2-1 in Super Bowls the bears 0-1 and Vikings failed to reach even just one. Ask me of the 4 NFC teams who has been the best team over last 3 years, 12, years, 20 years same answer The PACKERS hands down, way not be best in league, but sure do kick the but of the NFC north.

  57. packersgreenbay says: Jun 25, 2014 10:35 AM

    Soft? Not like Shane McClellan is a little dude. If u took that hit u would have shattered. Awkward landing with 250lbs. coming down very hard. Aaron is lucky to escape that with just a fractured collarbone.

  58. rikker12 says: Jun 25, 2014 11:01 AM

    I think what Rodgers is implying is that, PED’s are everywhere but GB…(Joke)
    I would have to agree with him, but only certain positions. (DL, LB & S) look at some of the players we’ve had at those positions, They were not big and physical.
    Losing Woodson, Collins & Jenkins just shows you what he’s talking about. Replacing these players with a player with similiar talent, doesn’t always equal the same results. That player has to have the same physical presence that he’s replacing… Which isn’t always easy.
    Look for Bradford and Ha Ha to have a huge impact on the defense this year. (Big & Physical)

  59. green0yellow says: Jun 25, 2014 11:58 AM

    Aaron showed us that even though he was still injured from that McClellen hit, he saw his team being demolished, Lacy fighting game after game beaten and bruised, that as a leader he could come forward and go out with a bang, even WITH his collar bone and shoulder still bothering him. Now, picture this, he had a nice off season, relaxed, and as you non-Packer fans like to bring up, he did some team Yoga, which helped stretch and strengthen his muscle tissue. Now a fully healed Rodgers is going to come out and the Green Bay Packers will be right behind him, as they march onto the field this season, I think everyone will realize how much stronger they HAVE become, as a TEAM.

  60. green0yellow says: Jun 25, 2014 12:10 PM

    Just because Rodgers talks, Packer fans will listen and believe. Unfortunately, adding 100 year old Julius Peppers to the team with Clay Mathews as the only other playmaker, will not help their terrible linebacking and dbacks. The lions, bears and vikes all got better on offense this off season. The Packers TT did not keep up with his draft or free agent crop. Should be fun to watch the nfc north.
    ————————————————–

    Are you kidding me…..? The Bears made the worst TWO mistakes they could have in the off season, they let Peppers go, to the Pack of all teams, and what did they do before that, THEY SIGNED CRY-BABY-CUTTLER for an ungodly amount of their cap and ruined they’re chances of finding a legitimate passing game this year. The lions!? Enough said on them, and come on, the Vikings, when is the last time they made it to the Super Bowl…hmmm…
    Go Pack Go.

  61. glennsyank13 says: Jun 25, 2014 1:13 PM

    A JV team? A JV team the Vikings couldn’t even beat…

  62. Frazier28/7 says: Jun 25, 2014 1:26 PM

    is it 1997? nobody is concernd or intimidated about the packers without rodgers.

  63. stellarperformance says: Jun 25, 2014 2:03 PM

    1997 or not, the Packers own the Vikings. How do your insults compute when they are broken down like that? Can’t you see your team is BELOW the Packers, when you spew your insults? The Packers OWN the Vikings, and they have done it with a crew performing at 60%. What do you think it will be like when they are 90-95%?

    Please write it down.

  64. tokyosandblaster says: Jun 25, 2014 3:01 PM

    Since the inception of the NFC north (not central), how many divisional titles do the Vikings have?

    If you want to go back further, that’s fine. But you can’t stop at the 60’s. You have to go back and include it all.

    The Packers are better than the Vikings in recent history, and waaaaaaaay better including all history.

    13 and counting.

  65. realitycheckbaby says: Jun 25, 2014 6:27 PM

    More than what?

  66. mzew233 says: Jun 25, 2014 6:56 PM

    What’s traitor peppers is. You won’t be gettin past Seattle anyways, just enjoy the 1 playoff game

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