McCarthy says Rodgers has had his best spring

AP

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is coming off his most frustrating season, having missed half of it with a broken collarbone. But he’s following that frustrating season with a strong offseason.

In fact, Packers coach Mike McCarthy says that Rodgers has worked better this offseason than he ever has before in their nine years together in Green Bay.

“I think Aaron’s had probably his best spring, if I’m going to sit back and try to rank them,” McCarthy told the Journal Sentinel. “I’ll probably say the same thing next year, but I think he’s in great shape. I think Aaron’s in a great place and had a very exceptional spring.”

Rodgers has spoken several times this offseason about the importance of conditioning, including losing weight and taking up yoga, to keep himself healthy for a full 16-game season. Although Rodgers is avoiding any type of heavy weightlifting that might tax his throwing shoulder, he’s pushing himself through workouts that he says have himself — and the team — poised to play like they did in 2010, when they finished the season by winning the Super Bowl.

“Great opportunity for us,” Rodgers said. “It’s a combination of team chemistry and staying healthy and then playing the right way at the right time. That’s what we did in 2010, and we have to get back there.”

The Packers would love to see Rodgers follow his best spring with his best fall.

90 responses to “McCarthy says Rodgers has had his best spring

  1. Everyone looks good in the Spring. Important thing is that the Packers play well during the season, which I’m sure they’ll do – again.
    Talk = Heidi fans.
    Action = Packers.

  2. Rodgers & the Mc are excited about the Defense but aren’t saying it. But that’s whats going on in GB……..defense. Get excited about Clay coming back, Peppers, Shields, and more to blossom this year. I can see a last minute free agent pick up before training camp.

  3. Of course he has… I am sure all that yoga is paying off. I am sure shortly we will even hear more about it from ARod since he likes to talk so much.

    Looking forward to that first round exit again if they make it this year.

    Way to build a winner MM.

  4. The bottom line is, the Vikings, Bears, and Lions would love to have Aaron Rodgers over their guys. So would 99% of the other teams in the league.
    When I hear so-and-so is the best QB in the game, I just brush it off, because it’s all just talk.
    But I know this much, Aaron Rodgers can play with anyone, anywhere, any time.

  5. Love these one and done comments from the fans of a team that hasn’t been relevant in decades. Completely perplexing. Seems every thread has some guy predicting a 7-9 (which would still rank us higher than MN ironically) record and the beginning of the end for GB. Gets old. Fact of the matter is we have been a contender for the last 20 years….that ain’t gonna change anytime soon.

  6. The jealous red headed step children are out again.

    You want to know the difference between the two fan bases?

    We go into the season knowing we have a good team, a good coach, and a great qb.

    The queen fan base goes into the season hoping they will be good but it just doesn’t seem to happen no matter how much offseason bravado we hear.

  7. He could follow up his best spring ever with his worst fall ever and the Packers would still finish several games ahead of those losers in Minnesota.

  8. Listen to all the jealous Vikings fans who wish they had a real QB like Rodgers. Hey, you can always send Zigi’s private plane to Hattiesburg again.

  9. The bottom line is, the Vikings, Bears, and Lions would love to have Aaron Rodgers over their guys. So would 99% of the other teams in the league.
    When I hear so-and-so is the best QB in the game, I just brush it off, because it’s all just talk.
    _______

    How is what you say different?

  10. trying to pump up his prima donna qb we all know its in the fall when you better be playing best and good luck to rodgers being around with your o-line

  11. deafcone says:
    Jul 1, 2014 4:39 PM

    LOL. lets see how he does behind that OL come september. his defense will keep opponents in lys of games too

    I hate to break the heart of another troll with a fact but according to football focus the Packs offensive line was ranked top 10 in all of football and yes ahead of the queens. That was with a 4th round rookie at LT and an undrafted free agent at RT.

    You do realize the Packers outrushed the queens while giving up less qb hits? Probably not based on your post but now you do.

  12. Sure he did. Every year we hear the same thing. Player X looked the best he’s ever looked. Every qb looks good in shorts and a t shirt with no rush. Somewhere Rex Ryan is saying mark Sanchez looks better then Peyton banning

  13. All Green Bay really has is a franchise QB. They’ll squeak into the playoffs as a wildcard and will get destroyed by the division winner. History will repeat itself. Mediocre the packers are, lower your expectations you must.

  14. see the thing is Erin is coming off a season in which she was put on IR after getting pile drove in to the turf and breaking a bone. this will make her to tend to get rid of the ball little quicker and her eyes won’t see as much of the field but more of the beast trying to finish her season if she stays healthy will have her worst td-int ratio

  15. The decline of Shaaron and the GB Crappers is only gaining momentum. Look for fat Mike to pack on a few more pounds as he seeks to comfort himself with unreasonable amounts of sausage, cheese, and cheap beer. As a fan of any team but the Crappers, it should be fun to watch.

  16. veence69 says: Jul 1, 2014 6:03 PM

    Joe Webb and Caleb Hanie.

    Who are the last two QB’s Rodgers has beaten in the playoffs?
    ——-

    Pretty sure there was a game that came after that win against the Bears….. I guess you’re just continuing the proud Viking tradition of ignoring the Super Bowl?

  17. I played against Aaron in high school (I played or the northern section champion Lassen High School, Aaron for pleasant valley high) he was the skinniest kid, and it took a miracle of happenstance for him to get recruited by Cal Berkeley…. Just go’s to show that all these college recruiters are missing a gold mine by not driving up above Sacramento to recruit…. Just saying I was on a 12-0 team that beat Aaron twice, was 6’5” 290 pound all section center and d lineman and I received only junior college opportunities just like Aaron. NCAA needs to check out the 530 area code more we have ballers in northern Cali !

  18. Joe Webb and Caleb Hanie.

    Who are the last two QB’s Rodgers has beaten in the playoffs?
    ===================

    He beat Ben Roethlesberger in the Super Bowl after Hanie. And if the starting QBs for those other teams are more like pansies than players, what’s Aaron supposed to do about it?

  19. Joe Webb and Caleb Hanie.

    Who are the last two QB’s Rodgers has beaten in the playoffs?
    ================

    Let’s see; they signed Julius Peppers, who should be good for 7 to 10 sacks, as well as spell some of the other d-linemen. They drafted the best safety available in this year’s draft. Second runner up for defensive rookie of the year in 2012, Casey Hayward is healthy this year. Clay Matthews will be healthy by training camp. They signed a 2nd day talent in Adrian Hubbard as an undrafted free agent. Dom Capers has made several modifications to the defensive scheme be both simplifying it and adding a hybrid elephant position to enable the team to take advantage of their roster strengths.

    Any other questions?

  20. Imagine that, a coach talking up his player trying to get hes confidence up. What you expect hime to say, “Meh, Aaron’s been about average this spring”?

  21. I thought I’d seen it all with all the jealous Brady posts, but this is a very close second. Although not a Packers fan, looking at all these jealous-of-Rodgers troll posts, catapults him up with Brady and Brees as being in the elite group of qbs in the league, actually always has been in the elite group. If I didn’t have my guy, I’d take Rodgers in a second.

  22. The fact that a signing of an undrafted rookie is an “upgrade” for your defense should tell you a lot.

    And 7-10 sacks out of Peppers? I had to do a double take there, I’m sure you meant games played. I’m not sure what’s more funny, 3-4 DE Peppers or 3-4 OLB Peppers

  23. Not too hard when you’ve got Olivia Munn draped on your arm…I’d be having a great spring too

  24. All the trolling aside, I think that Rodgers has his work cut out for him this year. All three NFC north teams have improved defenses and are better on offense. Will be no cake walk for any team in this division. Should be fun.

  25. Rodgers is the best QB in the division until proven otherwise.

    Calling him Sharon, Erin, etc. shows all the finely developed wit of a high school boy – probably a freshman.

    Really what kind of troglodyte thinks that is witty.

    Oh yeah the majority of knuckle-draggers who post here (from both sides of the Mississippi).
    – A Viking Fan who still hates the Packers

  26. Having Aaron Rodgers at his best with that defense will only get you to 10-6 at best, with an early playoff exit at most… nobody fears the packers anymore, they got no heart.

  27. lnfinite says:
    Jul 1, 2014 6:30 PM
    Meaning Rodgers will be done for the season by game 4 and Packer finish dead last yet again….

    Now by again do you mean Once, and that was 8 years ago ,since the turn of the Century ? The Vikings came in last 4 times and no NFC Championships and of course no Super Bowls ….EVER
    The Packers have won the Division 7 Times in that time went to 2 Division Championships and won a Super Bowl.
    You should hope it isn’t a season like the Pack has compared to the Vikings again.
    Yea better hope Viking fans Aaron is as fragile as you think Hell he only has played 91% of the games since he became the Full time starter and before last year 98% of the games

    Skol Ignorant Viking trolls root for the NFL team that best suits you …The WNBA Lynx

  28. psly2124 says:
    Jul 1, 2014 5:51 PM

    Sure he did. Every year we hear the same thing. Player X looked the best he’s ever looked. Every qb looks good in shorts and a t shirt with no rush. Somewhere Rex Ryan is saying mark Sanchez looks better then Peyton banning

    The problem with your analogy is Rodgers backs it up every season when the bullets are flying. There is a reason he is the all time career passing leader in the history of the NFL.

  29. It’s just a blast to watch this guy play.

    Awesome talent and drive.

    And he dates Olivia Munn.

    There aren’t many that i’d trade places with but…

  30. The problem with your analogy is Rodgers backs it up every season when the bullets are flying. There is a reason he is the all time career passing leader in the history of the NFL.

    right, because no one has to catch them…eye roll

  31. beerbratscheese says: Jul 1, 2014 7:56 PM

    In all seriousness, a Vikings fan saying the Packers defense sucks is like Blatz drinker telling someone who drinks Leinenkugels his beer sucks.

    —–

    LOL, what …… they both suck buddy, saying one sucks doesn’t mean the other doesn’t. I know thats a tough one for you cheeseheads but it will come to you.

    Leinenkugel is crap beer, you want to try to brag about a a Wisconsin beer why don’t you actually drink a good beer and have a New Glarus. LOL……. man …

  32. I can’t wait for the season to start!

    I wonder… What’s it like for Vikings fans? It’s like the season is their offseason, and vice/versa.

    They’re all cuddled up in their shanties, listening to their team lose again, thinking “man, I can’t wait for the offseason!”

  33. I hear a lot of people taking pot shots at Rodgers about first round playoff losses.

    I guess it was his fault the packers defense didn’t show up in Arizona in ’09. I guess it was his fault the defense got killed in ’11 against the Giants highlighted by the hail mary TD at the end of the first half. And I guess it was his fault that Micah Hyde dropped the interception that would have sealed the victory against San Fran in January. All three games, if the defense makes one play all day, the packers have either guaranteed victory or a much greater chance at victory.

  34. Oh those vikings followers!!

    They hate the Seahawks because they are the World Champions and the vikings passed on Wilson.

    They hate the Saints because they were World Champions and the vikings drafted Michael Bennett instead of Drew Brees,

    They hate the Packers because the Packers win against the vikings every year, have won 7 World Championships during the vikings existence(an average of once every 7.5 years), and the vikings passed on Aaron Rodgers twice in the draft.

    The trophyless vikings are 1 of 2 teams in the NFC never to win the George Halas Trophy. They have no success on the field, never have a special show about them on the NFL network, are not in the top 30 for revenue, can’t get on national television except against the Packers or Bears, always get the 6th to 8th string network announcing crew.

    Since they cannot favorably compare the vikings to any other team, they attack and slander successful franchises and their fans.

    Any positive news about other teams only only makes them feel left further behind.

    During the slowest news time of the NFL, a coach says something positive about one of the best QB’s, and the viking followers without a top 25 QB go into a frenzy.

  35. Leinenkugel is crap beer, you want to try to brag about a a Wisconsin beer why don’t you actually drink a good beer and have a New Glarus. LOL……. man …
    ==================

    My point was that, while Green Bay may not have the best defense in the NFL, it’s still far better than the Vikings’. Besides, Leini’s Big Eddy series blows away almost all of New Glarus’ beers.

  36. Lets get one more thing straight here while were at it. Anybody calling Aaron Rodgers fragile because of his collarbone injury needs to go and watch that play again. Youtube it.

    It took the combined weight of 2 Chicago Bears’ players landing on Rodgers at the same time(McClellin and number 31) to break that collarbone.

    The guy has been sacked an avg of 30 times a season for 6 seasons and he got really unlucky on one of them, that’s hardly fragile. He’s had 2 concussions but those were not sack plays but QB runs. Last concussion was the year they won the SB, 2010-11.

  37. Now just wait a damn minute, you guys can rip on The Pack all you want but leave my favorite beer, Leinie’s out of it!!!

  38. I’m glad we get to play the Green Bay Packers and not just the Aaron Rodgers Packers. The other 52 guys on the game day roster scare nobody.

  39. And all these Packer hopes will last until about the 2nd quarter of the opening game, when they are down 3 TDs to the Seahawks and realize just how physically inferior they are…

  40. Well at least he was honest in saying that he would probably say the same thing next year. It really doesn’t matter what any coach says about any player, good players will be good (yes, I mean Rogers too) and bad players may improve but will still most likely be bad. Can’t wait for the season to start, then we, the fans, will see who is actually making improvements and what coaches are just blowing smoke.
    #tiredoftheoffseason

  41. Last year when Rodgers played the Vikings, they put up 44 points and the punter had the entire day off. If he’s looking better this year, what can the Vikings expect, I mean, other than yet another last place finish?

  42. You know in the back of his mind he knows Suh and Fairley are in contract years. You know it is.

  43. This team is really coming together, and they are going to do two things: surprise a lot of people, and shut a lot of people up.

  44. Bob I agree with most of what you say, but there are 6 NFC teams that have never won a Super Bowl. And 7 AFC teams.

  45. The guy is good. Has the best touch of any qb other than Montana that I’ve ever seen. Us Bears fans have seen our share of EXTREMELY crappy quarterbacks until Cutler, and Minnesota hasn’t been too much better. That got a few good years from Culpepper, and one great year from Favre.
    We can make fun of him all we want. He’s the best qb in the NFL. That’s tough to say, but its true. Green Bay is a well run organization.

  46. As with most, if not all, seasons, it all boils down to which team can stay healthy. If the Packers can keep Rodgers, Matthews and the secondary healthy, they have a decent shot at a title. Otherwise, we saw what happens without AR and CM.

  47. As a Packer fan – the one thing I really don’t like about Rodgers is… Jon Gruden.

    Then again, that’s mostly what I don’t like about Peyton – Brees – Brady – Any player he compliments.

  48. Doesn’t matter…. Ted Thompson still has not put an adequate team around him…. Ted Thompson is the new Bill Polian…. rely on a good quarterback and just surround them with mediocre talent….

  49. Not only is Aaron Rodgers the best quarterback in the NFL, he’s the best player in the game today, regardless of position. I am not a Packers fan, but I am a football fan. If you look at the game objectively for its artistry and beauty you see that nobody does it better than Aaron Rodgers. He carries his team the same way John Elway used to carry the Broncos!

  50. As a lifetime Packer fan…. I really do want rivalries for Green Bay…. but rivalries mean 2 teams battle twice a year (at least) and it is not one-sided. I’m sorry, but that has just not happened. Green Bay has dominated this division since gunslinger Brett arrived…. thats a long time fellas…. Detroit hasn’t won in Green Bay in like 23 years… dont quote me on that but the numbers say 35-11 vs Lions since ’92…. Packers record vs the Bears since late ’92 is 32-12… and even tho the vikes have had a little more success in their house of horrors they dont have any more GB still leads that series 23-13-1 since ’96… I’ll say it again.. we want rivalries… so somebody PLEASE STEP UP!!!

  51. It’s funny that there is not much talk from team fan basis that are actually contenders in the division (lions & Bears). I hope all the ignorant viking fans remember their comments on here come December

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