Aaron Rodgers needed a stiff drink after latest offensive flop

AP

Aaron Rodgers’ plan in the moments after losing to the Cowboys was probably similar to the fans that watched him Sunday.

Have a glass of scotch and chill out a little bit [and] watch the film,” Rodgers said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “I’m my biggest critic, and I look at this as finely as I look at every other game and improve.”

He likely saw plenty to improve on (at least until it became glasses, plural, which would be understandable). The Packers offense managed just 16 points, and actually heard boos from their home fans.

“Look, we’re upset, they’re upset, it’s part of it,” Rodgers said. “It’s not the first time, probably won’t be the last time.”

Despite having a former MVP at the helm, and Jordy Nelson back from last year’s torn ACL, the Packers entered the game 27th in the league in passing and Rodgers was the least accurate among qualifying quarterbacks at 56.1 percent. So even though he completed 73.8 percent of his passes against the Cowboys, the only touchdown drive came late in the fourth quarter, after the crowd had already witnessed two turnovers.

Now, they have to turn around and play the Bears on short rest, which is either good or bad.

“The only silver lining is we play again in four days,” Rodgers said. “Hopefully wash this taste out of our mouth pretty quickly.”

If that doesn’t, the scotch will.

62 responses to “Aaron Rodgers needed a stiff drink after latest offensive flop

  1. News flash for people that haven’t been paying attention: Rodgers is still a good QB but he isn’t the best in the game and has t been for quite a while now

  2. Throwing off his back foot side arm all night reminded me of Jeff George, except with no accuracy, or velocity. The complaining to the officials is spot on though.

  3. Essential to the West Coast offense, their offense is still getting its timing down.

    It’s happened in previous seasons as well, including in their 2010 Super Bowl season.

  4. Big PACK guy here. ROGERS wasn’t the only one having some booze last night in ‘sconsin. It’s gonna be a long season folks stick a fork in em. Hopefully the Wild do well so I’ll have something to watch. Sigh. GO PACK GO…

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  5. As a Packer fan I never thought I would say this but what is wrong in Aaron. I know that the bar had been set to high it may not have been possible to sustain it but still something is OFF.

    And for the record Aaron all of us Packers fans wanted a stiff drink yesterday as well.

  6. I don’t think you are your biggest critic, Aaron. Your biggest critics (myself included) wanted you out of the game to see what Hundley could do. If he merely went three and out, it would’ve been an improvement.

  7. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Rodgers. I think he’s done with McCarthy. In a power struggle the guy the team has invested the most in has the “Hand”.

  8. POP QUIZ:

    Q: Which QB from NE Wisconsin has a lower QB Rating than Tyrod Taylor, Cody Kessler, Brian Hoyer, Trevor Siemian and Kirk Cousins and leads the league in fumbles lost?

  9. From Peter King’s MMQB:

    Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers was never lower than fifth in yards per pass attempt in the NFL in the five seasons between 2010 and 2014. Stat mavens love yards per pass attempt, because it encompasses completion percentage and depth of completion.

    Since the start of the 2015 season, Rodgers, at a moribund 6.63 yards per attempt, is 33rd among all NFL passers (minimum 200 pass attempts).

    Johnny Manziel (6.73) is better.

  10. When you rely on luck, bad officiating, hard counts and snapping the ball while the other team is trying to make personnel changes, it eventually catches up to you. Zimmer showed the league in week 16 of last year how to beat Erin and the Packers and now everyone is following suit. When the Bears beat the Pack on Thursday, I will enjoy the complete meltdown…P-A-N-I-C!

  11. Week 1 Analysis:
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    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Sep 11, 2016 4:31 PM
    What a game. This was the first time I’ve really seen Blake Bortles. Jags fans should be absolutely thrilled with his selection. That kid can flat-out play. Deep balls, short balls, scrambling, running for gain, commanding the offense, etc, etc, etc.

    I’m just glad the Pack got them in week one. They are indeed for real and they’re only going to get better as the season progresses.

  12. Rodgers’ fundamentals have been off for quite some time now, in particular his footwork. He no longer reliably sets his feet before he throws.

    But the problems go beyond just mechanics. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a QB where he’s actually more uncomfortable when he has time in the pocket.

    The big question is: Will Rodgers allow himself to be coached? McCarthy probably can fix Rodgers if Rodgers allows him to….

    However, the problems extend to the rest of the offense as well:

    -A corpulent, albeit good running back that is underused in most games because the head coach cannot ever commit to a run game.

    -An offense that doesn’t scheme anyone and relies on at least one receiver beating his man 1 on 1 very quickly after the play has started. To some extent, that’s the nature of the West Coast offense. But part of the problem is an unimaginative head coach/OC, and part of it is not having the personnel any longer to execute on McCarthy’s offensive philosophy.

    I look at the packers personnel on offense and they’re simply no longer a good fit for the WC scheme (Rodger’s difficulties aside). If I was TT, my next HC hire would be someone with an Erhardt-Perkins offensive philosophy, which would be a far better fit.

    Or keep doing the same thing over and over again and see if the result magically changes. Just gotta adjust the pad level.

  13. “It’s not the first time, probably won’t be the last time.”

    Oh, great! Now he’s planning on letting us down. Again.

  14. Haters gonna hate.

    The Packers team in general is off, and AR is a big reason why for sure. None of them seemingly trust each other. Bad passes, bad drops and bad play calling all contribute to losses. They also cant seem to hang on to fumbles.

    I mean, they have won 3 games this year and are over .500. There are teams in much worse shape. The only reason its a big deal is because AR has been one of the greatest QBs for the last 8 years, so when hes not performing people notice much more than other QBs. That just comes with the territory. He set the ceiling so high, it just isn’t sustainable.

    Hopefully GB will still be in around in the end when it matters. They usually at least make it to the playoffs. That, you can’t argue with.

  15. Aaron Rodgers = a mediocre QB who used to be good. He hasn’t payed well for a year and a half. Packer fans used Nelson’s absence last year as the excuse. You guys sure that’s the problem? I’m not.

  16. kickinpuppies says:
    Oct 17, 2016 9:31 AM
    Can anyone remember such a sudden drop off as we’re seeing now with Rodgers? It’s hard to make sense of how a guy can fall off a cliff like this.
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    sudden? Vikings fans have been saying this for over a year. America was in denial for a long time

  17. “McCarthy probably can fix Rodgers if Rodgers allows him to….”

    You say this, then list a bunch of other failings of McCarthy. McCarthy is the reason Rodgers and the offense are failing. It’s obvious they (esp Rodgers) don’t believe in MM. If MM would step away, things would dramatically improve immediately.

  18. When a good QB declines to being average, it’s obvious. Then when they decline to being terrible, it’s painful. Aaron jumped the going to average part.

  19. Viking fans are just running their mouths because they are good for the first time in a long time. I guess they are entitled to it for being bad for so long. They have an excellent defense.

    Down vote the truth if you want.

    MIN is impressive this year, I will give them that.

  20. He was as accurate yesterday as he is swatting that fly in the State Farm Commercial. “Well did you get it?” No Clay, he didn’t.

    The mass exodus out of Lamblow yesterday looked like a bunch of mice with cheese scurrying back into their holes.

  21. Who would have ever thought Rodgers would decline before a 78 year old Tom Brady??

    He better jump on that concussion water that Brady and Russel “Teddy Ruxpin” Wilson were peddling a couple years back.

  22. usedjock says:
    Oct 17, 2016 8:53 AM
    As a Packer fan I never thought I would say this but what is wrong in Aaron.

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    This is just a little theory of mine, but “Deflate-gate” happened at the end of the 2014 season. When it happened, Rodgers said he like to have his game balls over-inflated. At the beginning of the 2015 season, the NFL was going to check the PSI of the game balls. Rodgers’ could no longer be over-inflated. Meaning the velocity and accuracy could suffer slightly. His game has suffered since then.

  23. I know we are in trouble when I don’t feel that I can bring myself to defend our team against the Viking trolls.
    The Vikings are better this time so they have something to crow about and I can’t blame them.

  24. senxic says:
    Oct 17, 2016 10:58 AM

    Viking fans are just running their mouths because they are good for the first time in a long time. I guess they are entitled to it for being bad for so long. They have an excellent defense.

    Down vote the truth if you want.

    MIN is impressive this year, I will give them that.
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    I have news for you. The Vikings were good last year.

    You Packer fans deluded yourselves into thinking the Packers were still the class of the division last year even though all evidence showed that the Vikings had passed them by. The Vikings beat the Packers in Week 17, won the division, and looked a lot better in the last 10 games. But all we heard all offseason was that the Packers beat the terrible Redskins in the playoffs whereas the Vikings lost to the Seahawks on a fluke missed field goal, so the Packers were still great and the Vikings were terrible.

    Slowly, very slowly, your eyes are opening.

  25. djvh2 says:
    Oct 17, 2016 10:53 AM
    “McCarthy probably can fix Rodgers if Rodgers allows him to….”

    You say this, then list a bunch of other failings of McCarthy. McCarthy is the reason Rodgers and the offense are failing. It’s obvious they (esp Rodgers) don’t believe in MM. If MM would step away, things would dramatically improve immediately.

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

    McCarthy absolutely shares plenty of the blame. But McCarthy didn’t overthrow a wide open Cobb in the endzone. McCarthy didn’t audible into a QB draw that EVERYONE saw coming and then fumbled.

    I’ve read and listened to Rodgers’ post game comments. I did not get the impression that Rodgers understands the depth of his own shortcomings. Gotta acknowledge a problem before you can fix it.

    McCarthy also didn’t build a roster with serious depth issues and the lack of a dynamic playmakers at the WR position.

    But yes, McCarthy is absolutely a big part of the problem. To his credit, he did attempt to deviate from his usual 3wr/1te/single back set with some 5wr sets and even a Full House formation a few times. But it seemed more like a desperation move rather than part of a cohesive offensive plan or philosophy.

    The blueprint to defend the packers is in place. 1) Maintain good gap discipline with the front 7 to limit Lacy. Lacy is a solid back and will get his yards but MM will inevitably under use him, so just don’t let him get any huge gains on a consistent basis. 2) Sit in nickel and dime most of the day while using a combination of 4 and 3 man pass rush. Use physical press coverage with safety help over the top. Lots of cover 2-man and cover 4 with occasional use of cover 6.

    The press disrupts the timing (which is everything to this offense), these wr’s can’t consistently and effectively beat the press and rodgers is struggling to find an open receiver despite the lack of pressure on him. With the exception of the Vikings game, Rodgers has seen very little pressure from 4 man fronts and yet still was at the bottom of the league for completion percentage prior to yesterday’s game.

    The killer in all this is that the problems are big and not easily fixed. General offensive philosophy, talent issues and qb play are all big problems that require a complete and honest deconstruction and analysis by the players and the coaching staff.

  26. When you hear boos at Lambeau they are usually directed towards the opposing team and only vendor walking up and down the aisle selling lettuce wraps.

    Last night however, it was against their own team.

    So sad.

  27. I listened to McMuffin’s post game news conference and it was so obvious he was blaming the players, specifically the QB, for the defeat and took no personal culpability himself for the atrocious play calling. What does that mean? He stabbed at the highly sensitive ego of Lil Erin Munn. Wonder how that’s gonna fly on a short week. There’s a high probability that there will be more in team fighting and finger pointing than preparation for the game against the hapless Bears.

  28. 250dollarnflowner says:
    Oct 17, 2016 1:05 PM
    The Bears are getting 10 points in Vegas!!?? Take the points for heavens sake!! That’s like free money!

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    Wow, you’re right, GB averages around 17 points, so the Bears only need to score a touchdown…

    Plus I look for a 10 point Bear victory. Fire up Jordan Howard and Alshon Jeffries on all your fantasy teams…

  29. I find it hard to imagine the Bears beating the Packers at Lambeau, but then I remember that they did it last year. Should be a very interesting game.

    Kind of amazing that the Packers will have played three times since the Vikings’ last game. It will be nice to see some quality football again this Sunday.

  30. There are a couple things that the offense need to do to get fixed, one of the easier ones for Rodgers would be on plays when he gets pressure and he tries to scramble to his left, he can NOT turn his back to the play,rarely do good things come of it, it just so happened that yesterday he got a penalty for the guy grabbing the head gear, but this is a move I have seen him try multiple times this year and it needs to stop.

  31. This will be the only time I watch the Bears play against someone other than the Vikings. And it may be the only Thursday game I watch outside the Vikings game.

    Even if the Packers win, if the Bears can put up some big numbers against that swiss cheese Gbay defense it’ll force at least some packer fans to accept reality that their team isn’t that good.

  32. Maybe Aaron’s got a different “glass” issue. One of the Packers hot shot reporters needs to find out the last time he’s seen an optometrist and had his eye’s tested. It looks like his depth perception is all screwed up.

  33. I wonder if Rodgers is having ball issues now that the league is double checking the PSI in each ball? He’s on record stating he liked the balls slightly over-inflated. If that’s the problem, then let him set the PSI to whatever he wants. Who cares what the PSI level is? As long as the QB is comfortable with it then I’m ok with it.

  34. Packers won the Super Bowl in 2010 after fighting their way back to 10-6 to barely make a Wild Card berth with 15 starters on IR. Personally, I prefer them to struggle this time of year. I hate losing to the Cowboys, but maybe this will help them pull their stuff together. They have the talent, it’s really on Rodgers to play like he has something to prove, which he now does.

  35. I am enjoying the decline of Aaron Rodgers and his band of miscreants – since this jerk of a QB cannot run an offense without a free play on the defense, it is great to see this clown forced to do something without defensive penalties.

    This team is toast.

    Book it.

  36. genericcommenter says:
    Oct 17, 2016 9:43 PM
    I am enjoying the decline of Aaron Rodgers and his band of miscreants – since this jerk of a QB cannot run an offense without a free play on the defense, it is great to see this clown forced to do something without defensive penalties.

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    Did you just start watching football yesterday?

  37. There has to be issues behind closed doors that are spilling onto the field.As the years have gone by it has become apparent that Favre’s rift with management was not all Brett’s doing.You can see the look on Rodger’s face and the way he chose’s his words during interviews.Changes are coming after this season.

  38. I know he couldnt sniff rodgers jock on his best day and rodgers worst at their peaks but this is strange. Rodgers hasnt went as bad as matt schaub but considering how great rodgers was its similar. At one time schaub was..at worst.. A second tier starter. Then the texans come in expecting a good year and he cant throw the deep ball and becomes a freaking juggs machine for the defense. Throwing picks all over the place. Never has been even a bad starting qb. More like a bad 3rd stringer that got a shot to start and stunk up the joint. Im no packers fan but i hope rodgers can get it together because i really think him being good is great for fans and tje league. I mean we see so many bad qbs as it is that its nice to have a great one to watch from time to time. Full disclosure….. I am a philly fan.

  39. Don’t blame his GF. Don’t blame Jordy.

    BLAME THE INCOMPETENT head coach. He is not capable of calling the offensive plays. WRs are good, they just can’t get open because defenses know whats coming out of the predictable mouth of McCarthy.

    Also, keep in mind Aaron isn’t a young buck anymore. As a Vikings fan, I won’t ever write Rodgers off… Don’t worry Packer fans, he still has plenty of game left in him. MVP, Division winning, super bowl seasons I don’t know, but he will at least keep Packers competitive for a few more years… Then you will have to deal with NOT having a HOF QB at the helm… oh my god what are you cheese hat wearing losers going to do then??

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