Aaron Rodgers: Sitting in preseason didn’t cause slow start in 2016

AP

Brett Hundley has taken the first-team snaps at quarterback at Packers practice the last couple of days to prepare himself for the team’s preseason opener against the Eagles on Thursday and he’ll be seeing plenty of playing time in the coming weeks if history is any guide.

Aaron Rodgers has played in five preseason games over the last three years and this year doesn’t figure to be any different even if the team got off to sluggish start during the 2016 season. They were 4-6 and the offense had a hard time getting into a groove, but Rodgers doesn’t believe that was related to playing two series in the preseason.

“I don’t think there’s any correlation with that, no,” Rodgers said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Rodgers said that the team’s offense lacked an identity early last season and found it when they went all in with moving Ty Montgomery from wide receiver to running back.

“We have to figure out what those personnel groups are from the start,” Rodgers said.

And they’ll likely have to do it without much time on the field together during games.

33 responses to “Aaron Rodgers: Sitting in preseason didn’t cause slow start in 2016

  1. No, he had a slow start due to planning his season of press conference wardrobe imitating a nearly 20-year-old movie character.

  2. “We have to figure out what those personnel groups are from the start,” Rodgers said.

    Umm….so isn’t it better to figure those out in preseason when it doesn’t hurt your record instead of waiting to figure it out during the season?

    Preseason gives you a chance to try new and different personnel groupings, formations, and plays without it counting against your regular season… against actual live competition…

    Seriously…since when do you get better not practicing your craft instead of practicing it?

  3. In 2015, Rodgers started the first two preseason games.

    The Packers started the season 6 – 0 and looked like an MVP candidate.

    In 2016, Rodgers played in the third preseason game and threw a grand total of 9 passes.

    The Packers started the season 4 – 6 and Rodgers looked very pedestrian in most of those games.

    I think after the great start in 2015 and the collapse after the bye, Rodgers decided that age is catching up to him and he needed to work less in preseason so he could hold up for a 16 game season.

    Trying to put the blame on others for his own lack of effort in the preseason is typical Rodgers. It’s never his fault.

  4. How do you figure out personnel groups if you don’t have the most important personnel person on the field?

  5. Slow start, fast start, sit, stand, whatever. The Packers are still better than the Vikings.

  6. Excuses. They started slow before Rodgers suck and lack of collaboration. Any body can tell the way he played, bc his balls are never under his thighs. His misses were like 10-20 yards away from the wrs. Oh yeah, and he chokes in the end.

  7. Excuses. They started slow before Rodgers sucks and lack of collaboration. Any body can tell the way he played, bc his balls are never under his thighs. His misses were like 10-20 yards away from the wrs. Oh yeah, and he chokes in the end.

  8. I like starting slow, and then crushing the life out of the fan bases of other division teams down the stretch.

    It keeps the monotony of contending for a championship every year fresh.

  9. Vikings fans like to talk about how the Packers do in the playoffs. It’s because Vikings fans are watching the Packers in the playoffs, instead of the team they root for.

  10. Only a Vike fan would suggest that the best QB in the league play in meaningless games where guys with little chance to make a roster could take him out with a cheap shot. Those are some savvy fans.

  11. Vikings trolls: JUST GIVE IT UP ALREADY!

    We’ve owned you for the better part of the last 25 years. It’s not going to change while QB1 is playing for Green Bay. You wonder why we get so annoyed with you and crow over your teams cold, lifeless, corpse when they’re irrelevant by the end of October? THIS is why.

    Know your place. When you have a franchise QB, you’ll get your due. Not until then.

  12. This thinking is flawed. It is harder to evaluate the other skill positions when the starting qb is out. Not just the timing routes with the wrs, but just general rythem of the offense is different with each individual qb.

  13. The funny thing is that Brett Hundley is better than any of the scrub QBs on the Vikings roster. I understand he’s available for trade if the price is right…which is a good reason for the Packers to showcase him during the preseason. If Brad Samford is worth a #1 then Hundley is worth at least a #1 and #3…

  14. Anyone who watches that team will know exactly what caused his slow start. Jordy wasn’t fully back yet from his recovery. One trick pony.

  15. Look at the skill players today compared to 2010.

    Jennings AND Nelson were deep threats. Jones and Driver were chain movers. Finley was rarely healthy, but when he was, there was no stopping the offense.

    Today you’ve got an aging Nelson and 2 inconsistent chain movers in Adams and Cobb. Very little else worthy of mention.

    Its easy to see why the offense isn’t tearing people up the way they used to.

  16. Packers should be playing their starters in every preseason game for a half. Every year they start slow.

  17. I don’t think it makes sense for Rodgers to play in the preseason. If he gets hurt, the Packers’ season is over. That’s a 4-12 team at best without him. If I were them, I’d wrap him in bubble wrap at all times except for three hours on Sundays.

  18. Aaron Rodgers needs to play in pre-season games about as much as I need to wear a cheese head,a Bart Starr jersey and a pair of green and yellow polyester pants.

  19. It doesn’t really matter anyway. He is still going to choke if they even make the playoffs. He loves to choke.
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    Matt Ryan and Drew Brees are the only active QBs with a higher post-season passer rating than Rodgers.

    Rodgers is 10 full points better than *Brady.

  20. Giggling at comments from the haters who would trade half their team for Rodgers in a heartbeat makes my day.

  21. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    August 9, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Umm….so isn’t it better to figure those out in preseason when it doesn’t hurt your record instead of waiting to figure it out during the season?

    Preseason gives you a chance to try new and different personnel groupings, formations, and plays without it counting against your regular season… against actual live competition…

    Seriously…since when do you get better not practicing your craft instead of practicing it?
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    See, they tend to do that stuff during practice and not preseason games. All teams are notorious for playing preseason games as vanilla as possible. If you’re going to practice all your trick plays and new formations during a preseason games, you might as well post your playbook on a public website.

  22. How did the Packa’s do in the playoffs?

    Seems like they finished slow too…
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    Do you Viking fans possess no sense of self awareness or irony? For a fan of a team that started 5-0 and finished 8-8 to talk about our playoff performances is just surreal.

  23. Was it a lack of preseason games against 3rd string vanilla defenses… or was it because all of our receivers were really rusty and spent the 2016 off season recovering from their 2015 injuries instead of practicing w/Rodgers?

    Gee… idk, on the one hand – Jordy was bouncing back from a torn ACL, Adams had that ankle issue and they both started running great routes and getting open around late October, but on the other hand, Aaron didn’t complete passes in a preseason game.

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