Aaron Rodgers tries to make tackles on interceptions, but tries to be smart about it

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When Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw an interception on Sunday, he did what he usually does: He tried to make the tackle, but he didn’t try too hard.

Rodgers said on the Dan Patrick Show that his approach to tackling is to at least try to get in the way of a defensive player who has the ball, although he tries to be smart enough not to put himself at risk.

“I like to try my best. I think as a quarterback your job is more to turn the guy inside and hope your faster more athletic teammates who probably played defense at some point can make the tackle,” Rodgers said. “It’s real effort but it’s intelligent effort.”

When Seattle’s Nazair Jones picked him off yesterday, Rodgers initially gave chase but quit when he realized he had no chance of catching Jones. Jones took it to the house, but his touchdown was overturned by a penalty.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy would surely prefer that Rodgers err on the side of caution on interception returns: A pick-six is bad, but losing Rodgers to an injury suffered trying to make a tackle would be worse.

37 responses to “Aaron Rodgers tries to make tackles on interceptions, but tries to be smart about it

  1. Why make tackles when the refs will give you phantom penalties?

    Aaron Rodgers throws a pick. NFL ref: “oh no, we’re going to have to eject a DB to make it easier for him.”

  2. Why try to tackle him when the refs will call it all back for a phantom block in the back and in addition eject a cornerback for having his facemask pulled/yanked/twisted by a receiver?

  3. Looking like a fool running after Seattles Nazair Jones was about the only thing Rodgers did wrong. You Packer fans must be elated about the packers play , especially the defense.

  4. Rodgers is the sacred cow of NFL officials so likes to stay in their line of site and in their ears.

    Touch him and your penalized. Look the other way when his O lineman constantly hold. Penalize any and all dbacks that cover his receivers. Don’t blow the play dead when the defense jumps offsides to give him a free play. Extend drives by calling penalties against any defense opposing him, etc. etc. It was all on display yesterday.

    Getting tough to stomach the favoritism in the NFL.

  5. tjacks7 says:
    September 11, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Why make tackles when the refs will give you phantom penalties?

    Aaron Rodgers throws a pick. NFL ref: “oh no, we’re going to have to eject a DB to make it easier for him.”

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    The Vikings haven’t even played a game yet and the purples are already practicing their whining.

  6. Don’t worry Aaron, just let it go and the refs will make sure it works out in your favor…your defense already figured out that they can interfere with an opponent in the end zone and there will be no repercussions…

  7. From a Viking fan, I remember Dennis Green essentially refusing to renew Jeff George’s contract for doing the same thing (not trying too hard to tackle a defensive player 120+ lbs bigger than him).

    That said, it’s not like Rodgers throws that many INTs. You Packer fans have to be very happy with the play of your defense – that was one fantastic performance yesterday.

  8. jman967 says:

    Is this like Cam Newton trying to recover fumbles?

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    The context of the situation is a little different when the game is on the line in the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl. I don’t think Rodgers would be worried about injury with the offseason looming a few minutes away.

  9. Rodgers saved a TD by hustling enough to draw the penalty……hell of a great play.

    And nobody wants to mention the BS call on Cobb for taunting. Get over it. The Packers looked really good yesterday.

  10. Two things: (1) based on history, this only happens 1 out of every 250 passes, so there’s really not much to fret over; and (2) Rodgers seemed to do a pretty good job of putting his back in front of the hand of a Hawks’ blocker to draw the penalty that nullified the TD.

  11. The context of the situation is a little different when the game is on the line in the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl. I don’t think Rodgers would be worried about injury with the offseason looming a few minutes away.
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    Yes, yes context. Like the context of a comment being that it was a joke

  12. “The Vikings haven’t even played a game yet and the purples are already practicing their whining”.

    They should be happy, this is the most successful they will be all year. It’s all downhill starting at 7:10 EDT tonight.

  13. that penalty was nonsense. The refs directly gave this win to the packers.

    I’m also curious on the ejection – why wasn’t Bennett ejected at the end of the game for his aggressive hit? way more egregious then what the corner did.

    why, it’s almost like the refs wanted to see an outcome

  14. The call on Lane was questionable but there’s no question Rodgers got blocked in the back. Any other opinion is just pure whining and homerism.

    Oh, BTW, anybody remember this quote?

    “He wasn’t confused. He called what he saw. Sports are like that.”

    Pete Carroll on the Fail Mary

  15. We should be so lucky as to have our biggest complaint be our quarterback doesn’t try hard enough to tackle after interceptions.

  16. Rahjahs was smart to not get himself in harms way of that pick 6.

    Last thing GB needs is that guy out for a month for trying to make a tackle.

  17. fwippel says:
    September 11, 2017 at 2:22 pm
    From a Viking fan, I remember Dennis Green essentially refusing to renew Jeff George’s contract for doing the same thing (not trying too hard to tackle a defensive player 120+ lbs bigger than him).

    That said, it’s not like Rodgers throws that many INTs. You Packer fans have to be very happy with the play of your defense – that was one fantastic performance yesterday.

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    Thank you for the objective comment from a Vikings fan. I bet if Dennis Green had Rodgers, he would have rethought his “QB better try hard to tackle” policy. I am happy with the defense, I was expecting an improved defense and they look the part but they need to stay healthy.

  18. The Vikings haven’t even played a game yet and the purples are already practicing their whining.
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    I disagree with this. I don’t think the Viking’s fans have to practice.

  19. packsupersoldier says:
    September 11, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    The call on Lane was questionable but there’s no question Rodgers got blocked in the back. Any other opinion is just pure whining and homerism.
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    Go back and look at the film. The dude lightly pushed Rodgers on the side of the arm, not even breaking Rodgers’ stride. (I’ll note that Rodgers is a lot slower than a 320-pound DT carrying a football.) Under no circumstances is a light push to the side of the arm a block in the back. Any other opinion is just pure homerism.

  20. The reason he is responding to this is bc he was out ran 65 yards by a 300lb rookie dlinemen. He should have caught him if he was really trying instead he saved egg on his face by getting bailed on on two bogus calls..

    His attempt was weak no matter his excuse that’s a 300lb man he got easily out ran by.

  21. crownofthehelmet says:
    September 11, 2017 at 3:39 pm
    If he did make the tackles after each int, he’d be the leading tackler on the team.
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    Sooooo……..you’re still sore from the moonwalk Rodgers danced on the Steelers back in SuperBowl XLV.

    Love it.

  22. h0metownzero says:
    September 11, 2017 at 4:42 pm
    That turnover didn’t cost us any points.

    What a defense.

    The Packers are clearly blessed with another contending roster.

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    “The Packers are clearly blessed with another contending roster”

    I need to save this quote every time a Packer homer comments on a Vikings article that Vikings fans claim a Superbowl after a week 1 victory.

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