Aaron Rodgers: I’m not coming back to save this team

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Aaron Rodgers is back, but that doesn’t mean the Packers need only to show up for the final three games.

The Packers star quarterback repeated the same theme Mike McCarthy did earlier in the day when the coach stressed to his team about not having “a bunch of false confidence.”

“Hopefully, it gives a lift to some of the guys, but I’m not coming back to save this team,” Rodgers said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “I’m coming back to play quarterback the way I know how to play it. Hopefully, we all raise the level of our play collectively and find a way to win these three games.”

Rodgers’ broken right collarbone kept him out almost two months. The team’s medical staff cleared him to return to game action this week, and Rodgers wouldn’t address whether he lobbied team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie for clearance.

“I wouldn’t be standing here ready to play if I wasn’t confident I could go out there and play the way that I’ve always played,” Rodgers said. “There’s just no point in doing that. It’s a risky game; it’s a dangerous game. There’s risks every time you step on the field.

“With the concussions that have happened in this game, that, to me, is something to be more worried about than altering your play to take a shot and landing on your shoulder again. That’s something that we deal with and that’s why we love this game. I think [Steelers safety] Mike Mitchell had a lot of good points when he was talking about the nature of this game. It’s a physical game, and you have to go out and play as much as you can without fear. That’s why I’m here, that’s why we’re cleared, and that’s why I’m playing.”

76 responses to “Aaron Rodgers: I’m not coming back to save this team

  1. Aaron’s back. Here come the snarky comments from dweebs whose only game experience is turning on Madden.

  2. “I’m not coming back to save this team,” Rodgers said.

    At least Rodgers isn’t as delusional as most most Packer fans/”owners”. Even he knows his team isn’t going to the playoffs.

  3. Is there a more eloquent, intelligent, clear-thinking QB in the league right now? His football acumen is off the charts, he has re-written the prototype model for an NFL QB and he elevates the play of the rest of the team. We are living in charmed times my fellow Packer fans. Now if management can only leverage the opportunities that exist for the next 4-6 years with a new DC, solid drafting and sound coaching. 2010 should not be that hard to repeat.

  4. Good to temper expectations. I’m sure he realizes by the time the Panthers game is over, there will likely be little to no point in winning the final two games.

  5. If the Packers beat the Panthers, I’ll admit I was wrong… but until then I am really looking forward to watching Rodgers get jammed into the turf over and over this weekend and the Packers playoff hopes becoming even more remote and unlikely.

  6. His talent is undeniable. What I can’t stand is his subversion if the rules. It’s obvious the packers include defensive penalties in their game plan. They are one of the only teams routinely given a free play when there is a defensive offsides. In most cases that penalty results in the play being blown dead. They routinely hurry their play under Rodgers direction to catch 12 men on defense for another free play. Their wide receivers routinely block before the ball is thrown and are rarely called for it. Rodgers routinely underthrows well covered wide receivers so they’ll stop their route drawing the dback at full speed into them, drawing an interference penalty.

    His fans will say that he is simply being smart. The rules try to level the playing field. When players subvert those rules to create an advantage, it’s time to change the rule.

  7. A-A-Ron is a baaaaaad man. I would not at all be shocked to see them win out. I would be shocked to see anything more than a 1st rd exit if they made it though. Nothing against the pack. Just dont think they will be playoff ready.

  8. All I am hoping for is the Vikings season ending as painfully as possible for Vikings fans. Maybe they get to the NFCCG, blow a 28 point lead, then lose on a hail Mary with zeros on the clock. I don’t even care if the Packers make the playoffs, so long as the Vikings blow it again, like always happens.

  9. Tall order to win 3 in a row, let alone 6 to get to the superbowl. 5 of those 6 would be on the road as well. If the guy can pull that off… his new nickname should be Brady 2.0… and to be honest, Brady would have a heck of time doing it with this years pack.

  10. Rogers expects his teammates to raise their level of play for this next game but why now? Why haven’t they raise the bat already? When the season started? When Rodgers went down? It is pretty much wysiwyg with Packer players this past 8 games. Any more success is all on Rodgers

  11. Aaron Rodgers understands that football is a TEAM sport. Sure, he makes that team better, but it still takes a group effort to win. And even if they win out, they’re still not guaranteed a playoff spot.

  12. Rodgers isn’t going anywhere else. Keep dreaming. You people sound like Vikings fans who toasted Favre when he was burning their srry keesters as a Packer, and suddenly, he was God when he made the Vikies competitive for a couple of years.

    Rodgers is a smart, highly talented, class act. A good number of you people could take lessons from the kid…except that you’ll NEVER get it.

  13. Can’t stand him, but he is one of the few players who, by himself, can’t change a team from .500ish to one you don’t want to play in playoffs. If the Packers have a shot to get and he’s cleared, why not roll him out and see what happens. Think they could catch Carolina on a big win hangover, and if they win there —well, that’s makes it real interesting doesn’t it.

  14. Wait until the little wuss gets hurt again and cries and whines that maybe he shouldn’t have been hit so hard. Boohoo. He is the softest player in the NFL. Ever. I can’t wait for Barr to sack his sorry butt again.

  15. It’s wise of Aaron to temper expectations. The Packers are in a tough spot. He hasn’t played football in 8 weeks, and that is a factor weather Packer fans admit it or not. When players are out they are rusty when they start playing. Typically happens at the beginning of season’s for week 1 and week 2, yes even to Aaron.

    Also The Packers don’t control their own destiny. Not only do they have to win out, but they need help from other scenarios to help them get in. Also they face two top teams in the NFC. The Panthers have beaten the Vikings and Patriots (Two top teams in the NFL). The Vikings have beaten more above .500 teams than anyone in the NFC. They also face a hungry Lions team who wants to be in the playoffs to.

  16. If they play at Lambeau, I am sure he will get all the calls, per usual! Carolina, not so much, unless the refs have received their instructions, for ratings sake 😦 He might regret this, after the Panther & Vikes games, as he will be a targeted man!

  17. No more excuses for not winning the nfc north now that whiner is back. Matter of fact, anything short of super bowl victory is a bust and annual package collapse. Lol

  18. No more excuses for not winning the nfc north now that whiner is back. Matter of fact, anything short of super bowl victory is a bust and annual package collapse. But I doubt the Packas would agree on my statement.

  19. I wonder if this is the ‘arrogance’ that Mike Nolan was talking about before the 2005 draft?
    yep, good thing Mike Nolan picked the nice guy Alex.

  20. The packers could be the first team in NFL history to choke twice in the same season.

    The first time was the preseason Super Bowl hype that was choked away when AR got hurt.

    The second time is missing the playoffs after all the packer fan hoopla on the resurrection of AR running the table.

    Discount Double CHOKE !!

  21. favreblows says:

    December 13, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Man…..the envy and jealousy coming from Viking fans is thick as mud. Sorry guys, but he is an elite QB and he brought us a SB win

    if he was elite, he’d have more super bowl rings than trent dilfer, wouldn’t you think?

  22. What’s funny is that if TB had made this statement, every Viking fan would be talking about what a great young man he is and how he’s their savior.

  23. if he was elite, he’d have more super bowl rings than trent dilfer, wouldn’t you think?
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    A Viking fan talking about super bowl wins. Priceless. What’s your excuse?

  24. Just a reminder that the last QB to come back early from a broken collar bone to play the Panthers is sitting in a broadcast booth now….

  25. revelation123 says:

    December 14, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Good points by Rodgers. It’s a team game.
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    If its a team game, Rodgers should have sounded like a team player.
    Saying something like:
    “Its great to be back. It will be a tough run. But I think we can work hard together and maybe do something special…”

    As opposed to : “Don’t blame me if we lose.”, which is really what Rodgers is saying.
    Yeah. Great team guy that Rodgers.

  26. With the news of Aaron’s return some Packers fans feel that Packers have a bye until the Super Bowl. lets take a look at this realistically. First order of business, they need to win out but they have to do it against two top 5 defenses in the Vikes and Panthers. Lose either and they are out. Their next three opponents have pretty explosive offenses in Panthers, Lions and yes Detroit. Ya know Detroit, that Stafford kid who has a lot of 4th quarter comebacks. The Packers Defense is ranked 26th in the NFL and last on third down defense if I did my research right. So getting in a shoot out with any of these teams could be a dagger in their Super Bowl dreams.

    So lets say they do win out, they will be at 10-6, the NFC south is a tough bunch of teams, to get a wild card is looking like a record of 11-5 will get your ticket punched to the tournament. I’d like to see them win out and get in, those green tears will taste great like a fine ale in US Bank Stadium aka as Valhalla! Good Luck.

  27. marvin1958 says:
    December 13, 2017 at 8:39 pm
    Aaron’s back. Here come the snarky comments from dweebs whose only game experience is turning on Madden.

    ——————-
    That leaves me out. Im still trying further rehab after this second surgery but Im worried I could be looking at the end of my Madden career.

  28. Aaron Rodgers could discover a cure for cancer and the Barneys would still cry foul.
    They’d gripe how he put all the hard working Doctors out of business and ruined healthcare.
    And then they’d accuse the Food and Drug Administration of faking the data with their bias.
    skoLOL!

  29. myasylum11 says:
    December 13, 2017 at 9:39 pm
    He’s basically saying… Don’t expect us to win. I’m just here for the beer.

    don’t forget the free CHEESE

  30. “The packers could be the first team in NFL history to choke twice in the same season.” Sorry man. An injury is not a choke. It’s football.

    You tried way too hard to make a joke about discount double check. But you choked.

  31. He’s coming back to save the Seahawks by knocking the Panthers out of the wild card spot.
    ———–

    I know this might sound crazy to some but the Seahawks actually still completely control their own destiny. All they have to do is win and they will win their division.

  32. It’s hard to root for a guy that disowns his loving parents and family. Great QB, major personal issues.
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    I suggest you go home and rethink your life.

  33. wafflestomp says:
    December 14, 2017 at 1:09 pm
    Aaron Rodgers could discover a cure for cancer and the Barneys would still cry foul.
    ////////
    You have officially run out of stupid things to say. You’ve come to the end of the internet. Congratulations. It will be the only congrats you and your team get this year.

  34. Booth Review says:
    December 13, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Anthony Barr sees you.

    Bring your Advil, the champs are coming.
    ——————–

    So it’s going to be Packers/Patriots Super Bowl?

  35. crownofthehelmet says:
    December 14, 2017 at 3:18 pm
    I will certainly miss the comedic entertainment that a packers nfccg brings.
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    Nothing was more entertaining or humorous than the SB XLV cakewalk over the overrated Steelers. That was hilarious.

  36. leatherface2012 says:
    December 14, 2017 at 9:42 am
    if he was elite, he’d have more super bowl rings than trent dilfer, wouldn’t you think?
    ///////////////////////////////////////////////////

    No, I would not think. For example, the Vikings have enjoyed (17) seasons with a HOF QB under center in the SuperBowl era. Add to that, another (8) seasons with the NFC ProBowl QB designee. That’s a lot of quality performances from the QB position, more years of quality QB performances than the Packers in the same period of time.

    How many SuperBowls did the Vikings win during that time?

    (crickets)

  37. “I will certainly miss the comedic entertainment that a packers nfccg brings.”

    I thought Paul Allen’s call and the associated play in the nfccg on Jan 24, 2010 was better comedic entertainment. Google it, it is very entertaining and always makes me laugh.

    Problem is, it’s rare that the Vikings make it far enough to provide that kind of comedy.

  38. conormacleod says:
    December 14, 2017 at 2:50 pm
    You have officially run out of stupid things to say. You’ve come to the end of the internet. Congratulations. It will be the only congrats you and your team get this year.
    //////////////////////////////////////

    It gets worse. If Rodgers were able to turn water in to wine, the Viking fans would still call him an alcoholic.

  39. The packers must be mathematically alive since stellar is here posting. Since we probably won’t hear from you until next season – have a happy new year.

  40. alcore1 says:

    Panthers 30, Packers 6

    358 216 Rate This

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    358 people at this moment really think Rodgers isn’t scoring a TD this weekend? Now that’s funny.

  41. crownofthehelmet says:
    December 14, 2017 at 4:50 pm
    The packers must be mathematically alive since stellar is here posting. Since we probably won’t hear from you until next season – have a happy new year.
    ////////////////////////////////

    A little premature, but thanks! It won’t be long before I’m responding to the proactive, petty, and hate-baiting comments of you and your fellow Packer-infatuated trolls. It’s always a pleasure!

  42. stellarperformance says:

    December 14, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    crownofthehelmet says:
    December 14, 2017 at 4:50 pm
    The packers must be mathematically alive since stellar is here posting. Since we probably won’t hear from you until next season – have a happy new year.
    ////////////////////////////////

    A little premature, but thanks! It won’t be long before I’m responding to the proactive, petty, and hate-baiting comments of you and your fellow Packer-infatuated trolls. It’s always a pleasure!
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    Packers fans don’t go away. They will be here rooting for a ” train wreck” for the Vikings. It’s the height of humor that they don’t think they act the same as the ” infatuated troll Vikings fans”.

    Packers have AR back-17 people on the injury report for the panthers-it’s all set up for GB……your rules buddy—–DON”T CHOKE NOW!

  43. billtetley53 says:
    December 15, 2017 at 8:59 am
    Packers fans don’t go away. They will be here rooting for a ” train wreck” for the Vikings. It’s the height of humor that they don’t think they act the same as the ” infatuated troll Vikings fans”. Packers have AR back-17 people on the injury report for the panthers-it’s all set up for GB……your rules buddy—–DON”T CHOKE NOW!
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    You’re getting ahead of yourself. The choking rules Viking fans created for the Packers in the postseason cannot be deflected and reassigned simply because they embarrass you. Own it.

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