No Packers workouts? Aaron Rodgers says no problem

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says the lack of any full-scale, whole-team, player-organized minicamps during the lockouts shouldn’t raise any questions about whether Green Bay’s players will be ready to go when the lockout ends.

“I’ve been throwing enough to where I’m not worried about if I’m going to be ready for when this thing shakes down,” Rodgers said Thursday.

Rodgers says he’s in great shape himself, and that any team-building that offseason workouts accomplish was taken care of when all the players got together to get their Super Bowl rings.

“We did have a great gathering in Green Bay a few Thursdays ago,” Rodgers said. “Other than that, we haven’t had anything official.”

Rodgers believes the end of the lockout is coming, and that’s when the Packers will all get together again.

“I think everybody has a sense that it’s going to end soon,” Rodgers said. “It’s just a matter of how soon is soon.”

65 responses to “No Packers workouts? Aaron Rodgers says no problem

  1. I’m a big fan of Aaron Rodgers, but this attitude is why so few Super Bowl winning teams repeat. Aaron if everyone else is working out and getting chemistry(not the kind you get at a ring get together) then they are outworking you. Talent only gets a team so far.

  2. Don’t you know Aaron Rodgers is so good workouts are unnecessary! He is just a beast and his WR’s don’t have to have timing he will just throw it to them.

  3. I don’t think it’s a big deal either.

    Team workouts this offseason have been more about building chemistry and camaraderie than anything else. Game plans are are built specifically for the upcoming opponent.

    Defensive players work on their conditioning, but they see no live action and do no actual hitting during the offseason anyway. Same goes for players who carry the ball.

    Sure, QBs can work on timing with their receivers… or can they really? Unless you have 11 NFL-caliber defensive players in full pads going all out, how much real work and practice can you do?

  4. Have you guys actually watched any of these player ran camps? They are a total joke. No player making $1 million or $20 million is going to risk injury and not be compensated due to unauthorized OTA’s. It’s just a glorified family reunion.

  5. Why don’t we do this. TAlly up the number of workouts Ponder (and any other QBs you can think of) have had during the lockout. Then see how they compare to Aaron’s performance during the regular season.

  6. I understand his position. I had some friends over to practice our tailgating skills in my driveway, but it just wasn’t the same as Lambeau. I think I can pick up right where I left off and there is no doubt in my mind I will be ready on Opening Day.

  7. carlgerbschmidt says:
    “Why don’t we do this. TAlly up the number of workouts Ponder (and any other QBs you can think of) have had during the lockout. Then see how they compare to Aaron’s performance during the regular season.”

    Brees would be a more fair comparison since Ponder’s only worked out with a few rookies and he’s….you know….a rookie. But at the end of the season I can see you pointing out that Rodgers had a better year than Ponder to try and prove a point about workouts.

  8. Basically player only workouts are…..having a catch….When this lockout is over and they play ball, no way any team that ran around in shorts, during this time is going to have any advantage over any other team, as if all of the sudden their talent will be diminshed because some team had a catch during the lockout…..And I’m no Packers fan, but lets be realistic, these workouts are not mini camps, training camp….It’s more or less what every guy does when he is with his boys and someone has a football………

  9. Anyone who thinks player practices are a great see the article above this one re: Crabtree hurt his foot during player practice.

  10. Player workouts without coaches are like recess.

    Only there is a greater risk of injuries.

    Ask Michael Crabtree.

  11. bradshawlives says:
    Jul 1, 2011 8:42 AM

    Brees would be a more fair comparison since Ponder’s only worked out with a few rookies and he’s….you know….a rookie. But at the end of the season I can see you pointing out that Rodgers had a better year than Ponder to try and prove a point about workouts.

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    I said “and any other QBs you can think of” – use Brees, Roethlisberger, Brady, Manning, anybody, I don’t care. Off-season workouts without coaches and somebody installing a system are worthless. It’s not like Rodgers is going to show up to training camp minutes before the 3rd preseason game. He’ll be there when the lockout ends and the coaches show up.

  12. For the Uneducated bunch! The Packers PLAYED THE MOST GAMES LAST YEAR! This lockout helped them heal. They will be ready.

  13. lets not be closed minded here. so long as the players (no matter what team they play for)report to training camp in shape i think they will all be fine. its not like they can practice new schemes or learn new plays that the coaches put in (eventhough im sure some of the playbooks hae found their way to players). PLUS they practiced into february while many other teams were home 6 weeks earlier. Training camp typically doesnt start til late july anyway. so a few OTAs were missed.

  14. Rodgers is in the midst of accomplishing what few people ever thought he could: being a bigger arrogant d-bag than Favre ever was.

  15. At this point nothing except some mini-camps has been missed. If we get to the point that games are missed then there may be some value in player camps. If they suddenly settle and try to start games in mid season with say 2 weeks notice and you have one team that has been working out with 40 or 50 guys and another team that has not worked at all then the first team would have an advantage.
    But these workouts now are worthless.

  16. Dynasty says:

    For the Uneducated bunch! The Packers PLAYED THE MOST GAMES LAST YEAR! This lockout helped them heal. They will be ready.

    Did they play a game against themselves? Who’s uneducated?

  17. Actually the Packers *DID* play the most games.

    When they played the Vikings in season in week 11 — the Vikings failed to show up.

    Like to the tune of 31-3.

  18. giggetygiggety says:
    Jul 1, 2011 10:13 AM
    Dynasty says:

    For the Uneducated bunch! The Packers PLAYED THE MOST GAMES LAST YEAR! This lockout helped them heal. They will be ready.

    Did they play a game against themselves? Who’s uneducated?

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    The Steelers had a first round bye, the Packers did not. Therefore, the Packers played the most games last year. So, who’s uneducated? And, also apparently does not have access to nfl.com.

  19. Dynasty says:

    “For the Uneducated bunch! The Packers PLAYED THE MOST GAMES LAST YEAR! This lockout helped them heal. They will be ready.”

    Giggety says- Did they play a game against themselves? Who’s uneducated?
    ————————————————–
    @giggety,

    Didn’t the Steelers have a bye in the playoffs? Yes, the Packer did not.

    the Packers played 20 games, the Steelers, Jets, and Bears all played 19, and everyone else falls in to line after that. Dynasty’s stat holds true. Use your head.

  20. carlgerbschmidt says:
    Jul 1, 2011 9:08 AM
    It’s not like Rodgers is going to show up to training camp minutes before the 3rd preseason game.
    _______________

    More proof that Brett Favre never taught him anything.

  21. History of head injuries + NFL’s recent stance on head inuries = Rodgers will be lucky to play 12 games this year.

    You heard it here first.

  22. Did they play a game against themselves? Who’s uneducated?

    *********

    Packers played 20 games last year- No one else played more than 19.

  23. You Packers fans need to get all your Rodgers love in now while you can. Too many more concussions on that dainty little head and it’ll be early retirement time.

  24. Honestly, this team does not need practice right now. I dont want to risk a torn ligament from these guys screwing around now without trainer supervision.

  25. thereisalwaysnextyear says: I’m a big fan of Aaron Rodgers, but this attitude is why so few Super Bowl winning teams repeat. Aaron if everyone else is working out and getting chemistry(not the kind you get at a ring get together) then they are outworking you. Talent only gets a team so far.

    Really thereisalwaysnextyear? Just want to know how many teams you’ve taken to a title? All those workouts are is for show. There are 6 QB’s in the NFL currently who have won Super Bowls, really 5 because Eli Manning had one great post season. I actually give Rogers and the Packer players credit for not giving in to do these stupid workouts.

  26. Aaron Rodgers Iverson: “We sittin here, I supposed to be the franchise player, an we in here talkin about practice. Not a game, not a game, not a GAME. We talkin about practice.”

  27. alot of players are sayin these practices are a joke, a PR move for the media and fans. so , no, im not worried.

    were gonna have the best qb in the league for the next 3-6 years ,he has the smarts, the skill, and a coach to put him in the best position to win. while the rest of nfc north struggles to find anyone to lead them to a championship. thats the closest cutler will ever get to sniffing a superbowl, stafford cant stay on the field, and the vikings well….you know…….

  28. Look, lost in all this is that Rodgers’ own HC doesn’t favor these workouts, and said so publicly. As far as I am concerned AR is being a good team leader and BACKING WHAT HIS HC SAID.

  29. I can hardly wait till THE GREAT DETROIT LIONS get after him.
    Last year we split knock him out and won should have won both.
    I am looking to hear down go Rogers, down go Rogers. down go rogers.

  30. rbecks9 says:
    Jul 1, 2011 11:38 AM
    There are 6 QB’s in the NFL currently who have won Super Bowls, really 5 because Eli Manning had one great post season. I actually give Rogers and the Packer players credit for not giving in to do these stupid workouts.
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    So Eli Manning doesn’t get credit for winning a Super Bowl because he had one great postseason? How many great postseasons has Aaron “Ryan” Rodgers had? One! Oh, I see. You’re counting his future great postseasons that Packer fans think are guaranteed to them.

    Oh, and you might want to learn how to spell your idol’s name.

  31. lrt79 says:Jul 1, 2011 11:09 AM

    You Packers fans need to get all your Rodgers love in now while you can. Too many more concussions on that dainty little head and it’ll be early retirement time.
    __________________________________

    And he’ll still have won more titles than your pathetic team if he blows an ACL tonight getting out of his nice Camaro that he won for being the Super Bowl MVP and has to pull the pin the next day.

    Just like “us packer fans” were going to be completely screwed for the next 10 years after Brett “Color Blind” Favre walked out the door and left the reigns to some unproven punk from California….right?

    We’ll be fine.

    If you had any sense or watched any NFL news, you’d know that these practices are the equivalent of throwing the Nerf around the yard with your friends. They are staging it as “solidarity” for the Players Union (look at us…we need this deal over so we can practice)…and they are a risk for injury. Look at the Crabtree injury. He’s completely screwed now if it’s serious with no help from the NFL. A sham with no upside other than to use the media to show their “plight.” Bear in mind that not too many years ago, most NFL players had jobs in the off-season, because they didn’t make the kind of money they do now….I wonder how they did it?? They play a game for a living….and get paid astronimical amounts to do so.
    Some of you guys are an embarrassment to yourselves.

  32. carlgerbschmidt says:
    Jul 1, 2011 8:28 AM
    Why don’t we do this. TAlly up the number of workouts Ponder (and any other QBs you can think of) have had during the lockout. Then see how they compare to Aaron’s performance during the regular season.

    duece5 says:

    What’s notable is this: IF the packers were setting up their own practices, you would hear from pack fans:”See, we’re not getting complacent, Rodgers wants to repeat, prove last season wasn’t a fluke where the team got hot.”

    Now, that they AREN’T doing a lick, the packer blind faithful, staten that …”awh, we really don’t need the practice.”

    Can’t have it both ways pack fans.

    Ask the Colts and Saints and Steelers about repeating. And, those are teams that have dominated their divsion. Packers haven’t won their division since your ex-favorite packer, Favre, won it.

    AND NO, I am NOT COMPARING A SUPER BOWL VICTORY TO A DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP!!

    I am simply stating to is MUCH easier to REPEAT if you win your division.

    There will be hell to play in gbay if the pukes come up flat. Then the fanbase starts to turn to each other and say: “Why didn’t Rodger’s get at least SOMETHING set-up, so we don’t have to go through this?”

    I am starting to sense a Rodgers complacency thing here, no matter how you want to try to deny it….yes time will tell.

    Why not just do SOMETHING though?

  33. Soulman45 says:Jul 1, 2011 11:51 AM

    I can hardly wait till THE GREAT DETROIT LIONS get after him.
    Last year we split knock him out and won should have won both.
    I am looking to hear down go Rogers, down go Rogers. down go rogers.
    __________________________________

    Will that be before or after your team is mathematically eliminated from the playoffs??

    I gotta admit, for a guy whose team has done nothing but knock the eventual Super Bowl MVP out of a game last year, you guys are pretty confident. Keeping in mind that Stafford seems to get hurt just getting out of bed, this would make for an interesting wager between the two. That’s good though….you guys have had long enough in the basement and the only way you’ll get out is by the Vikings imploding and soon to be Bears dying of old age and bad contracts.

    Good to see an inner city kid get access to the web too. Work on the grammar though, in your off time from doing…well, what is it you do over in good ol’ Michigan when you’re not burning and flipping cars?? It isn’t going to work and it surely isn’t going to school. I’ll tell Kid Rock you said HI on Sunday….dunce.

  34. thephantomstranger says:
    Jul 1, 2011 11:56 AM

    So Eli Manning doesn’t get credit for winning a Super Bowl because he had one great postseason? How many great postseasons has Aaron “Ryan” Rodgers had? One! Oh, I see. You’re counting his future great postseasons that Packer fans think are guaranteed to them.

    Oh, and you might want to learn how to spell your idol’s name.

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    He obviously means Manning won one and then has done nothing for several years now. I think you’re likely to see a slightly different pattern for Rodgers! Go Pack Go!

    By the way his middle name is “Charles” (Aaron “Charles” Rodgers), not Aaron “Ryan” Rodgers.

  35. blaz0037 says:
    Jul 1, 2011 10:59 AM

    History of head injuries + NFL’s recent stance on head inuries = Rodgers will be lucky to play 12 games this year.

    You heard it here first.
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    Yeah, we heard it here first.

    You know what else we heard here first?

    Going into the Giants game last year, we heard that their awesome D-line was going to knock Rodgers out of the game because he was so fragile. One dumba– even said that the NFL shouldn’t allow him to play the game – it wasn’t fair to put him up against the mighty Giants pass rush. We heard that here first.

    Going into the regular season finale against the bears, we heard that Peppers/Urlacher were going to knock Rodgers out of the game, ending the Packers’ season on a sad, ugly note. We heard that here first.

    Going into the Wild Card game against the Eagles, we heard that the there was no way the Packers could win in Philly and no way that they could stop Vick. Also, their D-line was going to knock Rodgers out of the game with another concussion. We heard that here first.

    Going into the Divisional game against the Falcons, we heard that “Matty Ice” was unbeatable at home and, oh yeah, the Falcons D-line was going to knock Rodgers out of the game. We heard that here first.

    Going into the Championship game against the bears, we heard that the bears really didn’t try to win the last game against the Packers, and if they had wanted to, they could have easily beaten them and they definitely could have knocked Rodgers out of the game, but they were playing a vanilla defense the entire game – this time would be different. We heard that here first.

    Are you seeing a pattern here?

  36. I love how confident Packer fans are in the future to which they’re entitled. The fall is going to be fun to watch. The best part will be when they turn on Ryan Rodgers like they did Favre if he throws a couple interceptions.

    Carl, the reasons I call him Ryan is because he looks like Ryan from The Office. You know, like people call you Jabba.

  37. Even if the pack doesn’t make the playoffs, the rest of the NFC North is still far behind in the trophy department.

    But which team in the NFC north is going to knock the packers out? Bears had their one good and lucky season, and they will regress. Vikings are a complete joke. I think Detroit is up and coming. I think they will improve over last year, but I am not sure their QB can stay healthy long enough.

  38. thephantomstranger says:
    Jul 1, 2011 12:28 PM
    I love how confident Packer fans are in the future to which they’re entitled. The fall is going to be fun to watch. The best part will be when they turn on Ryan Rodgers like they did Favre if he throws a couple interceptions.

    Carl, the reasons I call him Ryan is because he looks like Ryan from The Office. You know, like people call you Jabba.
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    That’s cute. I don’t watch TV unless the Packers are on.

    Of course we’re confident. Why shouldn’t we be confident? Of course, we can’t positively guarantee a Super Bowl victory, but I like our chances. Meanwhile, how’s your stadium coming? Oh wait, nobody’s really working on that because your State is shut down. Enjoy your trip to one of the beautiful MN state par…, I mean at the wonderful MN Zo…, oh well, at least you can renew your fishing lic…, or take care of some errands and renew your driver’s lic…

    And, you’re right, the “Fall” is going to be fun to watch because that’s when we start defending our title, m’boy.

  39. Anyone with half a brain knows these player workouts are nothing more than relationship building. With no defense or scheming involved, the practices are merely a game of pitch and catch. Even Mark Sanchez told Rich Eisen that their practices turned into catered lunches and water balloon fights.

    To those ignorant haters who want to point fingers at the Packers for not taking part, did it ever occur to you that some of the new guys might be practicing bad habits and poor technique with no training or coaching staff present? Some of these guys could be doing more harm than good as there could be a lot of wrong that needs to be righted before they’re ready to play.

    As for relationship building, the Packers have had plenty of opportunities. Donald Drivers charity softball game, Greg Jennings celebrity golf tournament and, of course, the ring ceremony. Plenty of opportunities to build relationships amongst themselves.

    Seriously, I think the importance of these “Player led workouts” is completely overblown.

  40. Phantom Stranger no stranger to this site. He’s been kicked off of this site more times then ron white has been thrown out of a bar. Phantom Stranger is chikenfoot, ragnar the idiot, RC amongst other previous stupid alias’ Projecting his hate on the WWW for many years on this site.

  41. Player led workouts are not a health risk. They aren’t more likely to be injured just because the trainers aren’t there. They’re risking their livelihood by potentially having an injury that would invalidate their contract, but it isn’t the workouts themselves that lead to a health risk.

  42. “Even Mark Sanchez told Rich Eisen that their practices turned into catered lunches and water balloon fights.”
    That’s because Sanchez likes to play around with his buddies instead of working. Just one of the reasons why he’ll never be a champion.

  43. thephantomstranger says:
    Jul 1, 2011 2:57 PM
    Player led workouts are not a health risk. They aren’t more likely to be injured just because the trainers aren’t there. They’re risking their livelihood by potentially having an injury that would invalidate their contract, but it isn’t the workouts themselves that lead to a health risk.

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    Listen Chicken. Take quotes from Hawk and Sanchez amongst others as proof. Take their own words. They are pointless and lack structure. Structure is the most important part of a team workout. How can any workout not be a health risk? Doing the unnecessary causes unnecessary risks.

  44. I’ve been a packers fan all my life…..but right now im a little embarressed at how arogant Aaron Rodgers and the pack are being right now. My football coach always told my team this “Doesn’t matter how good you are,you can ALWAYS get better”

  45. thephantomstranger says:Jul 1, 2011 2:57 PM

    Player led workouts are not a health risk. They aren’t more likely to be injured just because the trainers aren’t there. They’re risking their livelihood by potentially having an injury that would invalidate their contract, but it isn’t the workouts themselves that lead to a health risk.
    _________

    You’re really RCIV and/or GMSF? That makes sense, because [phantomstranger], what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this [website] is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  46. Here are the facts. The one and only goal is to three-peat. Which I guarantee will occur with this group of MEN. You wan’t to play in a man’s game???? Then close. If you don’t like it, leave. These MEN do not have bs jobs like the rest of us. They are CLOSERS. Better then us. Do you want to know what second prize is??? It’s a set of steak knives. If the rest of America (what’s left of it) had this attitude we would still be a Superpower. There is still hope. I believe.

  47. thephantomstranger

    Carl, the reasons I call him Ryan is because he looks like Ryan from The Office. You know, like people call you Jabba.

    Dude, anytime you have to explain your put down is extremely lame. Quit while your behind.

    Speaking of lame, I truly love the pain and pathetic bitterness from the opposing fans on this site. It makes me laugh.
    Classic.

  48. supersuckers3 says:
    Jul 1, 2011 4:25 PM
    thephantomstranger says:
    Jul 1, 2011 2:57 PM
    Player led workouts are not a health risk. They aren’t more likely to be injured just because the trainers aren’t there. They’re risking their livelihood by potentially having an injury that would invalidate their contract, but it isn’t the workouts themselves that lead to a health risk.

    ————–

    Listen Chicken. Take quotes from Hawk and Sanchez amongst others as proof. Take their own words. They are pointless and lack structure. Structure is the most important part of a team workout. How can any workout not be a health risk? Doing the unnecessary causes unnecessary risks.
    ______________

    You just repeated exactly what I said! Any workout is a health risk! It isn’t more of a health risk because the trainers aren’t there.

    And everyone knows that you’re really JS. I can’t type his name because he’s been banned and they don’t allow that, but you know who you are.

  49. And Carl, everybody knows that you’re a Viking fan who used to post on here frequently whose initials are PH. You made up an over-the-top Packer fan character to make fun of the Packer fans, but they don’t get it. They think you’re perfectly normal.

  50. You just repeated exactly what I said! Any workout is a health risk! It isn’t more of a health risk because the trainers aren’t there.

    And everyone knows that you’re really JS. I can’t type his name because he’s been banned and they don’t allow that, but you know who you are.
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    Listen Ragnar. The workouts are a joke. Which makes them unnecessary. Organized OTA’s are not a joke and VERY necessary (except in the mind of a old gray washed up pecker pusher). If doing something has no benefit then it is unneccesary to do so. No I am not Jimmy Smith.

  51. supersuckers3 says:
    Jul 1, 2011 2:48 PM
    Phantom Stranger no stranger to this site. He’s been kicked off of this site more times then ron white has been thrown out of a bar. Phantom Stranger is chikenfoot, ragnar the idiot, RC amongst other previous stupid alias’ Projecting his hate on the WWW for many years on this site.
    ==========================
    Dumb,dumb. I am not Phantom Stranger. Yet again, you make an ass out of yourself.

    You may want to take the time to stop and think about what you post about your “friends” on this website.

    Your superiority bs has gotten old over the last few years. Your “knowledge” is pathetic at best.

  52. “Dumb,dumb. I am not Phantom Stranger”

    ——

    Yes, you are Ragnar. I know no one on this site personally (thankful) this is annominity run amuck

  53. meh, as long as The Players stay in shape.

    I think it was Sun Tzu or some guy that said 10 organized men are far more effectient in battle than 10,000 disorganized men.

    Basically, If it’s Aaron and The WRs’ working out, the Oline working out, Dline working out, LBs working out, etc.

    Everyone working out in small well organized groups of like, 4 to 10 guys, then idk, Salute or something…blah

  54. anyone remember that completely worthless tape of rodgers throwing a football into some net from like 55 yds during practice? All the drunken sconnies left their trailers and walked to the library to troll about what a great display of his talents it was. How hard he was working. They were drooling over the equivalent of a half court shot made by the backup center for the clippers.

    Now hes done practicing and what do you know? Practices is overrated, unnecessary.

    DOHK

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