Aaron Rodgers does his best Allen Iverson impression

AP

Aaron Rodgers has heard the concerns that the Packers offense is looking sloppy. The biggest criticism came from coach Mike McCarthy Monday night, likely in an effort to send a message to his troops.

Rodgers’ response was to invoke Allen Iverson’s classic rant.

“Practice? We talking about practice?” the quarterback joked at Tuesday’s media session via Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “We’re not talking about a game. We’re talking about practice . . . Practice? I’m not overly concerned. It was a tough environment inside. We just have to clean things up a little bit. Too many mental mistakes.”

I’d love to see video of Rodgers’ impersonation before awarding a grade here, but this was well played by the Super Bowl MVP.  Rodgers insists that the lack of player-only workouts hasn’t slowed the Packers down.  But he hinted that not everyone arrived in the best shape.

“In order to be successful, you have to be willing to put the time in on your own.  And part of that is coming into camp in shape,” Rodgers said via ESPNMilwaukee.com. “I think you saw last night, we got tired last night and there was a lot of mental mistakes. So we’ve got to pick up the urgency, I think.”

I’m inclined to give the Packers the benefit of the doubt because it’s early August and they have only seen Dom Capers’ unit.

“He brings blitzes all day,” Rodgers said. “We’re trying to run a screen period, and he’s throwing corner blitzes out there. It’s making it tough for us, but it’s good for us.  If we can figure out ways to be successful against a defense like Dom has you would think it would be a little easier against a less diverse defense.”

Rodgers and company can quiet any concern by looking smooth in the preseason, starting Saturday against the Browns.

63 responses to “Aaron Rodgers does his best Allen Iverson impression

  1. He gets a pass from this vikes fan(packers are doomed) with the bs he put up with from farve and others. Great qb the vikes would take. ha

  2. I think Aaron will be just fine. He is one of the premier parsers in TE league and can do whatever he wants during “practice”

  3. Haha and “there” it is. MVP MVP MVP MVP.

    He has a great point though regarding the defense. Will be the best in the league with Morgan Burnett coming back.

    It’s like…the best game that could ever be played…the Packers Offense vs. The Packers Defense…

  4. “I’m inclined to give the Packers the benefit of the doubt because it’s early August and they have only seen Dom Capers’ unit.”

    That is just too easy of a set up! 😀

  5. dudes got a great rapport with the Media and is so calm. great player, has to be contagious.

  6. I think Rodgers’ sense of humor is a good trait, but I’d like to see him a little more serious about the team’s performance. Maybe I’m just too paranoid of a Super Bowl hangover…

  7. Glad to see A-rod is getting more comfortable letting his sense of humor out. He knows they can and will clean it up.

    A repeat possibility would only be fantasy if not for Mike and his fantastic coaching staff. Top to bottom I doubt there is a better staff in the NFL. It will still be tough, but at least the GB coaching staff makes it possible.

  8. Rodgers said. “We’re trying to run a screen period, and he’s throwing corner blitzes out there. It’s making it tough for us, but it’s good for us. If we can figure out ways to be successful against a defense like Dom has you would think it would be a little easier against a less diverse defense.”

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    Which is why we are so damn lucky to have Dom and A-Rod. The best O and D in the NFL working together to help each other improve and be ready by the time of kick off.

  9. No team is going to look sharp at this stage, especially this year. The challenge for the Packers, however, is learning that the only thing harder than winning the championship – is repeating the feat.

  10. Haha, hilarious!

    Though for some reason Packers fans like to come on Eagles threads and troll us (for what reason? We’re not remotely rivals) I think the Pack is a classy organization with one heck of a QB who accurately sums up all of the training camp media hype.

    We talkin’ ’bout practice!

  11. ” It was a tough environment inside.

    Q: Tough? Did you say tough? How tough was it?

    A: This year for the yearbook, they took two photos; front and profile.

    A: We got an old age home in there. So far, nobody’s made it.

  12. Gentlemen…. it’s only early August and the Packers have fewer holes to fill then most teams. In the end, if our offensive line comes together I think we’ll be all right…

  13. Cannot wait for the first game of the season. The Saints who got together a lot during the lockout and made sure everyone knew they did vs. the Packers who did not get together at all.

    We will have an answer to the question if the lockout get togethers meant a damn thing vis a vis playing the game for real. Me thinks, not so much, but I will leave it to my team to answer for certain in 30 days.

  14. Wait so when the white guy makes a joke …. you call it how it is. As a joke. But when Vince Young makes a joke you play it up like he was dead serious.

    I am never one to cry racism but at the same time this does seem kinda fishy. Since you still haven’t told the truth about the Young interview and even keep using the out of context quote in almost every Eagles story.

    I am sure this is more creating a meme than racism but either way it stinks and you should at least report the truth about Young’s statement as you did here with Rodgers.

    On topic, i love AAron Rodgers. I hope his team fails but i hope he ends up a hall of famer. The guy handles everything with class, From waiting behind Favre to doing the impossible, filling the shoes of one of the greatest. He reminds me a lot of Steve Young, not how they play but how they handle them selves.

  15. Those with support comments for the Packers are getting more thumbs down than up.
    We must be doing something right to be hated!

  16. Is anyone a little bit worried that Aaron (Ryan) Rodgers is calling out his teammates for being out of shape? Got a little fat and happy over the winter after that championship, eh? If a Viking shows up to camp out of shape, Frazier cuts him.

  17. GB always starts the season off a little slow (3-3 in 2010) …… However, the thing is with the Bears, Vikes & Lions in the North, it’s not going to take much to wrap up the North Division with room to spare …… Face it, it’s possible that the Pack is the only team in the North (at season’s end) with a winning record …… GB 12-4, Bears 7-9, Lions 5-11 & the Qweens 3-13 ……

  18. Yeah, laugh it up Rodgers. But until you win a Super Bowl, you can’t hold Favre’s j…

  19. Keep it loose Aaron.

    Let the media fawn all over the Iggles, the Pack will prove their worth on the field…

  20. @ebeg420 – must be all those fans of the powerhouse Bucks and Brewers. LOL. How does a 2 sport town rate having their own ESPN site?

  21. i’m not worried, they’ve only been together for a week and a half right? come on man there not going to step on the field and not miss any beats… if there playing like this and looking sloppy the last preseason game or the first couple of weeks of the regular season, well then i’ll be worried. until them relax, take a breathe and drink a little drink smoke a little smoke.

  22. I have no problem at all with Rodgers joking around. I have a little bit of a problem with him calling out teammates for not being in shape without any team activities however. My point is simple. It’s one thing to be able to keep in shape when you’re a naturally athletic QB. It’s a completely different story when you play a position where you’re supposed to be 300 pounds or more and still be in “football shape”. Not much room for error there. Drop too much weight and you become undersized and can get bullrushed or pushed around by opposing linemen. Let yourself go, and you lack the mobility and stamina to keep up with faster opposing linemen or keep from getting winded during a game.

  23. So Aaron Rodgers gets complimented about his best Allen Iverson impression but Albert Haynesworth has been literally doing it for 3 years and gets criticized? Hypocrisy!

    /green font

  24. and don’t bring up the offseason workouts please… i’m not saying it would’ve hurt them but really there’s nothing saying it would’ve helped either.

  25. When I read the title I thought somehow Rodgers shot 8 of 31 from the field but managed to score 38 points…However, with an offense built so much on timing, it is necessary for those guys to get on the same page quick. However, we’ve seen them light teams up in the preseason and come out in the regular season looking a little sluggish at first. I think they’ll get the act together.

  26. Complacency and lackadaisical attitude over his offense’s poor performance is hopefully the start of a nice trend. He should attempt to be funny more often.

  27. The Subpar Bowl Champs will be flat this year. Rogers has a jelly head and will not last the season. Not wishing it, just pointing out fact. Concussions WILL be an issue.

  28. 2 things for Packer fans to know…..

    1) Rodgers is a great QB, but he has serious “head injury” issues. And with the emphasis on player safety constantly on the rise, look for him to miss several games this season…doctors orders.

    2) You won the Superbowl, had a great year. But it won’t always turn out like that. You need to win the division for any chance of a repeat.

  29. Disention is Packer land! All these fake cheeseheads will jump off bandwagon when they start losing and hop on the Lions bandwagon! BTW..Cancer survivors hopes Rodgers fails !!!!

  30. He was acting like a straight guy?
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    You either have never seen his chick, or you yourself are trying to hide the obvious….

  31. packmanfan says: Aug 9, 2011 4:59 PM

    “Those with support comments for the Packers are getting more thumbs down than up.
    We must be doing something right to be hated!”

    Just wait till you have 6 Lombardis…

  32. “Disention is Packer land! All these fake cheeseheads will jump off bandwagon when they start losing and hop on the Lions bandwagon! BTW..Cancer survivors hopes Rodgers fails !!!!”

    There he is again trolling on the Packers articles. It’d be one thing if you were a Vikings, Bears or Lions fan because then you’d be a fan of a rival team. I’d even let the Eagles, Saints, or Falcons fans slide because chances are the Packers will need to get past those teams to repeat. It’s been six months since the Packers beat the Steelers in the Super Bowl. Barring a Super Bowl rematch, it’ll be three more seasons before these teams meet. It’s time to let it go.

  33. “Just wait till you have 6 Lombardis…”

    The Steelers aren’t hated because they won 4 SBs in the 70’s.

  34. herlies says: Aug 9, 2011 7:29 PM

    “Just wait till you have 6 Lombardis…”

    The Steelers aren’t hated because they won 4 SBs in the 70′s.

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    OK, then how about the Steelers have been to 3 of the last 6 Super Bowls. Green bay isn’t due for another (if my math is correct) until 2023.

  35. smoothjimmyapollo, I just have to compliment you for the most awesome username on PFT. Bravo, sir.

  36. packmanfan says:
    Aug 9, 2011 4:59 PM
    Those with support comments for the Packers are getting more thumbs down than up.
    We must be doing something right to be hated!

    ================================
    Nobody hates the packers team.

    It’s the idiotic, loudmouth, hypocritical, know nothing fanbase no one can stand.

    By the way, stop using “we” when talking about the team. You aren’t part of it.

    Rodgers is so lame he can’t come up with his own quote? Not suprising, he had to copy his title belt dance from pro wrestling.

  37. The other similarity is that Iverson used to (for some reason) hang at TGI Fridays, and that’s probably the best restaurant in town in GB.

  38. ruvelligwebuike says: Aug 9, 2011 5:15 PM
    Yeah, laugh it up Rodgers. But until you win a Super Bowl, you can’t hold Favre’s j…
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    Say What?
    Are you one of those Geico guys, livin’ under that rock?
    And just who would want to carry Favre’s jock, it’s as old and rotten as Favre himself.
    Rodgers will win more Superbowls than Favre did, and he’s already won a SB MVP which Favre never did! Crawl back under your rock ruvell! You’re an idiot!

  39. I think that those off season workouts, without coaches present to coach & critique the players is a waste of time,and can help develop bad habits

  40. ruvelligwebuike says: Aug 9, 2011 5:15 PM
    Yeah, laugh it up Rodgers. But until you win a Super Bowl, you can’t hold Favre’s j…
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    ” Say What?
    Are you one of those Geico guys, livin’ under that rock?
    And just who would want to carry Favre’s jock, it’s as old and rotten as Favre himself.
    Rodgers will win more Superbowls than Favre did, and he’s already won a SB MVP which Favre never did! Crawl back under your rock ruvell! You’re an idiot!”
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    It was a joke, dude. Live a little.

  41. “Though for some reason Packers fans like to come on Eagles threads and troll us (for what reason? We’re not remotely rivals)”

    quit trashing our fan’s trucks & cars….. that’s worse than trollin’ on tha’ net….

  42. I hope the Brownies just lay into the Pack this week, so I can see all of the major sport networks jump the gun and begin talking about how worried they are about their chances at a repeat…. and at how the Browns are taking great strides!

    Go #Browns

  43. axespray says:
    Aug 10, 2011 1:44 PM
    “Though for some reason Packers fans like to come on Eagles threads and troll us (for what reason? We’re not remotely rivals)”

    quit trashing our fan’s trucks & cars….. that’s worse than trollin’ on tha’ net….

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    But axespray, you invote that type of behavior by being the ignorant loudmouth, know nothing fans that you are.

    For proof, look at the abuse that is heaped on packer fans on this site.

    Biggest bunch of whining hypocrites I’ve ever seen.
    Run your mouths, suffer the consequences, and then cry about it.
    What other football fanbase has stuff like that happen to them? None.

  44. Is anyone a little bit worried that Aaron (Ryan) Rodgers is calling out his teammates for being out of shape? Got a little fat and happy over the winter after that championship, eh? If a Viking shows up to camp out of shape, Frazier cuts him.

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    bro thats cute did you have lunch with leslie and he told you he cuts ppl that are out of shape. vikes are back to 3rd place at best for the next 10 years, have fun.

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