Packers know it will be hard to make Rodgers play safe

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Not that they weren’t already concerned, but last weekend made the Packers that much more conscious of keeping Aaron Rodgers upright.

With Michael Vick, Jay Cutler and Alex Smith leaving with concussions, it brought back into focus for them the risk their quarterback takes when he leaves the pocket.

“We can’t afford to lose our quarterback to not sliding and trying to make a play,” tight end Andrew Quarless said, via Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I definitely think it’s something he takes into consideration. If he goes down [because of injury], it’s going to be pretty tough.

I wish you could see the coaches’ faces when he takes a hit.”

Rodgers’ inclination remains to err on the side of making a play, much to the chagrin of coaches and teammates.

But it’s not just when he’s outside the pocket, as Rodgers has taken a league-high 29 sacks.

“I get concerned,” center Jeff Saturday said. “He takes some shots now. He’s a tough kid. There’s a lot of times where I’m screaming, ‘Throw it, throw it.’ He can’t hear it, but you just want him to let it go because I want him to play the next play.

“But that’s ingrained in him. He knows if he’s willing to hold it for one second, he’s willing to take that shot to get the ball off and create the big plays.”

Of course, that willingness to go for first downs or hold the ball a second longer trying to make a play is part of the reason he’s good at what he does.

“Just reflect back to our last game vs. the Cardinals and his ability to make plays with his feet,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “ I think Aaron’s a lot more conscious of it [protecting himself] and it’s something, frankly, where hopefully we’re doing a better job of coaching it with our quarterbacks.”

Whether they’re ever able to coach that tendency out of Rodgers remains to be seen.

13 responses to “Packers know it will be hard to make Rodgers play safe

  1. Live by the sword, die by the sword. The premium teams have the premium QB. Without Rodgers the Packers would be done. Just like the Bears last year without Cutler, only times that by a thousand. That’s just the nature of the NFL. So it’s comical on here when people complain about the billionaire owners protecting their millionaire assets. Ya, like you wouldn’t do the same.

  2. Look, just after the draft, not thrilled with either Perry or Worthy as people who can aide in the pass rush, no help on the O line and no running backs, I evaluated this team as 8-8 before the season started.

    They are 6-3 and I’m sticking with 8-8. I think that at best they win two more games. This team has actually over achieved but against so so teams.

    Their competition is much better this year and they are not, not to mention injuries. Rogers has his hands full. If they make it to the playoffs with the injuries they’ve had, you hand him the MVP and forget talk about Manning.

    Manning stands behing one of the best O lines, has time to look downfield to make his flick pass. 28 other QB’s would love to have that luxury. He picked Denver for that reason.
    Stupid he ain’t.

  3. Funny…..QB’s are going down all around the league but for some reason you never see Brady, Manning, Brees or Rodgers go down…….must be their uniforms, jerseys and skirts!

  4. Maybe the Lions should revert to the bad boys of last season, stomp some guys, and put a hurt on Rodgers like last Thanksgiving.

  5. Ernie Ernie, this is the best you can come up with? 8-8 and still make the playoffs? I don’t think they would make the playoffs with that record. I think numerous front offices are lining up for the opportunity to hire you for your expert analysis. Before you write something so ridiculous, maybe take a second before you hit submit and read it again.

  6. samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says:Nov 15, 2012 9:37 AM

    Ah, the old “throw it” block. Saturday turns around as the defensive tackle is running by him and yells “Throw it! Throw it!”


    That’s a lot of smack from a fan of the team whose QB just threw for 200 yards and everyone acts like they just won the Super Bowl. Which you never will by the way.

  7. @jaybird20.

    You must be a vik fan. ernie ernie never said they would make the playoffs at 8-8. He said “he thought” they would be 8-8. And “if they make the playoffs” clearly they would have surpassed “his” expectations of 8-8. vik fans are so stupid. fyi, surpassed means “to go beyond” — which in this case means did better than expected.

  8. Just give him one of those discount double check down chastity belts he’s always trying to sell and he’ll be safe enough.

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