Aaron Rodgers: The urgency’s got to pick up

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When the Packers were scuffling early in the 2014 season, quarterback Aaron Rodgers said that everyone should R-E-L-A-X because the team would find its way.

That’s not the message from Rodgers anymore. His team was crushed by the Titans on Sunday for their third straight loss and fourth loss in the last five games, leaving them with a 4-5 record and Rodgers with the opposite opinion from the one he expressed a couple of years ago.

“There has to be that healthy fear as a player that if you don’t do your job they’ll get rid of you,” Rodgers said, via Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I think we’ve all got to go back and the urgency’s got to pick up, the focus has got to pick up … we’ve all got to play better, and that starts with me.”

Rodgers’ job is almost certainly safe even if the Packers should fail to make their way back to the playoffs, but plenty of other people will be on the line if the team continues to put up such disappointing performances. That group could include coach Mike McCarthy and General Manager Ted Thompson because a failure to reach high standards has consequences even for a franchise that prizes stability the way the Packers have over the years.

106 responses to “Aaron Rodgers: The urgency’s got to pick up

  1. Sorry Packers but your once dominant offense is now one dimensional thanks to your bonehead front office led by Ted Thompson and Mike with his Vanilla play calls. Aaron isn’t even a top 10 QB anymore. This team may make the playoffs but only because the entire NFC North is a complete dumpster fire and if they do they’ll be a one and done.

  2. Ohhhhhhhhh Mr Cooool under pressure,,,, hopin and skipping around flicking his wrist,,, getting around like a little smug butterfly above everybody what has happen to R. E. L. A. X ???

  3. Even if the Packers don’t end up under .500 and out of the playoffs, McCarthy has to go. Ted too. Enough is enough. Sometimes coaches and administration are just in the same place too long.

  4. Rodgers is not the only problem, the packers have, but he is certainly part of it. The packers are just not a very good team and rodgers days of being an elite QB have been over for at least the last couple of years.

    They aren’t winning with that team and even if they were better, they aren’t going to win with him. Its time to face that.

  5. I’m basically at the point where I’d trade McCarthy for Rich Kotite. Anyone still defending MM at this point is just plain whistling past the graveyard. 9-12 in their last 21. Rodgers is #29 in league YPA. Twenty-nine. Behind such immortals as Case Keenum, Cody Kessler, Tyrod Taylor and Alex Smith, Trevor Siemian and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

    This isn’t a blip, this is who we are now, at least under McCarthy. The guy doesn’t even both to give the appearance of caring anymore. Getting rolled by the Titans doesn’t happen by accident, it’s prima facie evidence of a complete and total lack of preparation. The league has long since caught up with his stale offensive schemes, and he can no more adapt in-season than he can in-game, and we all know how terrible he in that regard.

    Clean house. All coaches gone, turn over the front office to Eliot Wolf and begin building for the future. It’s better to get shot down in flames than it is to rust out on the runway without even trying, which is where we are now.

  6. Not a single member of the organization should be pleased with themselves right now. It sure is a good thing the NFC North has has had the same problems.

    Being a game back after these latest displays is a gift they don’t deserve.

  7. Obviously, I am a Favre fan, but I like Rodgers too. I have never thought, however, that Aaron was or is the leader of the team.

  8. It’s McCarthy’s time to move on. When a team has as many problems in all phases as the Packers, that’s on the coaches.

  9. Heres my problem with his urgency stuff. Its like trying to will a nasty cold to go away. Its crazy to think you’d under performing all the time. How abput you have crappy players on voth sides the ball and you just arent very good.

  10. here is his list of urgency

    1. hope defense has 12 men on field
    2. whine about phantom pass interference
    3. scream at receivers for running wrong route

    just go away championship belt

  11. There are 30 NFL fan bases that would trade their first born children to have the success the Packers have had under Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy. Only the New England Patriots have had more sustained success than the Packers during this time frame.

    I especially love the guys that use one breath to say “This team is far too talented to play like this. Mike McCarthy needs to go!” They then use their next breath to say “This team has no talent other than Aaron Rodgers. Ted Thompson needs to go!”

    So… if Bill Belichick wants to come here, by all means, fire Thompson and McCarthy; but ONLY if Bill Belichick wants to come here.

  12. It might help if Rodgers became a leader, encouraging successes and calling out others in private for failure. All this team sees is him passing the buck and his accuracy just isn’t what it was. I am a Packer fan. Been watching him for years. He could get away with the negative nancy stuff while he had all his weapons. Now he just appears pouty and whiny and unaccountable. See Drew Brees on how to handle the bad times. He takes it on his shoulders and tries to motivate those around in him in a positive way. You are seriously on your way to being Jay Cutler. And that hurts me to say that….

  13. It’s been a long time feeling in the NFL that GM’s and Head Coaches can stay too long in one place. As a long time Packers fan, I have defended the job Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy have done during their time in GB. Anyone who says they haven’t needs to have their eyes examined.
    But I really feel that the time has come to go in a different direction.
    I still believe that teams which avoid knee jerk reactions with their GM’s and HC’s are the teams which usually are winners, but I just feel that the time is now to make a change.
    Aaron Rodgers is in his prime and I have no doubt what so ever that he can still be one of the best QB’s in the game, but the fact is, he does not have the personnel around him to do that — even before all the injuries. And I really feel he needs a more innovative person calling the plays and game planning than Mike McCarthy.
    To me, given the Packers play the last two years, the worst thing they could do would be to do nothing. Aaron Rodgers keeps saying the team needs more urgency, which also tells me there are guys on that team who are not giving it their all. That’s inexcusable, and it’s a reflection of Mike McCarthy if it’s true. After all, we saw him defend Eddie Lacy all last year when everyone in the world knew he was in horrible shape and way overweight.
    So — for my money, Mark Murphy needs to put the word out that he’s looking to make changes next year. And if he only wants to fire McCarthy, then he must tell Ted Thompson he had to loosen up on his feeling about signing free agents. It’s ridiculous that the Packers only kept Eddie Lacy and James Starks as their RB’s heading into the season. It left them one dimensional and they were forced to use WR’s as RB’s. No wonder Aaron Rodgers looks frustrated at times.
    The firs thing a new HC should do by the way, is cut Eddie Lacy. That would be a message to the players that no one is safe and you better shape up or ship out.

  14. Rodgers hasn’t looked the dominate QB the last 2 years but media and fans kinda give him a pass.

    I watch games, he gets really inaccurate at times and is constantly calling for referees to bail him out with flags. Right now I think Matt Stafford is the best QB in the division.

    Ted Thompson is blowing his prime years with poor drafts and conservative free agency.

  15. Year after year of drafting (mostly) on defense, has caught up on to the offense.

    And yet the defense hasn’t significantly improved. Either TT doesn’t know how to draft defensive players, or the defensive staff doesn’t know how to develop them.

    Scheme doesn’t make the players, players make the scheme.

  16. Everyone should R-E-L-A-X because he’ll play good when it’s for all the marbles and then that’s when the urgency’s got to pick up. Until then, we wait.

  17. The packers won the North 5 years in a row, and last year when they didn’t, they came within a hair of their 3rd NFC title game in 6 years.

    This year they plain and simple are having a bad year. They don’t look like contenders, and they playoffs (while still in range) are certainly not guaranteed. They have injuries sure, but this is a down year.

    This down year, which may result in missing the playoffs for the first time in 8 years justifies cleaning house? McCarthy should not be on the hotseat.

    Ted Thompson is a better argument for the hotseat, since the packers roster always seems razor thin, with a severe lack of top class playmakers.

  18. as usual after a loss everybody but rodgers is responsible and need to do a better job and be worried about their jobs. maybe this guy is just a bit overrated and had the benefit of playing with a bunch of good players around him when he and the packers were on top. now the team is not so good and he is being exposed as just a average qb on a bad team not capable of carrying the team himself.

  19. Thompson, McCarthy, and especially Capers need to go. The best thing for the future is for them to keep this terrible run this year. Finishing third or fourth in the division hopefully means some management and coaching changes.

  20. This team hasn’t been tough enough over the years. They’ve benefitted from a mediocre Division over the past couple years but the flaws have easily shown in the playoffs against stiffer competition.

    The NFL is better when the Packers are good and I hope they can capture some of what they had.

    Oh yeah…and if McCarthy is welcomed back next year this team is screwed. Hehe

  21. Yea I don’t know what to tell you Aaron.

    Maybe you just suck and it’s time to go.

    See how Dallas is doing without their “franchise” Romo?

    Beat it.

  22. As a Packer Fan who actually pays attention to this organization, Rodgers isn’t talking about a “Player”. He is talking about Mike McCarthy & basically begging Mark Murphy to force the move.

  23. I hate that the Packers got crushed by the Titans (!) yesterday. Now they’ll be all fired up next Sunday against my REDSKINS to prove that yesterday was an aberration and that they do not suck.

  24. I hate that the Packers got crushed by the Titans (!) yesterday. Now they’ll be all fired up next Sunday against my REDSKINS to prove that yesterday was an aberration and that they do not stink.

  25. ariani1985 says:
    Nov 14, 2016 10:06 AM
    Don’t worry Packer fans, you still have your offseason championship banner!

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    Pot, meet kettle.

    Don’t you have any Viking articles to post on or did the NFL forget about the Vikings since they dumped 4 straight.

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    As to the Packers,

    I for one am not sure anything fixed at this point really helps. I’m not saying tank the season but hopefully Detroit doesn’t allow us to win this crap show division at 8-8 so our coaching staff and gm get another free pass for the status quo next year…

    The urgency needs to be there in the offseason as well

  26. Vikings trolls, Packers trolls.

    How about we just take this year off, eh? Both of our teams are hot garbage. Our coach refuses to change a scheme that’s been demonstrably proven to be figured out. Your offensive line couldn’t block against University of Maryland University College (real school look it up) ‘s D-line.

    No fan base should have to put up with our garbage taunting when we both suck so ba.

  27. I hate that I am still finding ways to be amazed at how poorly this Packers team can play in all 3 phases of the game week to week. Positive momentum is consistently undone with mental errors – drops, blown assignments, penalties, turnovers.

    I know the Packers don’t generally overreact with coaching and personnel moves and they have bums all over the field (especially on defense) due to injuries but when will there be an iota of accountability?

    One can build extremely solid cases against McCarthy, Thompson and Capers.

    Painful watching this team. On the flip side, Mariota quickly becoming my favorite young QB.

  28. In the picture above, Aaron was asked how large the heads of the average Viking fan had become as a result of their over-inflated egos, after starting the season 5-0.

  29. possumsauce says:
    Nov 14, 2016 10:15 AM
    I’m basically at the point where I’d trade McCarthy for Rich Kotite. Anyone still defending MM at this point is just plain whistling past the graveyard. 9-12 in their last 21. Rodgers is #29 in league YPA. Twenty-nine. Behind such immortals as Case Keenum, Cody Kessler, Tyrod Taylor and Alex Smith, Trevor Siemian and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

    This isn’t a blip, this is who we are now, at least under McCarthy. The guy doesn’t even both to give the appearance of caring anymore. Getting rolled by the Titans doesn’t happen by accident, it’s prima facie evidence of a complete and total lack of preparation. The league has long since caught up with his stale offensive schemes, and he can no more adapt in-season than he can in-game, and we all know how terrible he in that regard.

    Clean house. All coaches gone, turn over the front office to Eliot Wolf and begin building for the future. It’s better to get shot down in flames than it is to rust out on the runway without even trying, which is where we are now.

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    Easy now…

    McCarthy has been successful in many phases of his coaching career. I believe he is going to get a chance to right the ship even if Thompson would be let go. No incumbent GM is going to get rid of a guy who has as many winning seasons as McCarthy and a SB ring . He will take the keys and test drive it. I mean McCarthy did a damn good job with Favre after Sherman let him run wild. Ultimately I think McCarthy needs to find some new coordinators outside of the organization at this point. Fundamentally this team needs help, along with some talent upgrades.

  30. ariani1985 says:
    Nov 14, 2016 10:06 AM
    Don’t worry Packer fans, you still have your offseason championship banner!

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    Pot, meet kettle.

    Don’t you have any Viking articles to post on or did the NFL forget about the Vikings since they dumped 4 straight.

    —-

    As to the Packers,

    I for one am not sure anything fixed at this point really helps. I’m not saying tank the season but hopefully Detroit doesn’t allow us to win this crap show division at 8-8 so our coaching staff and gm get another free pass for the status quo next year…

    The urgency needs to be there in the offseason as well

  31. “With the way the Packers and Vikings are playing, at least the comments sections won’t be flooded with comments.”

    I guess I was wrong with that comment. Having been a Packers fan all of my life, I am used to success. Somehow I forgot that, for Vikings fans this is the norm for their team, and won’t have any effect on who they are as fans. Sigh.

  32. chicagosportsfan11 says:
    Nov 14, 2016 10:50 AM
    Ya think Aaron? Maybe call your family and get rid of that harlot and then maybe you could get back to business. Until then enjoy the freefall.
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    Can we just leave Ryan Braun out of this?

  33. Time for Aaron to utter his infamous expletive when that shotgun snap came a little too quickly and along the ground… “Green eightEEEEEEN, green eighteen OH (BLEEP)!”

  34. The entire division is garbage and so is most of the league. Can’t remember a year where the NFL has been this terrible as a whole. Maybe 3-4 good teams overall and the rest are almost impossible to watch. Really hoping its a fluke year because this entire season has been depressing to watch.

  35. So has anyone else noticed that Rodgers play has diminished since they started checking PSI more. Check the stats his completion % and yards are way down since.

  36. I’m not a Packers fan, but I used to like Aaron Rodgers. Now he just seems like a jerk. I don’t quite know what it is… maybe he’s too emotional. He shows his frustration too much. At this point he seems to be more of a celebrity than anything.

  37. But, but, Ted Thompson is a genius, I thought? I’ve certainly heard it enough times. Or maybe, it’s been really nice having Aaron Rodgers to lean on all these years, but now that he can’t hold all the weight anymore, and TT’s and McCarthy’s deficiencies are showing.

  38. To me a huge problem is they have almost no playmakers on D.

    – Daniels is top notch, but is not in a position to force turnover
    – Clinton-Dix is pretty good, but right now is relegated to helping out the disasters at CB
    – CMIII is often hurt, and when he is in he basically just draws attention and maybe an extra blocker.
    – Nick Perry can’t seem to do anything without CMIII on the field.

    You have a couple guys that can maybe get a sack, but no one that’s going to force a fumble or get an INT to swing momentum.

  39. Well, Rodgers welcome to the world Tony Romo has had for the majority of his career 🙂 No TEAM around him and he had to carry the team solely on his shoulders!!! Maybe there will be a little more sympathy for you than the BASHING Tony had to endure, but not from me….Tony never threw his teammates under the bus!

  40. Packers could still win the division at 8-8 or 7-9. Lol. The last quarterback you want to face in an indoor stadium is Aaron Rodgers. The road to the superbowl likely goes through Dallas, where Rodgers won a superbowl. Don’t count this team out until they are officially out of the playoff race. Don’t forget, they could even get a wild card, seeing how the rest of the NFC is.

    Vikings are going 5-11 or 6-10, and the Lions are the Lions (I’ll believe they’ll win the division when it actually happens).

  41. Why all the viking fans here? Your team is a dumpster fire, you guys should definitely not be throwing stones. Awareness….try it.

  42. Well there is good news. Now we as Packer fans should be able to empathize with our football fan brethren from Minnesota. We never really understood the pain that they felt watching their pathetic hopeless team lose game after game decade after decade. And the Vikings are doing the same thing again this year. After a promising almost magical start, they have receded into the background, helpless and pathetic and devoid of any hope as always; the only difference is that this time we have joined them in football hell. There, there’s the bright side, we can commisserate together rather than reach for joy in the other’s demise. Im sure thats how this will play out.

  43. Aaron isn’t even a top 10 QB anymore
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    Spend lees time in the hair and makeup chair and more time studying film….
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    Name 10 who are better. And try watching the game before trolling fellas….

    It’s the defense we should be blaming. Rodger’s had 3 td’s and nearly 400 yards yesterday. He’s third in the league in TD passes as well, not to mention his running td’s. I know you’re just trolling but c’mon, let’s assign the blame where it’s due. Horrible play calling and horrible defense/special teams. Last week we allowed a kick return td and two big run backs. This week we muff a punt at a crucial time.

  44. Not a leader of men which is why nobody wants to run through a wall for him. His bachelor brother outed him for being a world class d-lord. Which is what we all knew he was anyway.

    GB would be better off trading him to the Browns for a boatload of picks including the #1 overall this year. Get that hungry kid from NC and start fresh.

  45. Ted Thompson relies heavily on the draft but the coaching staff is left to develop that young talent so they are ready for prime time. And the proof is in the pudding that they are not so that is definitely on the coaching staff.

    The fact that they sucked against the Colts, talked about being ready for the Titans and were blown out just tells me that MM has lost control over his team.

    MM has officially over stayed his time in GB. And since Ted is nearing retirement, the best move Mark Murphy could make is bring in the new GM (Elliot Wolf who is waiting in the wings), hand him the reins and let him decide if he needs a new coach. (and he will).

  46. The ship has left the port. The packers are done for the season. They may only win one more game, that is against the bears. They are totally void of any talent on the team except for the qb and Cobb. You could cut anyone on the team and I doubt anyone would pick them up and if they did they would not play first or second string.

  47. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Nov 14, 2016 10:33 AM
    There are 30 NFL fan bases that would trade their first born children to have the success the Packers have had under Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy. Only the New England Patriots have had more sustained success than the Packers during this time frame.
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    Exactly how bad does you team need to play in order for you to call them out? They aren’t just losing games, they’re getting destroyed. And 8-11 in their past 19 regular season games.

    BTW: your team had one good year. 2010.

  48. Defense sucks. They only have Starks as RB and no other team would even consider him as a backup on their team but the Packers won’t even sign anyone decent. Way to get rid of Niles after one game. WRs can’t get any separation or catch anymore but the position coach and/or OC is still employed. Play calling is mediocre and predictable.

    To sum it up – they need a new coaching staff.

  49. Aaron Rodgers has thrown for or run for every Packers touchdown this year. He isn’t playing as well as he used to, but is still a great player fighting to do well amid a coach who is in way over his head.

  50. mccarthyisamoron says:
    Nov 14, 2016 10:34 AM

    MM will go on a mini hot-streak to save his job for next year. They’ll throw a couple assistant coaches under the bus and draft RB’s with their first three picks.

    I agree that he will do just good enough to keep his job and the coaching staff we be “revamped” going in to next year. And if I was a betting an Capers retires at the end of the year instead of getting canned.

    I do not think the Packers will do a full purge of the team to include the GM and coaching staff it is just not how that organization operates they seem to value continuity more than anything. But that being said I think TT and MM have one more year to right the ship and if they don’t then changes will happen.

  51. Is Aaron referring to the type of urgency that happens in the middle of the night, when he has to get up and go to the bathroom?

    He is getting up there in age…. 😉

  52. mnvikes1961 says:
    Nov 14, 2016 10:19 AM

    A photo of Erin asking for a penalty. That’s the Packers offense.

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    No it wasn’t. That was from last game when he threw a pass to the sideline, but the TE and WR both ran the same route, when one should have been the deeper route. The ball was intercepted by the safety about 7 yards passed them.

  53. 13worldchampioinships says:
    Nov 14, 2016 10:17 AM

    I think it is time to drop the R-E-L-A-X bit. That was two years ago.

    ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷

    This is classic Packer logic. You whine abut the R-E-L-A-X comment because it is two years old, yet even your screen name refers to something that happened in 1929! You can’t have it both ways

  54. ariani1985 says:
    Nov 14, 2016 10:06 AM
    Don’t worry Packer fans, you still have your offseason championship banner!

    ///////////////////////

    They will hang it up next to their real ones just like the Vikings do…Oh wait…

  55. As a Vikings Fan, you now know what it feels like to have things come unraveled. I feel bad for you but you’ve had a great run.

    Since Farve came on board in 1992 and then turning it over to Rogers, you have always been relevant. During that same period, we have had 29 different qb’s. Now that things are winding down you will have a taste of what saying “next year” feels like.

    Even though you have been relentless in bad mouthing my team along the way, I truly feel bad for you and what you are about to experience.

  56. The Packers as a team have 25 TDs this season. Three are rushing TDs from Aaron Rodgers, 22 are passes from Aaron Rodgers. The team definitely revolves around him and would be the worst team in the NFL without him, especially if they kept their coach.

  57. The Packers need to adjust their philosophy on acquiring players. The draft and develop concept works if a team can translate their draft picks into players. If a team tries to draft and develop and misses on every other draft or picks the wrong players, they end up like the Packers are right now. Ted Thompson is the first problem, then McCarthy and the coaching staff. Can’t fault the players, they are who they are. When the staff doesn’t get the players prepared to play, performances like the titans game are the expected result. Expecting anything else is foolish.

  58. h0metownzero says:

    Imagine my surprise when I woke up this morning to find that the Packers presently have 13 World Championships.
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    It was a dream. A bad one at that…

    They didn’t award “World Championships” until 1966.

    Even those are suspect, because only teams of one country are allowed to compete.

  59. smedley61 says:

    We’ve got some problems to fix for sure. Thank God the Vikings are in our division to do their annual epic implosion.
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    Funny…

    You were waiting for an implosion last season and when it hit at Lambeau Field last January it left the Packers winless at home against the NFC North last year…

  60. Kelly’s Chronicles says:
    Nov 14, 2016 10:35 AM
    It might help if Rodgers became a leader, encouraging successes and calling out others in private for failure. All this team sees is him passing the buck and his accuracy just isn’t what it was. I am a Packer fan. Been watching him for years. He could get away with the negative nancy stuff while he had all his weapons. Now he just appears pouty and whiny and unaccountable. See Drew Brees on how to handle the bad times. He takes it on his shoulders and tries to motivate those around in him in a positive way. You are seriously on your way to being Jay Cutler. And that hurts me to say that….

    Jay Cutler appears like a jerk sometime but he has NEVER thrown his teammates under the bus like Prima Donna Rogers

  61. “30 NFL fan bases are LIGHT YEARS ahead of the PATHETIC packer fans……”

    At least you admit that the Vikings and Cowboys fan bases are worse, assuming you are referring to how annoying the fan bases are.

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