Aaron Rodgers thinks refs are too quick to throw flags for roughing the passer

Getty Images

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers doesn’t want the officials to go too far to protect him.

Rodgers didn’t like two questionable roughing the passer calls in Sunday’s tie with the Vikings, one of which was called when Minnesota linebacker Eric Kendricks hit Rodgers, and another called on Packers linebacker Clay Matthews for hitting Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins.

“What do you say to Clay? His head is out of it. His hand is on the ground. That’s not roughing the passer,” Rodgers said. “Same thing with Kendricks. What do you say to him on that? I didn’t get up off the ground thinking, ‘Where’s the penalty?’ I saw a late flag and couldn’t believe there was a penalty on the play. I’m a traditionalist. I’ve watched the game and loved the game for a long time. And some of the rules help, but some of the rules, maybe are going in the wrong direction. They’re trying to think about the progress of the game and the safety and stuff. But it’s still a collision sport, and those to me are not penalties.”

Rodgers is giving voice to what plenty of fans have said after seeing the roughing the passer calls in the NFL this season: The league is going too far to try to protect quarterbacks.

98 responses to “Aaron Rodgers thinks refs are too quick to throw flags for roughing the passer

  1. Rodgers should have said that when all the uproar was going on after he got hurt last year. If he did that then, so many other people probably would not have overreacted.

  2. “Rodgers should have said that when all the uproar was going on after he got hurt last year. If he did that then, so many other people probably would not have overreacted.”

    Maybe because Barr’s hit was in no way comparable to Kendricks’ and Matthews’ hits. Try watching the 3 plays before you post.

  3. I respect the dude for saying that. Not saying I’d share a beer with”discount double check” but good for him for being a football player.

  4. I’ve seen enough sacks thus far to think the refs don’t know what “you can’t land on the QB with your weight” means. It’s a dumb rule and it’s not getting enforced anywhere close to 70%, at least in the games I’ve seen thus far.

  5. If only he could have just taken that legal hit from Barr like a man….but he decided to go the whiny little b!tch route…so now legal hits are penalties…and cost his team a win….oh the irony…

  6. It looks like Rodgers is hearing it from his teammates and peers across the league for his loud and constant whining last year about being hit unnecessarily causing this awful new Rodgers rule and now he is trying to back track to save some face.

    Nice try but it is not going to work. This is on you Rodgers.

  7. Rodgers doesn’t go on Conan and cry/lie the Rodgers rule does not exist today.
    Green Bay does not fall on it face last year after Rodgers get hurt the Rodgers rule does not exist today.

  8. Every time Rodgers gets up off the ground he is looking for a penalty. Who is trying to fool? And every incomplete pass his arms go up looking for a penalty. And in the rare case that does not happen he’ll be giving his receiver the stink eye instead.

  9. Last year when A A Ron got hurt, he was out of the pocket, meaning he lost the protections that come from being in the pocket–being hit low, 2 step rule, unprotected. He was a runner. Apples and oranges.

    However, in this case, he is right–the calls were weak. HOWEVER the NFL created these rules and both were textbook as this new rule is laid out. I think it is horrible and lame. The Hendricks call early in the game doesn’t get the same attention as the Matthews call because of the timing, but they were the exact same call.

  10. amurdora says:
    September 20, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    It needs to be review-able.
    ———————————————–

    Have fun watching a 7 hour football game. Rodgers just did this to gain favor with his defense. Love him as a player, but what a D-bag

  11. It’s a good thing the refs can’t read and use the internet.

    If they could, Rodgers might regret making his opinions known.

  12. Wait a minute. Last year they didn’t throw the flag, enough (or in his case, when they should have). Now they are throwing them too much.
    Make up yer mind Aaron.

  13. cornerblitz says:
    September 20, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Is GODell every going to make a statement? What exactly does that talking head do anyway?
    ———————————————-
    What does he do? Well, for starters, he makes the players a buttload of money, since they get half the NFL gross revenues.

  14. 64impalass says:
    September 20, 2018 at 6:29 pm
    If QBs like ben, joe, aaron and kirk are even questioning the rule, its time to modify it
    ———————-

    One of these things is not like the other. One of these things just doesn’t belong. Can you tell me which one doesn’t belong??

    That’s right children!! The first 3 QBs and their teams have one one or multiple world championships!!!! Good job students!!!!

  15. Wow, Rodgers admits the Kendricks call was just as bad as the Mathews call, yet Viking fans are still triggered.

  16. Anyone who might be irritated by this phenomena should blame Barr. This is on him. Legal schmegal. No flag? So what? That’s not the point. It was unnecessary and designed to cause injury.

    The NFL isn’t trying to protect quarterbacks, they’re trying to keep brain-dead neanderthals like Barr from maiming people. I include Matthews in that corral.

  17. They’re too quick on every flag. Week 2 and we already have two ties. That’s proof that the refs are affecting the outcome of the games.

  18. avpackfan says:
    September 20, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    “Rodgers should have said that when all the uproar was going on after he got hurt last year. If he did that then, so many other people probably would not have overreacted.”

    Maybe because Barr’s hit was in no way comparable to Kendricks’ and Matthews’ hits. Try watching the 3 plays before you post.

    ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷

    Actually a Packer fan is right for once. Last year when Barr tackled Rodgers, Rodgers was out of the pocket and therefore wasn’t afforded the protections of being a passer. He was considered a runner at that point and got tackled like one. Perfectly legal.

  19. Good grief.

    If that call was on Rodgers that allowed GB to win, you can bet there would be ZERO uproar over that call, and Rodgers would be hailed as a one legged genius for winning another game.

    Poor GB. Sniff…sniff…
    They gave Cousins the Aaron Rodgers treatment and all of a sudden it must stop.

  20. Last year, SEVEN starting quarterbacks were lost for the season due to injury. At least three, up to possibly as many as five of them, were legitimate MVP candidates. It’s only “the Rodgers rule” to those that live and breathe by their ever-creepier obsession with the man.

    And they still can’t make him love them.

  21. stellarperformance says:
    September 20, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Anyone who might be irritated by this phenomena should blame Barr. This is on him. Legal schmegal. No flag? So what? That’s not the point. It was unnecessary and designed to cause injury.

    The NFL isn’t trying to protect quarterbacks, they’re trying to keep brain-dead neanderthals like Barr from maiming people. I include Matthews in that corral.

    ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷

    Don’t be such a Sally. It’s football. If Barr’s hit was unnecessary, they would have thrown a flag. They have a penalty for that, in case you forgot Sally, but it wasn’t unnecessary roughness so no flag, no fine, and no suspension.

  22. It’s still truly amazing that absolutely everybody, and I mean EVERYBODY, outside the state of Minnesota sees last Sunday’s game and it’s obvious aftermath one way, while the ignorant, galactically stupid Heidi fans see things through their obsessed and warped views.
    It would almost be funny if it weren’t so Damn tragic.

  23. Rodgers doesn’t mean it.

    He has benefited the most from RFP for do overs to win games.
    He uses offside penalties to get free plays.
    He runs plays called pass interference deep left or right.
    He whines after almost every pass play for a penalty.

    And now all of sudden he thinks there are too many roughing the passer plays?
    If you believe him, you are clueless.

  24. For once in my life, I’m with Rodgers on this. That’s the smartest thing he’s ever said regarding the nfl. Much respect.

  25. Y’all ever watch a game with a backup QB? How about the game that’s on right now before mayfield came in, how entertaining was that slopfest? And I understand Taylor is listed as the starter but in reality, he’s a backup and backup QBs are incredibly hard to watch and bad for the games viewership, so, yah the QBs need to be protected more not to mention they are playing the most vulnerable position. I don’t give 2 craps about Rodgers, who cares if he rule is made because of him, it needs to be there. That being said, I didn’t see the first hit but the Matthews hit was an awful call even with qb protection

  26. cheeseisfattening says:

    It looks like Rodgers is hearing it from his teammates and peers across the league for his loud and constant whining last year about being hit unnecessarily causing this awful new Rodgers rule and now he is trying to back track to save some face.

    Nice try but it is not going to work. This is on you Rodgers.

    ***

    It is, totally. Those of us who have watched the game for a good number of years remember and respect when a defense tried to send a ‘message’ to the QB. It was a great, intense subplot to a game that was already fun to watch. The great QBs prevailed, others didn’t. That’s over.

    Rodgers the player isn’t good enough to make up for Rodgers the person, and the whole league pays.

  27. Last year, SEVEN starting quarterbacks were lost for the season due to injury. At least three, up to possibly as many as five of them, were legitimate MVP candidates. It’s only “the Rodgers rule” to those that live and breathe by their ever-creepier obsession with the man.
    —————–
    Here is a list of 8 starting QBs hurt last year and how the Rodgers rule came from Rodgers and Rodgers alone. (for fun please call out the 5 legitimate MVP candidates???)

    Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings (Knee, Week 5) : was not touched in Saints game. Nobody knows about he hurt his knee. No rule from this injury

    Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos (Shoulder, Week 15) : scrambled out of pocket and landed awkwardly on his shoulder when hit, just like Rodgers. But this is just Siemian, and it was late in Denver’s season and Siemian did not cry on national tv. No rule from this injury

    Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (Knee, preseason) : non contact injury. No rule from this injury

    Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (Arm, Week 7) : Caron looked washed before this injury, he was done. No rule from this injury

    Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (ACL, Week 14) : hit running past the line of scrimmage at goal line like an RB. no rule from this injury

    Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans (ACL, Week 9) : non contact injury. No rule from this injury

    Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts (Labrum, offseason) : shoulder injury from the year before. If there was going to be a rule from this injury it would have happened last year. No rule from this injury

    Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (Collarbone, Week 6) : scrambled out of pocket and landed awkwardly on his shoulder when hit. Cried on national tv, Green Bay fell on their face after this. (real) Owners heard/saw this and this alone and created the Rodgers rule top keep this from happening again.

  28. diveleft says:
    September 20, 2018 at 9:11 pm
    stellarperformance says:
    September 20, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Anyone who might be irritated by this phenomena should blame Barr. This is on him. Legal schmegal. No flag? So what? That’s not the point. It was unnecessary and designed to cause injury.

    The NFL isn’t trying to protect quarterbacks, they’re trying to keep brain-dead neanderthals like Barr from maiming people. I include Matthews in that corral.

    ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷

    Don’t be such a Sally. It’s football. If Barr’s hit was unnecessary, they would have thrown a flag. They have a penalty for that, in case you forgot Sally, but it wasn’t unnecessary roughness so no flag, no fine, and no suspension.
    ________________

    This is exactly the point, if you would just dig the Lutefisk out of your ears and listen to reason, and you know, try an use a little critical thinking.

    The league realized that defenders could take advantage of the rules as written and use those opportunities to create unnecessary hits to inflict injuries on QBs.
    The new rule is entirely inspired by Anthony Barr and a few other defenders who they viewed doing this.
    This is something the NFL viewed as a problem since the concussion issue, and the Barr hit just punctuated the situation.

    Why it’s so hard for the Barneys to understand this simple concept is seriously mind boggling.
    And I’ve seen fans from several different teams try and explain this to them.
    Think about it this way, they didn’t throw a flag on Barr last season, it was so unnecessary and flagrant, they changed the entire rule.
    Do you get that?

    But, by all means, continue to embarrass yourselves by blaming Rodgers, the Packers and Packer fans.
    And we’ll just have to continue to laugh at you.

  29. Edward Halverson says:
    September 20, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    If the defense can’t touch the QB, then make the QB wear roller skates!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. They should only wear one roller skate.

  30. Funny seeing these Brady comments . One this article about Rodgers . Another check the facts. Brady is 19th in Roughing the Passer Penalties called in the past 5 years. Another thing Von Miller plus Ware said he toughest QB that took 20 hits vs the Broncos in one game lol.
    Tuck said it as well. Bennett when for Seattle said same thing. Bennett even Mentioned how Brady would say nice hit then pat your Behind.

  31. This is exactly the response I expected from the skol trolls, Rodgers criticizes the rule but they don’t let that stop them from hating on him and blaming him instead of the NFL higher ups who actually made the rule.

  32. I hate what they now call roughing the passer. If they want to protect the QB and make the game fair to the defense, just pot flags on the QB. If they had those, the Clay Matthews would have 2 more sacks from the first two games, no penalties, and the QBs would not have taken a hit. It is the fair thing to do.

    I know this sounds totally stupid, but I prefer that to the crappy new rule.

  33. isithockeyseasonyet says:

    Y’all ever watch a game with a backup QB?
    ###

    Yeah, lots of them. Got to see them win a lot of games last year.

    The Vikings lost their starter in week 1 and went on to win the NFC North.

    The Eagles lost their starter in week 14 and went on to win the NFC East

    Both teams advanced to the NFC Championship game.

    So the most recent NFC Championship game had backup QB’s for both teams.

    A backup QB won the Super Bowl.

    Just because some teams refuse to have an NFL caliber backup QB, is no reason to change the rules.

  34. Are Viking fans really this dumb and obnoxious in real life.
    I’ve never actually met one in person, but with just the little interaction I’ve had with them on this site and taking in their bizarre, skewed views on football, I honestly don’t think I ever need to.
    Anyway, Kudos to Aaron Rodgers for saying what we’ve all been feeling.
    I’ve always enjoyed watching him play, with the obvious exception of when he plays my team.
    He plays the position as well and aggressively as I’ve ever seen and he’s been a great ambassador of the league.

  35. Compared to the intentional late hit last year by Barr; late, wrapping, lifting, full body weight, intent to cause injury, etc., these two hits were like playing patty-cake.

    You can thank Barr for the confusion and turmoil. He got us here. All the NFL is trying to do is control behaviors like his, but it’s not easy creating an antidote for born-stupid.

    Barr ran heavy on this rule, and Matthews ran light on this rule, but it’s the same rule.

    It’s the Barr Rule.

  36. stellarperformance says:
    September 21, 2018 at 8:39 am
    Compared to the intentional late hit last year by Barr; late, wrapping, lifting, full body weight, intent to cause injury, etc., these two hits were like playing patty-cake.

    You can thank Barr for the confusion and turmoil. He got us here. All the NFL is trying to do is control behaviors like his, but it’s not easy creating an antidote for born-stupid.

    Barr ran heavy on this rule, and Matthews ran light on this rule, but it’s the same rule.

    It’s the Barr Rule

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

    Okay stella, it’s the Barr rule ( eye roll) can we move on

  37. The QUITTER says:

    Compared to the intentional late hit last year by Barr; late, wrapping, lifting, full body weight, intent to cause injury, etc., these two hits were like playing patty-cake.
    ###

    Intentional – yes Barr did intend to tackle Rodgers

    Late – wasn’t a late hit as determined by the NFL instead of whiny Packer fan

    Wrapping, lifting, full body weight – perfect form tackle – Rodgers wasn’t in the pocket and as such is considered a RB

    Intent to cause injury – only in your mind

    It’s the Rodgers Rule

  38. But, by all means, continue to embarrass yourselves by blaming Rodgers, the Packers and Packer fans.
    And we’ll just have to continue to laugh at you.
    ———-
    Last summer here on PFT when Pete Morelli said Barr’s hit on Rodgers would be a penalty this year and Packer fans were cheering this new Rodgers rule. Now they are blaming it for costing them a game and saying they don’t like the new rule…

  39. I know Vikings fans are not understanding the fact that Clay Matthews hit on Kirk Cousins was called a foul because of a rule that has been in place for several years about lifting a QB and planting him. Neither of which Clay did, but Corrente incorrectly considered it a foul based on a rule that has been in place for many years.

    Barr’s hit is a new rule that was implemented because of Barr forcing all his weight onto the QB. Forcing all your weight onto the QB is no longer legal. The the new rule was created because of the Barr hit.

    It is not that hard for 99.9% of the population to understand, but I realize Vikings fans are not the brightest bulbs.

  40. lol. Ok, Aaron. Through the years anytime a defense play touches you, you always looked for a penalty. Same if a catch was incomplete.

    As a Vikings fan I”m going of torn how I feel about the rule. I don’t like the rule, but at least they are protecting both QB’s consistantly in game.

    In the past when my team (the vikings) would play the packers, Rodgers would get a penalty anytime a player touched Rodgers it seems, and our QB would get roughed up badly, with no flags, At least now the treatement is equal, and the Packers now know the sting of losing due to technicality instead of a good play.

  41. cheeseisfattening says:
    September 20, 2018 at 6:59 pm
    It looks like Rodgers is hearing it from his teammates and peers across the league for his loud and constant whining last year about being hit unnecessarily causing this awful new Rodgers rule and now he is trying to back track to save some face.

    Nice try but it is not going to work. This is on you Rodgers.
    ______________

    Cheese Fat, show me where the constant whining occurred from Rodgers last year. He said something to Barr because he thought the WWE bulldog was unnecessary and that Barr smirked at him after he did it. Show me where he constantly whined afterward.
    Don’t worry, I’ll wait…

  42. numba1wiscosportsfan says:
    September 20, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Ironic as it is the Barr rule

    ————————————————–

    Fixed it for ya

  43. It’s really pretty simple. I know this excludes about 95% of the Barneys, but anyone with half a brain can objectively tell the different between malicious intent and no malicious intent. There was no malicious intent on the Kendricks and Matthews hits. On the Barr hit last year there was malicious intent. Was it a legal hit at the time? yes, barely. Was Barr trying to injure his opponent? yes, there’s no doubt about it.

    If the refs are going to call the Kendricks and Matthews hits roughing the passer, then there will be no more sacks. The pass rushers will have to learn to go after the ball, not the QB, and risk a blow to the head penalty when taking a swipe at the arm holding the ball. Or they’re going to have to try and put the passer in a bear hug until the ref calls the play dead (and good luck with that).

    Having watched a couple of Bears games this year, I think Khalil Mack has already figured it out. But he’s got freakish athleticism.

  44. cheeseisfattening says:
    September 21, 2018 at 9:12 am
    But, by all means, continue to embarrass yourselves by blaming Rodgers, the Packers and Packer fans.
    And we’ll just have to continue to laugh at you.
    ———-
    Last summer here on PFT when Pete Morelli said Barr’s hit on Rodgers would be a penalty this year and Packer fans were cheering this new Rodgers rule. Now they are blaming it for costing them a game and saying they don’t like the new rule…
    _____________

    I’m not sure to what extent Packer fans were honestly cheering for a rule change.
    And the fact this is coming from a typical Barney fan, you can understand why I would view any of your statements incredulously.
    (If this is anything like the mass burnings of Favre jerseys you guys always claim, I have reason to be suspect.)

    But, once again, if you cannot honestly see the difference in the hit Anthony Barr put on Rodgers last season compared to the one Clay Matthews laid on Kirk Cousins last Sunday, I can’t help you.
    They are not one and the same and it simply doesn’t matter how much you repeat it.

    Let’s all just move on to our next game.
    I’m actually kind of tired of this topic and we’re never going to see eye to eye.
    I believe it’s fair to say that Viking fans see it one way, while the rest of the world see it another.

  45. truthbetold109 says:
    September 21, 2018 at 9:26 am
    cheeseisfattening says:
    September 20, 2018 at 6:59 pm
    It looks like Rodgers is hearing it from his teammates and peers across the league for his loud and constant whining last year about being hit unnecessarily causing this awful new Rodgers rule and now he is trying to back track to save some face.

    Nice try but it is not going to work. This is on you Rodgers.
    ______________

    Cheese Fat, show me where the constant whining occurred from Rodgers last year. He said something to Barr because he thought the WWE bulldog was unnecessary and that Barr smirked at him after he did it. Show me where he constantly whined afterward.
    Don’t worry, I’ll wait…

    ——————–

    Did you not see how he went on Conan and complained about the hit? He also lied about Barr giving him the finger. You seriously don’t think he whined about it?

  46. cheeseisfattening says:
    September 21, 2018 at 9:12 am
    Last summer here on PFT when Pete Morelli said Barr’s hit on Rodgers would be a penalty this year and Packer fans were cheering this new Rodgers rule. Now they are blaming it for costing them a game and saying they don’t like the new rule…
    ///////////////////////////////

    I, for one, never said I didn’t like the Barr Rule. I like it. And last Sunday it didn’t cause a Packer loss, Matthews caused a Packer loss. Barr performed on the heavy side before it finally became a rule, and Matthews performed on the light side after it became a rule.

    It’s like going 90 (Barr) or 70 (Matthews) in a 55 MPH zone. Nobody likes speeding tickets either, but they too are here to stay.

    Go Pack Go!

  47. What happened Sunday to Clay Matthews has absolutely nothing to do with the previous season’s hit by Anthony Barr.
    Referee Tony Corrente has already gone on record as saying that Matthews Roughing the Passer penalty was for lifting and driving Cousins into the ground and that he would have thrown his flag last season too.
    I don’t understand why the Viking fans so desperately want to try and tie the two penalties together.
    Neither one has anything to do with the other.
    Even if it were true, it’s obvious to anyone with eyes that it wasn’t a penalty and they should just be thankful for their tie and move on.
    But, I suspect they’ll keep trying to make this an issue all year long.
    To what gain? Your guess is as good as mine.

  48. (Frozen theme playing in the background) – LET IT GO LET IT GO – I cannot believe the Barr hit from last year is still a topic of discussion. Ya all sounding like an ex girlfriend who brings up stuuf that happened a year ago and still takes it out on you. STOP IT! For the love of William Shatner! Vikings fans lets all get ready for the Bills, Border Battle is over let us move on. Pissing and moaning about calls from last week won’t change the out come. Wanna know what happened, Green Bay’s D melted down and the Vikings kicker didn’t come through in the clutch (twice) in OT. End of story both teams tie. Move on. This debate about which hit was worse, take a look at the TD pass to Thielen late in the game. One of the Packer D lineman is going at the knees of Cousins, it wasn’t called. Just thankful Capt Kirk wasn’t hurt but I’m not gonna sit here and whine about. Grow up snowflakes, just as in life sometimes the games are not fair!

  49. Ironic as it is the Rogers rule

    _________________________________

    Bars two seconds away after the ball is thrown, drives the QB to the ground…. Mathews hits the QB with the ball still in his hand and lays the QB down like a new born. Yea sure… Rogers rule. The two hits were not remotely similar.

  50. Also, not a single announcer, reporter, anyone nationally talking about the Barr hit said is was dirty. They all say clean hit. Then why do Packer fans still insist it was a dirty hit? Because without Rodgers there season went into the tank with that garbage roster. They can’t deal with losing Rodgers because he hides the fact their TEAM is actually terrible so when he was lost it had to be dirty.

    Furthermore if the Packers don’t suck so bad without Rodgers last year does anyone think we are stuck with this Rodgers rule today?

  51. I’m not sure to what extent Packer fans were honestly cheering for a rule change.
    ——–
    Then why don’t you look it up yourself and read it for yourself before commenting on it? Or do I have to do that for you?

  52. I know Vikings fans are not understanding the fact that Clay Matthews hit on Kirk Cousins was called a foul because of a rule that has been in place for several years about lifting a QB and planting him. Neither of which Clay did, but Corrente incorrectly considered it a foul based on a rule that has been in place for many years.
    ————–
    Wrong. Maybe you should read the Rodgers rule before commenting on it. It is must more than body weight on the QB and was for sure why Clay was flagged.

  53. The more Packer fans try and defend Rodgers, the more obvious it is he NEEDS defendind.

    The Rodgers rule is stinking up the NFL….

  54. (If this is anything like the mass burnings of Favre jerseys you guys always claim, I have reason to be suspect.)
    ———
    I just don’t claim, I have internet and youtube access and know how to use them. Not special talents at all.

  55. YEA Aaron dressed with flags on the side is what the NFL is coming to thanks to way too many diva QBs!

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!