Aaron Rodgers waits for “one galvanizing moment” to get the season going

AP

The 4-5-1 Packers have yet to win on the road, and they’re running out of time to get enough wins to earn the ability to go on the road in January. After Thursday night’s loss to the Seahawks, quarterback Aaron Rodgers was asked whether any lope lingers for the season. Rodgers didn’t seem to appreciate that line of inquiry.

“Come on, what kind of question is that?” Rodgers said. “I don’t even know how to answer that. What am I supposed to say? Of course there’s hope. Of course we believe in each other. It’s just going to take one galvanizing moment. Whether that’s a speech or a practice, or something happens in a game — something’s got to get this thing going. I thought we had moments tonight and I thought that’s where we were going. Defense — a lot of injuries. Offensively, we lost Jimmy [Graham], but guys battled, so nobody gave up hope. We just didn’t play well enough to win.”

Rodgers later was asked whether it’s time for him to reprise his message to “R-E-L-A-X.”

“[I]t’s not,” Rodgers said. “As I told these good folks here that we talk to every Wednesday, it has to be an authentic moment for times like that. The moment will be right at one point, for us to have a moment that gets us going in the right direction. Hopefully it starts with a nice couple of days off here. Guys getting healthy mentally, come back ready to finish these last six games the right way.”

It starts with another opportunity to do what they haven’t done, in Washington or Detroit or L.A. or New England or Seattle. And it comes in Minnesota, against a team that tied the Packers at Lambeau Field in Week Two.

Which means it won’t be easy. Which means, if there really is any hope left for the season, the galvanizing moment needs to come on Sunday Night Football in a border battle against a team that will be throwing everything it has at the Packers in an effort to deliver the final blow to Green Bay’s season.

86 responses to “Aaron Rodgers waits for “one galvanizing moment” to get the season going

  1. The fact that Rodgers can walk out of a game like last night with stats that make it look like he had one of the best games of the season, despite the fact that he actually played like dog poop, says everything. The guy is all smoke and mirrors, propped up by shameless media promotion.

  2. Even if they sneak into the playoffs as a wild card they are losing in the first round. Rodgers isn’t capable of beating a good team on the road.

  3. Rodgers is to blame for a lot of the losing. When he can’t hit a guy who is wide open for a 5 yard gain on 3rd and 2, I am starting to think Rodgers is throwing games. It isnt the first time I have seen him throw a ball away when someone is open and the Packers having to punt. I have never seen Rodgers do that before this season. Oh well, he got his money, so why should he care if they win or lose. He is putting up respectable stats, but he doesn’t want to play any extra games. He makes as much money on one snap as the Super Bowl pays the winning players. Isnt worth it.

  4. I can’t wait to go into work today and hear all the “if this would have happened….” from all the Packer fans. Packer fans could write a bible about games they lost because something didn’t go their way.

  5. It’s just going to take one galvanizing moment. Whether that’s a speech or a practice, or something happens in a game — something’s got to get this thing going.

    —–

    it’s not unlike when people say “I haven’t found the time” to do something. you have to make/take the time to do it.

    Same with this situation….it’s not going to appear out of nowhere….you got to make it happen!

  6. What somehow wasn’t addressed by reporters is how Rodgers inexplicably missed receivers by 5, 8, 10 yards in the 4th quarter. This from an extremely accurate QB, and I said to the people watching with me, “He’s not right…must be an injury from an earlier sack he’s not telling the coaches about.” I don’t know how else to explain him suddenly looking more like Aaron Sanchez than Aaron Rodgers.

  7. Yeah, I don’t get the love fest more Mr. Rodgers in the sports media. He has one SB ring, in a game that the Steelers lost due to 2 very costly turnovers. Still, I will give him credit for that SB. What has he done before or since? I know QBs are just one [very important] part of a team, but Mr. Brady seems to win with a different cast of characters every season. Maybe it is the coach that makes the difference?

  8. That last 1 yard pass, that bounced off the ground a yard short of an open Valdez-Scantling, is just the latest in a long history of 4th quarter choke jobs to Aaron’s credit.

    Three and out with the game on the line…

    Of course, had Rodgers managed to deliver the ball in the air (novel idea on 3rd and 2) and MVS were to have caught the ball, they still might not have made the first down (great play call for a play with the WR a yard short of the first down marker).

    I want to hear more from our Packer friends about how good these young WR’s are – MVS with one reception for 8 yards (3 targets – but that last target sure wasn’t his fault for not catching it) and ESB with his 1 catch on 4 targets for 16 yards.

    But have to give credit to the young tight end, Mr. Tonyan, for hauling in that “hope and a prayer” pass from Rodgers.

    Where was that “super stud” veteran TE Jimmy Graham?

    RB Aaron Jones had as many catches (5), on fewer targets (6), for more yards (63)than ESB, Graham, Kendricks and MVS combined (5 catches/10 targets/49 yards).

    Let that sink in…

  9. I think he’s saying he’s been around long enough to see that the team, for some of the reasons he listed, is not together. It will take more than his talent alone to bring about the effort needed to change the direction. I despise the Packers (and 30 other teams), but respect his talent. Quarterbacks get too much credit for wins and too much blame for losses.

  10. A galvanizing moment might start with ending the child like pouting Aaron and throwing to the running back wide open and right in front of you.

  11. Anyway, it is too late for galvanizing moments. Packers need to run the table and I dont know if 10 wins gets it done this year. I see 11 – 5 being what’s needed for a wildcard berth.

  12. Fun fact: in career 4th quarter comebacks, Rodgers’ ranking is not even in the top 50. He’s at #84!

    This notion that he’s clutch is clouded by all the wow play highlight reel force feeding us by the media. He’s a great quarterback but he’s also a front runner.

  13. Chris’s Simms rated all this year’s QBs Boutvfuve weeks ago. Ben was like .. 13th … Not the a top ten … Aaron was … Tied for first with Brady ….

    Aaron … If you watch him… No question he has the talent. But great QB … Lead his team to wins … not really … Guess he’s waiting for that special moment when the stars and moon align

  14. Rodgers will be 35 on Dec 2nd, and he’s had two serious injuries last year and this year. Throw in he’s playing with two rookie WR’s and a TE who they brought in whose past his prime, plus the right side of his line couldn’t block me. And his head coach is so predictable because he has been running the same offense for over a decade and he refuses to give the ball enough to his best offensive weapon — Aaron Jones.
    Rodgers has not been playing up to the standards he has set, no question. But people who question his motives or his effort are just being ridiculous. He will be a first ballot Hall Of Famer and it’s not even debatable.

  15. While Rodgers waits, the Vikings and Bears play Sunday night to determine the champion of the NFC north.

  16. NFL doesn’t need Rodgers anymore for ratings so they stopped giving him every single call and its fantastic!

  17. I want to take this chance to remind everyone of my posts at the beginning of the year!!! this division would come down to da bears and vikings!!! I cant wait for sunday!!!
    Bear down!!!

  18. gtrav says:
    November 16, 2018 at 8:43 am
    Mike McCarthy is the most overrated coach in the NFL. Change my mind.
    ————————————————–

    Was that Mike McCarthy who threw the ball in the ground on what should have been an easy third down pass on the Packers last possession? I did not know that, I thought it was someone else.

  19. Playoffs? Were talking playoffs? what math are they doing in green bay these days. You’ve got two non div teams with 6-3 records and one in your own div at 6-3. Its not like the 6-3 guys are just going to roll over the rest of the season and start losing, these are talented teams, Thats why they are 6-3. So even if the pack were to go on a win streak it means little now. There is no hope, season over put a fork in it.

  20. I saw the pack will be very leary to fire Mac. First Rodgers could step in and say no, its the whole team and injuries and bad luck and injuries but not all mac. Rodgers may not want a new coach and will have a lot to say about it.

  21. 4 wins in 10 games…0 wins on the road…if Rodgers wasn’t their QB, the Packers might be 0-10 right now. With Rodgers they are a below average team, without him they might be worse than the Raiders.

  22. “Rodgers will be 35 on Dec 2nd, and he’s had two serious injuries last year and this year.”
    ###

    Last year he suffered a serious injury.

    This year – not so much. He missed 3 series after his injury. Just 3 series.

    freefromcommonsense has told us that the vaunted Packer medical staff assured him that Rodgers couldn’t do anything to worsen the injury that cost him 3 drives.

    Rodgers has proven he can run when he wants to. He often forgets to limp back to the huddle.

    Injury this year – yes. Serious – no.

  23. Rodgers had that chance. He just didn’t produce. He’s not that kind of QB. He has never been that come from behind QB. And he’s now older. Those bad mechanic throws off the back foot, feet in the air, with that strong arm? Well, that arm is older now. And those throws are not getting there. Sure, he threw a long bomb on a scramble. But when it counted, he was off balance and rifled one into the ground, and the Packers punted away. Why did they punt? Not because Mac believes in the defense, but because he does not believe in Rodgers on 4th and 2.

  24. cribbage12 says:
    November 16, 2018 at 9:30 am
    Love me some Aaron but I’m worried we’re starting to see him transition from being superhuman to plain old human.
    ///////////
    I don’t think that words means what you think it means…

  25. nyneal says:
    November 16, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Rodgers has not been playing up to the standards he has set, no question. But people who question his motives or his effort are just being ridiculous. He will be a first ballot Hall Of Famer and it’s not even debatable.
    ———–
    I thought packer fans never give excuses? You posted a bunch of them.

    I don’t debate that he will be a first ballot hall of famer. He will be because of the media idolizing him. Based on stats, it is very debatable if he is a hall of famer.

    Top ten in td passes? check
    Top ten passer rating? check
    Fewest interceptions? check

    Passing yards? No
    Completions? No
    Multiple Superbowls? No

    Based on states, Rodgers is halfway there.
    Will he obtain more stats? Highly likely.
    But if his career ended today, he is not a hall of famer based on the stats.

  26. Love me some Aaron but I’m worried we’re starting to see him transition from being superhuman to plain old human.
    =====

    And yet, he still makes 4 or 5 throws every week that no other QB would dream of trying.

  27. 8-7-1 would be perfect. Just enough wins so they think McCarthy still has it (did he ever?), so they don’t fire him. I have no idea how they get to 8 wins, but I’ll be rooting for them!

  28. Love from every sports show:

    -There is no greater waiter for galvanizing moments than Aaron Rodgers. AARON RODGAAAASSS! Tom Brady May have more moments of waiting for galvanizing moments and we get all of that and I would never disrespect Tom Brady’s greatness to wait for galvanizing moments, but we are talking about Aaron Rodgaass! Nobody comes close to his ability to wait for galvanizing moments!

    -Aaron Rodgers reinvented what it means to be a waiter for that one galvanizing moment! In all my 3 years of watching people waiting for that one galvanizing moment, I’ve never seen anybody with any semblance of the talent to wait for that one galvanizing moment than Aaron Rodgers. Nobody hinders his ability to wait for that one galvanizing moment that Mike McCarthy. The fact that Aaron Rodgers has had to have Mike McCarthy hold back his potential to wait for that one galvanizing moment. He is wasting Rodgers greatness to wait for that one galvanizing moment.

  29. If only the Packers could have gotten the ball back, down 3, with like 4-5 minutes left on the clock. Then Aaron could have shown us all the galvanizing moment. What’s that? They did? Oh, well, I guess the Packers aren’t going to have that moment this season.

  30. So…same guy who’s MCL everybody thought was on its deathbed in the first half of the first game of the year, then came out in the second half and basically willed the Pack to a victory…now this guy needs a galvanizing moment? C’mon Rahdgahs.

  31. Rodgers made incredible plays in the game, had great statistics, then down 3 with over 4 min left he had a horrible set of downs and blew a chance to win the game.

    It’s not just on McCarthy and the defense.

    Rodgers has not made the most of his 4th quarter comeback opportunities in his career, especially on the road. He’s had a few big ones for sure, so it’s not like he’s never done it. It’s just not at the level that Brady and Peyton were on.

    I know Brady was sacked in the Super Bowl with a chance at a drive, but generally he’s been pretty successful. If Seattle punted to Brady ahead 3 with 4+ min left they would be thinking they just blew the game.

  32. gtrav says:
    November 16, 2018 at 8:43 am
    Mike McCarthy is the most overrated coach in the NFL. Change my mind.

    ———-

    Most people say he stinks. Therefore, not overrated. Now that guy in Philly…

  33. The galvanizing moment came when people realized that Brees was better than him this season. Sorry but Brees on 3rd and 2 would NEVER throw that ball in the ground. How people have put him over Brees is a sham.

  34. directdriver says:
    November 16, 2018 at 7:52 am
    Fun fact: in career 4th quarter comebacks, Rodgers’ ranking is not even in the top 50. He’s at #84!

    This notion that he’s clutch is clouded by all the wow play highlight reel force feeding us by the media. He’s a great quarterback but he’s also a front runner.

    ————–

    100% true.

    Also… his amazing accurate 50+ yard deep balls on the run off balance are equal to five 10 yard fundamental throws from the pocket. It’s exciting to watch what Rodgers does, but it’s not necessarily better for the final score depending on the circumstances in the game.

  35. aarons444 says:
    November 16, 2018 at 9:55 am
    Love me some Aaron but I’m worried we’re starting to see him transition from being superhuman to plain old human.
    =====

    And yet, he still makes 4 or 5 throws every week that no other QB would dream of trying.

    ——–

    That’s true, and it’s exciting to watch.

  36. gtrav says:
    November 16, 2018 at 8:43 am
    Mike McCarthy is the most overrated coach in the NFL. Change my mind.

    ——————-

    Marvin Lewis has never won a playoff game and continues to be a HC in the league. There is no one more overrated than him.

  37. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    November 16, 2018 at 9:55 am
    nyneal says:
    November 16, 2018 at 8:23 am
    Rodgers has not been playing up to the standards he has set, no question. But people who question his motives or his effort are just being ridiculous. He will be a first ballot Hall Of Famer and it’s not even debatable.
    ———–
    I thought packer fans never give excuses? You posted a bunch of them.
    I don’t debate that he will be a first ballot hall of famer. He will be because of the media idolizing him. Based on stats, it is very debatable if he is a hall of famer.
    Top ten in td passes? check
    Top ten passer rating? check
    Fewest interceptions? check
    Passing yards? No
    Completions? No
    Multiple Superbowls? No
    Based on states, Rodgers is halfway there.
    Will he obtain more stats? Highly likely.
    But if his career ended today, he is not a hall of famer based on the stats.

    ————–

    Rodgers would get into the HOF if his career ended today for sure.

    MVP, Passer rating, TDs, eye test and 1 Super Bowl. That’s enough.

    However, my opinion is his performance on the road makes it impossible to put him in the Brady, Montana, Peyton category despite the fact he will be a first ballot hall of famer. IF Brees finishes with all the passing records and wins another Super Bowl, is Rodgers even ahead of Brees?

  38. Hope the Packers start to figure out who they would like to coach the team next year. Start thinking about it now so you don’t end up picking some dude who has no head coaching experience again like Mike Sherman.

  39. It’s not just on McCarthy and the defense.

    Rodgers has not made the most of his 4th quarter comeback opportunities in his career, especially on the road. He’s had a few big ones for sure, so it’s not like he’s never done it. It’s just not at the level that Brady and Peyton were on.
    =====

    I’m not about to defend that last drive. He had a wide open receiver and lawn darted a pass. There’s not much else to be said.

    But theres a lot that can be said about McCarthy’s ineptitude.

    – How do you not go to max protect with your interior line getting DESTROYED?
    – How does your defense get killed by the same crossing route the entire 2nd half?
    – 5 rush attempts.. with the LEAD!.. the last 5 possessions in the 2nd half?????

    .. and the coup de gras, John Clayton talked about it during my morning drive;

    The Dickson TD was pure blitz exploitation. Schottenheimer, who I KNOW you’ve seen enough of, BURNED the Packers. They ran Dickson right up the field, knowing Matthews would recklessly attack up field, knowing Martinez wouldn’t get be able to Dicksons spot.

    Brian Schottenheimer……

    .. Brian Schottenheimer.

    Rodgers didn’t have a good 2nd half. No doubt. But he’s playing with 1 arm tied behind his back saddled to McCarthy.

  40. “After Thursday night’s loss to the Seahawks, quarterback Aaron Rodgers was asked whether any lope lingers for the season. Rodgers didn’t seem to appreciate that line of inquiry.”

    I didn’t see any lope lingering. He’s knee is at 100%, isn’t it?

  41. Rodgers would get into the HOF if his career ended today for sure.

    MVP, Passer rating, TDs, eye test and 1 Super Bowl. That’s enough.

    However, my opinion is his performance on the road makes it impossible to put him in the Brady, Montana, Peyton category despite the fact he will be a first ballot hall of famer. IF Brees finishes with all the passing records and wins another Super Bowl, is Rodgers even ahead of Brees?
    =====

    Its the same book we already read about Brett Favre.

    His best football is behind him. Its pretty clear he’s not getting that 2nd Ring.

    He’ll be a fringe top 5 guy. Realistically, closer to 10.

    Talk of him being the best all time is fleeting.

  42. Based on states, Rodgers is halfway there.
    Will he obtain more stats? Highly likely.
    But if his career ended today, he is not a hall of famer based on the stats.
    =====

    They put Kurt Warner in;
    32,332 yards.. 208 tds.. 93.7 rating.. 2 MVPs.. 1 Ring

    Rodgers presently;
    41,575 yards.. 332 tds.. highest rated passer ever.. 2 MVPs.. 1 Ring

    Warner lost 3 starting jobs and basically vanished for 5 years in the middle of his career.

    Rodgers is an absolute lock.

  43. cribbage12 says:
    November 16, 2018 at 9:30 am

    Love me some Aaron but I’m worried we’re starting to see him transition from being superhuman to plain old human.

    _________________________

    It isn’t often we agree, since I am a Vikings fan, but I believe that you have a point. Speaking objectively, our ability to think slows down and we get weaker as we age–and it starts around age 20. When the Packers signed Rodgers through 2022, I questioned that not because he hasn’t been a great player, but because very few can maintain proficiency at that position into their late 30s. This does not mean that he doesn’t have great games or even great years left, but that his typical level of performance may start to decline noticeably.

  44. Did you see Rodgers snap at that reporter before he said all Green Bay has at this point is hope? What a miserable human being.

    Sports radio here is Seattle this morning called Rodgers a BBL. Bad Body Language. Their comment was when something goes wrong on the field Rodgers starts blaming his teammates and looks miserable and it shows in his body language.

    As much as I enjoy seeing the Packer fans turn on their coach this loss is on Rodgers more than McCarthy. Pick your teammates up instead of bringing them down. Take what the defense is giving instead of forcing the ball downfield. Never a leader.

  45. aarons444 says:
    November 16, 2018 at 11:07 am
    Based on states, Rodgers is halfway there.
    Will he obtain more stats? Highly likely.
    But if his career ended today, he is not a hall of famer based on the stats.
    =====
    They put Kurt Warner in;
    32,332 yards.. 208 tds.. 93.7 rating.. 2 MVPs.. 1 Ring
    Rodgers presently;
    41,575 yards.. 332 tds.. highest rated passer ever.. 2 MVPs.. 1 Ring
    Warner lost 3 starting jobs and basically vanished for 5 years in the middle of his career.
    Rodgers is an absolute lock.
    ———
    I’m not disagreeing that Rodgers is a lock.
    Warner is in not because of his stats, but because of a MEDIA career and the media love of his grocery store to NFL QB storyline.

    The Media loves Rodgers. He is lock. But not because of stats.
    I can list several QB’s with better or similar stats as Rodgers or Warner who are NOT in the HOF.

    Getting into the hall is not about pure stats.
    Terrell Owens was DENIED the HOF because of his PERSONALITY.

  46. “It’s just going to take one galvanizing moment. Whether that’s a speech or a practice, or something happens in a game — something’s got to get this thing going.”

    ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷

    So one of Rodgers’ patented eye rolls when one of his passes is not completed doesn’t count as a galvanizing moment?

  47. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    November 16, 2018 at 9:55 am

    Passing yards? No
    Completions? No
    Multiple Superbowls? No

    Based on states, Rodgers is halfway there.
    Will he obtain more stats? Highly likely.
    But if his career ended today, he is not a hall of famer based on the stats.

    ————–

    Well, if that’s your criteria, please explain Fran Tarkenton being in the HOF.

  48. aarons444 says:
    November 16, 2018 at 11:07 am
    Based on states, Rodgers is halfway there.
    Will he obtain more stats? Highly likely.
    But if his career ended today, he is not a hall of famer based on the stats.
    =====

    They put Kurt Warner in;
    32,332 yards.. 208 tds.. 93.7 rating.. 2 MVPs.. 1 Ring

    Rodgers presently;
    41,575 yards.. 332 tds.. highest rated passer ever.. 2 MVPs.. 1 Ring

    Warner lost 3 starting jobs and basically vanished for 5 years in the middle of his career.

    Rodgers is an absolute lock.
    /////////////
    You are correct. However, let us not speak foolishly that he is one of the best to ever play the game. Not even top 10.

  49. Can’t we all just agree that McCarthy is a terrible coach, and that Rodgers has played pretty bad this year and not even come close to elevating his teams play. If you disagree, I give you Exhibit A: 4-5-1. That’s a 40% winning clip.

  50. Warner is in not because of his stats, but because of a MEDIA career and the media love of his grocery store to NFL QB storyline.

    The Media loves Rodgers. He is lock. But not because of stats.
    I can list several QB’s with better or similar stats as Rodgers or Warner who are NOT in the HOF.
    =====

    Warner should not be in the HOF. The Grocery Store Clerk HOF, perhaps.

    Rodgers would get in because of stats. Today.

    Highest rated passer ever
    Lowest INT % Ever
    He was the highest rated post-season passer ever through 2014
    Single greatest season any QB has ever had (2011)
    Highest TD/INT ratio ever

    He’s the most efficient passer that has played this game.

  51. Kolo Jezdec says:
    November 16, 2018 at 7:00 am
    Yeah, I don’t get the love fest more Mr. Rodgers in the sports media. He has one SB ring, in a game that the Steelers lost due to 2 very costly turnovers. Still, I will give him credit for that SB. What has he done before or since?
    ———————————————–
    Won 2 MVPs.

  52. Maybe Rodgers doesn’t have many 4Q comebacks because he’s usually leading by the 4Q. Just sayin.

  53. aarons444 says:
    November 16, 2018 at 9:55 am
    Love me some Aaron but I’m worried we’re starting to see him transition from being superhuman to plain old human.
    =====

    And yet, he still makes 4 or 5 throws every week that no other QB would dream of trying.

    ————-

    So you are saying that Rogers is a great passer. That is not the same thing as a great QB.

  54. usdcoyotesfan says:
    November 16, 2018 at 12:22 pm
    Maybe Rodgers doesn’t have many 4Q comebacks because he’s usually leading by the 4Q. Just sayin.
    ///////////
    Would Zero count as “not many”?

  55. evenzygi…Well, if that’s your criteria, please explain Fran Tarkenton being in the HOF.
    —–
    are you really that clueless? Tarkenton retired with every QB record there is…lol, people really should think before posting….

  56. NFC North will be decided on the last week of season Vikes, Bears and Pack will all be in position to win it or lose it !!

  57. Is this the same QB that said “R-E-L-A-X” in 2014 after a 1-2 start?

    Is this the same QB that said the Packers will “run the table” in 2016 after beginning 4-6?

    Even when you factor in his knee injury in the Bears game, Rodgers hasn’t looked like the same QB of years past on the field this season.

    If these words are any indication, he’s not acting like the the same QB of years past either.

    McCarthy is steadily breaking his star QB’s spirit with his insipid coaching. It’s no longer a matter of if, it’s a matter of when the McCarthy/Rodgers marriage ends.

  58. That moment Aaron is when your team fires Mike McCarthy. The packers season is over. The loser of the Seattle- GB game was finished for the year.

  59. conormacleod says:
    November 16, 2018 at 12:58 pm
    usdcoyotesfan says:
    November 16, 2018 at 12:22 pm
    Maybe Rodgers doesn’t have many 4Q comebacks because he’s usually leading by the 4Q. Just sayin.
    ///////////
    Would Zero count as “not many”?
    ——————————-
    No Conor. He has 14.

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