Aaron Rodgers reiterates faith in what he can do at the line of scrimmage

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The so-called “audible thing” hovers over the Packers, and the contours of the conundrum are clearly drawn.

New coach Matt LaFleur’s offense entails two plays being called in the huddle, and the quarterback (via application of specific parameters) selecting one of them at the line of scrimmage. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers wants more freedom, saying this last month: “I don’t think you want me to turn off 11 years. There’s stuff that not many people in the league can do at the line. That’s not a humble brag. That’s just a fact.”

Rodgers recently repeated that non-humble-brag fact during a golf course stroll with Chris Simms.

The veteran signal-caller at one point said that “too much is made” of the audible issue, “because there’s audibles in every play.” Of course, that would tend to justify making it a big issue, however.

Simms said he doesn’t see the fact that the issue emerged publicly as a negative, acknowledging however that a lot of people do. Rodgers then subtly and deftly shifted the focus from the question of whether the public nature of the disagreement is negative.

“There’s nothing negative about having a lot of experience,” Rodgers said. “With me, I will do things that other quarterbacks just can’t do or haven’t done.”

He’s not wrong about that, but it underscores the conflict between LaFleur’s system and Rodgers’ preferences. He wants the freedom to do whatever he thinks needs to be done at the line of scrimmage. The system, for now, doesn’t give that freedom to him. At some point before Week One, the issue needs to be resolved.

31 responses to “Aaron Rodgers reiterates faith in what he can do at the line of scrimmage

  1. Go back to a February interview with LaFluer, and it will answer this question. Was asked back then about the Audible thing, he basically said, the system they have doesn’t allow for much in terms for audibles, but they aren’t completely doing that system as they are going to build a system together.

    MEANING: They will allow for audibles.

    End of story.

  2. I hope Favre JR decides to out the team first and follow his coach. When he did in the past he was one of the best, as he furthered himself from coaching he has hurt himself. AR, let the coaches coach and you play. Everyone says how smart he is, but when he does it all himself that is not smarts to me. Long term Pack Fan.

  3. What he should’ve said about the audible thing a month ago: “That’s something that we’re working through currently, but I’m excited for our offense this season.” Boom. Non-story.

    Instead, Rodgers’ ego just couldn’t let it slide and he had to complain to the media about his new coach, while simultaneously bragging about his ability.

    Reminder that it’s been 3 years since he’s had a winning season.

  4. That sounds more like a brag brag.

    People that solve work problems by talking to everyone else, but who they have the problem with should be fired.

  5. What, What, What – the cameras are on?

    Get out of here!

    Just go back to a obscure February report they say. Everything you wanna know about it they say. Story pops up every month since a little differently they say. Ignore that its the week before training camp they say.

    Not the end of story, it is just the beginning

  6. So much for finding some young innovative Coach? When you have the same old old Story!

  7. Please get us to training camp so you have more to do than re-writing the same non-story over and over and over again and inserting “he wants the freedom….” (your own perception) acting like you know what he wants even though he never said it.

  8. Great interview. Candid, informative Q and A with a future Hall of Famer.
    Still waiting for the accompanying PFT story about just how much Rodgers loves LaFleur’s new offense, and how excited he is to run it.
    Training camp opens on Monday and I simply can’t wait.

  9. No one has ever said LaFleur’s offense allows for zero audibles. Not LaFleur, not Aaron, no one. There are audibles and checks done on every play depending upon what the QB sees from the defense. Saying there is too much being made of the “audible thing” is a huge understatement. LaFleur and Aaron ALWAYS speak very highly of eachother and LaFleur constantly is saying he is impressed how much Aaron has been able to enhance the offense. The offense is still growing and I would suggest if people are so interested to see how the offense is coming together they should come to a few training camp practices and get some facts.

    If you watch/listen to the chat between Aaron and Chris Simms it is nothing but positive vibes and Aaron saying things like “I’m excited”, “life is good”, and saying “One of the first things I told him(LaFleur)is that I want to be coached.”

    I had to laugh at the end when Simms sings part of his ‘Aaron Rodgers Song’ to Aaron and Aaron is like “That’s the song?” ☺

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  10. “Still waiting on the accompanying PFT story about just how much Rodgers loves LaFleur’s new offense, and how excited he is to run it. Training camp opens on Monday and I just can’t wait.”

    ========

    I too am waiting on the article about the all the positive things said in the Simms, Rodgers chat. Quite telling on what is actually going on that none of that was included in the article above.

    I am also with ya on the “just can’t wait” for training camp. Rookies report on July 22nd, and the full team reports Wednesday, July 24th. The first practice is Thursday, July 25th at 10:15 a.m.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  11. “There’s nothing negative about having a lot of experience,” Rodgers said. “With me, I will do things that other quarterbacks just can’t do or haven’t done.”
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    Most QBs haven’t mastered the 5 yard bounce pass like Rodgers.

    That’s an experience aging, injury prone QBs with declining skills have that real QBs don’t want to experience.

  12. The veteran signal-caller at one point said that “too much is made” of the audible issue, “because there’s audibles in every play.
    ——
    Translation: I change every call to what best suites me. Me!

  13. “With me, I will do things that other quarterbacks just can’t do or haven’t done.”
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    Don’t sell yourself short Aaron. I am sure somewhere in NFL history some QB has ignore his coaches plays, criticized him in public and threw him under the bus in order to get him fired.

  14. At some point before Week One, the issue needs to be resolved.
    ——————–
    This issue will be resolved when either the Packers move on from Rodgers or the fire LaFleur. I feel bad for LaFleur. Packer rookie have historically done poorly without having to deal with this Rodgers headache

  15. Jeff Saturday, on ESPN, on his last year in GB with Aaron Rodgers: “…when you’d be in the huddle, and Mike McCarthy would make the play call, you could see Aaron’s frustration. Whether it be the eye roll…”
    —–
    When not allowed to make his own choice Rodgers will again audible eye roll and throw the ball away. Didn’t Rodgers lead the league last year by a country mile in eye roll/throw aways?

  16. I’m so glad our new coach and our two-time MVP QB are working on this to improve our offense

    It’s a good problem to have; two of the better football minds creating something no one has seen before.

    Unlike other teams with problems like “Hey, so we have one of the worst offensive lines in league history. Let’s add a *rookie*!”

  17. Love the Purples….. wishing, hoping, waiting for the long term decline of the Pack. Sorry it’s just not happening. A few very off years and poor results and yet the Vikings fans talk like they have a dynasty? Comical. Throw out whatever stats you want, but Vikings you are one bad season away from having to blow it all up.

  18. I think it’s important to have a strong grasp of football and how a given offense functions to be commenting on whether there is anything that “hovers” over a offense.

    Built into every play in LaFleur’s offense there are options for the QB. When a QB steps up to the line of scrimmage he then looks over the defense and makes any adjustments that are needed based on what he sees. This does not mean he is changing the play called every time, but there are options he has that are built into every play. There is no offensive coach that would ever not allow a QB options and the power to make adjustments based on what he sees defensively. Aaron is one of the best at reading a defense and taking advantage of what he sees or doesn’t see. Aaron is as dangerous or more dangerous when he is off schedule. LaFleur has said, when asked by the media, that the coaching staff never wants to take away the playmaker that Aaron is.

    All is good in Green Bay. We know that some like to try and create drama to have something to talk/write about. It would be nice if some focus was put on all the actual positive things that are going on in Green Bay, rather than trying to stir up things that don’t exist.

    GoPackGo!🏈

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