Aaron Rodgers admits he didn’t play because of field

AP

No, Aaron, this is not clickbait.

But, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was willing to say what his head coach was not last night after their Canadian adventure, the latest in a string of embarrassments for the NFL when they work in non-NFL buildings at home and abroad.

With the team playing on an 80-yard Winnipeg field because no one in the NFL imagined having a hole in the end zone where the CFL goalposts used to be might be a problem, the Packers held out 33 of their players against the Raiders.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden said the field wasn’t a problem for him, but Packers coach Matt LaFleur was perhaps trying to be polite to his Canadian hosts.

“We made the adjustments we felt were in the best interest of our football team, and we moved forward,” LaFleur said, via the team’s official website. “It was a combination of a lot of things I really don’t want to get into right now. It is what it is. They weren’t playing their guys and I just didn’t want to put our guys at risk.”

Rodgers was more direct. Via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, Rodgers said on the team’s television broadcast that his not playing was not related to the back tightness which caused him to be a healthy scratch last week, saying it was “nothing to do with [his sore] back, it’s more the field conditions that we had tonight.”

That means Rodgers will likely go through the preseason without playing a snap, which is better than the alternative they’re considering in Carolina this morning, where Cam Newton was injured in his first preseason game.

“I feel confident in our preparation,” LaFleur said. “Hindsight is 20/20. I know we’re going to get second-guessed every which way, but I’m not too worried about it.

“I’m concerned about how we go about our business and our mindset in that locker room, and I think our guys are confident.”

If only the league could say the same thing, now that Winnipeg has joined Mexico City, Canton, and Dayton, Ohio (where A.J. Green was hurt in a league-arranged Bengals practice on an old college turf) for field-related fiascoes.

49 responses to “Aaron Rodgers admits he didn’t play because of field

  1. so if they shortened the playing field by 20 yards and the bad turf spot was in the end zone, what does this have to do with not playing? even in the Packers were defending that end, and their offense was on the field with the ball at the ‘new’ 1-yard line, he’d have to run 20+ yards back to hit that spot.

    I can do math and it doesn’t add up.

  2. In other words, I’d rather risk someone else in my place.

    I’m precious.

  3. I know some of you are obsessed with Aaron Rodgers and have Aaron up on pedestal. Aaron doesn’t decide if he plays in the preseason, the head coach does. Please stop your worship of Aaron and thinking he runs the world. Matt LaFleur decided to not play his starters last night after getting word that the field conditions were a issue. End of story.

    I 100% back Matt LaFleur on his decision not to play the starters last nite.

    I think the story today should be the cheap shot that EQ took that caused him to twist his leg awkwardly and appears to have caused a ankle/leg injury. Eric Harris hits any other teams WR like that and causes a injury and it is front page news on PFT. Interesting that there is not word about it here.

    #OneTeamOneNation

    #PackersNation!✊

  4. NFL always talking about player safety but continue to put players on sub-par fields. What a joke.

  5. This was probably some stupid ploy by NFL HQ to unofficially/officially test the idea of an 80 yard field. So they can push for their 18 game season while compensating for the statistical explosion that would come with an 18 game season.

    “lets just keep tinkering with it until it’s completely destroyed.”

  6. Diva. All that needs to be written
    —–
    Half the starters in the league havent touched the field in preseason yet. All divas? Or just the qb/team your most jealous of?

  7. I think the story today should be the cheap shot that EQ took that caused him to twist his leg awkwardly and appears to have caused a ankle/leg injury. Eric Harris hits any other teams WR like that and causes a injury and it is front page news on PFT. Interesting that there is not word about it here.

    #OneTeamOneNation
    ——————–
    There’s only one nation the Raider Nation secondly it’s usually just the opposite when the Raiders get knocked out of games with helmet to helmet heads including Derek Carr once there was not even a flag thrown and there’s no mention of it anywhere. Stop your whining they both lowered their heads which is why their helmets connected.

  8. Half the starters in the league havent touched the field in preseason yet. All divas? Or just the qb/team your most jealous of?
    &____
    How many of the are in a brand new offense?

  9. He pulled the same thing in the Colts preseason game last year since he didn’t want to play that early in August. He complained for months about GB being in that game and based on this Canada game, proves it was he not McCarthy that got that game cancelled 10 minutes before kickoff. What a prima donna and what a wimp…

  10. That field must have been in really bad shape. A CFL field is already 110 yards long. The end zones are another 20 yards deep. Granted, the posts are right at the goal line but that would still have left plenty of field to play on.

    What a crap show. Imagine being the poor sucker who paid almost $200 Canadian for a single seat in the bleachers. For that, you got to watch future XFL starters, or back ups, play an exhibition on a 80 yard field.

  11. And, once again, in the ever expanding bizarre analysis of the Galactically stupid, Aaron Rodgers gets blamed for something completely out of Aaron Rodgers’ control.
    Well Haters, have at it.
    While the rest of us just laugh at you and all of your irrational hatred.

  12. cheeseisfattening says:
    August 23, 2019 at 9:15 am

    Half the starters in the league havent touched the field in preseason yet. All divas? Or just the qb/team your most jealous of?
    &____
    How many of the are in a brand new offense?
    ___________

    The point you fail to realize, though it’s been explained in depth by Aaron Rodgers and a few of his teammates, is the offense you’re seeing in preseason, isn’t the new offense.
    Not even close.
    It’s a handful of very vanilla and static plays and looks that are run by every team in this league.

    The new offense has been taught and practiced in detail over and over again in meeting rooms and the Packers’ practice field all summer long.
    Over 1,000 snaps.
    Green Bay, at Matt LaFleur’s direction, even dialed back the playbook during their joint practices with the Texans.

    Nothing is going to be significantly gained by having Rodgers play preseason games as far as the new offense is concerned, because they don’t employ LaFleur’s new offense.
    (I hope I’ve made this perfectly clear.)

    Having said all that, I would have preferred that Rodgers, as well as a few other starters, would have been able to take a few live snaps last night.
    I believe it would have been especially beneficial to Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams, but with their recent recovery from injuries, coupled with the field conditions in Winnipeg, it just wasn’t in the cards.

  13. You get the Bears defense and the Vikings defense the first two weeks without playing a single snap together in the preseason on offense. Good luck with that.

  14. !. The field in Winnipeg was not “sub-par” or any other excuse filled BS. It’s only a few years old and has NFL standard turf. The whining Packers were complaining about a small patch in the end zones being used to cover the positions of the CFL goal posts. As a result of this game, the CFL will have to play over the patches left by the NFL goal posts.

    2. It is outrageous to charge that kind of money to watch backups and camp fodder play. About half the players dressed for this game wouldn’t be good enough to play in the CFL. The quality of the game was well below CFL standards and all that for a premium price.

    3. The NFL has played (still plays?) games in dual use stadiums, over baseball diamonds. If the NFL can do that, it can play a game with two small patches in the end zone. What a bunch of . . . .

    4. The stadium was almost half empty, with no doubt some American fans who drove up, helping to fill the stands. Winnipeggers stayed away in droves.

    5. I hope this is the last time we see this BS in a CFL stadium.

  15. There is definitely more reason to be worried than be confident. Your star QB has had injuries for several years in a row, is .500 as a QB over last 46 games, hasn’t played any live action with the new playbook, you have a new head coach, and your team is going for three straight seasons below .500. “We will be fine” is not an adult argument.

  16. Second-guessing? If Viking trolls are involved, try third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh guessing. They’re absolute experts, especially with all things Packer. Don’t believe me? Just ask them!

  17. God forbid that the ” superstars” of the NFL have to play on the same field where the mere mortals of the CFL play their games…Give me a break…!!!

  18. Sounds like there was an extreme overreaction to putting a small patch where the goalpost was. Nevertheless, no way was Rodgers playing in that game.

  19. Viking fans siding with Jon Gruden while simultaneously ignoring the League’s inability to get a playable field. Sounds about right 👌

  20. Let’s make this clear for all the people intent on repeating disinformation:

    There . was . nothing . wrong . with . the field!!!

    I.G. Field is practically brand new and I’m sure the turf is in better shape than in many NFL stadiums. The complaints by the Packers over two small patches in the end zone was nothing more than an excuse to sit all of the starters.

  21. A little side-eye is better than getting into a loud verbal disagreement on national TV, as was done with Cousins and Thielen, although it may have been warranted. Thielen played “Where’s Waldo” for the last eight games.

  22. Guess what…Raiders left 42 players in California. Never brought ’em…for THEIR home game.

    This whole ordeal so the Raiders could save $500,000 in rent from the City of Oakland?

    Yeah, I’m glad that the Pack parked their starters after the Raiders leave 42 home in what is generally viewed as the “dress rehearsal” preseason game. I wouldn’t our guys getting cheap shotted by camp meat anyway. There was nothing to be gained in having our 1st string run roughshod over Oakland’s 3rd and 4th guys… but the Raiders are 3-0.

  23. I don’t blame him. If I had a collarbone as strong as a uncooked spaghetti noodle, I’d wuss out too.

  24. There is no need to defend Aaron against any criticism. He gets paid enough to take it. At 20 million a year he will make more in 3 minuets of game-time that the average WI resident makes in a year. Pay any of us that you can say whatever you want.

  25. crownofthehelmet says:
    August 23, 2019 at 12:52 pm
    I don’t blame him. If I had a collarbone as strong as a uncooked spaghetti noodle, I’d wuss out too.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Too bad for you he was stronger than a horse when he mopped up the Steelers and took home the MVP in SB XLV.

  26. We’ve all seen what a bad field can do to QBs (Looking at you, Teddy!).

    And he wasn’t a two time AND Super Bowl MVP.

    The Packers were smart to hold him out. Smarter than the Vikings were…like literally always.

  27. stellarperformance says:
    August 23, 2019 at 12:44 pm
    A little side-eye is better than getting into a loud verbal disagreement on national TV, as was done with Cousins and Thielen, although it may have been warranted. Thielen played “Where’s Waldo” for the last eight games.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    As opposed to complaining to reporters rather than just talking with his teammates?

  28. So what do all these Viking trolls want him to do? Risk getting injured in a meaningless scrimmage? (The answer is yes, that’s exactly what they want him to because they want to play a Packers team without Rodgers.)

  29. Get Ready GB for a 3rd season watching the next popular series and streaming it on Netflix in January.You have no chance!

  30. How is the league this incompetent that field issues have an impact on neutral site games over and over again? Might want to have a plan in place before scheduling these games. Someone should be fired.

  31. The Pack lost a WR and a LB to injuries and they could miss regular season playing time, and Rodgers of all people doesn’t need the reps. Why is this even a thing? I’m more interested in the stache and his attempt to trip Nagy at the celebrity golf tournament.

  32. freefromcommonsense says:

    Aaron doesn’t decide if he plays in the preseason, the head coach does.
    ###

    No one believes that for one second. Aaron informed LaFleur he wasn’t going to play. LaFleur than made the announcement so that it appeared it was his decision.

    No one tells Aaron what to do.

  33. conormacleod says:
    August 23, 2019 at 11:26 am

    “We will be fine” is not an adult argument.

    ++++

    How about “we control our own destiny”? Or was that just last year?

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