Aaron Rodgers has the freedom that he wanted at the line of scrimmage

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Rock, paper, scissors, Rodgers.

In a development that should surprise no one, Packers coach Matt LaFleur says that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will have the ability to change plays at the line of scrimmage.

We’ve given him all the freedom,” LaFleur said, via Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “So if he sees something, he’s got the green light to do whatever he needs to do to get us into a good play. We’re not going to take that from him.”

LaFleur, who has conceded the so-called “audible thing” to Rodgers, didn’t specify the number of plays that will be available to the team’s franchise quaterback. Typically, the LaFleur offense entails two plays being called in the huddle, with the quarterback then deciding, based on predetermined factors, which of the two will be chosen at the line of scrimmage. As noted by Silverstein, LaFleur didn’t say how many plays Rodgers will be able to choose from.

Regardless, it’s a win for Rodgers. The quarterback was destined to win, given the amount of money that the Packers pay him and, necessarily, the power he has. Really, what would the Packers do if he defies LaFleur? Bench him for Tim Boyle?

Who? Exactly.

This is Rodgers’ team and it’s Rodgers’ call as to the play that will be called in any given situation. And if LaFleur wants to survive in the job, he had no choice but to give the power to Rodgers.

86 responses to “Aaron Rodgers has the freedom that he wanted at the line of scrimmage

  1. So to translate from coach speak, I’m afraid if I don’t allow Aaron to do anything he wants I will lose my job. FYI Bubba, didn’t work out so hot for McCarthy. When it worked Aaron took the credit and when it failed, he blamed it on McCarthy. FiFi has your &@!$ in his hands.

  2. If you give a screaming baby anything he wants then your making a monster. If you give a monster baby anything he wants you get a Rodgers.

  3. Freedom? This guy’s the boss. The new kid over-his-head coach does the footwork. Aaron rules the roost (yeah, well, it’s Green Bay).

  4. We knew this was going to happen. Why would you decide to limit your star because you think you know what’s best? Rodgers used to change plays all the time under McCarthy and he used to get mad about it. Like he could properly call a game anyway. He’s not on the opposing side of the line, he doesn’t have the view that Rodgers has. If your quarterback has 15 years of experience, I would hope he would have some freedom to change the play if it looked bad at the line.

  5. Let’s be real here for a couple seconds.
    The biggest issue the Packers have had the past coupe years is a defense that couldn’t get any pressure on opposing QB’s and the result was those QB’s picking apart a defensive secondary that couldn’t stay healthy plus the fact the back ups were incapable of playing at this level.
    Another issue was the offensive line,…. too many multi game injuries to the starters.
    Both the defense and o line were addressed in the off season FA market and the draft.
    I think the Packers could be the NFL surprise team this year.

  6. I don’t think Packer fans ever thought it’d be any other way. You’ve got a 2 time MVP and sb winning QB, why would you handcuff him? Can you imagine Peyton Manning being told he couldn’t audible? Such a non-story.

  7. eagleswin says:
    September 2, 2019 at 10:26 pm
    Oh look, it turns out the best option every play is to pass it.

    8 5 Rate This
    —————-
    But not into any kind of coverage because that will hurt my pretty stats!
    An incomplete pass or a sack on 3rd down may kill the team but it barely dents my rating!

  8. it makes sense. pats fan here, not that that matters, just saying. aaron is a pretty educated qb and has seen pretty much every d you wanna throw at him. he should be allowed to decipher for himself on field whats going on. seems like a no brainer. any coach wanting results wants his guy making the best decision he can. i get the feeling that the green bay management has lafleurs back through the transition anyways, so its a win win for management. if aaron falls flat they can let the court of public opinion hang 12 out to dry. if it works, well then it was management doing what they deemed best for team success.

  9. Thursday night will be a difficult game for the Packers. Per the expert Vikings fans, MN is a much better team than the Packers, and MN couldn’t beat the Bears when the Bears had nothing to play for while the vaunted Vikings were playing to get into the playoffs.

  10. Rodgers isn’t the only QB who calls audibles. How many times have you heard people praising Peyton Manning for always getting the offense into the right play? No idea why this is such a big deal to some people.

  11. Any coach would be foolish to needlessly limit one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL. Stirring controversy where there is none creates a lot of clicks too, doesn’t it?

  12. Lots of media people have been calling him the most talented QB in the league for many, many years. He’s just now getting clearance to change plays at the line of scrimmage?

  13. there are a great many QB’s who change the play at the line some good some bad But if Rogers screws up he like won’t take the blame instead it’s the OL fault or the WR’s or a coach’s fault

  14. Did I think he wouldn’t audible with or without ur approval? Guy is a 2 time MVP, a Super Bowl winner, one of the best ever…and he is going to get ur permission? U don’t even make as much as he does

  15. This is not something new that LaFleur is just now saying since Aaron “won” recently. There was NEVER A “CONFLICT” between Aaron and LaFleur. Just because someone created a false narrative about “the audible thing” doesn’t mean Matt LaFleur has not been consistent with his feelings on this all along.

    Matt LaFleur *4 months* ago:

    “He will have freedom at the line. He’s played the game with a certain style his whole career, and he’s done it at a pretty high level. I think just some of the things that he’s been able to really enhance within our offense has been a lot of fun to watch. All the off-schedule plays he has made. He made another one to Jake Kumerow where I didn’t anticipate the ball going where it went, but that’s where it went and it was a touchdown. We never want to take that playmaker away from him.”

    Some will never tire of creating false narratives when it comes to the Packers, but I am glad that those that matter are on the same page and have been all along. The Chicago Bears are the focus right now and this team is highly confident going into Soldier Field to play our biggest rival.

    Is it Thursday night yet?

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  16. Of course he does, because he is a cry baby. It’s his way or the coach gets fired. I guarantee when they start losing, he will pass blame onto the coaching staff or throw his players under the bus. That’s the Aaron Rodgers experience.

  17. Remember when Flynn dropped a pile of TD’s on the Lions? Basically got him the big contracts after (didn’t work out but still)….

    Aaron called all the plays that game for him.

    I don’t know of a successful offense that DOESN’T allow the QB to change plays based upon scrimmage reads. The frustration with McCarthy was that his offense and personnel groups didn’t allow for much. 3rd and 2 and no RBs on the field. Even if you WANTED to run, you couldn’t and of course, not even fake it.

  18. This is such a bunch of baloney! Let me ask you something. Would John Elway have had the power to change plays at the line of scirmmage? How about Peyton Manning? How about Tom Brady? How about Drew Brees? How about any great veteran QB? Of course they would!! So why wouldn’t Aaron Rodgers??????????
    All you are doing is fanning the flames of those people who can’t stand him. It’s totally unfair and beyond ridiculous to say it’s a win for Rodgers. Not only is it unfair to Rodgers, it’s unfair to Matt LeFleur. Because it demeans his intelligence. Any head coach worth his weight in salt would allow Aaron Rodgers to change play calls at the line of scrimmage.
    Many people still slam Rodgers because Mike McCarthy got fired. That’s a bunch of baloney, too. Ask 90% of Packers fans if they were sorry it happened, and I guarantee you they will tell you it was long over due.
    And where was the line of teams who would rush to sign McCarthy after he got fired? He badly wanted the Jets job, but they gave it instead to a coach who had already struck out as head coach in Miami.
    Aaron Rodgers has been a great QB and if his health holds up, he will continue to be that. He can’t win a Super Bowl by himself, though. The fact is Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy are the reasons the Packers have only won one Super Bowl with Rodgers. We’ll see what happens with Matt LeFleur. I like his chances in this present NFL much better than I liked Mike McCarthy’s. McCarthy never understood that you have to change with the times. And that’s why no one wanted him after the Packers fired him.

  19. “Aaron Rodgers has the freedom that he DEMANDED at the line of scrimmage”

    Fixed that for you…

    LaFleur did exactly as Aaron ordered. Just like Gutey did last year.

  20. Liberalsruineverything says:
    September 2, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    And that my friends is why the Packers couldn’t get a real coach. Matt Lasomething is Rodgers’ offensive coordinator.
    ____________________________________________

    Right. Because the rest of the league is simply terrified of Mike Zimmer and Kirk Cousins. Right.

  21. The usual suspect Viking trolls wish their quarterback had this ability. Not permission……..ability.

  22. The freedom to run any direction to avoid Roquan, Mack, Floyd, Hicks, Trevathan from ripping his head off in 48 hours?

  23. The disrespect shown by a number of people here is revealing as to who they are and what they’re about.

  24. Another MANUFACTURED “controversy” by the media. Rodgers always had the ability to audible plays, even in the first couple of years of starting way back in 2008 and 2009.

    The only issue McCarthy had was that Rodgers would audible to predictable plays that Rodgers was comfortable with, but also something the defense was aware of too.

  25. Breaking news: Head Coach adjusts offense based on his skill players abilities. Is this really news? Or are you just trying to stoke the flames of an overblown (by yourself) off season “controversy?”

  26. The issue here isn’t the ability to audible. Even though so many people seem to know what other all pro QBs do, most of us have no idea how other teams handle their QBs. I suspect there is tension on every team around this point (again we don’t really know). No the issue here was how it played out in the media. The way it was so publicly reported, it presented Rogers in a bad light as a spoiled tyrant and the coach as weak and caving in. Probably neither is accurate No winners in this battle. Whoever started this in an interview set this debacle in motion. Now people are choosing sides, that’s all bad. Shame on whoever brought it up to the media. You didn’t do your team any favors.

  27. Sounds like a real Cluster F brewing. If Lefleur gets his way and it fails he is gone, if Rodgers gets his way and it fails then they will go to LeFleurs but by then this season is lost. I still have the packers at 0-5 and Pettine biting the big banana.
    This just is not a talented team playing some very talented teams this year.

  28. Quarterbacks used to call their own plays, not just audibles, back in the 1970s. Now some coaches would not even allow their quarterback to call audibles? What is next, the coach dictating which reciever to throw the football to, and the quarterback cannot throw it to any other receiver?

  29. I never realized there were so many people who call themselves NFL fans who are so dumb when it comes to football.
    Reading all the comments slamming Rodgers, LeFleur, and the Packers, shows just how dumb and full of hate they are.
    Ya’ll need to get a life, you really do. You get fired up over a totally insignificant story like this. I mean, you really need to get a life.

  30. nyneal says:
    September 3, 2019 at 10:20 am

    I never realized there were so many people who call themselves NFL fans who are so dumb when it comes to football.
    Reading all the comments slamming Rodgers, LeFleur, and the Packers, shows just how dumb and full of hate they are.
    Ya’ll need to get a life, you really do. You get fired up over a totally insignificant story like this. I mean, you really need to get a life.

    ======================================
    So pointing out that Rodgers has been .500 in the playoffs since 2010 and can’t stay healthy is dumb?

  31. Good thing they got that experience using the audible in a new system during the preseason, its not like that’s important to all the young receivers they have that have only played a year or two with Rodgers in a completely different system. Don’t want to run the wrong route with A-fraud.

  32. tqaztec says:
    September 3, 2019 at 10:36 am
    nyneal says:
    September 3, 2019 at 10:20 am

    So pointing out that Rodgers has been .500 in the playoffs since 2010 and can’t stay healthy is dumb?
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    If it’s not combined with the fact he and the entire Packer team is healthy and ready to take back control of the division, then yes. If he had retired at the end of last season, you could be free to speculate on his legacy all you want.

  33. That include complaining after every play Green Baby gets stopped because obviously there was something that went uncalled. Whine whine whine

  34. stellarperformance says:
    September 3, 2019 at 11:10 am
    tqaztec says:
    September 3, 2019 at 10:36 am
    nyneal says:
    September 3, 2019 at 10:20 am

    So pointing out that Rodgers has been .500 in the playoffs since 2010 and can’t stay healthy is dumb?
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    If it’s not combined with the fact he and the entire Packer team is healthy and ready to take back control of the division, then yes. If he had retired at the end of last season, you could be free to speculate on his legacy all you want.

    —————

    Take back control of the division? They will be lucky to beat out Detroit for 3rd place

  35. NFC North bottom feeders in Green Baby got real big mouths. They will finish last, whining the whole way about how they got jobbed by bad calls and bad turf. They finally just got internet service in Green baby.

  36. Kurts Cousin says:
    September 3, 2019 at 2:23 am
    Who was the old comedian that used to say, Surprise, Surprise…..

    PFC Gomer Pyle

  37. By midnight Thursday Green Bay will be 0 – 1 Peyton Manning’s Bear’s 1 – 0. Manning has bought into the Bears

  38. Aaron Rodgers has the freedom that he wanted in the huddle too. If a “stupid f@**ing play” is called from the sideline you can bet Rodgers will ignore and call for a deep hero pass downfield

  39. Nothing excites the Vikings idiot fan base quite like a hatchet article on the team that has always been and will always be better than their pathetic little excuse for a football team.

    Green Bay Packers > Minnesota Vikings.

  40. Being able to audible or not, it won’t make a difference in Green Bay this year. Too many new moving parts on the offense and defense, mediocre secondary, an inexperienced WR corp, average offense line will lead to a .500 record or below.Sure Rodgers will escape pressure a few times a game lob the ball down field pick up a PI or a lucky catch like he always does. This Green Bay Packer team is no closer to being a play-off team then they were last year. The Bears D and Vikings D is just to0 tough. Look for the packers to be 0-2 by week three. Games against the Broncos, Eagles and Cowboys do not shape up well for a fast start for the Packers. 1-4 is a definitely a possibility.

    Arron is not the Arron he was two 3 years ago – and pinning all your SB hopes on one player like GB has for the past 5 years is not good. Who will Arron blame when it all goes south. Or will they wash, rinse, repeat the same scenario next year. The clock is ticking – new coach, new offense, new defense – Aaron will be traded to NE after Brady retires. If he is even still in the league.

  41. cheeseisfattening says:
    September 3, 2019 at 12:35 pm
    Aaron Rodgers has the freedom that he wanted in the huddle too. If a “stupid f@**ing play” is called from the sideline you can bet Rodgers will ignore and call for a deep hero pass downfield
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Scoreboard! Da da da da, da dah!

  42. stellarperformance says:
    September 3, 2019 at 12:56 pm
    cheeseisfattening says:
    September 3, 2019 at 12:35 pm
    Aaron Rodgers has the freedom that he wanted in the huddle too. If a “stupid f@**ing play” is called from the sideline you can bet Rodgers will ignore and call for a deep hero pass downfield
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Scoreboard! Da da da da, da dah!
    _______
    6-9-1
    Duh

  43. tokyosandblaster says:
    September 3, 2019 at 12:35 pm
    Nothing excites the Vikings idiot fan base quite like a hatchet article on the team that has always been and will always be better than their pathetic little excuse for a football team.

    Green Bay Packers > Minnesota Vikings.
    ————————————

    Grrrrrrrrr…..😂🤣

  44. I’ve refrained from posting earlier, to give the purple lemmings and the rest of the haters ample time to post their usual brand of ignorant and redundant musings.

    This misguided summer long media driven narrative, that was set up to be a battle of wills with winners and losers drawn up over audibles and control of the offense, is finally over.
    It was all a sham.
    It was designed to manipulate some of the more ignorant sports fans into more clicks and internet traffic by a savvy sports media conglomerate.
    And it worked beautifully for them.

    Matt LaFleur, back in June, was open and honest when he talked about how foolish it would be for a coach to ignore or limit the use Aaron Rodgers’ experience and wisdom when running this offense.
    LaFleur and Nathaniel Hackett (With a little help from Rodgers.)designed a brand new offense, based in principal on the one’s Matt helped run in Washington, Atlanta and Los Angeles.
    Rodgers would say recently, that he was surprised at how collaborative LaFleur and Hackett were with him in putting it together, but it’s safe to say that all three have had a significant hand in it.

    The only real issue, if you want to even call it that, is the fact there is so much pre-snap movement/window dressing in this offense, that getting off audibles or changing plays will be a bit of a time constraint in certain formations and situations.
    It’s something this team has worked diligently on throughout the summer and we’ll see it come into fruition Thursday night.

    Now, I fully realize there will be some bumps down the road, getting everybody on the same page and working together.
    Late timeouts, missed protections and broken plays.
    It’ll be the norm for the first few weeks, and yes, the haters will crow about dysfunction and Aaron Rodgers, like they always sadly do, but I expect it to get nailed down eventually.

    It’s an exciting time here in Packerland.
    While some franchises are just painfully running out the final season(s) on another failed regime, it feels like a rebirth in Titletown.
    And I cant think of a better way to kick off the NFL’s 100th season than against our arch rivals on a kickoff Thursday night.
    Can’t Wait!!!

  45. So I guess this means we can all expect the Packers to continue their usual offense with Rodgers just ignoring the coach’s play calls and instead, scrambling around ignoring open short passes and looking for the deep pass to Adams. Business as usual, which is a very good thing for opposing defenses.

  46. A-rodg, since you’re new to play calling let me give you some advice: don’t call the roll-out to the right pass play when Barr is lined up on that side.

  47. So pointing out that Rodgers has been .500 in the playoffs since 2010 and can’t stay healthy is dumb?
    =====

    As if a middling/poor defense played no role?

    Or a head coach who never met a gameplan he couldn’t botch?

  48. conormacleod says:
    September 3, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Let me sum up Waffles long diatribe for you; “Packer fans are ignoring the recent past and results and are going to pretend we aren’t a .500 ball club”
    ___________

    Well, let’s look at this realistically, instead of through the eyes of an ignorant Barney, shall we?
    In just two short years, this team and organization has been completely overhauled from top to bottom.

    A new GM, supplemented by an entirely new coaching staff.
    As many as 5 new starters on offense. And an additional 8 new starters on defense.
    In fact, most of these new starters weren’t even on the roster two seasons ago.
    Judging by this, most knowledgeable fans would conclude that the recent past holds little to no bearing at all on what the future entails.

    It would be with extreme hubris that anyone would make any grand predictions about the Packers’ upcoming season.
    But, then again, look who I’m talking to.
    Enjoy season #59 of watching your team accomplish absolutely nothing, I know I will!

  49. The hopes and dreams of Viking fans are the fortunes and memories of Packer fans. It’s undeniable. They can’t stand our appreciative attitude and entitled pride as Packer fans. They want some of that. That’s why they’re so interested in us. That’s why they’re here. They can’t get us out of their minds. They want some of whatever it is we have enjoyed as Packer fans, because we all know……it’s been great! I suspect it’s about to be again.

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