Aaron Rodgers: Packers offense a work a progress

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If we were in the clickbait business, we could write something like “Aaron Rodgers casts doubt on new coach’s offense.”

Instead, we’d simply point out that between installing a new offensive system (and perhaps a lack of preseason playing time with his teammates in it), Rodgers simply doesn’t know exactly what to expect in Thursday’s opener against the Bears.

“I think everybody needs to understand this is going to be the first iteration of our offense, and because it’s a new scheme and there are new pieces, this is going to grow from this point,” Rodgers said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “I’m excited about the stuff we have in and the stuff we’ve been working on in camp. There’s going to be even more. I think that’s the exciting part. I like the foundational start for this offense. I think it could be tough to stop because of the stress it puts on defense with their eye control and pattern-reading and reading the alignments. But we have a lot of room to grow from what we put on the field on Thursday.”

It will take time for Rodgers and new coach Matt LaFleur to learn each other’s preferences and tendencies, and that will evolve as they’re on the fly this year (and for years to come, unless bad things happen).

LaFleur himself admitted as much Sunday, saying: “I’ll have a better answer for you here in a couple weeks about where I think we are.”

It’s worth mentioning again, because it’s so unusual, that this will be Rodgers’ first season opener without Mike McCarthy in his ear. That’s enough difference, but there are things Rodgers will be asked to do in this system that weren’t a part of his former challenge, from more pre-snap motions, different formations, and play-action.

“We’re throwing new things at them with personnel groupings and motions and alignments and movement and adjustments that they haven’t seen from us,” Rodgers said. “So I’m excited for the opportunity. I’m obviously really hopeful that we’re going to go out and play really well, but I do really feel like this is just the beginning for this offense and there will be a lot of room to grow regardless of our performance on Thursday. Which, for myself and our squad, I expect us to play really well. But I think there’s going to be a lot of room for growth within the scheme as we go on in the season.”

And if the Packers offense isn’t up to speed Thursday, we can always come back with, “Five reasons to panic about the offense in Green Bay, the answers will shock you.”

20 responses to “Aaron Rodgers: Packers offense a work a progress

  1. AR’s statements in no way cast doubt on the new system. To the contrary, AR and Lafleur are exactly on the same page. In fact, every NFL team’s offense is a “work in progress” at this point.

  2. Well, he’s being honest. And a bit of misdirection never hurts either. Only one thing is certain: we’ll know better in about 4 days.

  3. Aaron has that look that says: I said get rid of McCarthy, not replace him with someone else!

  4. When the Viking trolls show up (and they will, their simultaneous auto-notifications for a posted Packer story caused the lights to dim in the Twin Cities this morning,) they’ll need to ask themselves why national sportswriters aren’t following Cousins around like they do Rodgers.

    After all, the Vikings are implementing a nearly all-new system too, with replacement coaches at nearly all positions. The reason is; Rodgers remains to be the biggest difference-maker among all NFCN teams and their expectations for success this year……not Cousins.

  5. Isn’t it interesting that Aaron never once used the words *a work progress* yet that is what headline here says he said. Aaron said there will be room for growth within the scheme as they go on in season. Meaning this offense is able to expand at any time.

    Aaron also said:”I expect us to play really well” on Thursday night.

    We will see what happens. I am jacked for the game, as many people are. No better way to kick off the NFL’s 100th year than this rivalry.

    #NFL100

    #BearsWeek

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  6. They must be super confident, since they just told us over and over again not to expect much on Thursday. They haven’t run a single play against a live defense. The Bears defense is really good. Rodgers is 23-23 in last 46 starts. He gets injured every year now. The Packers are going for their third straight sub .500 season. What’s not to be confident about?!

  7. “I’m excited about the stuff we have in and the stuff we’ve been working on in camp. There’s going to be even more. I think that’s the exciting part. I like the foundational start for this offense. I think it could be tough to stop because of the stress it puts on defense with their eye control and pattern-reading and reading the alignments. But we have a lot of room to grow from what we put on the field on Thursday.”

    He should’ve said “And we have have a lot of room to grow……,” instead of “But…..”

    He sounds pretty confident to me.

  8. Rodgers is lowering expectations because he knows it’s over for him. He has his money so he just wants to ride out a few more years and protect his numbers and throw some garbage touchdowns. Winning would be nice but he can just blame everyone else and all of the lemmings will nod along as he speaks.

  9. Aaron’s clickbait comment was only slightly less as awesome as his “Don’t waste your time reading crap like that” comment of a few years ago.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  10. What the trolls don’t understand is that Aaron still does commercials and he’s famous. So he’s gonna be good this year. He just needs some time to train his new assistant coach.

  11. conormacleod says:
    September 2, 2019 at 9:41 am

    Rodgers is 23-23 in last 46 starts.
    _________

    Well, some of what you say might have been meaningful if Aaron was a golfer or tennis player.
    But, no, he’s an NFL QB playing in what could quite possibly be viewed as the ultimate team sport, especially when you factor in all of the 53+ moving parts of an offense, defense and special teams play.
    But I would agree that a QB holds significant sway in a team’s good fortune and eventual demise.
    So, I’ll play along.

    First of all, there was a tie in there somewhere, so your numbers are already suspect, but I’m lazy and I’ll take them at face value. secondly we can play this game all day long.

    Look, Aaron’s record is 18-13-1 during his last 32 starts, despite how woefully poor the Packers have been as a team, and the couple of games he was knocked out early due to injuries. 9 of those losses occurred in just last season alone.
    Seriously, think about that for a minute.

    Peter King pointed out how Rodgers’ record was 27-26-1 in his last 54 starts, but then again, I would ask, why would you choose such an odd number of games to gauge a stat?
    I mean, why cut it off in the middle of the 2015 season?
    The answer is simple, because then you can just ignore the previous 6 games which were all wins.
    See how that works? I’m quite sure you do.

    I can take just about any segment of games, ignore the winning or losing streak just prior, and use it to support just about any argument I want to make about a player or team.
    You Barneys have been notorious for cherry picking stats.
    But, in the end, I prefer to look at Rodgers’ overall numbers and his record of 109-64-1.

  12. stellarperformance says:
    September 2, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Rodgers remains to be the biggest difference-maker among all NFCN teams and their expectations for success this year……not Cousins.
    __________

    No argument there. The Packers go as Rodgers goes, so if he plays like he did from 2009-2015, they should be pretty good. If he just plays like a good quarterback but not elite, the Packers will win six games like last year.

    Cousins is just a part of the Vikings’ team. If he plays like he did last year, which wasn’t very good but was better than Rodgers, the Vikings will still finish slightly above .500. That new offensive system should get him to improve enough that the Vikings will be in the playoffs.

    The Packers’ new offense just needs to get Rodgers back to the way he played four years ago. Good luck with that.

  13. Wafflestomp says:
    September 2, 2019 at 11:30 am

    conormacleod says:
    September 2, 2019 at 9:41 am

    Rodgers is 23-23 in last 46 starts.
    _________

    Well, some of what you say might have been meaningful if Aaron was a golfer or tennis player.
    But, no, he’s an NFL QB playing in what could quite possibly be viewed as the ultimate team sport, especially when you factor in all of the 53+ moving parts of an offense, defense and special teams play.
    ____________

    Try to remember that the next time you talk about Kirk Cousins’ record.

  14. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    September 2, 2019 at 11:41 am
    Wafflestomp says:
    September 2, 2019 at 11:30 am

    conormacleod says:
    September 2, 2019 at 9:41 am

    Rodgers is 23-23 in last 46 starts.
    _________

    Well, some of what you say might have been meaningful if Aaron was a golfer or tennis player.
    But, no, he’s an NFL QB playing in what could quite possibly be viewed as the ultimate team sport, especially when you factor in all of the 53+ moving parts of an offense, defense and special teams play.
    ____________

    Try to remember that the next time you talk about Kirk Cousins’ record.
    __________

    Oh, believe me, I do.
    But, as I also stated, and I quote, “But I would agree that a QB holds significant sway in a team’s good fortune and eventual demise.”

    Funny thing is, I was told by absolutely every single Barney in here that Kirk Cousins’ dismal record when playing .500 or better teams would be no issue now that he was playing for the talent laden Minnesota Vikings.
    Imagine my surprise when he’d go on to post an even worse than his own pathetic average by notching a 1-6 mark last season.
    Inconceivable, but true.
    skoLOL!!!

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