Aaron Rodgers: These opportunities don’t come along all the time

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The Packers missed the playoffs the last two seasons, which led to a coaching change this offseason and questions about how quarterback Aaron Rodgers would fare under new management.

There have been bumps in the road, but the Packers have navigated them well enough to be 9-3 entering the final stretch of the regular season. That gives them a good chance to win the NFC North and, should teams ahead of them stumble, perhaps even land a bye through the first round.

On Wednesday,  Rodgers said falling short the last two years and “seeing the 18th hole coming up” for his career have increased the urgency to make as much of that chance as they can.

“Realizing I can’t play forever. The opportunities don’t come along all the time,” Rodgers said, via WBAY. “I could feel the energy of this team early in April and May. It was different feel and that’s what spurned me in the summer to kind of forego some of the traveling I would maybe usually do and make sure I was dialed in once training camp came around because I felt like we could do something special this year.”

A home game against Washington leaves the Packers favored to get their 10th win before closing the year with three divisional games.

40 responses to “Aaron Rodgers: These opportunities don’t come along all the time

  1. Maybe if you showed that your team can even compete against the top teams I might agree but I have a hard time believing you will be able to win one playoff game let alone three or four.

  2. “I felt like we could do something special this year”

    Preach, Brother, Preach!

    All summer we were told by usual suspects that there was a “dark cloud over this team” because of “the audible thing” and other random false narratives.

    Aaron says he knew right away in April that this train was going somewhere. There have been some growing pains along the way as we all knew there would be in the new regime, but I too believed early and still believe now, that this team can do something special.

    Let’s do this!

    #OneGameAtATime

    #OneTeamOneNation

    #PackersNation!☝

  3. Yeah, without the help from refs Packers would be packing every year by this time, and they’ll be one and done even if they make the playoffs.

  4. Probably a spellcheck problem. I’ve been glued to the Packers for many years, and I have to say I don’t get a good feeling from this team. They don’t seem to have that spark somehow. If I was that smart I’d be rich, so I hope I’m wrong. The Minn game will tell us a lot.

  5. As long as Rodgers is healthy, you can’t count out the packers.

    But……
    A Kirk Cousins red zone interception, referee help against Detroit and Carolina, a defense ranked 27th and an offense ranked in the middle of the pack all have this team close to being about .500.

    I’m not convinced it’s as cheezy as Rodgers and the Gumby’s think it is.

  6. A Kirk Cousins red zone interception, referee help against Detroit and Carolina, a defense ranked 27th and an offense ranked in the middle of the pack all have this team close to being about .500.

    I’m not convinced it’s as cheezy as Rodgers and the Gumby’s think it is.
    ________________________
    LOL
    So don’t credit Kevin King for a great, leaping interception against MIN. Don’t acknowledge DET’s phantom TD in the beginning of the game which allowed them to be up in the first place (bad calls go both ways). And I don’t even know what you’re referring to in the Carolina game so if you’d like to elaborate feel free.
    Lastly, GB ranks 14th in points allowed, and 6th in red-zone defense…Nice try though 🙂

  7. The incredible amount of time and focus spent on trying to smear the Green Bay Packers franchise shows the jealousy and outright fear you have of the Packers.

    We don’t see these constant smears of the Bears or Lions now do we?

    We realize most of it is because you are obviously a child with no career and way too much time on your hands for whatever reason.

    Perhaps I will read a post of yours again in a few months. Probably not but you can sit on the edge of seat as always and pray for some attention.

    Good luck with that👌

  8. That’s what spurned him? Think he means spurred… Stay in school kids.
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    Rodgers doesn’t write the copy, I highly doubt he said spurned

  9. Yeah, without the help from refs Packers would be packing every year by this time, and they’ll be one and done even if they make the playoffs.
    ——
    That’s some fine editorializing right there.

    You’d swear Viking fans don’t even watch football. Some other nuggets from this thread already: Super easy schedule (same as Vikes, except we played SF instead of Seattle), paid off refs (only reason we ever win), and we can’t beat good teams (except for MN, Chi and KC of course). It’s bizarro world in here.

  10. no, we are not great team. but we are a GOOD, FUN team that welcomes the chance to compete every week. you can’t solve all your shortcomings in one year. arrow is pointing up for the future. some ups and downs to be sure. but i like us.

  11. I said this at the start of the season:

    “The biggest difference among all NFCN teams and their expectations for success remains to be Aaron Charles Rodgers.”

    What’s changed?

  12. The 18th hole comment means he’s looking at retirement more than we think.

    Aaron probably checked his 401k after that 49er debacle.

  13. The Pack will make the playoffs this year no problem, and with Rodgers there is always a chance to play better in the playoffs than the teams’ collective pay grade. The top of the NFC is tough this year though.

  14. leatherface2012 says:
    December 5, 2019 at 7:48 am

    you’re right…..a super easy schedule, and refs in your pocket…that doesnt come along often.

    Selective much? So far, Packers no. 10 strength of schedule ; Vikings no. 18

    Packers have 80 penalties; Vikings 77

  15. A reporter asked Aaron what hole he is on after he said the 18th hole comment.

    “I’ve made the turn”

    Meaning he is done with the first 9 and starting on the back 9.

    Aaron has said many times he wants to play to 40 at least(Aaron turned 36 on Monday) and this year he said he will let Tom Brady set the bar for what age to play to and then he can hopefully match that.

    I know one lavender is hoping he retires soon, but I would advise against you holding your breath on that one.👌

    Toodle loo👋

  16. Don’t worry Aaron you will have the opportunity to stare down your teammates and throw your coaches under the bus for at least 1 more year. His obvious decline won’t prevent another year of downward play but will keep Green Bay’s offense ranked in the lower 3rd of the league. again.

  17. freefromcommonsense says

    “I’ve made the turn”
    ###

    To the 19th hole…

    He’s on his way to the bar.

  18. cellarperformance says:

    I said this at the start of the season:

    “The biggest difference among all NFCN teams and their expectations for success remains to be Aaron Charles Rodgers.”

    What’s changed?
    ###

    Have you watched Rodgers play this year? He’s barely ahead of Trubisky and Daniels. When Stafford is healthy again, Rodgers will be the third best QB in the division.

  19. It sounds to me like Rodgers is getting excited his playing days are in their twilight or “approaching the 18th hole”. Because that means soon he won’t have to high tail it out of Green Bay as soon as the season ends any longer. He won’t be around any more to be have to get out of town in a few short years.

  20. The rest of the NFCN knows they won’t win the division this year.

    They also know that GBs new head coach has changed the dynamic and that year two in his system is bound to be even better. Packers have the 5th youngest roster in the NFL and youngest in the NFCN, even with a 36 year old QB.

    They have upside and plenty of holes on the roster, but still are the class of the division. While I don’t think they are a top 5 team in the NFL (they’re probably 4 players away) once the tournament starts anything can and will happen.

  21. freefromwhatyouare says:
    December 5, 2019 at 7:54 am
    “I felt like we could do something special this year”

    Preach, Brother, Preach!

    @@@@@@@@@@@222

    Amen brother, we can see you jumping up and down in the green and yellow cheer leading outfit waving your pom poms.

  22. gtodriver says:
    December 5, 2019 at 12:26 pm
    Have you watched Rodgers play this year? He’s barely ahead of Trubisky and Daniels. When Stafford is healthy again, Rodgers will be the third best QB in the division.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Really? Will they all automatically be in first place in the division too, because that’s where Rodgers is.

    I love how the usual suspect Viking trolls now use statistics as their go-to argument, which is a 180 degree about-face from last year when it was all about wins and losses.

    Aren’t you embarrassed for being such a willful and selective hypocrite? You should be.

  23. Haters: The Packer and Viking schedules are nearly identical, including home and away. Viking fans think the Vikings are superior to the Packers, which would make the Packer schedule “more difficult.” The Packers played Panthers at home, Vikings played Atlanta. The Packers played the 49ers on the road, the Vikings played Seattle. All other games on the schedules are the same. If the Packers have an easy schedule, the Vikings’ was easier. Write it down for future reference so I don’t have to school you again.

  24. Have you watched Rodgers play this year? He’s barely ahead of Trubisky and Daniels. When Stafford is healthy again, Rodgers will be the third best QB in the division.
    ——
    Dude has a 65% completion rate, 22 td’s vs 2 int’s, over 3000 yards passing and his team has been in first place all year. Please just stop.

  25. Amen brother, we can see you jumping up and down in the green and yellow cheer leading outfit waving your pom poms.
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    It’s green n gold….his cheerleader outfit is green n gold.

  26. Green and Gold ‘Till I’m Dead and Cold and After…✊

    I don’t know anything about the color of the “cheerleading outfit” in your fantasy, but hey if thinking about men in cheer outfits is what floats your canoe, then you be you. I don’t know you and you don’t me, and that is the way it is going to stay.👌

    Moving on…

    The interview/chat that Aaron Rodgers did with his friend Justin Vernon from the band Bon Iver is worth taking a look at on Packers.com. It’s like 40 mins long so when you have some time kick back and check it out.

    #OneTeamOneNation

    #PackersNation!

  27. It is truly humbling and gratifying to watch the most successful franchise in NFL history excel one again this season.The LeFleur era in Green Bay is off to a spectacular start, and the Packers once again look like perennial contenders. It’s only a matter of time until we win a record breaking 14th World Championship.

    The best fans in the league have so much to be grateful for this holiday season.

    Better football.

    For better people.

  28. Remember the beat down SF gave the Pack? Whoever gets GB in the playoffs will get to experience the same easy, easy win. Practically a bye week. Looking very possible it will be the Vikings.

  29. If the Vikings are lucky enough to make it to the postseason (after all, they are the luckiest team in the NFL,) they run the real risk of adding to their all-time NFL record for not only the most postseason losses in the history of the game but also the most one-and-done postseason appearances. To make matters worse, this loss could be put upon them by anybody……but it would be most satisfying if it were Green Bay, in January, in the cold, with 15,000+ fans from Minnesota then having to drive a long, lonely, ride home afterwards for six hours.

  30. Mike Pettine’s defense now ranks worse in ever measurable category than Dom Caper’s defense. It must really suck for LaFleur that he was forced to keep Pettine and not allowed to bring in his own choice. The rebuild will continue next year with a new D coordinator

  31. Remember the records the Vikings hold? If the Vikings are lucky enough to make it to the postseason (after all, they are the luckiest team in the NFL,) they run the real risk of adding to their all-time NFL record for not only the most postseason losses in the history of the game but also the most one-and-done postseason appearances. To make matters worse, this loss could be put upon them by anybody……but it would be most satisfying if it were Green Bay, in January, in the cold. After witnessing Lambeau at its best, 15,000+ fans from Minnesota would then have to drive a long, lonely, somber ride home afterwards for six hours. It would give them time to reflect on what legacies look like.

  32. cheeseisfattening says:
    December 7, 2019 at 2:38 pm
    Mike Pettine’s defense now ranks worse in ever measurable category than Dom Caper’s defense. It must really suck for LaFleur that he was forced to keep Pettine and not allowed to bring in his own choice. The rebuild will continue next year with a new D coordinator
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Statistics? Again? I thought statistics were a no-no for you? At least that’s what you preached last year. It was all about wins and losses, scoring and not scoring. This year, the Packer defense is in a virtual tie in red zone scoring with the Vikings. Yes, that defense. The “vaunted” defense. Do you know what else? The Packers are in first place in their division while playing a nearly identical schedule to the Vikings, and the Vikings are scrambling just to make it to the postseason. Do you know what all this is called? It’s called…..

    …….Scoreboard!

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