49ers are leery of the Aaron Rodgers “wrist flick from hell”

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Every defense has respect for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. 49ers defensive lineman DeForest Buckner has enough respect for Rodgers that Buckner has used a nickname for the quarterback’s signature throwing motion.

“[W]e used to call it, my coach from last year would call it the wrist flick from hell,” Buckner told reporters on Thursday, referring to former 49ers defensive line coach Jeff Zgonina.

“He would get that kind of like avoiding rushers and everything and just, you see that wrist flick, and you’re like, ‘Oh, Lord.’ Know what I mean? You know somebody is going to come down with it. Yeah, he’s just a special player.”

Indeed he is. And he’s still special, even at 36.

“[H]e still can extend plays,” Buckner said. “Obviously getting outside the pocket. He’s really good in the pocket with knowing where the rush is at, and trying to — getting out of the way and everything. So, he can make guys miss and also get outside the pocket and make you pay, kind of like Russell Wilson does. We just need to kind of really go, really take it one play at a time and go with the same mindset we had the last time we played them and also last week. I felt like the guys took it personal, telling themselves that they weren’t going to be blocked. We have to have that same mindset going into this game.”

Regardless of the mindset, the 49ers will be facing a much different quarterback than Kirk Cousins this week. Cousins is a statue that crumbles into dust under pressure. Rodgers is the chicken in Rocky II, before Rocky gets in shape.

25 responses to “49ers are leery of the Aaron Rodgers “wrist flick from hell”

  1. Well…SF did lose 2 of 3 games at home. To teams worse than Green Bay. The Pack have this in the bag.

  2. This game can’t start soon enough.

    Two storied franchises, HOF QB vs Highly touted defensive front hosting HOF type talents.

    Look for GB to throw on early downs to avoid obvious passing situarions and using bubble screens to WR’s.

    The 9ERS will look to rush the ball on stretch plays, setting up play action passes. Chewing up clock and keeping Rodgers off the field.

    Ultimately comes down to the offensive and defensive lines. Edge goes to the 9ERS on both sides.

    The game will be closely contested with no more excuses for either side. Pressure is on both teams considering the stakes on the line.

    27-17 SF win

  3. I am so excited for this weekends games. Two fantastic story lines. Will #12 beat his childhood team to have a shot at another ring? The Niners certainly look fantastic and have loads of talent to keep him on his toes. Do you really want Rodgers out of the pocket? As I Bears fan I can tell you the answer.

  4. Every Packer fan and opponent has seen the wrist flick from hell. Viking, Bears, Lions fans will attest. Watch for it Sunday San Fran you’ll see it. The dude can simply flick his wrist at 3/4 arm angle with barely any torque and the ball comes out a perfect spiral on a dime 20-30 yards downfield. Easily the most talented arm talent and arguably best brain in NFL history is what makes Rodgers so special. Probably would have made a hell of an MLB pitcher if not for football.

  5. 49ers dominated the first matchup because they are BETTER. Any team *can* win a game, but the better team is far more likely to win.

    49ers have already proven they are superior team. That game actually happened, Packer fans. Deal with it!

  6. 49ers and that D line, aka The Hounds of Hell, aka The Wicked Wizards of the West, aka Hurricane Saleh, are saying all the right things to the media. They will unleash the fury on Sunday and cheese will hit the fan.

    Seriously though, I just hope it’s a good game and nobody gets injured. #1 and #2 seeds in the NFC. Doesn’t get any better than this! Go Niners!

  7. I thnk it will be a repeat of the previous game. I don’t think Cousins crumbles so much under pressure, he’s just not mobile, i believe he has good stats while being blitz. No doubt that AR is very talented but it again it take much more than a talented qb to win the SB, otherwise AR would have won more of them & Marino would have won some too!

  8. Americans deserve to see KC vs GB in the SB…. know what I mean? On the 100th anniversary of the league the teams from SB #1 going at it. The new, the old and do commercials together. Good times.

  9. I still don’t understand the hype surrounding Rodgers…If the guy is so great, and he’s so spectacular at quarterback then why is his record 10-7 in the playoffs? He’s barely above .500 yet he gets touted like he’s the best thing since sliced bread. I’ve been saying it forever he’s Brett Favre 2.0 that’s it nothing more nothing less

  10. 49ers dominated the first matchup because they are BETTER. Any team *can* win a game, but the better team is far more likely to win.

    49ers have already proven they are superior team. That game actually happened, Packer fans. Deal with it!

    I’m sure the “Superior Teams”’like New England and Baltimore were supposed to crush the Titans, I’m sure the Saints we’re supposed to destroy the Vikings at home….you never know. Here’s the thing, I’m a die hard Packer fan, I live a mile from Lambeau and there is nothing like it anywhere else but I would say that the 49ers in every statistical category are better than my Packers and yes we got our Butts handed to us last time so congratulations, that game did not have a whole lot riding on the outcome. Things will be different this time. I’m not saying we will be victorious but it should be closer. If the Seahawks can beat you at home and within a 1/2” of beating you a second time then how do you suppose that the inferior Packers beat when the game mattered most. Win or go home. I guess that’s why we play the game.
    How about we be adults and say good luck, may the best team on that day win!

  11. The 9ers fans are feeling themselves and after the previous game, I can understand, but its the playoffs and ANYTHING can happen, just ask the Saints, Texans, Ravens, and Titans..

    I think GB will play better, and won’t spot the 9ers the ball at the 2 yard line for a gimme TD.

    Since that wake up call vs. the 9ers the Packers defense haven’t given up more than 20 points in a game, and have scored AT LEAST 20 in everyone. I also think the Packers young team has matured quite a bit since then, and will hopefully learn form their previous mistakes, and treat this as the business trip its suppose to be.

  12. All of this 49er hype is looking a lot like the AFC hype that surrounded the Ravens and look how that turned out. The 49ers better be careful or they will find themselves sitting at home wondering what happened, and how they lost to Brett Favre 2.0…Too much hype is never a good thing Right Lamar?

  13. “Since that wake up call vs. the 9ers the Packers defense haven’t given up more than 20 points in a game”

    I’m sure that finishing the season playing the Giants, Redskins, Bears, Vikings and Lions had nothing to do with their sudden defensive renaissance.

  14. qckappa says:
    January 16, 2020 at 9:09 pm
    I thnk it will be a repeat of the previous game. I don’t think Cousins crumbles so much under pressure, he’s just not mobile, i believe he has good stats while being blitz. No doubt that AR is very talented but it again it take much more than a talented qb to win the SB, otherwise AR would have won more of them & Marino would have won some too!

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    I don’t know why, but seeing Cousins in the same conversation as Rodgers and Marino makes me feel uncomfortable.

  15. HagemeisterPark says:
    January 16, 2020 at 8:15 pm
    Well…SF did lose 2 of 3 games at home. To teams worse than Green Bay. The Pack have this in the bag.
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    One of the teams SF didn’t lose to at home WAS the Packers though 🤔

  16. “I’ve been saying it forever he’s Brett Favre 2.0 that’s it nothing more nothing less”

    Aaron and Brett could not be more different. Both great players, in their own unique ways.

  17. “The wrist flick from hell”…Of all the amazing things Rodgers does, it’s that motion that this Bears fan has always marveled at the most.
    It looks more like flipping bottle-caps than a throwing motion, but it results in a 20+ yard, on a line, dart.
    Does anyone remember the old Qantas Airlines commercials with the Koala Bear? I hate Rodgers.

  18. He can flick his wrist all he wants, won’t matter when he’s on his back half the game. Rodgers hasn’t faced a pass rush like this, since he was here in November. Look how that went.

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