Teammates not surprised at Aaron Rodgers’ hot start

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The Packers may not have had Davante Adams, and they may not have had Allen Lazard.

But they had that Aaron Rodgers guy, and the remaining targets in front of them knew that was enough.

Packers tight end Robert Tonyan — himself not a household name, at least in households beyond Ashwaubenon — caught three touchdowns in last night’s win over the Falcons, and said he knew Rodgers would get off to this kind of start.

“Before the season, I already knew it was going to happen,” Tonyan said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “I already knew it was going to happen. That’s all I’ve got to say.”

Rodgers has previously been good at football, but he’s playing at a different level this season. The Packers have scored at least 30 points in every game, and haven’t turned it over, making them the first team in league history to start a season that way.

Doing it with a mixed bag of pass-catchers adds to the degree of difficulty, but Rodgers has gotten by with less than Pro Bowl talent on the edges for years (which is part of the reason they keep giving it to him). Between that and the drafting of a quarterback in the first round, instead of someone to help him immediately, Rodgers is clearly motivated to prove a point.

That was tougher last night with they odd lot at receiver, so he merely went 27-of-33 for 327 yards and four touchdowns, three of them to Tonyan, making it seem as if he didn’t mind.

“Not really; I’d rather have those guys,” Rodgers said. “I’d rather have us as healthy as possible but the beauty in this game is that’s rarely the case, whether it’s guys playing with injuries or guys who can’t play because of injuries, and that’s just part of the game. You love the opportunities for those other guys because a lot of them have really earned it, have earned the opportunity to be out there, earned the opportunity to be in position to make plays and you get to learn a lot of about character and ability in those moments.”

You also get to learn exactly how well Rodgers is playing.

13 responses to “Teammates not surprised at Aaron Rodgers’ hot start

  1. Tonyan isn’t the only one that thought Rodgers would moonwalk through the NFCN this season. So did I.

    What was the controversy about not drafting a receiver? I forget the details.

  2. I think Aaron is playing some of his best football of his career right now. Hopefully it stays this way for the season.

  3. Yup. Aaron’s sure polishing up his resume for his waltz out of town. Vikings trolls around here sure got that one right. Just like their purple team’s waltz to the Super Bowl and Zimmer’s early enshrinement at Canton.

  4. Not a fan of him but he is playing very well.

    However, they have beaten 3 absolute dumpster fires and a Saints team not playing well so we will see how they continue

  5. jimmygeewhiz says:
    October 6, 2020 at 9:22 am
    Yup. Aaron’s sure polishing up his resume for his waltz out of town. Vikings trolls around here sure got that one right. Just like their purple team’s waltz to the Super Bowl and Zimmer’s early enshrinement at Canton.

    ——————-

    You bet he is! He wants to show the NFL he still has it. He will waltz outta Green Bay in a passive aggressive way. Everything is rainbows and unicorns right now because the team is 4-0. Packers beat teams that had depleted secondarys, team without their big WRs healthy, a team with an aging QB who wasn’t what he once was. But the defense is giving up 25 per game, can’t stop the run very well, evident on a 20 play 10 minute drive last night.

    L-WAR is coming (Life Without Aaron Rodgers) and it may come down to either Love or Rodgers saying one of us has got to go. I think Rodgers can play another 4 years if he stays healthy. The Packers had to draft a QB to get Rodgers motivated, but it works out for Rodgers in the end because someone will pick him up. The organization is trying to play it down but D-Day is coming. The only way the Packers do get to the big dance this year is by homefield advantage. Seattle has been quietly playing good with little or no fan fare. If the Packers have to go to Seattle, its over. Rodgers and the Packers haven’t won on the west coast since 2016. However, injuries are the great equalizer this year so anything can and will happen.

    This break up will be bigger than Favres – jerseys will be burned, chees will melt in rage, suds will flow like green tears of a lost love, hate for the betrayal, but in the end you’ll take him back just like you all did when Farve went into the Hall. Dark times are coming, like 70s dark times. Be ready but enjoy the ride while it here now.

  6. Aaron looks dialed in on bringing that NFL record 14th world championship home to Titletown.

    It truly is humbling to be a fan of the most successful franchise in NFL history.

  7. philmccracken says:
    He is playing the best football of his life at 36 years old, and making it look easy.
    ================
    McCarthy’s Offense got stale. Aaron has bought into LeFleurs Offense. He likes the motion and moving pieces.
    It helps to have a decent offensive line, … and a defense. Defense had been GB’s sore thumb under Thompson / McCarthy. Most games it was Rodgers having to outscore the opposing team because our defensive backfield sucked.

  8. How sad is it when you have to waste a first-round pick just to motivate your franchise player to want to play well?

  9. Reclaiming My Time says:
    October 6, 2020 at 12:41 pm
    How sad is it when you have to waste a first-round pick just to motivate your franchise player to want to play well?
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Sure.

    Cousins was motivated by an empty stadium, devoid of fans. How’s that working out?

  10. Reclaiming My Time says:
    October 6, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    How sad is it when you have to waste a first-round pick just to motivate your franchise player to want to play well?

    +++++

    Is that why there are so many Packer fans unhappy today? Oh. Wait.

    Infinitely more sad would be an incompetent GM sending a first round pick to procure Sam Bradford because he thought a team that lost 8 of its last 11 games had an open Superbowl window. (not to mention extending said GM).

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