Aaron Rodgers: No benefit to playing one series in preseason

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The Packers have not given Aaron Rodgers any preseason snaps since 2018, but playing him this year has not been taken off the table yet.

Rodgers won’t play in the first two games and the Packers haven’t revealed plans for their third game. If Rodgers does play, it will likely be because the team wants him to work with new receivers in a game setting ahead of the regular season in hopes of avoiding the kind of blowout loss that opened the 2021 campaign.

On Tuesday, Rodgers called that decision “kind of a no-win situation to the outside of the building” because both an injury in the preseason and a loss in Week 1 open the door to criticism of the decision. If the call is to play, though, Rodgers wants to play for a while because suiting up to play one series is a “waste of time.”

“I don’t see any benefit to it,” Rodgers said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “I definitely don’t see any benefit to playing one series. If we’re going to play, we should play and play a quarter, a couple of series, two to three series. Just suiting up for four plays, to me, is a waste.”

Rodgers said he’s already shared that view with head coach Matt LaFleur and that he believes LaFleur will do what’s best for the team when it comes to a final call on preseason participation.

46 responses to “Aaron Rodgers: No benefit to playing one series in preseason

  1. Packers own stadium Lambeau Field is a competitive disadvantage and actually hurts their chances of advancing in the playoffs, NOT helps. They’re a ‘pretty passing team’, not a tough run the football and play tight defense kind of squad. I’d much prefer the Packers finish 4th-7th seed this year and go on the road. Aaron Rodgers having a slow start and losing some games to start the season would actually be the best thing for the Green Bay Packers. I can’t stomach another playoff loss of watching an ‘MVP QB’ throw a football around a cold, chilly, snowy, windy stadium anymore while a wild card team embarrasses us. No more.

  2. So basically what this overrated Brett Favre 2.0 is saying is that he’s so good, and he and his new receivers are so locked in, that there’s no need for any live action to get their timing down. Enjoy the mediocrity Green Bay

  3. Especially with 17 games there is really no point unless you have a young QB or are installing new offensive concepts or something. The risk of injury is far to high. If teams have joint practices, that’s far better than a preseason game.

  4. Rodgers has played in the Packers offense for over a decade he doesn’t need it at this point. This is a sky is blue grass is green statement.

  5. Ya, the ‘save Rodgers’ effort worked so well last year that when the regular season started the Saints destroyed the Packers. The Packers looked like a bad college team. By the third game they looked like an NFL team again. Only a division with very beatable rivals enabled the Packers to win the division again.

  6. Play him with the new receivers. Play him a lot. The work is needed. After more than ten years of coming up short in crunch time, he hasn’t earned the cred he assumes for himself.

  7. That’s the first time he has said something in the last 2 years that actually made sense.

  8. The standard is incredibly high when it comes to the most successful franchise in NFL history.

  9. Rodgers has played in the Packers offense for over a decade he doesn’t need it at this point.
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    The difference between McCarthy and LaFleurs offense is pretty significant.

  10. Only a division with very beatable rivals enabled the Packers to win the division again.
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    They played all of the Conference Title Game representatives last year in the regular season.

    They were 3-1. The loss, to the Chiefs, in a game Rodgers didn’t start.

  11. “Just suiting up for four plays, to me, is a waste.” Oh, but it’s all about ‘love of the sport’ and ‘love of your teammates’… Aaron will help his team but not if it’s only in short bursts. Aaron knows best. So what if you’re the coach. No, it’s a waste of his time to participate in practice if it’s only for 4 plays. These pads itch, ya know… It’s a minor inconvenience and Aaron is above all that.

  12. Packers own stadium Lambeau Field is a competitive disadvantage and actually hurts their chances of advancing in the playoffs, NOT helps. They’re a ‘pretty passing team’, not a tough run the football and play tight defense kind of squad.
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    I agree with that 100%, but I do think they have started shifting toward the model you talked about. Honestly, they don’t really have a choice with Rodgers being year-to-year.

    Jones and Dillon combined for 1600 rushing yards last year. I think that will go up significantly rather than leaning on inexperienced WRs.

    I like this D. Good mix of veterans and young players, a couple A-level guys, overall solid at every position group.

    There is much more reason to have faith with this team than the past regime. Thompson wasted scores of top picks on defensive busts. Just an awful run of picks. Gutekunst has used free agency to fill some big holes, and he’s drafted pretty well. The results have been much better. 9th, 13th, 13th the last 3 years, 13 wins each season.

  13. “The difference between McCarthy and LaFleurs offense is pretty significant.” McCarthy is one playoff away from being fired and replaced,if he does not get Dallas to a playoff win he is gone.ML is heading into the Packers Hall of fame as one of the greatest coaches to ever lead this storied franchise.

  14. The Packers have got to showcase Jordan Love for other QB needy teams.this is his last season in Green Bay and they will want to trade him for draft picks.his rookie contract ends and they will need to pay him much more if they want him to sit their bench for another three seasons.

  15. “He said the same thing last year and was smoked by the Saints in week 1.” that loss was a total team failure that they learned from as their record indicates.their defense this year wont allow another blowout like that because they are amazingly much improved.

  16. I’d believe him except he’s lost his best target and needs every rep he can get with his suspect receiver unit.And he keeps getting beat in the playoffs by QB’s that cherish those reps!

  17. watching an entire preseason game without one drive from your starters is a waste of fans time…

  18. Rodgers is the type of guy who will be the last one to notice the erosion of his skills.
    His ego is larger than Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois combined thus he’s unable to recognize deficiencies in his abilities, all he sees is what his ego wants him to see.
    Talk about the tail wagging the dog

  19. ML is heading into the Packers Hall of fame as one of the greatest coaches to ever lead this storied franchise.
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    McCarthy is 2nd in wins in franchise history, and won a Super Bowl. He will be in the Packer HOF.

    LaFleur will need to win a Super Bowl. And sadly, for him, he’s going to have to experience an existence WITHOUT Rodgers, Sooner than later. No reason to think he can’t manage that, but the simple/sad fact is, we have no idea what that will look like.

  20. If Aaron Rodgers wants to play a whole quarter or two in a preseason game instead of “only” one series, let him. If the only way to appease his ego is to let him get hurt in a meaningless game, who are we to argue. He’s too big to only help his team a little. “it’s a waste” he says. There is, according to the MVP in Green Bay, nothing at all that can be learned from a single series in the game of football.

  21. infectorman says:
    August 10, 2022 at 11:34 am
    Rodgers is the type of guy who will be the last one to notice the erosion of his skills.
    His ego is larger than Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois combined thus he’s unable to recognize deficiencies in his abilities, all he sees is what his ego wants him to see.
    Talk about the tail wagging the dog
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    That’s an odd take about a guy that has won the NFL MVP two years in a row, the most recent two years in a row.

  22. I don’t see how playing in pre-season translates into post-season success — Rodgers seems to have performed just fine in the regular season without the benefit of pre-season games.
    The reason the Pack has lost in the playoffs has little to do with pre-season QB playing time. The only reason to play Rodgers in game situations is to develop chemistry with his WRs. Well, that and to watch Scandling drop passes.

  23. For those who think they’re “showcasing” Jordan Love to trade for picks,….snap out of it. First of all, any contender wants a viable back up and for now he’s likely at least that. Second, they’ve invested way too much energy and effort in the guy to waive a white flag and trade him. If someone offered a #1 or more they’d maybe consider that, but no one is going to do that…so that’s a nonstarter. The dude is going to get offered his 5th year extension and will either get his shot as a Packer, or he’ll be released. People love to bash the Love pick, but it was a far better dice roll than Mitch Trubisky or Christian Ponder ever were. Guess what, the failure rate of highly drafted QB’s demands that GM’s swing for the fences every once in awhile. Love still has time to prove his value.

  24. Rodgers is the type of guy who will be the last one to notice the erosion of his skills.
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    Let us know when his talents begin to erode.

    Thats the blessing of being supremely talented. Even at 80% or 90%.. you’re still 100% better than everybody else.

  25. cheeseisfattening says:
    August 10, 2022 at 9:22 am
    Let’s hope he starts as sharp as last year
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    ……….and pray, and wish.

  26. So now he’ll take over for the head coach? About time for him to deteriorate from playing so he’s looking to coach…..

  27. Or he could string together a 12 play scoring drive. Thinking it will be a 3 and out is kind of negative…

  28. He does not need preseason. The guy has mastered his craft. Preseason is a waste of time and unnecessarily exposes him to injury. The guy has won 4 MVP’s and a Super Bowl. He doesn’t need an exhibition game. He gets plenty of reps with his receivers on a daily basis, as evidenced by his multiple MVP awards.

  29. Aaron Rodgers is right again! What an all around solid American he is, we are lucky to have him in the league.

  30. “Just suiting up for four plays, to me, is a waste.”

    Aaron has already accepted we’re going to have a ton of three and outs this year with no receivers. Unbelievable.

  31. Does he have so little faith in the offense that he thinks the series will only last 4 plays?

  32. Thats the blessing of being supremely talented. Even at 80% or 90%.. you’re still 100% better than everybody else.

    ___________________

    Keep dreaming. Don’t forget the ‘everybody else’s’ who have won more Super Bowls than he has. Ie. Super Bowls, not popularity contest awards.

  33. dl72fan says:
    August 10, 2022 at 2:41 pm
    So much hate for this man. I do not get it at all.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    He’s a confirmed and privileged liar, that’s why.

  34. Rodgers could go a long way in repairing his image not by smoking mushrooms but standing tall be a man and apologize for the lies he told last year .

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