3 Things You Won’t See with Aaron Rodgers at QB

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Aaron RodgersBefore I get too far into this post, I have to give credit where credit is due. Matt Flynn stepped into a very difficult situation and has performed well enough to have the Packers in position where they can make the playoffs with a final win against their arch rivals.

That said, here are three things Matt did wrong that we probably won’t see with Aaron at the helm.

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Inability to Avoid a Sack

Granted Aaron has taken more than his share of sacks, but you’ll see in the following clips that Flynn just doesn’t move in the pocket like Aaron does. In the first clip, Flynn doesn’t recognize the blitz. Flynn is in a tight window to react here, but if he had stepped up into the pocket the linebacker would have overpursued and Flynn might have bought some more time to complete a pass. In the second clip, Flynn displays his characteristic “deer in the headlights” just run approach to the pressure.

Aaron does a great job of making use of small, controlled movements to extend plays and give his receivers the time they need to get open.

Errant Passes

At times Flynn was shooting the lights out in completion percentage, but that was large short passes that amount to little more than a glorified running game. There were times when Flynn missed completions that Aaron would have made. Here are a couple examples.

In the first clip, Matt fires to the outside. The pass is completely uncatchable, but there is no safety help. Flynn could have led Jones to the inside and not only would it have been a completion but it would have been a touchdown. In the second clip, Matt is just not quite on target with an out that is like clockwork for Aaron.

Wrong Read

There have been several wrong reads since Flynn took over, and goodness knows Rodgers has had his share of wrong reads as well. However, I think, especially on this last play of the game against the Steelers, Aaron would have made the right read.

We slow this play down just as Jordy Nelson comes open across the middle of the endzone. Polamalu has come crashing way too hard to get back into Nelson’s passing lane. All Flynn had to do on the final play of the game against the Steelers was play pitch and catch with our #1 receiver and he would have won another game in Rodgers’ absence.

Welcome Back Aaron Rodgers

Regardless of what Flynn could have done better, he kept the Packers in position to win a postseason bid and for that we’re grateful. However, it will be more than a thrill to have Aaron Rodgers lead this team again.


Mike Davidsen

Mike Davidsen grew up in the north suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Finance. Mike joined GPN in May 2010.


  1.   July 24, 2012, 2:55 pm

    I think I’d agree with your expectation that the Packers would keep three quarterbacks if not for one thing… we’re trying to find places for extra wide receivers. I wonder if that third QB will be placed on the practice squad to make room for an additional WR.

    If TT and MM do place one of the three QBs on the practice squad, they’ll still have the potential to continue learning and developing in the Packers’ QB university.

  2.   July 23, 2012, 4:44 pm

    I’ll simply copy here what I posted at lombardi.com as to the Harrell situation that many feel anxious about…

    MM instills in himself a very good bullcrap detector when it comes to Qb talent and has shown how to scrape it off his shoes easily.The talk or rumor of obtaining a veteran back-up would have already taken place if MM after two years felt Harrell was something on his shoe that needed scraping.

    McCoys’ name was raised as a possible via the hoaxed trade talk of James Jones which IMO was as bogus as McNabb self inducting himself into the HOF.

    Harrell has many lacking confidence in him due to his UDFA status when signed.However,a good teacher doesn’t want an over filled classroom and a great tutor will not waste time period on anyone not showing true ability worthy of his knowledge.MM felt this with Flynn and IMO has shown an equal faith and belief in Harrell.

    I can only say this to the non believers…it may take awhile before Harrell gets on the field which will be great in the proper context and until that event occurs for whatever reason,hopefully due to a high scoring kick ass game,rest assured that Harrell will prevail and win the hearts of those who assumed the same of Flynn.

    MM will not put a self inflicted blotch on his QB school by allowing a discarded,used up veteran QB to play ahead of his student,nor will he obtain now a QB that could have been drafted for that very reason two years ago or this past draft better still.

    Get on board the Harrell wagon and show the support for him and moreso in MMs’ school of QBs.

    •   July 23, 2012, 11:45 pm

      Very interesting Taryn – it’s an intriguing topic seeing as it’s so difficult to gauge players that don’t see the field after the preseason.

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