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Offline MintBaconDrivel  
#1 Posted : Monday, September 23, 2013 9:10:26 AM(UTC)
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Trailing 34-30 with 3:47 remaining on Sunday, Aaron Rodgers had a chance to lead a game-winning touchdown drive to help the Green Bay Packers escape with a victory in Cincinnati. With the stage set for a classic finish after a wild game, this should have been a legacy-growing moment for the player many believe is the best quarterback in the NFL, right?

Not so fast. The Packers are just 5-24 (.172) in games when Rodgers had the ball in the fourth quarter, trailing by 1-8 points. Five comebacks in 29 tries? Tony Romo, considered by some to be a choker, led five comeback wins in the 2012 season alone. Among active starters, only Cam Newton (2-16) has a worse record than Rodgers.

He has numerous passing records, both a regular-season and Super Bowl MVP, but this is the one area on the résumé that continues to be a sore spot for Rodgers. Sunday was one of his worst finishes yet.

This time, while the drive was long in plays (13), it ended at the Cincinnati 20 after Rodgers' pass was tipped on fourth-and-5. That was the third tipped ball of the drive, as the Packers' offense ended the game with two interceptions, a fumble returned for the go-ahead score, and this turnover on downs.

These close-game failures have been the hush-hush hallmark of coach Mike McCarthy's otherwise successful tenure as Packers head coach. While the blame should be distributed everywhere, why are we not looking at the quarterback more?
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#2 Posted : Monday, September 23, 2013 9:31:18 AM(UTC)
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Very seldom have I been happy with the play calling when the team needs to drive to win.

This last game, why did they not attempt anything over the middle? We had 2 TO and were not in any time crunch that would require short passes and getting OB.

Not very happy with playcalling and game plans most of the time? We almost never seem to have guys dragging across the middle of the field, like basically every other team. Especially when Finley is in. Run him up the seam like the play he got knocked out on, and trail a WR across under, there would be no LBers standing there.

It seems like or entire passing game as almost come to WR screens, Finley, Backshoulder on the sideline or scramble drill.

We don't even run the slants right anymore. Go back and watch Favre or SF and Rice. Those were all but unstoppable because the QB was under center, 1 step and throw, and if the DB's started jumping. Hello Mr. Slugo. Today with Rodgers being in shotgun, slants take longer to happen and defenders have more time, which is what happened on Rodgers first INT.

Aikman can try to blame Jones, but there was NO chance for him to run the route because the DB had position. Rodgers never should have thrown that ball.
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#3 Posted : Monday, September 23, 2013 9:36:56 AM(UTC)
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Apparently they were right about Rodgers.. he is short. Could have used a couple more inches on this throws at the end. [grin1]


This game unraveled well before the last drive.. his last pick should be talked about more than the teams inability to end it with the final drive. My opinion.
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#4 Posted : Monday, September 23, 2013 9:45:55 AM(UTC)
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Apparently they were right about Rodgers.. he is short. Could have used a couple more inches on this throws at the end. [grin1]


This game unraveled well before the last drive.. his last pick should be talked about more than the teams inability to end it with the final drive. My opinion.


Another play I will never figure out. Cobb is the last player who should be running that route. Had that been Jordy or Jones, there was a chance for them to at least break up the play because they both have the size to get up and knock the ball down if the DB happens to get position. All Cobb could do was make a tackle. It wasn't that Cobb was open and the defender made a play, he was never open and Rodgers threw the ball up.

Both INTs were on Rodgers shoulders.
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#5 Posted : Monday, September 23, 2013 10:10:15 AM(UTC)
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PackFanWithTwins said: Go to Quoted Post
Another play I will never figure out. Cobb is the last player who should be running that route. Had that been Jordy or Jones, there was a chance for them to at least break up the play because they both have the size to get up and knock the ball down if the DB happens to get position. All Cobb could do was make a tackle. It wasn't that Cobb was open and the defender made a play, he was never open and Rodgers threw the ball up.

Both INTs were on Rodgers shoulders.


I disagreed with the first pick is on Rodgers.. so apparently does Jones. Thought I would throw that into the this thread.

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WR James Jones on Rodgers' two interceptions...

"The first interception was my fault. Hands down. I stopped on the route. I can never do that. I put the quarterback in a bad situation right there, giving him mixed reads. That was completely all me. I have a slant route. I have to cross the defender's face. I can't do that to the quarterback. That was my fault. Overall, we did not play well on offense. We've got to find a way to get it done and help our defense. Our defense played well."


Rodgers isn't prefect.. even though at times he may act like it, but I truly thought Jones quit on that route.
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#6 Posted : Monday, September 23, 2013 10:39:37 AM(UTC)
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I disagreed with the first pick is on Rodgers.. so apparently does Jones. Thought I would throw that into the this thread.



Rodgers isn't prefect.. even though at times he may act like it, but I truly thought Jones quit on that route.


When I watch the replay, the defender had position on the route before Rodgers ever through the ball. Jones might have been able to play defender and break the pass up, but it never should have been thrown.

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He should have dumped the ball to the back, or waited until Cobb cleared the LBer.
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or threw it to the RB in the flat there and let let him fight for the first down.

I rather the Packers attack first downs than getting greedy so much. But then I'm also one of the people who says stay on the gas and put the game away.

If the RB wasn't there, I'd be okay with this being Jones fault. Since there's someone wide open and could most likely get the first down if the WR on the edge blocks... I think this is on Rodgers decision making.
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Offline Yerko  
#8 Posted : Monday, September 23, 2013 10:56:25 AM(UTC)
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I'm not defending Rodgers bad game, at all. But I find the whole "QB winning drive" to be a laughable thing. Football is a team sport...all the way up until that game winning drive? Please.

Sure, maybe Rodgers should have realized that the defensive lineman were swatting a lot and gave a pump fake or something...but maybe the tackles should have done their jobs correctly and cut the lineman too.

The interceptions- Rodgers fault.

Not coming back to win the game- the entire offenses fault.
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#9 Posted : Monday, September 23, 2013 11:30:34 AM(UTC)
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All f'in off season McCarthy said we are going to run the ball. Franklin was tearing it up and McCarthy wasn't giving him the ball. McCarthy can't have some boring balanced drive he's gotta go for the home run ball. This team is full of talent so don't see them missing the playoffs.
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#10 Posted : Monday, September 23, 2013 12:35:44 PM(UTC)
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Rodgers played pretty bad all game. I don't know why we're getting on him for not winning the game when the Bengals Defense had momentum stopping him throughout the game. Idc what the stats say. Could any other qb win that game with the Bengals D covering every single receiver and knocking down passes left and right with no solid protection?
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