Aaron Rodgers: Green Bay People Less Friendly After Losses

There was a great ESPN fantasy football commercial leading up to the NFL season featuring Chris Johnson. In the commercial, all kinds of service workers were treating CJ2K poorly because he had ostensibly let them down in their fantasy leagues. I always thought it was a clever, cute commercial, but apparently it’s most closer to reality than I ever realized.

In an interview with NBC leading up to the Sunday Night Football game, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was asked about the environment around the city after a win compared to a loss. Specifically, he was asked if it is worse when the team loses. Here’s what he said:

“It is worse. Just going down to the local store to get my groceries, people are a lot more eager to talk to you after a win the previous week, and if you lose, you might not get any eye contact. The checker might not be as kind to you. The pizza guy delivering the pizza might not be as friendly. It’s definitely a different feeling if you lose a game around here.”

Just to make sure this answer isn’t taken out of context, Rodgers had a grin on as he told the story, so it’s not like he was embittered towards the town. And if you want a better idea of how things might be for Rodgers, check out this video:

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Aaron Rodgers Concussion Means Matt Flynn Will Likely Start Against Dolphins

Sunday seemed like a nightmare scenario for the Green Bay Packers at FedEx Field. Not only did they blow a 13-3 lead and a game in which they were dominant, losing 16-13 in overtime, but they also lost several key players against the Redskins.

The most notable injury was to quarterback Aaron Rodgers who sustained a concussion in overtime. Tight end Jermichael Finley displaced his hamstring and could miss a few weeks, while star linebacker Clay Matthews also left with a hamstring injury.

The game completely changed when Clay Matthews exited the contest because of cramps, as he was pressuring Donovan McNabb on nearly every play. Though his final stats show just 1.5 sacks, Matthews was in the backfield on almost every passing play making McNabb uncomfortable on nearly every down. There’s no word on how much time Matthews will miss, but with a displaced hamstring muscle, Finley could be out for some time.

Aaron Rodgers joins Kevin Kolb, Matt Moore, and Jay Cutler as the four starting quarterbacks to be concussed during a game this season. You know what else they all have in common? None of them started the following week. Because of the league’s sensitivity towards concussions, you can expect Aaron Rodgers to be out next weekend. That means Matt Flynn will likely start for the Packers against the Dolphins at home next Sunday.

It’s not unreasonable to think that Green Bay will lose next weekend with Rodgers, Finley, and possibly Matthews, and that they’ll be 3-3 and two games behind the potentially 5-1 Bears in the NFC North. They’re in all kinds of trouble early in the season, which is stunning since most people considered them to be a Super Bowl favorite.

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Aaron Rodgers Wants to Spread Out Packers Offense

The Green Bay Packers were a 14 point favorite against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field Sunday but only wound up winning 28-26. They blew a pair of 14 point leads, turned the ball over in the second half, and hung on for victory. The outcome was a surprise because the Packers seemed to be headed for a blowout after scoring touchdowns on three of their first five drives.

Then the second half happened.

The Packers’ offense was held scoreless by the Lions after halftime. After going 8-9 with three touchdown passes in the first half, Aaron Rodgers went 4-8 with two interceptions. He was unhappy with the team’s offensive performance after the game and suggested a few changes. “Offensively we’ve got to find our identity again,” Rodgers said. “I think we’ve got to make sure that we’ve got our best players on the field at all times and find ways to get them the ball.”

Particularly, Rodgers wants to spread out the defense and exploit mismatches. He said afterwards “We had great production last week getting in the shotgun, spreading them out. Chicago is a tough scheme. I think Detroit runs their scheme well but I don’t think we gave them a chance spreading them out to find those mismatches.”

Between Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, James Jones, and Jermichael Finley, the Packers probably will have a lot of success spreading opposing defenses out. However, they also need to balance things out because it will be hard to run such an offense when the snow and rain comes later in the year. Additionally, Rodgers hangs onto the ball long as a quarterback, so a spread offense wouldn’t bode well for his health. Just ask Jay Cutler about that. The spread will be useful some of the time for the Packers, but they can’t do it all the time.

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Aaron Rodgers Picked Up Enemy’s Restaurant Check in Chicago

Packers Cardinals FootballWe like to think that Karma pays off for people, but a good deed done by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers does not seem to have come back to him. Bears linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa told ESPN 1000 in Chicago that he, fellow linebacker Nick Roach, and Bears tight end Desmond Clark were all out to dinner and waiting for a table the night before their Monday Night Football game. The gentlemen did not have a reservation and did not receive the celebrity/athlete treatment, so were stuck sitting around like everybody else. While they were waiting, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers walked in with his family and got seated.

Pisa obviously wasn’t happy that an enemy player was getting better service than him in his own city, so he complained. They trio of Bears got seated and proceeded to have their dinner. They apparently forgot about the seating issue but Rodgers didn’t. When the Bears players went to pay for their check, they were informed that Rodgers had already picked it up.

I don’t know what that’s all about. I’m sure it wasn’t a Dez Bryant-sized bill, but was Rodgers just being a nice guy? Was he hoping Tinoisamoa and Roach would take it easy on him? Was he making up for the restaurant’s blunder? Or was he just hoping for a little Karma heading into the game? Whatever his motivation, it’s too bad the good gesture didn’t come back to him. I’m sure it will work itself out in week 17.

Erin Andrews and Aaron Rodgers Out Drinking Together Sparks Rumors

In our gossip hungry society, all it takes is one small item to get people buzzing. As a result, people like Kim Kardashian and Miles Austin reportedly took extensive steps to avoid being seen in public at Game 6 of the NBA Finals but the National Enquirer still got the scoop on them. The point is that when you’re a public figure, there’s a lot of interest in your daily activities. Our latest evidence comes from an extensive piece written by A.J. Daulerio at Deadspin regarding Erin Andrews’ status as a reporter for ESPN. Daulerio says ESPN is grooming Jenn Brown as a potential replacement for Andrews whose contract is expiring. Towards the end of his post, Daulerio added the following rumor about Erin Andrews and Aaron Rodgers:

Because the latest [Erin Andrews] romance gossip circulating around the Bristol cafeteria right now involves not Maks [Chmerkovskiy], but Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The two were spotted by other ESPN people last week drinking (closely) at the bar underneath Boston’s Liberty hotel.

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Aaron Rodgers, Packers, Poised to take NFC North

Packers Cardinals FootballA lot of people will say that the NFL preseason is meaningless. Yes, win-loss records in the preseason are meaningless, but as a whole, the preseason has a lot of significance in my mind, much like spring training for baseball. Here’s why: if you’re having trouble executing in practice games, chances are you’re not going to magically turn things around in real games. The converse would be the case for dominating performances, much like that of the Green Bay Packers this preseason.

In case you’ve missed it, the Packers have been the most dominating team in the preseason this year. They’re 3-0 and coming off a win over the Arizona Cardinals on Friday night, 44-37. Yes, put the record aside and just look at the straight facts that bear the significance. In 12 possessions this preseason, Green Bay’s first-team offense has scored nine touchdowns and kicked one field goal, and they didn’t even have to punt the other two drives. Aaron Rodgers is 28/37 for 458 yards, 6 touchdowns and no interceptions. And it’s not just the first-team offense that’s getting it done; the first-team defense held the Cards to 10 points in the first half and they shutout both the Browns and Bills.

Yes I realize that these statistics and records are meaningless towards the regular season but there’s no doubt in my mind that the Packers are ready to roll and dominate this year. Want to know another offense that looked this good in the preseason? The Saints last year, and their quarterback threw for over 5,000 yards. You heard it hear first — the Packers are poised to take the NFC North.

Aaron Rodgers Not Fond of Young Children Cussing at Him

Without much hesitation, I’m comfortable saying that Aaron Rodgers is in the toughest position of all NFL players who had to follow in the footsteps of a legend. First of all, nobody who has taken over for a legend has played in 2008 with the 24/7 news cycle, multiple TV networks, newspapers, internet, etc. Second of all, not too many of the teams chose the replacement guy over the legend after the legend wanted to come back. Anyway, enough pity for Rodgers — let’s get down to the meat and potatoes. Rodgers has done a pretty good job handling all the press coverage of the incident, yet there is one thing he’s not handling too well: the language Favre fanatics are choosing to employ against him.

“I understand it to some point if I put myself into a Favre fanatic’s shoes,” Rodgers said of getting booed. “The things I can’t understand, the things I really take personally, is when I’m driving up to the (parking lot) gate and punching in my punch code and somebody says ‘F.U.’ to me. That kind of bothers me. Or when a little kid is yelling swear words at me. That kind of gets to me. The boos, they expect a high level of play and they miss Brett Favre. I understand that. But the ‘F.U.’ and the little kids saying swear words to me, I don’t understand that.”

Very well said, young man. Rodgers seems to be handling all this about as best as you can. And mature comments like that certainly elevate him in my eyes and only makes the fans look worse. Funny thing is, had Favre really remained retired, wouldn’t all these same fans be behind Rodgers rooting for him to lead the Packers to greatness? Seems a bit strange to me. Then again, these are Packers fans we’re talking about.

(via FanHouse)