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Rodgers is successful because he puts the time in and studies - dude knows exactly how to beat the team he's playing... like brady, like manning and what looks to be like our own Franchise guy. Aaron won that game. Wasn't even close.I too am hoping for a GB - NE superbowl. With GB taking it all.
This team has gotten the bounces all season, and once the bounces stopped, the prince turned back into a frog.
FRG is the most logical poster on this board. You guys just don\'t like where the logical conclusions take you.
Rodgers is unbelievable. Half of his passes were within 6 inches of getting picked, but the Packers' receivers caught it every time. Thankfully it looks like we have a player who can help us forget about the previous brain trust not picking him.
Quote from: Feel Real Good on January 16, 2011, 01:44:35 PMRodgers is unbelievable. Half of his passes were within 6 inches of getting picked, but the Packers' receivers caught it every time. Thankfully it looks like we have a player who can help us forget about the previous brain trust not picking him.This has bothered me for years.... hopefully, Free is the guy that can make amends!!!
It wasn't even 10:30 a.m., and Aaron Rodgers had enjoyed one of the most eventful days of his life.He woke up Saturday morning to find himself talking football with Jon Gruden and ended it throwing fade routes to Jerry Rice in a nearly vacant Memorial Stadium.It was a bit overwhelming for the man who may become the first Cal player since Steve Bartkowski 30 years ago to become the No.1 pick in the NFL Draft. "This is surreal to me," Rodgers said. "I remember watching the Oakland Raiders with Jerry, Jon Gruden and Rich Gannon. I remember thinking, 'Man, I'd love to play for Jon Gruden.'"Gruden, general manager Bruce Allen and quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were on the second stop of a two- day tour to visit Rodgers and Utah's Alex Smith, the top-ranked quarterbacks in the April 23-24 draft.Tampa owns the No.5 selection. Conventional wisdom has the Bucs taking a running back, but Gruden considers quarterback the most important position in professional team sports, and the idea of bringing in a thoroughbred rookie passer is appealing.Questions as to whether the Bucs would trade up to get Rodgers or Smith are met with Gruden's circular answers and Allen's poker face. With 12 draft picks, including two in the third round, Tampa has plenty of cards to play.The teams in order in front of the Bucs are the 49ers, Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears. The 49ers worked out Smith in Utah on Monday and will host Rodgers on Wednesday in Santa Clara.Gruden, Allen and Hackett spent Friday morning in Salt Lake City, conducting a similar interview with Smith. The trio landed in Oakland late in the afternoon and even found time to visit Ricky's Sports Lounge in San Leandro to renew old acquaintances.One by one, Raiders fans made their way over to Gruden to shake hands and pose for pictures.Allen arranged for Rice, the NFL's all-time leading receiver, to be a surprise visitor at the workout following Rodgers' interview."Now we've got the ultimate judge," Allen told Rodgers with a laugh. "If this guy can't catch it, we know it's a terrible pass."In truth, Rodgers worked better with draft hopeful Chase Lyman, his former Cal teammate, than he did with Rice.Rice, released at his request by the Seattle Seahawks, conceded most of his recent training has been on the golf course. Still, he reiterated his desire to get back on the field and find a team.Working out with Rodgers and Gruden on Saturday was his first step.The session ended when Rodgers overthrew Rice on a 50-yard fade in the end zone, with the 21-year-old quarterback cupping his hands to his head and turning away in disgust."(Rodgers) was so juiced up and ready to go, you could tell with (Lyman) he had better chemistry," Rice said. "That stuff comes with repetition. But he's got a strong arm -- a very strong arm. Almost like it's no effort at all. You can tell he's this young kid just looking forward to his opportunity."I can remember the anticipation of the draft, being so nervous and not knowing what's going to happen."During the course of an hour-long interview with Rodgers in the Cal football offices, Gruden and Allen both alluded to the mystery guest at the workout to follow. Rodgers, growing increasingly curious, finally asked, "You guys bringing in a shrink?"Gruden began the morning by telling Rodgers the meeting was a get- acquainted session to see if there was a level of compatibility, and that "we wouldn't be here if we weren't players in this."Rodgers, computer clicker in hand, deftly fielded questions from Gruden on subjects ranging from technical football to leadership skills to his junior college roots at Butte College."I've got California connections. I've got game film of you playing in Butte, but it looks like it was shot out of a helicopter," Gruden said.Rodgers broke down plays on a greaseboard at Gruden's request and queued up several plays from Cal's 2004 game against USC for analysis on a big screen.Looking slightly nervous and sitting upright at the start, Rodgers, wearing a hooded sweat shirt and sweat pants, had his feet up on a chair by 8:50 a.m. and was relaxed enough to show his lighter side."I heard you were one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world," Rodgers said of Gruden's 2001 listing in People Magazine."I'm still in the top 65," Gruden said.Gruden quizzed Rodgers on Cal's method of sending in plays from the sideline. He warned Rodgers that in the NFL, a headset-to- helmet communication system allows him to scream profanities into the quarterback's ear with the bonus of the quarterback being unable to talk back. He then said he was only joking and would never do that, with Rodgers responding, "Oh, I'll bet you do."When the interview ended, Gruden talked strategy at the greaseboard with Cal coach Jeff Tedford, whom the Buccaneers coach had never met. Meanwhile, Rodgers fidgeted in the hallway, wondering who was awaiting him on the field."I was starting to think it was Joe Montana," Rodgers said. "He's my favorite player of all time. But Rice is my No.2, and it was incredible to be throwing to him."Gruden, having already seen tape of Rodgers' March 17 workout at Cal for NFL coaches and scouts, learned more about Rodgers from the interview than Saturday's brief appearance on the field. "He's a very astute, well-trained quarterback," Gruden said. "They ask him to do a lot. He communicates the system well, and his skill level is tremendous. He's got touch, he's got zip, he's got mobility, he's durable. He's complete."Never one to tip his hand, Gruden's reviews of Utah's Smith were equally glowing."It's going to be something small that separates the two. Maybe it's something about your scheme or style, how he fits your offense," Gruden said. "They're both young, healthy, productive, athletic, smart football players, and it'd be a blast to coach either one of them."Whether Rice plays again, Gruden said, will be strictly up to Rice."If he decides to play, someone will sign him," Gruden said.Before leaving for the airport, Gruden paused to reflect on two generations of football linked by a handful of pass patterns."I just watched a 42-year-old catch passes from a 21-year-old," Gruden said. "It's amazing."
Quote from: Hate on January 16, 2011, 02:06:53 PMQuote from: Feel Real Good on January 16, 2011, 01:44:35 PMRodgers is unbelievable. Half of his passes were within 6 inches of getting picked, but the Packers' receivers caught it every time. Thankfully it looks like we have a player who can help us forget about the previous brain trust not picking him.This has bothered me for years.... hopefully, Free is the guy that can make amends!!!There was never any chance of the Bucs picking Rodgers in the draft. Everyone thought Chris Simms (Rich McKay's pick) was next coming of Phil Simms, and the Bucs needed a RB.
First a note on the Packers game last night. It was interesting to watch the gushing of broadcasters Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden over Aaron Rodgers, a player they had each had different opinions about five years ago.Knowing Aaron in the three years with him in Green Bay, he was and is driven by experiences in the past, especially the naysayers.With Jaworski, he seemed to remember every word of a pre-Draft analysis that Jaworski did on him that was not the most flattering piece.With Gruden, who was coaching Tampa Bay with the 5th pick in the 2005 Draft, he vividly remembers being told by the coach that if Aaron was there at that pick, he would take him. Aaron was there, the Bucs took Cadillac Williams, and the rest is history.Certainly, time and circumstance change opinions, but it was interesting to see the love for Aaron last night five years after events that Rodgers doesnâ€™t forget.