Green Bay Packers: The morning after
Rodgers: ‘This is not easy’
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Last week, after the Packers put a 50-burger on the Chicago Bears, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said what he did was far from easy, despite the fact that he makes it look so easy.
Here’s what he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel after Sunday’s beatdown of the Eagles:
"“No, it’s not. This is not easy. This is a tough job. A lot of preparation goes into it, a lot of guys working together.”"
Statistically, he makes it look easy, though insisting that being an NFL quarterback is a lot of work and preparation.
Consider these numbers put together by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
■ Rodgers has thrown 322 consecutive passes at home without an interception, surpassing New England Patriot Tom Brady‘s mark of 288 for the longest such streak in NFL history.
■ He has thrown 29 consecutive touchdowns at home without an interception, the longest streak in NFL history.
■ Rodgers posted his seventh three-touchdown or more game with no interceptions this season, which is tied for second in NFL history with Denver’s Peyton Manning and trails Brady’s mark of eight.
■ In five home games this season, Rodgers has completed 96 of 144 passes (66.7%) for 18 touchdowns and no interceptions for a 138.1 passer rating.
Against the Bears and the Eagles, here is Rodgers’ line: He has completed 40-of-63 passes for 656 yards and nine touchdowns … and that is in about six quarters of play. Through 10 games, Rodgers has thrown 28 touchdown passes and only three interceptions.
He ranks second behind Peyton Manning (30) in touchdowns and is on pace to connect on 45. That would tie his career high set in 2011.
Even Eagles coach Chip Kelly was impressed with Rodgers … here is what he said after yesterday’s game:
"“I think he is playing as good as anybody in the league. You look at some of the balls he throws, extremely accurate, on target. If you blitzed him, he got it out quick. “If you didn’t, he held it until guys got open. He got it to everybody. I think (Randall) Cobb had 10-plus catches inside the slot. Everybody contributed for him, but that all starts with the trigger man, and he put on a show today. He is as good as they get.”"
Even Mike McCarthy had a difficult time in finding the right words for his quarterback:
"“I need to figure out new ways to compliment Aaron, frankly,” McCarthy said. “He’s playing at an extremely high level.”"