Packers Morning Buzz: Aaron Rodgers' arm strength adds intrigue to new offense
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
We'll start with Jim Owczarski's deep dive into the inner workings of Matt LaFleur's new Packers offense and how it will mesh with Aaron Rodgers' skills.
As Jim writes, the new system "has generated excitement, but also caution. LaFleur is a first-time head coach, a second-year play caller. The 35-year-old Rodgers has a pre-snap skill set this offense isn’t designed for and has said no grace period exists when it comes to getting the franchise back to Super Bowl contention.
"Now, Green Bay has staked its present and the seasons Rodgers has left on how quickly the pair can jell, what the two-time league Most Valuable Player can do within this system and if together they can re-establish the Packers as a championship threat."
Around the NFL, everyone is waiting to see what Rodgers can bring to the system that was popularized in Denver by coach Mike Shanahan and quarterback John Elway:
"He’s probably the most physically talented quarterback in the NFL,” said Sage Rosenfels, who now contributes to The Athletic and KTSP AM-1500 in Minnesota. “I’ve always wondered if they had a truly elite quarterback running this offense how it would be. I think Matt Ryan is an elite quarterback, but a lot of players have their best years in this offense.
“I’m super intrigued, as everyone else is, as how Aaron fits into it. This offense hasn’t had someone with that type of arm strength and that type of accuracy really ever take the reins of it.”
You can read the entire story here:
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Packers seventh-round draft pick Ty Summers is ready to roll:
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NFL.com's Adam Schein takes offense with Aaron Rodgers ranking only No. 8 in the NFL's Top 100 players for 2019, as voted on by players. Schein ranks Rodgers third:
3) Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
Here's the deal: Aaron Rodgers is the most talented quarterback in NFL history. He's healthy. Thus, he should be flat-out amazing in 2019. I only say "should" because we'll have to wait and see how Rodgers jells with Matt LaFleur. But the first-time head coach can't screw this up -- Rodgers is just too gifted.
His career passer rating of 103.1 is the highest in NFL history. His career touchdown-to-interception ratio of 4.23 (338:80) is the highest in NFL history. Are you catching the trend here?
You can read Schein's top 10 here:
Stephen A. Smith is in midseason form regarding Rodgers:
Jason Wilde writes about Packers tight end "Bobby" Tonyan for the Wisconsin State Journal:
Former Packers safety Darren Sharper loses court bid to withdraw guilty plea:
And finally .... if you're not following Jim Owczarski, what are you waiting for?
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