Rodgers' 'football mind' aids game planning

Ryan Wood
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers reacts after throwing a second quarter touchdown pass to Randall Cobb.

Watch Aaron Rodgers draw opponents offside or coerce defenses into having too many players on the field, and it’s obvious he has a savvy football mind.

Coaches are getting to see it away from the game field, too.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback has spent Tuesdays in game-planning meetings, offering his insights while also asking plenty of questions. Coach Mike McCarthy said Rodgers’ presence has been helpful.

“He’s played a lot of football,” McCarthy said. “He’s got a great football mind, and he asks good questions. And questions are important in those meetings, because it can be dry. I mean, he can dust off this and that, throw it in, ‘We’ve done this, we’ve done that.’

“To me, that’s the worst mistake coaches can make, when you just don’t go through the process. Now, you don’t have to go through all the way to the other side of the spectrum and recreate the wheel every week. I mean, that’s not what we do, but it’s good to go in there and make sure you hash it out.”

Outside of game day, McCarthy said planning and preparation are his favorite part of the week. He enjoys breaking down video, studying opponents’ tendencies, interacting with his staff, and formulating a plan to win.

McCarthy hadn’t been a regular attendee in game-planning meetings this season. That responsibility had been part of associate head coach Tom Clements’ increased workload. Once McCarthy regained play-calling duties, he also started running the game-planning meetings again.

McCarthy said his quarterback also has been more involved the past couple weeks.

“Once you get the head coach back in the room,” McCarthy said, “the meetings go an hour longer. And then you get the quarterback in there, now they’re two hours longer. So that’s part of its fun.”

Rodgers’ attendance could especially benefit communication between the quarterback and coaches. Offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett said it helps generate additional ideas to have a current player’s perspective shared.

“He definitely has a great football mind,” Bennett said. “His involvement is tremendous. I think it helps in a number of different areas, certainly in the one-on-one sessions as well as the group settings with our players.” and follow him on Twitter @ByRyanWood

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