GREEN BAY, Wisconsin — The Green Bay Packers scored simply two offensive touchdowns in Sunday’s loss to the Washington Commanders. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers did not convert a single third down, did not rush for 100 passing yards till the ultimate play of the third quarter, and did not full a single cross thrown greater than 10 yards down till the ultimate minutes.
Still, it was his highest-rated recreation of the season.
“I judge what I see,” quarterbacks coach Tom Clements stated Thursday.
Clements, 69, was lured out of retirement by Rodgers and coach Matt LaFleur to fill the void created when Luke Getsy turned the Bears’ offensive coordinator. Clements initially joined the Packers in 2006 and served as quarterbacks coach for the primary six seasons of an 11-year run with the group. As such, he watched Rodgers rise from Brett Favre’s backup to Super Bowl champion and NFL MVP.
Rodgers did not need Clements to have only one pal and fan to hang around with within the quarterbacks room. He needed Clements as a result of he is a stickler for the intricacies of the quarterback recreation.
“Tom doesn’t realize when I was a young player all I wanted was to make Tom Clements happy,” Rodgers stated July 27 after the primary day of coaching camp. “And it was incredible motivation for me because I thought I was going to have great games – 100 quarterback rating, three touchdowns – and Tom was going to give me a negative performance. I would say this mother.
“But it motivated me as a result of I cherished that Tom held me accountable on extra than simply the stats facet. It was all in regards to the fundamentals, the choice making, the footwork and issues that actually made me the quarterback I’m at present. So on Day 1, to get a fist bump, I stated, ‘Tom, you have not seen me play shortly. That was for you.’ So that felt good.”
Not a lot this season has felt good for Rodgers. When the Packers traded Davante Adams, Rodgers did not simply lose his favourite receiver. It was as if Rodgers and Adams shared the identical mind. No matter what everybody else was doing on offense, Rodgers knew what Adams was going to do. It wasn’t like they have been on the identical web page. They have been on the identical web page on the identical sentence.
Without Adams opening up and making these massive performs in third place, the Packers are 3-4 and have misplaced three video games in a row.
With a plethora of psychological failings and accidents – together with to the thumb of his throwing hand – this season has been extremely difficult. Rodgers hasn’t all the time risen to the problem, however he is hardly the primary purpose for Green Bay’s constantly inconsistent recreation.
“His grades have all been about the same this season,” Clements stated. “It was just a few percentage points higher [against Washington]so it was rated the way I rate him.
The Packers will need Rodgers — and everyone else — to face the occasion Sunday night in Buffalo. Green Bay is 23rd in the league in standings while Buffalo is No. 1 in points allowed. Adding to the challenge, Rodgers’ most reliable receivers, Allen Lazard (shoulder; likely inactive) and Randall Cobb (ankle; injured reserve), appear to be on the sidelines.
This forces Rodgers to rely on unreliable receivers. Sammy Watkins is in his first season with the team. Romeo Doubs, Christian Watson and Samori Touré are rookies. On the practice team are Juwann Winfree, who has a catch and one drop this season, and Travis Fulgham, who hasn’t played in a regular season game for the Packers.
It almost seems like Mission Impossible to cobble together a successful passing attack against a Bills defense with quarterback sacking and ball hawking.
“I think he’s playing well,” said Clements. “In every game there will be some plays that don’t go well for various reasons. But I think overall he’s playing well. We had periods when the whole team played well. We just didn’t manage to be consistent for a whole game. This is obviously something that needs to be corrected.”
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What does “play well” even imply? Clements was quarterbacks coach for the primary of Rodgers’ MVP seasons in 2011 and offensive coordinator for the second in 2014. He was the assistant head coach in 2016 when the Packers began 4-6 however have been behind one of their final six video games Quite a few virtuosos gained performances from Rodgers.
“I’m not going to make any judgments as to whether it’s an MVP-style year or an All-Star year,” Clements stated. “I think he’s playing well. We have to play well more consistently overall. All.”
Did Rodgers play ‘effectively’ in 2016? What does ‘good’ imply in comparison with his elite seasons?
“I can’t give you an assessment of that,” Clements stated. “He just plays well.”
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