Tag:Aaron Rodgers
Posted on: June 14, 2011 5:54 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 6:18 pm

Rodgers on a diet and losing weight

RodgersPosted by Josh Katzowitz

You want to know how dedicated Packers QB Aaron Rodgers – coming off his Super Bowl-winning season – is to keep off the extra weight? He’s willing to give up his ultimate gastronomical pleasure.

That’d be Starburst jelly beans.

But his discipline, even in the face of a lockout that has kept him from working out at Green Bay’s team facility and practicing with his teammates, has led him to a lofty  accomplishment.

He told ESPN Milwaukee radio, via the Green Bay Press Gazette, that he’s lost 10-12 pounds because of a healthier, jelly bean-less diet.

“After the Super Bowl and all that stuff, I probably had got into the low 230s, which is not abnormal,” Rodgers said during a recent radio interview. “I love eating, and I love sweets, and I love hamburgers and steak and potatoes. And I just wanted to be a little bit healthier, starting this offseason. So I started working with a guy who knows nutrition.”

And you know what? Rodgers feels healthier.

“When I’m eating right, my energy level spikes, and I have energy all day and I feel better,” he said.

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Posted on: June 10, 2011 2:00 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2011 2:49 pm

Hot Routes 6.10.11: Getting it (not) right

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • The Eagle-Tribune, a small newspaper in Massachusetts, reported Thursday that the lockout was over (the linked story, BTW, has been amended). The Internet quickly poo-poo’d that report, though. Even NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tweeted a Yogi Berra reference (It’s not over ‘til it’s over). I think it’d be great if the Eagle-Tribune actually was the media outlet which broke the lockout-is-over news. In fact, if it can’t be us here at CBSSports.com, I’m rooting for the E-T to be the ones leading this story. Go get ‘em, boys.
  • CBSSports.com’s own Mike Freeman explores how NFL players are talking trash about LeBron James on their Twitter accounts.

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Posted on: May 30, 2011 3:57 pm
Edited on: May 30, 2011 4:40 pm

Analyst says Flacco needs to work harder

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Last week, NFL Network's Jamie Dukes spoke frankly about Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

"He still may have to work a little harder than he's working right now," Dukes said on Wednesday's Total Access. "There's no question he's a talented quarterback. But from what I hear coming out of that locker room, he studies but some say he might need to put a little more time in. That's what I hear."

Dukes' comments came nearly two months after Flacco first lobbied for a contract extension. "I think I've established myself," Flacco told the Baltimore Sun's Jamison Hensley at the time.

Dukes' accusation that Flacco "might need to put a little more time in" was news to Sun's blogger Matt Vensel, who writes that "Flacco is notorious for roaming the team’s practice facility in Owings Mills on off days and he has probably been at the facility shaking on doors during the lockout.

"He even organized a hotel sleepover party with Ravens rookies Torrey Smith, Tandon Doss and Tyrod Taylor on Monday night and drove them to Tuesday’s workout at Towson University."

Clearly, there is more to this story than Flacco's study habits. Before recommitting himself to being an upstanding human, Ben Roethlisberger had never been mistaken for Peyton Manning in the film room. He was supposedly aloof and not much of a locker room guy. The difference: he won two Super Bowls in his first five years in the NFL. The old cliche "winning fixes everything" fits here, and it's reasonable to believe that if the Ravens had managed to win it all during Flacco's first three years in the league we wouldn't be having this conversation right now.

Remember, until Aaron Rodgers put the Packers on his back against the Steelers in the Super Bowl four months ago, most media stories were about his inability to "win it all." Never mind that he not only exceeded everyone's expectations when he took over for Brett Favre in 2008, but was a top-10 quarterback in FootballOutsiders.com's total value metric in each of his three seasons as a starter (and in '10, he ranked fourth behind Tom Brady, Manning and Philip Rivers). Yet, it took a championship to legitimize him in the eyes of the media.

Is it fair? Of course not. But it's not unexpected, either. It's part of the implicit pact you make: earn millions as an NFL quarterback with the understanding that you'll endure all that comes with it -- both on and off the field. For Rodgers, that meant stepping out of Favre's shadow and doing the impossible: replacing a legend and playing so well that fans forgot about No. 4.

Luckily, there isn't much of a quarterback track record in Baltimore. Former head coach Brian Billick made sure of that. But it doesn't mean expectations aren't high. Linebacker and de facto team leader Ray Lewis has been outspoken more than once in his 15-year career about the offense carrying its weight. And fans are even less forgiving, especially when two of the Ravens' playoff losses during Flacco's tenure have come at the hands of the hated division rival Steelers.

As is always the case, it's not enough to just implore the quarterback to play better and the offense will magically refashion itself into the 2007 Patriots. Flacco shares some of the blame, for sure, but the Ravens' offensive line struggled at times last season. According to ProFootballFocus.com, Flacco was blitzed on 50 percent of dropbacks (second in the NFL behind only Bruce Gradkowski of the Raiders), pressured on a third of those blitzes, sacked 24 percent of the time, and completed just 47 percent of his passes.

Not Pro Bowl numbers, but about average, which is what one-time Ravens QB of the future Kyle Boller aspired to. (Again citing FootballOutsiders.com, Flacco ranked 11th in total value among all NFL quarterbacks in 2010.)

Either way, defenses went after Flacco because they identified a weakness in the blocking scheme, felt that Flacco didn't respond well to pressure, or some combination of the two. The remedy requires more than Flacco improving his study habits, as Dukes suggest. The pass-blocking has to improve, the receivers have to run better routes, and ultimately, Flacco has to limit his mistakes. But one without the others is akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. 

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Posted on: May 20, 2011 10:48 pm

Aaron Rodgers tells a Super Bowl story

Posted by Andy Benoit

Aaron Rodgers recently appeared on ESPN Milwaukee 1450 and shared a few good Super Bowl stories. He talked about Christina Aguilera botching the National Anthem (Rodgers says he was one of the few Packers who actually noticed it at the time) and, more interestingly, about how he watched things get heated between two photographers just prior to the coin toss.
We’ll let RA. Rodgers (US Presswire)odgers tell the full story:

"We walked out to the coin toss. The Super Bowl, there are these long TV timeouts. So we go out for the coin toss as one of the captains, there are five of us, and the Steelers guys are standing over there. And we're just standing there looking at each other for a good three minutes.

"Well, over to the left, about 10 cameramen have been trying to get in place to get the best shot, and two of them are fighting. They're yelling at each other in different languages, flipping each other off. The one guy is flipping him off, and the other guy below him is just taking all these pictures of it....

"So they're screaming at each other. The up guy is flipping him off and the down guy is taking all these pictures of him. So then the [low] guy stands up and he starts taking pictures of him. So they're both screaming at each other taking pictures of each other for a good minute and a half.

"And I'm tapping A.J. [Hawk], 'Look at that! Look at that! It's unbelievable!"

If we’re allowed to play psychologist and read into these stories (and, this being a blog, we most certainly are), then the takeaway here is that Rodgers clearly sounds as if he was preternaturally calm in the final moments leading up to the biggest game of his life.

In fact, in the same interview, Rodgers said of the Super Bowl, “It felt like a normal game. Is that bad? It felt like a normal game."

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Posted on: May 20, 2011 4:59 pm

Hot Routes 5.20.11: Welker disappointed in owners

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Wes Welker said something recently about enjoying the lockout. He recently clarified it, stating that he was saying it as a joke. (If you've ever met or interviewed Welker, this makes much more sense than him saying it in a really serious fashion.) He seemed especially cheesed that the owners decided to use it against him in court. 
Posted on: May 2, 2011 6:22 pm
Edited on: May 3, 2011 7:54 am

Pro Football Writers of America awards announced

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Pro Football Writers of America has announced its awards for 2011.

The Good Guy Award (given to the player that best helps the media do its job) goes to Aaron Rodgers. This is the fourth-straight year a quarterback has taken the honor (Drew Brees won it in 2010).

The Horrigan award is given to the person (not a player or team public relations staffer) whose qualities and professional style help the media best do its job. The 2011 Horrigan winner: Rex Ryan. (His quotes alone wrote half the stories for all football writers this past year.)

The Rozelle Award goes to the public relations staff that consistently strived for excellence in dealing with the media. This year’s winner is the Baltimore Ravens. (Very well-deserved, says yours truly.)

Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger won the Halas Award for overcoming the most adversity (Heimerdinger was diagnosed with cancer during the season).

Finally, 32-year veteran Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reporter Bob McGinn took home the McCann Award, which goes to the reporter that has made a long and distinguished contribution to pro football.

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Posted on: April 18, 2011 1:06 pm

Hillis a surprising finalist in Madden tourney

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Though this would have been unthinkable before last season (and if there wasn’t a lockout right now, I probably wouldn’t have even thought to think about it), Browns RB Peyton Hillis is in the finals of the Madden ’12 cover tournament.

And with the way his fan base is performing, he’ll have an awfully good shot of defeating Eagles QB Michael Vick to win the cover.

Hillis, a No. 10 seed, easily beat Packers QB Aaron Rodgers 61-39 to advance to the finals, and he will face Vick – a No. 3 seed who knocked off Vikings RB Adrian Peterson 59-41.

With the exception of his 51-49 second-round victory against Falcons QB Matt Ryan, Hillis has cruised through the tournament, compiling at least 60 percent of the vote against each of his opponents.

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Posted on: April 14, 2011 12:02 pm

Top 15 selling jerseys in NFL

Posted by Andy Benoit

USA Today has published a list of the top 15 most popular NFL player jerseys from the past year. Without further ado:

1) Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers
2) Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
3) Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
4) Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
5) Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos
6) Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
7) Tom Brady, New England Patriots
8) Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers
9) Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
10) Eli Manning, New York Giants
11) DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
12) Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
13) Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys
14) Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings
15) Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

The data is based on sales from NFLShop.com.

Last year, Favre ranked No. 1 in jersey sales. Vick ranked 20th. Matthews wasn't even in the top 25.

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