Rodgers, who won the his second NFL MVP award while helping the
"He has," Packers quarterbacks coach, Alex Van Pelt, said when asked if Rodgers could call plays. "He could. Sure. Definitely."
The official play-calling duties are in the hands of associate head coach Tome Clements, after coach Mike McCarthy passed them down before last season. The switch is what can give Rodgers more freedom than ever when it comes to the play selection.
"I've always had a lot of freedom," Rodgers said. "It's just occasionally the personnel groupings restricts some of the checks you can make. But that's kind of a natural progression for a quarterback who's been in a system for a long time, if they can handle it to do more things. I have always liked a good starting point for a play, and then have the ability to get us in a better play if you can do it quickly and it’s clean."
Rodgers passed for 4,381 yards and 38 touchdowns in 16 games last season.
After implementing the pistol formation into the offense to help take stress off of quarterback
"I like the pistol," head coach Mike McCarthy said during a break at the NFL owners meetings this week. "I think there's a lot of value regardless of the injury to Aaron. I know he likes it. There's a place for it year-round in your offense."
Although McCarthy has no intention of turning Rodgers into an option quarterback, the system provides unpredictability for opposing offenses.
"I would say this is about the third year it's been part of our pace and installation," McCarthy said. "Really, when we moved to it exclusively there at the end of the year it really wasn't a change for us.
"I liked it from a self-scout standpoint. It gives you another self-scout variable when you're in the gun, but you also have the tailback behind you. (There are a) lot of benefits to it."
The Tampa Sports Authority, the company responsible for maintaining Raymond James Stadium, responded to
TSA released the following statement:
"The field quality tests conducted prior to and following the Tampa Bay Buccaneers/ Green Bay Packers game on Dec. 21, 2014 as required by the NFL, indicated that the Raymond James Stadium field was well within compliance with the NFL Field Guidelines. These same tests were conducted at every 2014 Buccaneer home game at Raymond James Stadium and all were well within compliance with the NFL Field Guidelines."
In a radio interview for ESPN Radio Milwaukee on Thursday, Rodgers claimed that league needed to investigate the conditions at Raymond James Stadium.
"The calf was, in my opinion, due to the poor surface in Tampa," Rodgers said. "Tampa’s where I hurt my shoulder as well back in 2008. I think that there needs to be, looked at, some more uniformity as far as the field conditions because I think there are a couple surfaces that are more likely to create injury than prevent injury."
There's some incredible surfaces in the NFL and there’s some ones that I think need to be looked at. Tampa is one of them because of the amount of play I think that happens there. When you put down so much sod, and it’s very uneven and soft, I think it can lend to more injuries. I've played there three times and been hurt there, it might be directly related to the field, twice."
"Due to the poor surface in Tampa," Rodgers said while appearing on his weekly radio show on ESPN Milwaukee.
While Rodgers isn't a fan of the playing surface at Raymond James Stadium, he still had a good day statistically when his Packers played the
Rodgers played all 16 regular-season games in 2014 for just the second time in the last five seasons, completing 65.6 percent of his passes while racking up 4,381 passing yards, 38 passing touchdowns and five interceptions. He also added two more touchdowns on the ground while gaining 269 rushing yards on 43 carries.
Several other awards were handed out at the ceremony Saturday, as follows.
AP Offensive Player of the Year:
AP Defensive Player of the Year:
AP Offensive Rookie of the Year:
AP Defensive Rookie of the Year:
AP Comeback Player of the Year:
AP Coach of the Year: Bruce Arians,
AP Assistant Coach of the Year: Todd Bowles, Cardinals
Walter Payton Man of Year:
Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award:
Salute to Service Award:
NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year:
FedEx Air Player of the Year: Aaron Rodgers, Packers
FedEx Ground Player of the Year: Le'Veon Bell, Steelers
Deacon Jones Award:
Greatness on the Road Award:
Bridgestone Performance Play of the Year: Odell Beckham one-handed catch
Don Shula High School Coach of the Year: Bruce Larson, Somerset (Wisconsin) High School
In addition, eight finalists were voted into the Hall of Fame: running back Jerome Bettis, wide receiver Tim Brown, defensive end/linebacker Charles Haley, linebacker Junior Seau, guard Will Shields, center Mick Tingelhoff and executives Bill Polian and Ron Wolf.
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