Aaron Rodgers wants to get a look at practice
NFL practices are about getting a team ready for their next game. Most coaches try to set up drills and 11-on-11s for situations they think players will see in games. Sometimes those plans work, and the opponent has another idea in mind. Aaron Rodgers gave his opinion on how he thinks a team should be prepared at practice.
Recently, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Tom Silverstein asked Rodgers about getting “the perfect look” in practice. Rodgers gave an honest answer that those looks rarely come in the NFL. He called the conundrum at practice a “battle.”
“I think the battle you’re always up against is, coaches, want it to look a certain way in practice. There’s an idea of scripting for success that goes on both sides of the ball. And the battle is whether it’s Week One or week 18, is not just settling into ‘oh, calling this play to get this coverage’ and of course the rep in practice we get the perfect coverage and we throw it to this guy. That’s not a realistic rep. For the most part…
Now there have been specific outlier opportunities. I can think of two right off the bat… But the fact that I can remember those two things tells you most of the time it’s better to get looks that stress the difficulty of the play actually being a positive play in practice, so that you can be more ready for anything that’s going to be thrown at you.”
This is just fantastic stuff from @AaronRodgers12 (in response to a great question from @TomSilverstein) about the difference between repping a play in practice against "the perfect look" and how that so rarely happens in the game. pic.twitter.com/jl9k5MVgIC
— Aaron Nagler (@AaronNagler) September 8, 2022
Rodgers has always been a good improviser
That was great insight by a 38-year-old NFL veteran who has seen played in many practices and games. Coaches how to format a practice on how they think the game will look logically. Although they could be less formal and spend time throwing random looks at each side of the ball in practice so that players learn to improvise.
One thing that makes Aaron Rodgers unique is his ability to improvise. Rodgers has been able to change plays at the line of scrimmage. He also runs around to make near-impossible plays that go for six. The offense will be much better this season if the Packers can have their young guys learn how to improvise with Rodgers.