Allright, I am back from the Swoll Temple (thats the gym) showered up and ready to go over some film.
First, sorry GB, I was a little harsh with the Gado comment. I was in a combative mood today and wanted to heat up our somewhat stagnant comment board. As an aside, I think we should all make a concerted effort to post on varying web sites to try and drive some more traffic to this place.
I am planning on just watching the Rodgers snaps so don't expect a lot of Favre commentary, but I do have to say that Favre knew on that third down throw to Driver at the end of the third quarter that the team had given up around him. That was absolutely disgusting.
I also will not be watching the defense. This is purely to see Rodgers. Read the comment section for today, does anyone else think steve is a carbon copy of Mariotti? Sheesh that guy could not get more negative, but I'd be willing to bet the moment Thompson turns this team around he will be all over his jock, a la Mariotti on Grossman. (Sorry Steve, that in fact was the bus).
Allright here we go.
He came out with an air of confidence, barking at either someone on the defense or a teammate.
First pass play (fumble): The end came from free from a nickel position and no one picked him up. Rodgers seemd to react a little late but there wasn't a heck of a lot he could do. That was one of those Billick plays, trick the kid and make him pay for inexperience. Odd defensive formations are his specialty and I don't really fault Rodgers. However, he was too quick with his play fake and didn't really sell the run.
This game is worthless. This is like the fourth quarter of a preseason game. No one is playing on either side of the ball.
1st-10 (underthrown deep out to the right): This is one of the toughest throws in football. Not many guys can zip it here, and zip is really unnecessary. This pass is a timing route, Driver ran it a little long based on hash marks, it's pretty tough to tell based on the camera angle however it looked like a poor route. As for Rodgers, he got back into his drop pretty well after the play action, but he bounced a little as he set up which unplanted his back foot. While Favre could make that throw from his back foot (and Jeff George could make it sitting down) most quarterbacks need the leverage, especially when a fifteen yard route is turned into 18. This underthrow looks to be all about footwork, which is why there is some minor arch on the ball.
2nd-1o (2 yard hitch to the left): Again, he doesn't get much zip on the ball but it is due to poor footwork. He should be throwing on the third step but he shuffles a little bit and throws off his back foot. While it is a little easier to throw off your back foot in this situation, your hips are swinging around thus helping your arm come through, the lack of a secure plant foor hurts Rodgers here.
3rd-8 (incomplete pass middle): Blitz comes free up the gut right in Rodgers face. Classic rookie quick release and the ball sails. Poor throw due to pressure.
4th-8 (complete to the right first down): This is a really nice throw, but overall poor execution. He never looks off the safety and pretty much stares Chapman down. Obviously on a out route in one on one coverage that isn't a huge deal, but it is something to work on, and something that was undoubtedly brought up today in the film room.
2nd-9 (incomplete) Nice decision here to throw the ball away. Once the corner didn't bite on the pump (a poorly sold pump) Rodgers rolled out and tried to buy the reciever time to get open. It looked basically like a one receiver route so he made a very good decision to dump it. Glaringly terrible blitz pick up by the running back, linebacker came through almost untouched.
3rd-9 (complete up the middle): Poorly sold play action, quick throw over the middle. Not a lot to say here, couldn't tell what the other receivers were doing.
4th-4 (10 yard completion up the middle): Very nice quick read and throw. This was a presnap decision, you find the end with the gap and you get him the ball quick and dirty. We used to run this play with a fake fumbled snap, worked great. Worked great here as well. Nicely thrown ball, zips it in there but doesn't try to kill anyone.
Everyone in for the Pack at this point is killing me. The guys with some talent look patehticly apathetic and the rest are no talent ass clowns.
2-12 (thrown away): Nice decision, something broke down. He probably could have run it for a yard or two but all in all, a good throw away.
3rd-12 (delay of game): impossible to tell who/what/why
3rd-goal 15: (interception): Well, there was no lack of arm strength there. He whizzed a nice tight spiral into triple coverage and it was picked off. Like most QB's, he throws a nicer ball rolling out to the right. This was a poor read and a bad decision. It was his first bad decision of the game. Seemed like a case of trying to do too much because there wasn't a lot to lose. He didn't rush the throw, didn't really panic, he just decided he thought he could fit it in there and went for it. Poor decision from the rookie, and you can expect more of that until he has about 20 starts or so, that seems to be the point when either you get it or you don't from a decision making standpoint.
2nd-7: (complete to the right): Another roll out, looked very strong. A nicer play action and a very nice throw to the sideline.
1st-10 (flat route): Designed Henderson play, nothing really to say. Executed as well as it can be.
2nd-7 (incomplete): Rushed throw, happy feet. Rodgers sort of anticipated pressure there and overshot Henderson.
And my DVR ended there. Damn.
To be honest, this is pretty much what I expected to find when I heard a few people talking about arm strength. His arm looks fine, he has plenty of zip when he is flushed and when on the run. His problem is with his footwork, something that can easily be corrected since he will have an entire offseason with Bevell to work on him. The offense has somewhat different drop patterns than did Tedfords, and the focus on timing really makes it imperative that a QB has the proper footwork down.
Negatives: Sloppy footwork, throwing unbalanced, poor play action,.
Positives: Strong arm on the run, tightly thrown ball even off back foot, enthusiastic and confident presence, [mostly] good reads.
It was really not close to enough to be able to know what to expect, but looking past the numbers and actually watching the kid play, I am pleasantly surprised. Listening to you folks you would have thought the guy had the arm of Cade McNown and the decision making of Ryan Leaf. I'm not sayin he is going to be even a good quarterback, but in his first test he looked allright. I think once he has the opportunity to really work on his footwork and timing in the offseason he can flourish in this offense.