Aaron Rodgers will not be Green Bay Packers' primary play-caller
Aaron Rodgers is the NFL's closest thing to a superhuman quarterback. There's little the two-time league MVP can't do, so expecting him to take over the Green Bay Packers' offensive play-calling duties wouldn't be an outlandish assumption—right?
"Nobody does that," Rodgers said about quarterbacks calling their own plays, according to ESPN's Rob Demovsky. The Packers passer pointed out that not even Peyton Manning, a 17-year veteran of the league, can call all the plays for his Denver Broncos.
Rodgers explained the benefits of having a play called for him by a coach.
"I think everybody would want a starting point," Rodgers told ESPN. "We all have moments where we have [called the plays], whether it's a no-huddle situation or two-minute. Everybody wants a starting point. It's tough to have to call every single play, so it's always nice when you can have a good starting point and you can make a slight adjustment if you have to."
Head coach Mike McCarthy handed over Green Bay's offensive play-calling duties to associate head coach Tom Clements back in February. Rodgers, however, will maintain some autonomy. Retired center Jeff Saturday, who snapped to both Manning and Rodgers, was able to explain the wiggle room coaches typically give a supremely talented quarterback.
"Peyton has—and Aaron did as well when I was there—the freedom to change if they see something like they differently," Saturday told ESPN. "It's what you call the 'check-with-me' system. You've got two runs and two passes in your head when you walk to the line of scrimmage and whatever defense they give you, you have what you like best and that's how you go."
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