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Wednesday, January 12, 2011
BBAO: Calling plays over crowd noise

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel touched on a topic I've always wondered about: To what extent do NFL quarterbacks worry about losing their voice while shouting signals over crowd noise?

As he prepares for Saturday's game at the Georgia Dome, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers acknowledged that it's "something I do think about" but wouldn't elaborate on how he manages his vocal chords.

Even if teams use a silent count at the line of scrimmage, quarterbacks still need to call plays in the huddle and communicate verbally at other points. Rodgers has a 108.1 career passer rating in domes, and so whatever methods he employs seem to have worked.

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