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|Aaron Rodgers has taken a league-high 20 sacks.|
Ben Roethlisberger holds the ball longer than anyone I've ever seen and is considered by many as one of the top QB's in the league. Fact is all QB's need some type of time to at least get your feet set. Many times Rodgers can't even plant his feet on a 3 step drop ... Can't believe Seifert took the time to write 7 paragraphs on an issue that takes one headline. It all starts with the o-line.
My stand is simple -- everyone is to blame. Rodgers does seem to hold onto the ball a bit too long at times, the OL does seem to have protection issues and the coaching obviously is partly responsible as well for both those problems since it is their job to correct the mistakes, not try and blame the QB when he is getting killed back there. It is silly to imply it is just an OL issue or a Rodgers issue.Marcopo44 took it a step further, assessing blame to general manager Ted Thompson for entering the season with Chad Clifton at left tackle with Daryn Colledge and T.J. Lang as backups:
Fault, the real culprits: Thompson, et al., failed to get an experienced swing tackle, knowing Clifton was 34. They kept 3 "projects" on the roster, none of whom they felt could play. Ironically, one of them, Lang, did every bit as good as Colledge, who is a guard and NOT a tackle. Moving him around weakened three positions. Dumb. This problem was foreseeable this summer, so no excuse.