Sunday, November 1, 2009
Shaky start for Rodgers
By Kevin Seifert
Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- This has hardly been the start Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers was hoping for.
Rodgers has completed three of his first seven passes and has held the ball far too long on a pair of third down plays. On the first play, Rodgers’ delay in throwing the ball allowed Minnesota left end Ray Edwards to hit his arm during the throw and force an incompletion. On the second, Rodgers held it so long on a scramble to the left side that Edwards chased him down from the far sideline for a sack.
The Packers were still able to convert Mason Crosby’s 37-yard field goal, but Rodgers isn’t going to get away with holding the ball that way against the Vikings’ pass rush.
By the way, I’m still trying to figure out what happened on the botched shotgun snap between Vikings center John Sullivan and quarterback Brett Favre. Something happened to make Sullivan think Favre was ready for the snap, but as you could tell on the replay, Favre was still making line calls and never saw it coming. First big mistake of the game.