Frazier Says QB Rodgers Is More Pocket Savvy

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 2, 2009 – 5:48 pm

Earlier this week Vikings DT Kevin Williams pointed out that in last year’s Week 1 meeting between the Vikings and Packers, QB Aaron Rodgers surprised the Vikings with his ability to escape the pocket and create plays with his feet. Indeed, Rodgers had 8 carries for 35 yards and 1 TD during that game and he managed to escape a number of sacks.

But Williams also mentioned that the Vikings buttoned things up in meeting #2 last year after noting his ability to elude the rush. In the 2nd game last year, Rodgers was sacked 4 times and the Vikings also recorded 2 safeties.

On Friday during his weekly press conference, Frazier was asked if he’s seen any differences in the Rodgers of this year.

“He seems to be a little more pocket savvy,” Frazier explained. “He always has had that escapeability; the ability to avoid the rush and so on, but he seems to have a little more pocket presence and he is making some excellent decision at the quarterback position. That’s probably the thing I have noticed the most in those first three games, his pocket presence and then his ability to make good decisions.”

I haven’t been privy to watching as much film as Frazier, but the numbers certainly back up what he’s saying. In 3 games so far this season, Rodgers has compiled a passer rating of 97.2 and has thrown zero interceptions. Both of those stats clearly demonstrate sound decision making.

While he’s become more pocket savvy, Rodgers has also maintained the ability to make plays with his feet. He has gained 88 yards on 15 rushing attempts. The flip side of that, though, is that Rodgers has also been sacked a league-high12 times. Maybe Rodgers high number of rushing attempts are more a function of being forced from the pocket than of trying to make plays with his feat.

Either way, the battle between Rodgers making sound decisions/escaping the pass rush and the Vikings containing Rodgers/pressuring him to make bad decisions will be paramount in Monday night’s game.

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8 Responses to “Frazier Says QB Rodgers Is More Pocket Savvy”

  1. By Erik D. on Oct 2, 2009 | Reply

    Just an editing note.

    Rodgers creates plays with his feet not feat.

  2. By mikewobschall on Oct 3, 2009 | Reply

    Thank you!

  3. By kdlisa1469 on Oct 3, 2009 | Reply

    The only thing Mr rodgers is gonna be doin wth his feet is runnin 4 his life jarod allen is goin to flatten him, probably on the 1st play…tell him 2 call shaun hill 4 some pointers

  4. By wisvikefan4 on Oct 3, 2009 | Reply

    I just hope we rattle him Monday night and get some sacks. It’d be great for the Packers to see firsthand why the Vikings are better than them at every position, including quarterback, by having the winning score.

  5. By Vikings Fan from Afar on Oct 3, 2009 | Reply

    The defensive line needs to collapse the pocket, not create gaps through which Rodgers can run or escape.

  6. By PAVikesFan on Oct 3, 2009 | Reply

    Rodgers is definitely elusive in the pocket. He’s a threat to take off and run if he needs to. He’s a good athlete, and he’s one of the best at throwing on the run. Leslie Frazier is going to have to come up with a solid defensive game plan, it’s not going to be easy. It’s tricky, if we go a lot of man coverage, then he can take off and run. If we go more zone, then if we don’t get any pressure, he’s going to have too much time to read and react. Bottom line is our boyz up front must create pressure. I’m looking for a big game from 69 and 93. And Ced Griffin plays too soft a coverage in my opinion. We need to be physical with their WR’s. Don’t let those guys breathe

  7. By wisvikefan4 on Oct 4, 2009 | Reply

    I hate to refer to a Raiders quote, but . . . “just win, baby”!!! C’mon, Vikes!

  8. By fthevikes on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    the vikings cant touch aaron rodgers

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