Aaron Rodgers threw for over 4,000 yards and had twice as many touchdowns as interceptions in 2008, yet the Packers went 6-10.
Replacing Brett Favre was not Green Bay’s problem last year as Rodgers played very well. That doesn’t mean Rodgers did everything right though.
“The first day we met, I said ‘here’s a list of about 10 things,” Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements said. “Some more important than others, some just very technical things, and then we continued to work on those as the offseason progressed.” The Packers need a very efficient Aaron Rodgers if they are to make improvements and challenge in NFL betting in 2009. Head coach Mike McCarthy has been pleased his quarterback is taking the off-season seriously and working on things. After minicamp ends, Rodgers will be going to San Diego and working out with Drew Brees, LaDainian Tomlinson, Kellen Winslow Jr., and other NFL players.
“I just want to be more consistent,” Rodgers said. “I put together some very good games that I was happy with and some games I was too inconsistent. I think the mark of a very good quarterback is the difference between their great games and their poor games is a lot smaller than I was last year.
The Packers had trouble starting games in NFL odds and finishing them in NFL odds. They lost all seven games when they had a chance in the last five minutes to get a go-ahead score. And starting games was just as big of a problem. NFL betting stats show that they scored a total of 13 points on their game opening drives. The second half opening drives were even worse as NFL betting numbers show. The Packers scored only nine points on those drives as sports betting stats showed. “It wasn’t all (Rodgers),” Clements said. “We might have a dropped ball, a penalty, but he’s going to take it upon himself to make sure that we start better. At some point, we’re going to be in 2-minute situations, and we’re going to have to get a field goal or a touchdown to win the game. We had those opportunities last year, and we were close. Some times we did it and gave the other team the ball, and they scored, so it all wasn’t related to Aaron.
The Packers are 35-1 in NFL betting odds at the sportsbook to win Super Bowl XLIV.