Incentivized to intentionally ground?

ESPN reports that Green Packers coach Mike McCarthy has told quaterback Aaron Rodgers that he will will get a bonus if he dumps off an incompletion instead of taking a sack.

Hmm.  I’m not sure if that is the best incentive to avoid the sack.  All of a sudden McCarthy may find a lot more “passes” flying at him instead of down the field.

If a quarter back is about to be sacked, conventional wisdom has him take the sack instead of throwing up a bomb (ala Brett Favre).  Quarterbacks are also taught (since Pop Warner) that if they can get off a pass safely, they should.

Last season if Rodgers previously had enough time to toss the ball out of bounds, wouldn’t he have?   Quarterbacks are only taught to eat the sack if they can’t safely get off a pass.

ESPN goes on to say by comparison, Brett Favre’s quick decisions helped him to be sacked only 91 times in his final five seasons as a Packer.

Someone should remind McCarthy and ESPN that in 2007 Favre threw for 22 interceptions and 15 in 2008, while Rodgers threw only 7 in pre-incentive 2009.

Favre also only threw 7 interceptions in 2009 and had his highest  sack total in about 10 years.  That being said, the Vikings were actually pretty good in 2009…

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7 Responses

  1. As a proud representative of Packer Nation, I thank you for standing up for Mr. Rodgers.

    It’s great that Brett Favre was only sacked 91 times in his final five seasons, but he also had 90 interceptions. Rodgers throws about half as many. Don’t get me wrong, sacks aren’t helping our cause, but I’d rather have a sack than a turnover.

    GO PACK!!

  2. They are trying to reinforce quarterbacking 101 with a bad incentive. How about instead of giving Rodgers this stupid plan, the management gets itself together and actually aquires him some blocking?

    Tom Brady is good…but he isn’t that good, his blocking is/was.

  3. Oh, and another thing. Minnesota was a great team last year and they probably should have gone to the Superbowl. That being said, I’m sure they’re having lots of fun wondering whether or not they have a quarterback right now. See you in fall, bitches – hope you’re ready!

  4. How is this not a good idea? He doesn’t get sacked as much and he makes some extra $$$

    @Beth it sounds like you miss Brett and you’re bitter at the same time. Bravo.

  5. Beth, what do you think of Rodgers?

    Tim, does it ever depend on the QB and type of offense?

    eMac, I’m not sure your logic holds water so to speak, follow the money…

  6. eMac, part of me will always miss Brett. He did great things for the Packers, just as the Packers organization did great things for him. Regardless of where you stand on the Ted Thompson vs. Brett Favre issue (I happen to be firmly on the side of the franchise, but I understand and respect the other viewpoint), Brett’s behavior following it was a shock for most Packer fans, myself included. It is certainly within his rights to play for whatever team he wants, but any man who could play with such glee for the team that is our greatest threat did not appreciate his time with the Packers as much as we believed he did. I will always respect Brett Favre the Packer, but my respect for Brett Favre the man is severely damaged, and I will always wish Brett Favre the Viking the very worst.

    Dorian – I was skeptical of Rodgers at first but I now believe that he is the best thing that happened to the Packers since Brett started 17 years ago – maybe even better. I think he dealt with the pressures of his first season, both in the athletic sense and in regards to the media firestorm, with great maturity and professionalism. As far as his abilities, he has great talent, the chops and strength to compete technically with any QB in the league, and (unlike his predecessor) he seems to weigh his strengths and weaknesses carefully and consistently aim for improvement. I also think that he tends to be calm and collected on and off the field – when things are going badly during a game, he doesn’t start losing his cool, another challenge that I think Brett always struggled with.

  7. Sorry for the long post. I’m in withdrawal.

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