The biggest reason players hate playing against Aaron Rodgers
Following Saturday’s victory, Kevin Clark of The Ringer revealed why players hate having to play against Rodgers:
An opposing player once told me the most frustating thing about playing Rodgers is how much fun he has. You're in the fight of your life trying to slow him and he's smiling like he's playing pickup hoops. They said it's incredibly demoralizing and makes everything slightly worse.
— Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) January 16, 2021
— Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) January 17, 2021
Having to face Aaron Rodgers is one of the toughest tasks a defender in the NFL can be given. He’s a cerebral quarterback who doesn’t make many mistakes and knows exactly where defenders are going to be on certain plays.
In addition to that, Rodgers plays with a smile on his face during games, which doesn’t sit well with defenders. When the quarterback you are looking to beat is sporting a grin on his face while the game is going, that can be demoralizing at times.
It was Rodgers who was smiling on Saturday as he threw for 296 yards and two touchdowns against the top-ranked defense of the Rams. Even when Los Angeles seemed to be creeping back into the game on multiple occasions, Rodgers and Green Bay’s offense would respond in a large way.
The icing on the cake was when Rodgers delivered a strike downfield to Allen Lazard for a game-sealing 58-yard touchdown. Of course, Rodgers was seen smiling as he saw Troy Hill of the Rams staring into the backfield, which led to Lazard being wide open on the touchdown play.
Lining up against Aaron Rodgers is already tough enough given his gifted intangibles at the quarterback position. But when that same guy doesn’t seem to get rattled at any moment, defensive players can get easily frustrated.