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Aaron Rodgers calls Zimmer an ‘innovator,’ praises Griffen

Sep 18, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) forces a fumble on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during the third quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Packers 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings spent Wednesday morning praising Aaron Rodgers. Head coach Mike Zimmer said he couldn’t remember facing a quarterback who could do all the things that Rodgers can. Pass rusher Everson Griffen said Rodgers is the best quarterback in the league.

On Wednesday afternoon, Rodgers showed equal respect for his two upcoming foes.

”Mike is an innovator,” Rodgers said. “He’s brought concepts to the league that other people have tried to copy but not with anywhere near the kind of success he’s had, both in Cincinnati and Minnesota. He’s just a really smart coach. He has his guys well prepared.”

Rodgers and Zimmer split their matchups last season with the Vikings winning 17-14 at US Bank Stadium and sacking Rodgers five times.

“They do a good job of disguising things, making a lot of different looks the exact same then running different coverages and pressures out of it,” Rodgers said. “He’s done some things that were ahead of his time and people have tried to copy and haven’t been able to. I call that an innovator.”

One of the five sacks came from Griffen, who has 9.0 sacks in 14 career games against the Packers. Rodgers said he’s always been impressed with Griffen’s size and speed.

”I remember watching him on punt team as a gunner,” Rodgers said. “I said, ‘Who’s this humongous guy out of the gunner? He’s huge, he’s fast. I remember a touchdown I threw to Jordy [Nelson] in the Metrodome where he almost caught him. He was in the back side of the play and almost ran Jordy down.”

”He’s a phenomenal pass rusher,” Rodgers added. “He has all the moves. He’s strong, he has a great spin move. He can stab, he can power, speed-to-power, power-to-rip. He can walk a guy back into your lap. He can do it all.”

  • Gordon Guffey

    Hopefully Griffin~Hunter and the rest of the boy will show up like they did against the Lions ~

  • David Prestin

    I think all Viking fans would agree that Rogers is the best QB we face. Guy has “it”.

  • Tokey Frankenhemp

    Rogers is kinda like a modern day Johnny Unitas without the crew cut, while our man Bradford seemed like the only quarterback in history who tried to play the game from the fetal position.

    • Jeeves

      Well let’s hope that Rodgers is trying to play it from the fecal position… from having the crap knocked out of him by our boys!

      • Tokey Frankenhemp

        Kind of a sh itty thing to say doncha know, but I liked the “crap knocked out of him” part.

        • cka2nd

          “…the only quarterback in history who tried to play the game from the fetal position.”

          You must not have seen any of the games that Kurt Warner played with the Giants. Totally gun-shy. It’s not uncommon when a QB is playing hurt or has been sacked a frickin’ ton, or both. Warner eventually got over it, and if it was a one-game blip for Bradford – and the evidence from last year and the Saints game in Week 1 says it was – I’ll forgive him.

  • todd

    We just need this game, Rogers or no Rogers. The mutual respect thing is nice but he needs to spend a lot of time either on the bench or on his back. This team is way over-matched without Rogers, imv. Top two or three ever!!!





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