Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers Talks About the Art of Running Down the Clock

Published 01/06/2021, 10:50 AM EST
Sep 27, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks to pass against the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers knows how to come in clutch. In fact, there are only a handful of QBs, if any, who can deliver when it matters better than the 2-time MVP.


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One skill that Aaron Rodgers has mastered over the years is the art of running down the play clock and making plays when one least expects him to. 

Rodgers’ clock management, a skill to behold


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While talking to former NFL punter Pat McAfee during The Pat McAfee Show, the Packers QB talked about how he almost always is in control and aware of the clock before the snap takes place.

“Most times I know what’s going on. We have a lot of long play calls. So we don’t always break the huddle above 20. By the time we get to the line of scrimmage and we go through a set of cadences, if it’s a long count, you might take a little bit of time,” said Rodgers.


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Rodgers explained his clock management skill by talking about a particular play with 2 seconds remaining on the clock.

“On that one (play), I was trying to adjust the routes on the front side to something I felt like it was a little better option. Most of the time I’m aware of the play clock and we’re able to get something going.

“And that play ended up being I believe a 7-yard completion to Davante on the right side,” said the Packers QB.

Aaron Rodgers appreciates the trust shown by LaFleur 

Rodgers’ last-second plays often have coach Matt LaFleur nervous on the sidelines. 

“What usually happens is over on the sideline while I’m trying to go through these gymnastics and get us in the final formation. Tim Boyle is trying to calm any nerves in the sidelines and not let him (LaFleur) call a timeout,” he said. 

“Talking to Matt afterwards we were laughing about how you know it’s a fine line between him thinking he needs to call timeout and me thinking I can get the play off before zero.”


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Oct 5, 2020; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) runs for a gain against the Atlanta Falcons in the second quarter during their football game Monday, October 5, 2020, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers-USA TODAY NETWORK

But Rodgers says he appreciates the trust shown by his coach to not call the timeouts.“That’s where the trust comes in and I appreciate it. But I laugh because I think he’s definitely a lot more nervous than I am.”

While the Packers are set to sit out the first round of the Playoffs thanks to a bye, one can expect more play clock magic from Rodgers when they take to the field in the divisional round.


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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.