Brett Favre ‘proud’ of Aaron Rodgers, thinks he’ll ‘shatter’ his records
“I believe we have three 1,000-yard receivers in this (locker) room,” Jones added. “I believe me, Randall and Jordy, if we all stay healthy, we can all reach over 1,000. It’s exciting.” … All-Pro outside linebacker Clay Matthews is enthused for the season ahead. Not only did Matthews, like Rodgers, cash in with a big contract extension in the offseason, but the fearsome pass rusher (16 sacks in 2012) has some help in getting after the quarterback. Versatile defensive end Datone Jones was the team’s first-round draft pick this year, and his arrival prompted the coaches to give end Mike Neal a long look as a stand-up linebacker opposite Matthews during the offseason workouts. Weaknesses: While Datone Jones figures to give a lift to a pass rush that has been almost exclusively Matthews’ domain the last couple seasons, the powerful and quick rookie could be of greater help to the defense as a run stopper. Green Bay was exploited on the ground to virtually no end late in the season by Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson and then 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who ran for a playoff-record 181 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers’ season-ending game. The Packers face Kaepernick and the 49ers in Week 1.
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But in the same thought, he Youth Clay Matthews White Jersey also essentially praised the franchise for its decision to roll with Rodgers. “The way it went down was not the best of ways, and I think people have learned from it and, again, I’m over it,” said Favre. “Aaron has played extremely well, probably even better than anyone anticipated. But I knew he was capable of that, and that’s why they drafted him. Barring any injury, he’ll shatter everything I ever did there except for maybe consecutive games (played). But the guy has been tremendous, great move on their part.” Heady stuff from a player who won three consecutive MVP awards with the Packers while establishing most of his numerous league passing records while donning green and gold. FAVRE ADMITS FAULT: Rodgers says come home Though Rodgers has indicated in recent years that Favre frosted him after leaving Green Bay, the ol’ gunslinger suggested that any notion of a wedge forming between Packers past and Packers present was contrived by the media. “There were no problems between Aaron and I,” said Favre, explaining they used to watch hours of film while Rodgers picked Favre’s brain. “I had no problem with him becoming the next quarterback for the Packers. It was bound to happen at some point. I have no problems with the success that he’s had.
Likewise, we were in the ascendency against the would-be Champions at Anfield and may well have won that game were it not for some questionable officialdom. We were competitive in both tussles against Chelsea and though Arsenal outclassed us at Anfield it was a completely different story at The Emirates in January. The fact most of those games proved close-run affairs is heartening and suggests there is no call for a major inquisition as far as big games are concerned. Nevertheless it is vital to take points from the top echelons of the division if you are to gain parity. We took ten from a possible 36 against the six sides above us last term. Brendan should be aiming to boost that figure to 20+ this time around. Combine that total with a healthy return against those below and you find yourselves a lot closer to your Holy Grail. Sort Defence To be clear there is no major problem with our defence. The fact we kept 16 clean sheets and only four sides conceded fewer goals proves that point.