Aaron Rodgers has joined “The Pat McAfee Show“Tuesday to discuss not only the Packers’ 25-22 overtime win over the Bengals on Sunday, but also their opposing quarterback in the game, Joe Burrow.
Rodgers largely complimented the second-year Cincinnati quarterback, who completed 26 of 38 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions in the loss. But Rodgers mentioned some wise advice he gave after Green Bay’s win:
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“I’m a Joe Burrow fan,” Rodgers told McAfee. “I love the way he runs his business, I love the way he plays with confidence.
“I’m going to tell you what I told him, that I said to other quarters from time to time: Slide. Slide, ”Rodgers said. “I said, ‘You’re too talented, you’ve got so much ahead of you to accomplish in this league, just sometimes you have to slip.’ I would have said the same to Andrew (Luck).
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For context, the former Colts Luck quarterback was known for the number of injuries he suffered in the NFL from 2012 to 2018. He was sacked 174 times in total during those years. For context, he only threw 171 touchdown passes.
Burrow has just 24 rushing yards so far this season, but he suffered two injuries in Sunday’s game. In the second quarter, he left the field after taking a tough tackle from Packers defensemen Darnell Savage and De’Vondre Campbell. Burrow ultimately did not have a concussion and continued to play after a short break.
After the match, however, Burrow was sent to hospital with a contusion to his throat. It is not known when or how the injury occurred.
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Burrow’s upper body injuries prompted Rodgers to talk to the Bengals quarterback about how he could prevent them in the future. Rodgers claimed to have given this advice to various other quarterbacks in the league as well. However, the only quarterback he said probably doesn’t need to take that advice is Lamar Jackson, who has 341 rushing yards so far in 2021.
“I don’t feel like sliding makes you less hard,” Rodgers said, “sometimes it’s the smartest thing to do.”