View Full Version : Play calling for Aaron Rodgers? Peyton Manning doesn't and neither will he

Emily Diana
06-15-2015, 12:25 PM
-Play calling for Aaron Rodgers? Peyton Manning doesn't and neither will he-

"How many of you had this thought when Mike McCarthy decided this offseason to give up play-calling duties: The Green Bay Packers' coach should just hand the job over to Aaron Rodgers and let the quarterback call plays like Peyton Manning does?

Except there's one problem with that.

"Well, Peyton doesn't do that," Rodgers said during a recent interview. "Nobody does that."

In one statement, Rodgers not only acknowledged the importance of a playcaller but also debunked a popular myth about the five-time NFL MVP.

Sure, the best and most experienced quarterbacks in the NFL have more freedom at the line of scrimmage than the neophytes. But to hear Rodgers tell it, there's no such thing as a combination quarterback/playcaller. Even the great ones, Manning included, receive plays in their helmet speaker from someone on the sideline or in the coaches' box.

"I think everybody would want a starting point," Rodgers said. "We all have moments where we have [called the plays], whether it's a no-huddle situation or two-minute. Everybody wants a starting point." ...


06-15-2015, 02:23 PM
he is right, peyton manning doesn't call his own plays.....he changes them at the LOS. philip rivers does it too but he also gets a play called into him that he can change at the LOS.

06-15-2015, 02:24 PM
I call my own plays :coffee:


06-15-2015, 07:00 PM
It's good for QBs to be able to make adjustments, heck it would be great for teams if they found a way for other players to even somehow 'suggest' an adjustment if they saw something, although the QB should probably have a 'final say'. However, it is probably best to have an offensive coordinator to at least give a 'starting point' for what plays to call, like Rodgers said.

06-17-2015, 08:48 AM
In a perfect scenario, you have a "play caller" whose job it is to know:
- everything in the offensive arsenal of your team
- each opponent's D and their tendencies
- how best to exploit, based on the above
- and specifically, what is the best route to succeed, on a play by play basis (again, based on the above)

And an intuitive, skilled QB who can:
- execute each play to high standards
- call audibles (or even time outs) when the D is showing something new, or offers an opportunity that the called play does not provide
- use his skill to improvise as the play unfolds (ie. bootleg or find a less likely route/receiver given the original play call)

If a QB is running the entire O, it is highly likely they will either be lacking in information that the coaching can provide, or that they may lose effectiveness due the added responsibility placed upon them.

06-17-2015, 03:43 PM
The helmet receiver and the 40 second playclock greatly facilitate getting plays in time to line up, have the QB read the front and coverage, and make a change if he feels it necessary.

The volume of offense possible with audibles and hand signals is limited.

WCO practices and runs a script in order. WCO plays are so verbose they don't lend themselves to audibles and/or hand signals. When running WCO, it might be more advisable to huddle and get everyone on the same play, especially with a young team.

QBs before computers and helmet receivers who called their own plays can't really be compared to those since. Information technology has had a profound effect on all phases of pro football.

Offenses use many more different formations than they did twenty-five or more years ago. That is a big difference since certain plays can only be run from certain formations.