Ben McAdoo on stopping Aaron Rodgers: ‘I don’t have any Kryptonite’
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo jokingly observed how there really isn’t any way to stop Aaron Rodgers by likening the Green Bay Packers quarterback to Superman.
McAdoo knows a thing or two about Rodgers after serving as Packers quarterbacks coach in 2012 and 2013. And with the Giants preparing for a wild-card round showdown with the Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday, McAdoo was asked how to stop the red-hot Rodgers.
“I don’t have any Kryptonite,” McAdoo joked, via NJ.com’s James Kratch.
Rodgers finished the season with an NFL-leading 40 touchdown passes but has been on an absolute tear of late, throwing 18 touchdowns and no interceptions during the last seven games that featured a season-closing six-game winning streak. Rodgers even predicted the late-season run, saying in November that the Packers could “run the table.”
McAdoo understands all too well the formidable challenge the Giants defense face in Rodgers, especially in the midst of a stupefying stretch of quarterbacking.
“Aaron is playing out of his mind right now,” McAdoo said. “He’s on fire, taking care of the ball, and is moving very well in and out of the pocket, making all the throws.”
With the forecast predicting typical Green Bay weather in January, McAdoo pointed out even frigid temperatures are unlikely to cool off Rodgers.
“You know that when he’s on fire, the weather doesn’t really factor for him,” McAdoo said. “When it’s cold and he’s outside, he plays the same game and plays very well. Maybe not the same game, maybe a little bit different outside in the elements, but he has big hands, and he can handle the ball and make all the throws in the elements.
“We need to be ready for his best. … He’s playing with a killer instinct.”
It’s a shame McAdoo doesn’t have any Kryptonite. Or whatever the NFL game-planning equivalent would be to that Superman-defeating substance. Although it’s possible “Benny with the Good Hair” will come up with something to at least slow Rodgers down.