With ‘Trade’ Unlikely, Zimmer Details Challenges of Facing Aaron Rodgers

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer has a transaction suggestion for the Packers.

“I think they should trade him,” Zimmer quipped when asked by Twin Cities media members about quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

The quarterback has been a proverbial thorn in the side of opponents since taking over as Green Bay’s starter in 2008. As a member of the NFC North division, Rodgers has started 17 regular-season games – and won 11 – against the Vikings in that time frame.

“I’ve been in the NFL 20-some years, and I can’t remember a guy that does the things that this guy does,” Zimmer said. “Obviously, we’ve played against [Tom] Brady and Manning, Peyton Manning, other Mannings, all these guys. This guy, when you combine everything – his arm strength, his intelligence, his escape ability, the way he sees things, [is on another level]. I think they should trade him.”

Rodgers on Sunday led the Packers to a 35-31 comeback win over the Cowboys.

When asked if he observed “any new wrinkles” by the quarterback on a drive that started with just over one minute left on the clock, Zimmer said it was just Rodgers being Rodgers.

“[They let] him have the ball,” Zimmer said. “He’s too good at that. He beat Cincinnati with 21 seconds left. He beat Dallas with no time left, basically. If he’s got the ball in his hands, then you’ve got a chance to end up losing the football game. He does what he does, that never has changed.”

Here are four other topics Zimmer covered in anticipation of the Vikings-Packers matchup this weekend:

1. ‘He’s elusive’

Rodgers is strategic in his approach in finding escape routes and making defenses pay.

“He’s elusive,” Zimmer said. “He’s so smart. He sees where the open space is, he knows what the coverage is. A lot time he’s just playing with you as far as where he can go. He knows, ‘Hey if I can give them a little extra time, I’m going to get this.’ At the end of the game he tells…

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