Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will need some protection this Sunday. With a rookie starting at left tackle and second-year player starting at right tackle, Rodgers might have his work cut out for him against the San Francisco 49ers lauded pass rush.
“Block those guys, please,” was Rodgers message to tackles David Bakhtiari and Don Barclay, according to a report from the San Jose Mercury News’ Cam Inman.
Rodgers was given a $110 million extension this last April, so it might behoove the young lineman to listen to the former MVP quarterback.
The 49ers aren’t taking anything for granted and are well aware of the ability of Rodgers, a northern California native. “I’m not going to say we solved him, because he put points on the board,” 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald said. “He’s a good quarterback, and he’s going to come out slinging Sunday.”
“They’ve got a $100 million quarterback, so we knew they’re going to want him to throw the ball,” 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis said. “They got some good receivers and a good tight end, so we know they’re not going to get too far away from what they do, and that’s pass.”
Rodgers passed for 257 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in Green Bay’s 45-31 loss to San Francisco in last season’s divisional round of the playoffs.