The NCAA is reportedly looking to speed up the pace of their college football product and Aaron Rodgers is not a fan of it. NCAA officials have pinpointed that passing is the reason why games are averaging a run time of three hours and 22 minutes.
Per The Athletic, officials see the rise in pass plays as the major culprit for increased game lengths, and would like to consider re-starting the clock after incompletions.
This new proposition would treat incomplete passes like a ballcarrier that has run out of bounds; stopping the clock until the ball is set and then running it again.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback QB thinks this is a huge issue.
“We just gotta be careful going too far with some of these rules. It’s like what college did with targeting. Are you s–tin’ me? Like, it’s absolutely ridiculous,” Rodgers said on the Pat McAfee Show. “You’re ruining these kids’ and teams’ opportunities by subjective calls…”
“I think you can, especially with the help of replay, look at intent,” Rodgers said. “If a guy is spearing, eyes closed, cheap-shotting a guy … kick him out of the game, for sure, kick him out of the game. But if a guy is making a head-up tackle and the offensive player lowers his head or does a weird thing and it becomes helmet-to-helmet, that shouldn’t be grounds for an ejection. It’s ridiculous, you’re impacting these kids’ lives on a grand scheme, and I don’t think it’s right.”
Rodgers and his Packers are coming off a huge victory over Tom Brady. Rodgers completed 27-of-35 passes for 255 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the Packers’ 14-12 Week 3 win against the Bucs.
The Green Bay Packers return home to take on the New England Patriots in Week 4. It will be the first time the two teams play each other in four years.
The Patriots last visited Lambeau Field in 2014. Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are favored by a whopping 9.5 points when they play host to Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots.