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Mike McCarthy Sees Similarities In Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers

Intro: On Sunday, two of the game’s best quarterbacks will matchup in Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers. What similarities do the two gunslingers bring with their games?


INDIANAPOLIS – Mike McCarthy has been an NFL coach for more than 20 years.

He knows to make it to the professional ranks a high level of skill is required.

But the two quarterbacks the Green Bay head coach will see up close on Sunday afternoon?

Those two are special.

"Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers, they were put on this Earth to play quarterback in the National Football League," McCarthy says.

"They are both winners, they both play the game to their play style and can beat you in a unique way, both in the pocket and out of the pocket. They both have huge wills to win and will their team to victory. I think it definitely jumps off the film and more so the TV copies and I'm sure it will on Sunday. These guys are tops in their profession."

Luck has met Rodgers a couple of times, and even though their college allegiances are polar opposite (Stanford vs. Cal), the admiration is unmistakable.

"He's certainly one of the greats of this generation," Luck says of his counterpart on Sunday.

"I know I enjoyed watching him when I was younger in high school and through college. I certainly admire him very much."

Coming into Week Nine, Rodgers is slinging it around for a team that has never needed the arm of its No. 12 more than now.

With the running back position in Green Bay ravaged with injuries, the Packers have been using receivers and fullbacks behind Rodgers.

It hasn't hurt the play of the NFL leader in career passer rating.

In the last two weeks, Rodgers has thrown for 572 yards, completed 71.3 percent of his passes and thrown for 7 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.

"The guy has great arm talent," Chuck Pagano says of Rodgers. "He's got one of the quickest releases in the game.

"We have to do a great job of containing him when he gets out of the pocket. When he extends plays, he can burn you and that's where most of his big plays come from. Big plays come from the pocket, but when he extends plays he can throw it 50, 60, 70 yards on a frozen rope and he's not afraid to throw it across the field.

"I can go on and on and on about the guy."

Since Rodgers took over as Green Bay's starter back in 2008, the Packers have dominated at home, with a staple being getting off to tremendous starts in games.

Rodgers is on quite the recent run in home games versus AFC Teams.

In his last five at Lambeau versus the AFC, Rodgers has thrown for 15 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.

The Colts' corners, who could very well be without their top player in Vontae Davis (concussion) this weekend, spoke on Wednesday about how defending a play of Rodgers never seems over.

"When (Rodgers) scrambles, he scrambles to throw the ball down the field," Patrick Robinson says.

This week the Colts are using their own backup, Scott Tolzien, to try and mimic Rodgers at practice.

Tolzien spent three years (2013-15) playing behind Rogers in Green Bay.

From afar, Tolzien has seen Rodgers adjust to personnel losses in 2016 that would decimate most teams.

But not Green Bay. Thanks to the future Hall of Famer.

"He is a great player," McCarthy says of Rodgers.

"He just stays the course and handles adjustments and changes as well as anybody I have ever been around."

Wednesday afternoon practice.

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