The Facts: The first time the question was posed to Rodgers back in November, shortly after he broke his collarbone for the second time in four seasons, a lengthy pause followed. This time, when the QB was asked whether he needs to change his style of play -- to stay in the pocket more often rather than subject himself to the kind of hits that led to the two biggest injuries of his career -- he answered without hesitation. "Nope," Rodgers said.
Rodgers answered much more definitively than he did shortly after his injury, when he said: "I haven't thought about that a whole lot, but what comes to mind right away is no. But I might need to think about that the next eight weeks." Since he became a starter in 2008, no quarterback has thrown more touchdown passes from outside the pocket than Rodgers. And it’s not even close. Rodgers has 62 of them in 126 regular-season games, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Next best is Matt Ryan, who has 27 fewer in 16 more games. Ben Roethlisberger ranks tied for third (31 in 128 games) with Matthew Stafford (31 in 125 games). ... For what it's worth, ESPN.com's Rob Demovsky reports that Rodgers looked the same as usual during Tuesday’s OTA practice, the first open session of the spring. The ball came out with zip, and he orchestrated a touchdown drive in the two-minute drill, throwing a dart to Randall Cobb down the seam for a 48-yard touchdown. "I feel great now," Rodgers said after the practice. Now, he needs to stay that way since he’s not planning to change his style.