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News » SUPER BOWL XLIII NOTES Rodgers steps up for media blitz QB makes rounds with talk radio hosts

SUPER BOWL XLIII NOTES Rodgers steps up for media blitz QB makes rounds with talk radio hosts

SUPER BOWL XLIII  NOTES  Rodgers steps up for media blitz  QB makes rounds with talk radio hosts
Tampa, Fla. - It has become a ritual for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to attend the Super Bowl, but this was the first year he decided to enter the interview gauntlet known as "radio row."

Picture 75 radio hosts all talking at once and you get an idea of the room inside the Tampa Convention Center where Rodgers made an appearance Thursday. Fresh off a vacation in Australia where, he said, he didn't read a newspaper and didn't check the Internet, a cleanly shaved and nicely shorn Rodgers hit the radio talk show circuit.

"It's the first time I've actually done the radio row," said Rodgers, who was accompanied by Packers public relations officials. "Usually I just come and hang out, make appearances and go to a couple parties. I felt I wanted to meet some different media personalities from around the country and put a final stamp on the season."

He said the most-asked questions were about how he handled the Brett Favre saga last summer, whom he leaned on for support and why the Packers finished 6-10. The hardest to answer was the last one.

"I think I gave a different answer every time," Rodgers said.

Upon returning to the country, Rodgers heard about all the firings and hirings by coach Mike McCarthy.

"There's only one I was real disappointed about and that's (offensive quality control assistant) Ty Knott being fired," Rodgers said. "He was a good friend of mine. I was disappointed because I know Robert Nunn and Bob (Sanders) and all those guys. I've known them for three or four years. That's disappointing. It's a tough part of the business."

Rodgers said he was excited, however, over the hiring of Dom Capers as defensive coordinator and encouraged that he would be installing a 3-4 defense. He said he got a good endorsement from a very good source about Capers.

"I talked to Tom Brady about him," Rodgers said. "He's got very high praise for him. He was in New England last year and he (Brady) really liked him. He thought he was intelligent, classy, a good teacher. He said he thought he was extremely gifted as a coach and everyone respected him.

"I'm excited about the switch to the 3-4. I'm hoping we can make a quick transition. For sure, we have the two inside guys. I'm not sure where they'll put the rest of the guys. But I think we can really get it done with the personnel we have."

Rodgers said it would be different going against a 3-4 in training camp, but he said it should prepare the offense to face the likes of Pittsburgh, Arizona and Baltimore next season.

"I'm excited about the change of scheme," he said. "Maybe we'll get a little more aggressive. We have 4-3s down pretty good. We know what calls to make. It's going to be good to go against a 3-4, our own defense. I think we'll learn more about the 3-4 and it will help us against other teams that play 3-4."

Weathered look: After three days of nothing but sunshine and warm temperatures, clouds moved in Thursday morning and brought rain in the afternoon.

Both Super Bowl teams practiced outside and got a little bit wet.

"I think it helped us because it didn't bother us," Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "We focused on what we were doing and I think we had really good work again today. It's not supposed to be like this on game day, but if it does rain at least we got a lot of work with wet balls and operating on a field that is a little bit wet."

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said his team was equally unfazed.

"Much like a lot of our games, we had adversity today," he said. "Things very rarely go smoothly for 60 minutes of a game and they didn't go smoothly today with the rain. But we got our work done."

Injury report: Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward practiced for the first time since injuring his knee against the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game.

Ward ran at about three-quarters speed, but took part in regular blocking and receiving duties.

Tomlin denied a report that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had X-rays on his back Wednesday. Roethlisberger was speared in the side against the Ravens and appeared to be stretching out his side during the workout, but he threw the ball well and showed no dramatic effects of an injury.

The Cardinals' Travis LaBoy (biceps) and Antonio Smith (knee) were able to practice.

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