Aaron Rodgers could barely open his mouth in his post-game press conference Thursday night before he essentially said: I told you so.
Three times in his press conference, Rodgers pointed out the Packers looked pretty decent on opening night despite the lack of the ever-popular player-only workouts.
“It was a good start for us,” Rodgers said. “I was going to ask myself, what would have happened if we had had offseason workouts? I mean, could we have started any faster and scored more points tonight?”
Rodgers delivered the line with his trademark flat sarcasm, expertly balancing between joking but meaning it. Then he ran the joke into the ground two more times like a friend trash talking when he knows he’s right.
I loved it. Rodgers had a great point, and it’s only fair that the media takes a little criticism with everything we dish out. Rodgers was having fun with the topic; that’s what we should want in our athletes.
“I’ve been thinking about this for a month,” Rodgers told Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports. “I’ve been thinking about winning this game, and what I was gonna say afterward. Cause I’ve got a little something. For everyone.”
That quote indicates Rodgers wasn’t only chiding the media and fans for making too big a deal about the lack of Packers workouts. He was also poking at other teams.
“We felt like a lot of guys [on other teams] did it just for the show,” Packers cornerback Charles Woodson told Silver. “We weren’t into that. If we’d done it, it’d be like [critics] pushed us into it.”
Rodgers and the rest of the Packers offense somehow looked more dangerous in Week One than they did a year ago.
They defeated the Saints, and thankfully ended the “player-only workout” discussion for the rest of the year.
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