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Aaron Rodgers eager to take on offseason workout critics

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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.

UPDATE: Here’s video of Rodgers after the game.

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94 Responses to “Aaron Rodgers eager to take on offseason workout critics”
  1. scoops1 says: Sep 9, 2011 9:22 AM

    “Practice….we talkin’ bout practice.?!?!”

  2. 6the6ringedsteelerslolatyouremptylittletrophycase7 says: Sep 9, 2011 9:24 AM

    Can a feller get a thumbs down?

  3. jpb12 says: Sep 9, 2011 9:27 AM

    Whatever motivates you dude.

    Pretty clear shot at Brees, and his off-season workouts.

  4. dbick says: Sep 9, 2011 9:27 AM

    offense might not of needed it, but their defense did give up 419 yards to brees, and 35 points.

  5. medtxpack says: Sep 9, 2011 9:27 AM

    love it! Go Pack GO!

  6. horsecore says: Sep 9, 2011 9:28 AM

    “They defeated the Saints, and thankfully ended the “player-only workout” discussion for the rest of the year.”

    Yeah right.

    - Peyton Manning

  7. willyalistentothis says: Sep 9, 2011 9:30 AM

    Unlike almost every other team, the Packers were having “workouts” into February.

  8. thephantomstranger says: Sep 9, 2011 9:33 AM

    Hey, the Vikings didn’t do many workouts together during the offseason. I’m looking forward to our 42 points this Sunday.

  9. sj39 says: Sep 9, 2011 9:35 AM

    It’s a long season.

  10. herlies says: Sep 9, 2011 9:36 AM

    “He was also poking at other teams.”

    What? I didn’t get that impression at all.

  11. eaglesnoles05 says: Sep 9, 2011 9:36 AM

    That guy is awesome. That offensive line isn’t though… Offseason workouts or not…

  12. nflfollower says: Sep 9, 2011 9:38 AM

    His smirk is priceless. I really have some distaste for the Packers, but this Rodgers fella is growing on me. First calling out Sanchez, then this. I like it.

  13. eaglesnoles05 says: Sep 9, 2011 9:38 AM

    And regarding my offensive line comment, I am the pot, so I can certainly call the kettle black.

  14. zoellner25 says: Sep 9, 2011 9:38 AM

    Love it. A-Rod said it perfectly. They worked out plenty, just not as a huge 30 man group. Take that critics. This team is better than last year. Now we have a dangerous return man, so watch out.

  15. rayvens says: Sep 9, 2011 9:40 AM

    i would say the office season workouts are for new team mates…Packers have the same personnel from last yr, so they didnt need it….thats not the case for all the other teams.

  16. impeachgoodell says: Sep 9, 2011 9:40 AM

    They are the defending SB champs and won the game, so they can say what they want.
    The truth is GB has an established offense for many years now, so they probably didn’t need the extra work.
    Not all teams are the same, some were starting over with complete new coaching staffs and schemes so they could have benefited from the extra work.
    Not every team is the same, thats all I’m saying

  17. livingthedream34 says: Sep 9, 2011 9:41 AM

    Hey troll wait till you play a real DEF, than come talk trash you donkey. You Def gave up 34 points guess they dont need any work either.

  18. MCxShow says: Sep 9, 2011 9:42 AM

    Here’s a lesson for all you critics that haven’t learned yet: do not bet against Aaron Rodgers.

  19. forthelove says: Sep 9, 2011 9:42 AM

    “They defeated the Saints, and thankfully ended the “player-only workout” discussion for the rest of the year.”

    What?? Because of one game? Nothing is decided in Week 1, wait ’til the end of the year to crown them. I tend to think they’ll be vindicated, but wait ’til the end of the year.

  20. lacharger2112 says: Sep 9, 2011 9:44 AM

    Then he opened up a Dos Equis and told everyone to stay thirsty!
    Rogers is the man.

  21. mn1bjb says: Sep 9, 2011 9:47 AM

    Good for Aaron. I love the edge he has.

  22. bradymancrush10 says: Sep 9, 2011 9:48 AM

    Easy big fella, your only 1-0… your defense needs help.

  23. packerjer says: Sep 9, 2011 9:49 AM

    Well, really…that was just about the silliest take ever by the media. A perfect example of trying to create a storyline where there wasn’t one. The idea that a bunch of players with no coaches, playbooks or physical contact was going to take the place of OTAs and minicamps was idiotic.

    The Woodson quote was spot on.

    The national media is going to grow to HATE Aaron Rodgers because he is not shy at all about exposing their ignorance.

  24. mikea311 says: Sep 9, 2011 9:50 AM

    I like the packers, but guys, it’s week 1. they could be a different team come December.

  25. 7pints says: Sep 9, 2011 9:53 AM

    Why even play the rest of the year? The Packers have obviously done enough in the one game to warrant a championship. We should just give them the title now. Tell the 30 teams who haven’t taken the field yet to clean out their lockers.

  26. nogoodell says: Sep 9, 2011 9:57 AM

    I like to brag about not working hard too

  27. nj22 says: Sep 9, 2011 9:59 AM

    extra work sure couldn’t have hurt their defense!

  28. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 9, 2011 10:00 AM

    Go. Pack. Go.

  29. anactualnflowner says: Sep 9, 2011 10:01 AM

    We talkin’ bout PRACTICE?

  30. marvsleezy says: Sep 9, 2011 10:01 AM

    Heres the real truth – They didnt get together in the off season cuz they felt kinda lazy and just wanted to enjoy winning the Superbowl. Can you blame them?

    The reason they didnt miss a beat is because their offense is just scary good, and in reality could still get a little better.

  31. dukemarc says: Sep 9, 2011 10:01 AM

    Eat it, Breesus – you fake “hero” of the Player’s Union

  32. dudicle says: Sep 9, 2011 10:01 AM

    Rodgers is getting to be pretty arrogant. Granted, he’s a stellar QB and can back it up, but it comes off as a bit childish. Let your play do the talking, buddy. No need to say “I told you so” or imply that other teams motives for practicing was just for show.

  33. schemefactory says: Sep 9, 2011 10:05 AM

    all that talk in the offseason was just talk

  34. mykelane says: Sep 9, 2011 10:08 AM

    careful Mr. Rodgers, Karma is a mean mistress

  35. jcjets says: Sep 9, 2011 10:10 AM

    Rodgers IS NOT right. Why wouldn’t you get together and practice? It appears they didnt need it because they looked so good, but what if the lockout had eaten up a chunk of training camp?

  36. phailing101 says: Sep 9, 2011 10:10 AM

    Helps when your opposition doesn’t play any defence!

  37. greenbowlpackers says: Sep 9, 2011 10:11 AM

    any info on tramon Williams’ injury yet???

  38. almighty1 says: Sep 9, 2011 10:12 AM

    Maybe next week you can pick them to lose a close one and have the difference be player only workouts! Oh wait, that was supposed to be the difference in this one.

  39. vahawker says: Sep 9, 2011 10:13 AM

    Packers had no changes on coaching, system, and very few new players. They are the poster children for stability. They didn’t need the workouts. Teams with new systems and high personnel turnover MAY benefit from having gotten together. It will be hard to tell though because those teams were already bad, and likely will still be bad with out without player organized workouts.

  40. bdawk20 says: Sep 9, 2011 10:16 AM

    He should have thrown in a “print that in your GQ” for good measure.

    I am an Eagles fan, but I can’t seem to dislike the Packers.

  41. jasonculhane says: Sep 9, 2011 10:19 AM

    Best Quarterback in the league

  42. bhindenemylines says: Sep 9, 2011 10:20 AM

    As long as they go 19-0 and win the Super Bowl I’m sure this will be the end of the discussion on this issue.

    But Rodgers “whipped his out first”, so you know that when they lose their 1st game the reporters will be there to throw it back in his face.

    Not saying it is right or wrong, just that it will happen.

  43. ilovefoolsball says: Sep 9, 2011 10:23 AM

    Mr. Rodgers is getting a little ahead of himself. Talking so boldly usually leads to bad things. You can say “I told you so” but if you start to lose 3 games in a row, which is very possible with that less than stelar defense, then this issue will be raised again.
    It’s not good to call out the media too much sir.

    This is only the first game.

  44. ilovefoolsball says: Sep 9, 2011 10:25 AM

    stellar*

  45. arnoldziffel says: Sep 9, 2011 10:26 AM

    Remember – the Packers held “organized workouts” right into February … they had to – they played in the Super Bowl. Everyone else, with the exception of Pittsburgh, ended their season weeks earlier.

    After a long season, players are pretty well beat up, and need time to rest and heal.

    Also, once the owners locked the players out … and injuries they incurred during the offseason would not be covered financially by the league. Heck, the NFL even dropped the players’ insurance.

    This whole topic is just something the media made up to have something to talk about.

  46. 3octaveFart says: Sep 9, 2011 10:28 AM

    Hindsight smack talk. Too easy.

  47. gregjennings85 says: Sep 9, 2011 10:37 AM

    Well-said, Greg.

  48. pack1980 says: Sep 9, 2011 10:37 AM

    First off – Great game and win by GB. Now all you Packer haters and or those of you that have a dislike for Rodgers need to shut up! If you really watch or listen to his interviews often, you will know that his mannerisms as well as a lot of his remarks are very sarcastic and can be manipulated on many different levels. Every time he speaks, someone takes what he says and turns it into something negative. From day 1, this guy has been under major scrutiny from the Favre stuff to trying to win over the fans and Favre trolls of GB. Now that he is finally on top, he is comfortable enough to be in his own skin and play with the media a little. Let him have fun and defend his teams wonderful performance. Also, the Packers D went vanilla in the second half, so don’t think they will be giving up 40 every game. If you don’t watch them every week, your opinions on their team thus far are useless. This was a match up of the top 2 teams in the NFC and it was a taste of what we probably will see in Jan during the playoffs.

  49. abr173rd says: Sep 9, 2011 10:42 AM

    Wow, Definitely a slight towards the press the Saints were getting. I think Rodgers should not forget he performed well against an average Saints Def. While Bree’s shredded the Packers D. The fumble by Colston was also a give me. The media needs to get off of Rodgers.

    I really had no issues with this guy until I started watching his recent interviews on NFL channel. I realize what an overconfident idiot he is. I can’t wait come playoff time……

  50. 1mge says: Sep 9, 2011 10:44 AM

    Packers D gave up 3 td’s & 2 fg’s (27 pts) and stopped the Saints when it counted. Not bad against 1 of the best offenses in the NFL & the best offense will face this year.

  51. swede700 says: Sep 9, 2011 10:49 AM

    I am not a Packers fan, but Brett Favre in his prime will have 1 thing on Aaron Rodgers forever…he actually was a likeable guy. A-Rod is just a prick.

  52. sikoix says: Sep 9, 2011 11:02 AM

    Brees outplayed Rodgers over the course of the game. Both defenses were embarrassing. Both teams showed a lot of potential but neither looked very polished — great game to start the season.

  53. tqaztec says: Sep 9, 2011 11:04 AM

    Wasn’t this an 8-8 team last year?

  54. bozosforall says: Sep 9, 2011 11:09 AM

    Goggly-eyed Rodgers is mega gay.

  55. sprtsfan1 says: Sep 9, 2011 11:11 AM

    I’m a Bears fan and I can’t find one thing to hate about Rogers other than the fact that he plays for the Pack. I have to say I’m scared.

  56. calloustongue says: Sep 9, 2011 11:12 AM

    The Saints have a good passing offense. In other news the sky is blue, cats still hate dogs, and the Bears still suck.

    Saints were 1 for 4 in the redzone. Didn’t see them converting a lot of those 3rd down and 1, or 4th and 1?

    Dom Capers and the Packers D is fine. Even the refs couldn’t win the game for the Saints. Not for lack of trying.

  57. favreforever says: Sep 9, 2011 11:12 AM

    Someone going to wipe the big smirk off the little jerk soon enough, I’m sure.

  58. jimmysee says: Sep 9, 2011 11:13 AM

    abr173rd says:
    Sep 9, 2011 10:42 AM

    Wow, Definitely a slight towards the press the Saints were getting. I think Rodgers should not forget he performed well against an average Saints Def. While Bree’s shredded the Packers D. The fumble by Colston was also a give me. The media needs to get off of Rodgers.

    ———————————————–

    Was that the average Saints “D” that won the Super Bowl in 2009?

    Brees did not “shred” the Packer’s “D” enough to win the game, through.

    Isn’t that the goal here?

  59. spawnsacs says: Sep 9, 2011 11:15 AM

    “I am not a Packers fan, but Brett Favre in his prime will have 1 thing on Aaron Rodgers forever…he actually was a likeable guy. swede700 is just a prick.”

    There fixed that for you…….carry on.

    “I really had no issues with this guy until I started watching his recent interviews on NFL channel. I realize what an overconfident idiot he is. I can’t wait come playoff time……”

    Hey abr173rd….please go and watch the 2010 NFL playoffs….this will give you reference to what the Packers and Rodgers are capable of in the playoffs. And they look better this year.

    Rodgers is confident because he is the best QB in the league on arguably the best offense in the league. I’ll take confidence every day of the week when he puts up a 131.4 QB rating.

  60. sevensixtwonato says: Sep 9, 2011 11:17 AM

    Their D did give up a lot of points…but that was some of the best quarterback play on both sides that I have seen in a loooooong time….

  61. stellarperformance says: Sep 9, 2011 11:20 AM

    swede700 says: Sep 9, 2011 10:49 AM
    I am not a Packers fan, but Brett Favre in his prime will have 1 thing on Aaron Rodgers forever…he actually was a likeable guy. A-Rod is just a prick
    —————————————————————–

    You don’t know what you’re talking about. Rodgers is well-liked by teammates, players, and fans. Favre was a self-centered egomaniac that had no time for anybody but himself. Yeah, he was likable…..in a Benedict Arnold kind of way.

  62. getadealdonealready says: Sep 9, 2011 11:20 AM

    Mr Rodgers you should now better than others it’s not how you start it’s how you finish! I love that you don’t have to work hard attitude, it will serve you well in the long run.

  63. hoochbcs says: Sep 9, 2011 11:23 AM

    It’s idiotic to say both offenses looked great but both defenses were horrible. Can it be any other way if both offense are performing?
    The Packers defense is very good but they faced an offense that’s capable of beating them. Fortunately for GB, their offense can beat everyone.

  64. getadealdonealready says: Sep 9, 2011 11:23 AM

    If you think the saints are the best offense you will face this year, you are in for a long year. Brees is amazing, but they have a minimal running game, colston is a shell of his former self, without moore that is an average group of receivers.

  65. tremoluxman says: Sep 9, 2011 11:29 AM

    Oh gee. Let’s just give ‘em their rings now, crown them Champs, and cancel the rest of the season. What’s the point of going on with it when no one is as talented as the vaunted Pack? Rodgers is a combination of Sammy Baugh, Barty Starr, Joe Montana, and Terry Bradshaw. Smart, strong, tough, fleet of foot and strong of arm.
    I think I’m about to hyperventilate.

  66. cschick2317 says: Sep 9, 2011 11:49 AM

    IMO, what Rodgers said was perfectly fine. Woodson calling out other teams for practicing “for show” might have been a bit much…but if I was Rodgers and taking heat for not getting the team together I’d also want to poke some fun at the media.

    Yeah, our D didn’t look so hot…but 34 points isn’t exactly a one off high scoring game for the Saints and the D got the stops that they needed. Plus, I know this was a few years ago…but the last time we played them it seems they put up 51 points…so it’s not like they generally aren’t effective against our defense.

  67. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Sep 9, 2011 12:04 PM

    swede700 says:Sep 9, 2011 10:49 AM

    I am not a Packers fan, but Brett Favre in his prime will have 1 thing on Aaron Rodgers forever…he actually was a likeable guy. A-Rod is just a prick.

    ——————————–

    Your name must be Sterger…

  68. philtration says: Sep 9, 2011 12:15 PM

    Wow.
    Rodgers is quickly become one of the biggest jerks in the league. Of course that is overlooked because he has lovely “body language”.

    The first player that gives him another concussion needs to stand over him and do their version of Rodger’s stupid little strap on dance.

  69. abr173rd says: Sep 9, 2011 12:17 PM

    Hey SpawnSac

    I did watch the playoffs and I watched Greenbay slide away with a win because the Eagles beat themselves and then beat up on an overrated Falcons team and a leaderless Bears team-Barely (no pun intended).

    Greenbay has a good offense. From a fans perspective I think the Saints Offense proved they can make mistakes and still win games against the defending champs. The Packers D is top ten in the NFL, in comparison the Saints is middle of the league and extremely over hyped.

    Rodgers opened his mouth and he will be eating some humble pie very soon.

  70. mdd913 says: Sep 9, 2011 12:26 PM

    calloustongue says: Sep 9, 2011 11:12 AM

    The Saints have a good passing offense. In other news the sky is blue, cats still hate dogs, and the Bears still suck.

    Saints were 1 for 4 in the redzone. Didn’t see them converting a lot of those 3rd down and 1, or 4th and 1?

    Dom Capers and the Packers D is fine. Even the refs couldn’t win the game for the Saints. Not for lack of trying.

    —————————————————————-

    And you were one of the delusional Packers fans saying this was going to be a blowout. How did that work out for you? Apparently not, since you’re sitting here making excuses. Saints threw all over your vaunted secondary and made some big gains on the ground too, and if not for a dumb fumble by Colston it could’ve been a much different game.

    Packers are a very good team. But they are not invincible. If this game taught Packers fans anything it’s that they’re not nearly as perfect as some of you like to boast about.

    See you in the playoffs.

  71. khmer379 says: Sep 9, 2011 12:26 PM

    Can you saw concussion coming keep up this arrogant attidude and smirk pretty soon he be eating dirt on his back

  72. thephantomstranger says: Sep 9, 2011 12:29 PM

    “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.”
    ___________

    Rodgers continues the Packers’ tradition of quarterbacks who have a little something.

  73. scudbot says: Sep 9, 2011 12:36 PM

    The threats from all the armchair football Kool-Aid drinkers from towns like Philly and Minny are ugly, expected, and laughably pathetic.

  74. philtration says: Sep 9, 2011 12:38 PM

    The announcers kept gushing about Rodgers going “back shoulder” as if it were a good thing.
    The idea is to lead the receiver so he can catch the ball in stride and place himself between the ball and the defender.
    That is basic football fundamentals and high school QBs know that.

    Going “back shoulder” only means that he throws a lot of passes behind the receiver and he is lucky that they are talented enough to twist their body and make the catch.
    The Packer’s receivers bail him out of off target throws more than any other QB in the NFL while Rodgers gets all the credit.
    He is talented but he is walking a thin line between 4,000 yard seasons and a ton of picks.

    He should buy each and every one of his receivers a new car and spend less time patting himself on the back.

  75. j972 says: Sep 9, 2011 12:41 PM

    But when Favre missed workouts, you clowns were all over him.

  76. patriotinvasion says: Sep 9, 2011 12:52 PM

    Hey Packer fans — It’s fun being the champs huh? I know what that’s like in Boston. No punchline to this post…just saying enjoy it…it goes fast.

  77. falconsfan says: Sep 9, 2011 12:57 PM

    Wait until the Packers play a team that actually makes an effort to tackle someone and then let’s revisit this topic.

  78. axespray says: Sep 9, 2011 12:59 PM

    wow with all these “I wish he’d get a concussion and get that smirk off his face and eat humble pie” comments …

    seriously, you’re calling Aaron a “prick” and “jerk”, yet you’re wishing harm on the guy…

    Glad to see the armchair net nerds up in arms…

  79. zeussuperman says: Sep 9, 2011 1:15 PM

    Thank you, Aaron Rodgers, for taking the bulls eye squarely off the back of the Philadelphia Eagles and putting it where it belongs, on the backs of the reigning SB champions.

  80. romeisfallingagain says: Sep 9, 2011 1:18 PM

    To all you people who keep saying the Packer defense is in trouble, I’m really not sure where the issue is.

    They only gave up 27 points to the second best offense in football, and made key stops every single time it counted. Even after the refs tried to force overtime with a totally ridiculous penalty against A.J. Hawk, the Packers stuffed Ingram straight back into Drew Brees’ face.

    I’m not a Packer fan, either. Just face it, this team is really, really, really good. How can you tell for sure? Because everyone is trying to find every reason to say they’re not.

  81. mikemcsaint says: Sep 9, 2011 1:20 PM

    to the Packer fans that are claiming that the refs tried to help the Saints, please don’t be like Viking fans. If the refs tried to help the Saints, how’d Woodson not get kicked out afte throwing a punch? Or did you see the blatant hold on Cobb’s kickoff return, right next to where he flipped over? The Packers were better and deserved to win, but calls and missed calls go both ways. Again, please don’t be like Viking fans and believe the NFL is like the WWE.

  82. badfish6907 says: Sep 9, 2011 1:24 PM

    philtration says: Sep 9, 2011 12:38 PM

    The announcers kept gushing about Rodgers going “back shoulder” as if it were a good thing.
    The idea is to lead the receiver so he can catch the ball in stride and place himself between the ball and the defender.
    That is basic football fundamentals and high school QBs know that.

    Going “back shoulder” only means that he throws a lot of passes behind the receiver and he is lucky that they are talented enough to twist their body and make the catch.
    The Packer’s receivers bail him out of off target throws more than any other QB in the NFL while Rodgers gets all the credit.
    He is talented but he is walking a thin line between 4,000 yard seasons and a ton of picks.

    He should buy each and every one of his receivers a new car and spend less time patting himself on the back.
    ——————————————————–

    Wow seriously? The back shoulder throw is something QB’s work on. It is a throw that keeps the ball away from the defender so that the only person who has a chance to catch it is your receiver. In fact one of the best in the league at is was the guy on the other side Drew Brees. I really hope that long winded post of BS was sarcasm. If not maybe you should watch a little more football before trying to sound intelligent on the subject.

  83. badfish6907 says: Sep 9, 2011 1:40 PM

    falconsfan says: Sep 9, 2011 12:57 PM

    Wait until the Packers play a team that actually makes an effort to tackle someone and then let’s revisit this topic.
    ———————————————————–
    You mean like the Falcons? They tackled brilliantly last year while Rodgers was having one of the best playoff performances in league history.

  84. granadafan says: Sep 9, 2011 1:45 PM

    Some of you have short memories. It was the MEDIA that was making a big deal out of this game and was bugging both teams about “who was right, Brees or Rodgers” and that this game would determine that.

    If the Packers had lost, the media would be ripping Rodgers and the Packers up and down declaring Brees the annointed one. You know it and the American people know it. So, give Aaron Rodgers a break. This one game didn’t decide anything.

    It’s just clear that both offenses are playing at a high level. Their defenses? Not so much.

  85. slatetundra07 says: Sep 9, 2011 2:17 PM

    “You just wait and see!”

    Well…he’s been waiting and he’s seen how his critics have fallen one by one.

  86. elgaffo says: Sep 9, 2011 2:50 PM

    he is taking shots at the media not other teams that did work out.
    he was asked everyday about “why arent you having offseason workouts”. Im sure it got old and now he is simply informing the media that they wasted everyones time making a big deal about it.

  87. blaz0037 says: Sep 9, 2011 2:51 PM

    Seems a little sensitive to me. Hey Aaron, SUPERSTARS DON’T HAVE RABBIT EARS. Be a man and let your play speak for itself.

  88. packerbacker12 says: Sep 9, 2011 2:52 PM

    “Thank you, Aaron Rodgers, for taking the bulls eye squarely off the back of the Philadelphia Eagles and putting it where it belongs, on the backs of the reigning SB champions.”

    No the Eagles still have it on them.

  89. stavreafavre says: Sep 9, 2011 4:03 PM

    Getting back to what the article was actually about… the general wisdom seemed to be that the Packers’ lack of workouts during the summer would hurt them early in the season. It didn’t turn out that way. So I really don’t understand people saying “It was only the first game, it’s a long season.” The first game was where it was “supposed to matter.” Rodgers didn’t say they’re going to repeat or win the division or make the playoffs. He said it was a good start and the lack of player-only stuff didn’t hurt them. All true, end of story.
    The Saints scared me and that was no surprise as I remember the 51 points they hung on the Pack a few years ago. No one thought the game would be a blowout; most thought it would be a track meet and that’s what happened. The Saints looked great on offense and I expect them to be in the playoffs. I hope the Packers will be there too, and maybe we’ll see another exciting game between two powerful teams.

  90. teal379 says: Sep 9, 2011 4:43 PM

    The reason Aaron said what he said had to do with certain members of the press who where there and who had also been very vocal about Rodgers and Chuck NOT having some sort of off season deal.

    Some DA writer from Milwaukee who’s never played a down telling them what they need to do ticked him off and he fired back.

    Had nothing to do with other teams.

    And before people get all wound up about the Saints not having a D and the Pack had no test etc –

    Last year the NO Saints were the #4 defense in the league – right ahead of GB. They’re a D that can play and GB almost hung half a hundo on them. GB’s offense is damned good and it got better this year. Aaron’s better this year. Deal with it.

  91. badfish6907 says: Sep 9, 2011 5:51 PM

    You know I think it is a great thing that Aaron fires back a little and doesn’t just give those same tired canned responses. Maybe if more guys in the league did so, the media wouldn’t focus in on every little thing like a laser just to fill blog space. Why shouldn’t the media be held accountable when they turn out to be full of crap?

  92. tangysizzl says: Sep 9, 2011 7:41 PM

    Haters hate, thats what they do. If you want to crown them, then crown they ass but a smart fan knows its a long season and anything can happen.

    One game never tells the whole story, we will just have to see what both teams look like after playing other teams in week 2 and beyond.

  93. innoculo says: Sep 9, 2011 11:37 PM

    An Open Letter to Philtration.

    Hey Phil, has Cutler found his manhood yet that he left on soldier field. Sorry, I mean taken by the Packers. That was something special. GB winning the 2010 season NFCCG at Soldier field? Man, that must have felt horrible. To lose the NFCCG to your rivals in your own house. Man, I can see why you have irrational hatred for GB now mixed with jealousy of what a real QB is. Obviously your still not over it. I understand. GB fans have about 100 years of bragging rights on you guys now.

    For me watching the Packers hoist the HALAS trophy in Soldier field, and then go on to win the SB. Tell you what buddy, doesn’t get any better than that.

    Look forward to seeing Rodgers throw some back shoulder throws against the Bears. I mean, if that low standard of QB play is the best he can do…I guess Packer fans will have to live with it.

  94. bigguy3080 says: Sep 11, 2011 6:36 PM

    falconsfan:

    The Bears just blew out your Falcons, yet you have the audacity to talk sh*t about the Packers.

    swede700:

    Last year when the Packers beat the Bears and went on to the superbowl, the host of 670am “The Score,” which is a Chicago station said, “That he was rooting for the Packers in the superbowl.” A lot of people that called in too said the same thing. The reason they all gave was because they wished Aaron Rodgers was their QB, cuz he is such a likeable guy.

    philtration:

    That’s why Aaron Rodgers has a super low interception rating. When Favre was our QB I felt nervous everytime he passed the ball, due to his high percentage chance of throwing an interception.

    A lot of you are just plain haters. I’m from WI and always have been a Packers fan. I don’t see how you can call A-Rod a jerk for dishing out what was said to him. He never has gone out of his way to trash talk anyone. He lets his game do the talking!

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