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Rodgers calls scout-team controversy “absolutely ridiculous”

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Every Tuesday, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers conducts a lengthy and comprehensive interview with ESPN Milwaukee.

Though this week’s session was lengthy, it wasn’t entirely comprehensive, since it omitted any reaction to tight end Jermichael Finley’s recent “chemistry” remarks.  But Rodgers did address one of last week’s other controversies, arising from his comments about the Green Bay scout team.

“Absolutely ridiculous,” Rodgers said about the situation.  “Anybody who knows anything about football knows that that story was ridiculous.  I can’t even pick a better attitude, it was ridiculous — everything about it.  All I did was regurgitate what Mike [McCarthy] said in the meeting.  I’ve worked on the scout team, so I know what it means to give a good look and how difficult that can be at times, and you’re reading cards and different things.  There is a great dialogue between myself and the coaches and the scout team.  We need to pick up the practice tempo.  Mike said that, I said that, other players have said that.  That’s true.  It’s offense, defense, scout team.  It’s scout team offense and scout team defense.  We all need to give a better look.  Absolutely nothing wrong with those comments, no excuses.  And it’s ridiculous that a comment would be written about that and that those guys would have to answer questions about that and that I would have to talk to them and make sure that everything is fine.  Those guys think it’s as ridiculous as I did.”

We’re not quite sure what’s so ridiculous about it, however.  Here’s what Rodgers originally said, during last week’s radio session, from the transcript that was sent out to the media by ESPN Milwaukee:  “For whatever reason the rookies have not picked up what the practice tempo looks like, or the importance of the scout team looks as well as maybe it’s been in the past.  I don’t know if [coach] Mike [McCarthy] said that in his press conference but he definitely mentioned that in our team meeting.  And we’ve talked about that a number of times, and I know my role in practice is that I have to bring energy and life to that practice and I have to be moving around well.  It’s tough on some days when you’re tired and you’ve been preparing until late at night and you’re up early.  But there are really no excuses when it comes to the quarterback position and making sure that you do every role that you’re called on to the best of your abilities.  That being said, there needs to be a level of professionalism that is current through the entire team from the veterans to the rookies that they kind of understand how each part of the day adds to the preparation.  And I think that it can definitely be improved on their standpoint from an assignment and a tempo side of practice.”

Unless he was misquoted, that quote from a weekly interview for which he undoubtedly is well compensated provides obvious fodder for followup with the folks who are on and responsible for the scout team.

Again, we’re not quite sure what’s so ridiculous about that.  Rodgers said what he said.  And he’s good enough with his words to know that some of his words will result in the subject of those words being questioned about those words.

Nothing about that is ridiculous, absolutely or otherwise.  It’s the way the media world works, especially when one of the highest-profile players in the league is generating every week a lengthy collection of quotes that the radio station on which he utters those quotes types up and sends out to the media for scrutiny, analysis, and possible followup.

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41 Responses to “Rodgers calls scout-team controversy “absolutely ridiculous””
  1. burnz1379 says: Oct 17, 2012 8:02 AM

    I think his 15-1 season has gone to his head… I’m Aaron Rodgers, I’m perfect, I can’t do anything or say anything wrong… and you all must love me….

  2. panamon says: Oct 17, 2012 8:11 AM

    Nothing in his entire quote mentions even once the quality of the scout team. On top of that it’s obvious he’s mostly speaking about the team in general.

  3. MCxShow says: Oct 17, 2012 8:12 AM

    It’s funny how many problems a big win can solve.

  4. mj1818 says: Oct 17, 2012 8:13 AM

    I agree with Rodgers. Scout teams have the ability to make the first string better simply by giving effort.

  5. Donald Whitaker says: Oct 17, 2012 8:22 AM

    I think he was referring to the Skip Bayless types of the world that took his observation of the rookie practice habits as a lack of leadership or a divisive locker room.

  6. rpiotr01 says: Oct 17, 2012 8:22 AM

    Much ado about nothing.

  7. goodellslovechild says: Oct 17, 2012 8:25 AM

    It’s practice! We’re talking bout practice man!

    Maybe it’s time for the media to stop making stories out of post game comments…

  8. gtodriver says: Oct 17, 2012 8:28 AM

    Just another case of Rodger’s whining about something.

    In this case it’s that his own words made him look, to use his own “word” against him, “ridiculous”.

  9. joetoronto says: Oct 17, 2012 8:30 AM

    That’s what she said.

  10. ihaterogergoodell says: Oct 17, 2012 8:38 AM

    I used to admire Aaron Rogers greatly, but this guy just can’t seem to keep his mouth shut. He complains about absolutely everything, and it’s getting old.

  11. johngaltwho says: Oct 17, 2012 8:48 AM

    ihaterogergoodell says: Oct 17, 2012 8:38 AM

    “I used to admire Aaron Rogers greatly, but this guy just can’t seem to keep his mouth shut. He complains about absolutely everything, and it’s getting old.”

    Try hating less. You’ll say smarter things, have less stress, and live a better life.

  12. usmc8422 says: Oct 17, 2012 8:53 AM

    Why don’t you include the question that was asked prior to his statement? Jesus Christ, you reporters throw up crap without including why it’s said.

  13. drillbit19k says: Oct 17, 2012 8:55 AM

    Of course he can’t keep his mouth shut, there is always a microphone in front of it and its not as if he is actively seeking one out. I knew there was going to be Aaron Rodgers backlash coming to the NFL fan base in the middle of last season because people would tire of hearing how awesome he was and now it’s a reality. But name one situation he hasn’t handled with class. And don’t say he is whining or a whiner just because he has an opinion, the guy has class and the respect of his peers. Even after Watt mocked him they joked about it. That’s class.

  14. jhein23 says: Oct 17, 2012 8:57 AM

    If people spinned what I said I’d be mad too. No 1 mentioned that this was mentioned in a team meeting by the head coach to everyone on the team. Everyone was aware that they needed to pick it up in practice. Nothing what Rodgers said was news to anyone on the Packers. Media tried to blow it up into the scout team is hurting my play. Ridiculous is right.

  15. dahopas says: Oct 17, 2012 9:10 AM

    You know, I find it quite funny how much the opinion on Rodgers and the Packers changes. Last week, anyone calling the Packers a fake or bad got positive feedback on posts, while people defending the Packers got negative. As you can see from the above comments, anyone bashing Rodgers gets negative this week.
    It’s amazing what one stellar performance can do, I guess everyone was reminded just how good Rodgers really is.

  16. dexterismyhero says: Oct 17, 2012 9:12 AM

    I think the media is the biggest issue all around. A bunch of blowhards trying to get their name out there with a stupid story.

    How about once a month you find a reporter to chastise for asking idiotic questions so you can lambast them like you do the actual athletes?

    and quit with the coments like this. Geez.

    “And he’s good enough with his words to know that some of his words will result in the subject of those words being questioned about those words.”

  17. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 17, 2012 9:20 AM

    ihaterogergoodell says:
    Oct 17, 2012 8:38 AM
    I used to admire Aaron Rogers greatly, but this guy just can’t seem to keep his mouth shut. He complains about absolutely everything, and it’s getting old.

    You don’t seem to get it.

    He has a radio show. Keeping his mouth shut would make for very bad radio. I’m sorry your QB isn’t good enough to warrant a radio show.

  18. mke1david says: Oct 17, 2012 9:35 AM

    Holy SH!t you guys. This happens EVERY week. Florio picks something out of this extensive radio interview and people turn around and say “ALL HE DOES IS WHINE! WAHHH”

    He does something no other QB does. Provides WEEKLY and interview with the local radio station. Candid stuff.

    Yet when florio chooses an portion of the interview it makes it seem like he is seeking out the media to make sure everyone can hear what he has to say. When in reality he gets asked legit questions and gives legit answers. We should be thankful that a player in this league provides something other than fluffy BS comments.

  19. daaabears says: Oct 17, 2012 9:35 AM

    Remember in Bull Durham, Costner is teaching the rookie cliche’s to use in the major leagues? When will these guys learn that anything and everything they say is going to be over-obsessed and over-analyzed by every NFL beat writer in the world.
    They really should have a class for this called logic 101.

  20. faultylogic29 says: Oct 17, 2012 9:41 AM

    Aaron Rodgers talks too much? He has a weekly radio show where he talks for hours. It would be tough to make that all player speak every week, so once in awhile he actually speaks his mind. The media blows up every little thing it can. He’s right. It is ridiculous.

  21. jhein23 says: Oct 17, 2012 9:48 AM

    Its really too bad because the show is outstanding he provides such an inside look at certain plays in the game. And its very light hearted, candid and funny at times. I know he will not do the show again next year thanks to guys like Bayless and this website.

  22. sprtsfan1 says: Oct 17, 2012 9:53 AM

    Yeah he talks, but sure can play some good football, and that allows you to say what you want and get away with it. That win last week just made it all go away in my mind, and this is coming from a Bears fan whose QB is criticized constantly. As long as Cutler keeps winning he can act however he wants on the sideline.

  23. Punk says: Oct 17, 2012 10:17 AM

    I am absolutely NOT a fan of the Packers… and as a general rule Aaron Rodgers annoys the heck out of me.

    But the only thing “ridiculous” about this whole story is this article.

    I had not heard about this story before this article but here is what I got out of it.

    Aaron Rodgers: I said “X” and the coaches said “X” and why is everyone making a deal out of this?

    This article: Aaron Rodgers needs to understand that when he said “X” what he really said was “X” and he needs to understand what his words really say.

  24. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 17, 2012 10:20 AM

    Rodgers is a better QB when he has a chip on his shoulder. I think he craves the criticism, and serving up heaping helpings of crow.

  25. htowntexan says: Oct 17, 2012 10:32 AM

    In conjunction with the power rankings, I think this site should rank the teams in order of the biggest cry babies. Green Bay and the Ravens would we leading (although with Ray Lewis out, the Ravens could fall dramatically this week). Heck, even my Texans would be up there.

  26. johnny33gut says: Oct 17, 2012 10:38 AM

    Please get back to nuts and bolts of the NFL Florio, this story is not news. Obviously was created to generate comments, hopefully this is the last comment made.

  27. purpleguy says: Oct 17, 2012 10:58 AM

    Rodgers is a great player and seems like a decent person, but he could thicken his skin and temper his comments once and a while. The team was the pre-season consensus NFC Super Bowl rep, they struggle a bit at the start of the year, people question the team, and Rodgers starts the nobody believed in us mantra to the point of putting a finger to his mouth in a shushing gesture Monday night. Next he says, not implies, that the rookies aren’t working hard and uptempo on the scout team, a reporter asks follow-up questions, and those are “ridiculous”? The guy has every right to spout off on his vaunted radio show, but he should be willing to take the heat and not question everyone else’s intelligence when he makes contoversial or lame comments.

  28. stanleyhalas says: Oct 17, 2012 1:02 PM

    How many of you packers fans jump all over the articles this site puts up about Cutler’s problems, and his demeanor and all that crap that the media tries to make an issue out of? And now the media is trying to spin and make something out of nothing again, except this time it’s Rodgers that’s taking the ‘heat’, and you guys can’t handle it.

    All i’m saying is if you can’t handle your quarterback being treated this way by the media, shut your mouths and put your keyboards away the next time someone writes an article about Cutler/Sanchez/Smith/Romo’s sideline demeanor or antics.

  29. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Oct 17, 2012 1:40 PM

    mke1david says:Oct 17, 2012 9:35 AM

    He does something no other QB does. Provides WEEKLY and interview with the local radio station. Candid stuff.
    ______

    Christian Ponder does a weekly interview with the local radio station, but somehow he doesn’t come across as a whiny baby.

  30. gpack17 says: Oct 17, 2012 1:59 PM

    The issue becomes that when Rodgers says something along the lines of:

    “This whole team, myself and the other guys, need to pick up the quality of play,”

    it is inevitably quoted by the Baylesses of the world as:

    “This whole team…the other guys, need to pick up quality of play.”

  31. gpack17 says: Oct 17, 2012 2:00 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Oct 17, 2012 1:40 PM
    mke1david says:Oct 17, 2012 9:35 AM

    He does something no other QB does. Provides WEEKLY and interview with the local radio station. Candid stuff.
    ______

    Christian Ponder does a weekly interview with the local radio station, but somehow he doesn’t come across as a whiny baby.

    ———

    15 minutes on the air with PA isn’t quite the same as an hour long show in terms of potential for generating quotes. Plus, nobody cares enough about him to bother pulling his quotes out of context.

  32. gpack17 says: Oct 17, 2012 2:11 PM

    Strangely, I don’t see any posts on this site about the part in the 5 minutes interview where he raves about Randall Cobb and suggests the receiver could go down as the greatest draft pick Ted Thompson ever made.

    Because, you know, it’s much more fun to read stories about how he’s a poor leader who takes all the credit and none of the blame

  33. johngaltwho says: Oct 17, 2012 2:22 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says: Oct 17, 2012 1:40 PM

    “Christian Ponder does a weekly interview with the local radio station, but somehow he doesn’t come across as a whiny baby.”

    If a mediocre quarterback whines on the radio and there’s no one listening – did he really make a sound?

  34. linemanguy74 says: Oct 17, 2012 2:52 PM

    Drew Brees the 2nd

  35. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Oct 17, 2012 3:00 PM

    gpack17 says:Oct 17, 2012 2:11 PM

    Strangely, I don’t see any posts on this site about the part in the 5 minutes interview where he raves about Randall Cobb and suggests the receiver could go down as the greatest draft pick Ted Thompson ever made.

    Because, you know, it’s much more fun to read stories about how he’s a poor leader who takes all the credit and none of the blame
    ________

    Wow, so he’s a terrible judge of talent, too?

    Although, looking at Ted’s drafts now…maybe he’s right.

  36. gpack17 says: Oct 17, 2012 3:33 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Oct 17, 2012 3:00 PM
    gpack17 says:Oct 17, 2012 2:11 PM

    Strangely, I don’t see any posts on this site about the part in the 5 minutes interview where he raves about Randall Cobb and suggests the receiver could go down as the greatest draft pick Ted Thompson ever made.

    Because, you know, it’s much more fun to read stories about how he’s a poor leader who takes all the credit and none of the blame
    ________

    Wow, so he’s a terrible judge of talent, too?

    Although, looking at Ted’s drafts now…maybe he’s right

    ———-

    People living in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Though maybe it’s safe to throw five-yard checkdowns like their namesake does; they won’t make it quite to the glass.

  37. larryboodry says: Oct 17, 2012 3:47 PM

    stanleyhalas says: Oct 17, 2012 1:02 PM

    “All i’m saying is if you can’t handle your quarterback being treated this way by the media, shut your mouths and put your keyboards away the next time someone writes an article about Cutler/Sanchez/Smith/Romo’s sideline demeanor or antics.”

    Amen to that…Jay has his own show on ESPN Chicago (Waddle & Silvy Show), listening to it you can tell they like and respect each other, and Jay is relaxed and easy going. I imagine this is more his true personality than what is on display after games, when his diabetes, and media scribes looking to stir up controversy, may be affecting his mood.

    Instead of transcripts, which the media can spin without actually hearing the context and tone of a comment, the stations should send tape of the audio. I’m sure there will still be those with an agenda who twist a QB’s words, but maybe not so much.

    As for Rodgers, as a Bears fan I respect the man, both for his talent, and his character.

  38. axespray says: Oct 17, 2012 4:25 PM

    purpleguy says:
    Oct 17, 2012 10:58 AM
    “Rodgers is a great player and seems like a decent person, but he could thicken his skin and temper his comments once and a while…”
    ————————————–

    The guy that faced the Favre saga storm… the guy that had to live with looney favre fans like Wisconsin77 openly wishing injury on him – yet never “lost it” or whined…
    the guy whose oline gave up 50 sacks – yet never threw any of ‘em under the bus….

    you mean this guy needs thick skin?
    SMH

  39. lamborginipercy12 says: Oct 17, 2012 4:48 PM

    Everything aside, Rogers is really starting to get indefensible.

    He’s whiny at best. Smug. His commercials are shameless and terrible. Every time he opens his mouth you kinda want to slap him in the face. He does his little bromance stuff with Braun. I hope the packers go back to playing at the level of the completeness (one that plays no defense and can’t run) of their team and stay there so we don’t have to hear from this prick anymore.

  40. wheresmyjuice says: Oct 17, 2012 6:26 PM

    Contrary to this analysis while he may get paid, he actually goes on that radio show because he LIKES those guys.

    He is friends with Jason Wilde, the main GB beat writer for Milwaukee. Homer and Thunder- the show Jason and Aaron are on- is one of the best radio shows in the country for removing rhetoric and focusing on what actually matters to winning football games.

  41. lambeauandlombardi says: Oct 17, 2012 7:58 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:Oct 17, 2012 3:00 PM
    ________

    Wow, so he’s a terrible judge of talent, too?

    Although, looking at Ted’s drafts now…maybe he’s right.

    ………………………………………………………………………

    Ted Thompson`s drafts have led to at least one (imagine more to come) Superbowl win. Remind us again of how many the Queens have one. Here`s to the next 50 years of futility.

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