Back when the Packers were 2-3 and coming off a loss to the Colts that featured just 207 net passing yards for Aaron Rodgers, the door was open for some criticism and concern about the state of the Green Bay offense.
Tight end Jermichael Finley was one of those to walk through it, saying that he and Rodgers had poor chemistry and that the quarterback was playing scared behind a shaky line. There wasn’t a response from Rodgers at the time, but he’s decided to weigh in now that he’s thrown for 680 yards and nine touchdowns over two straight wins.
During a radio interview on 540 ESPN on Tuesday, Rodgers said that defenses are focusing on Finley, who has four catches for 43 yards the last two weeks, and that he remains a prime target if defenses cover him one-on-one. Rodgers also said that he felt his chemistry was fine with every receiver on the team as a result of the regular meetings held at Packers headquarters.
“I think that’s how you build that chemistry. You take the notes when I’m talking, you make sure you’re on the same page, you ask the questions where there needs to be a follow-up,” Rodgers said. “The stats for him are obviously not exactly where you’d want them to be, but you have to understand that he’s been playing with an injury and a lot of times he’s been the guy that teams are trying to take away.”
Rodgers didn’t address Finley’s contention that he’s playing scared, likely because his play of the last two weeks has done a pretty good job of putting that notion to rest. Finley hasn’t revisited the issue and any attempt to do so at this point would suggest the issue is less chemistry and more the quantity of passes thrown in Finley’s direction.