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Greg Jennings, recovering perfectionist

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Receiver Greg Jennings has plenty of things to say.  But he’s smart about choosing his words.

Still, he’s choosing to use a lot of them as he gets settled in for his first season with the Vikings.

Most recently, he penned what the St. Paul Pioneer Press describes as a “first-person story,” but it seems to be a string of answers to various questions, with the questions omitted.

I’m a perfectionist,” Jennings writes.  “But I’m working on that.  I’m going more for excellence than perfection.  Perfection can get you in trouble.  You don’t know when you’re trying to mold someone into perfection.  You can put stress on them.”

He makes a good point, although there’s a fine line between trying to be excellent and trying to be perfect.  And it sounds like Jennings thinks his new team can be close to excellent.

“I feel great about the Vikings,” Jennings says.  “I feel we have something very special, a unique dynamic to make that special run.”

To make the special run, they’ll need to get past the Packers.  But Jennings says he has “no ill feelings” for anyone in his former organization, and that if anything he and former teammate Aaron Rodgers “joke” with each other.

Packers fans likely won’t be joking when they greet Jennings on his return to Lambeau Field with something other than laughter.  No matter what he says after he experiences it, it won’t feel perfect.  Or excellent.

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39 Responses to “Greg Jennings, recovering perfectionist”
  1. keramidas21 says: Jun 24, 2013 12:01 AM

    I love Greg Jennings. I’m going to miss him on the Packers, but the Packers won’t miss a beat and will still win the division.

  2. firestarter0728 says: Jun 24, 2013 12:04 AM

    He’ll need to be perfect in Minnesota.

    Jennings will soon discover that there’s a big difference between catching passes from a great quarterback like he’s used to, and catching passes from…well…Christian Ponder.

    40 Catches, 550 yards, 3 touchdowns for Jennings in 2013 sounds about right.

  3. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 24, 2013 12:06 AM

    It doesn’t matter how it feels when he walks onto Lambeau Field. If he wins, it will feel excellent when he walks off it.

  4. purplehayseuss says: Jun 24, 2013 12:10 AM

    Unless, by some absolutely impossible miracle, the Minnesota Vikings defeat the Green Bay Packers.

  5. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jun 24, 2013 12:12 AM

    I’m really glad to have Greg Jennings on the Vikings. He fits right in. Great player, great character, makes his teammates better. He really didn’t belong on the Packers. Welcome home, Greg. Welcome home.

  6. jimmysee says: Jun 24, 2013 12:24 AM

    No hard feelings here — hoping Greg has a great season with no injuries — except when the Vikes play the Packers.

  7. ponderthedumpoffking says: Jun 24, 2013 12:42 AM

    Good luck, Greg. Thanks for the memories of you catching more than 8 yard passes.

  8. tokyosanbblaster says: Jun 24, 2013 12:54 AM

    Jennings was a by-product of Aaron Rodgers’ excellence. Oh – all those stories about groups of Packer fans dancing around without pants on, smeared with Limburger? Exaggerated.

  9. mattyb8529 says: Jun 24, 2013 1:34 AM

    Rick Spielman are blind?? Who’d Jennings Win a Lombardi Trophy with?Oh that’s right the Packers. Your team is like our D-Squad, that’s right not even good enough to be our B or C-Squad. So keep signing our Ex players, it’s worked out great hasn’t it. If Rick Spielman is a magician, then Ted Thompson is a Genius.

  10. bobnelsonjr says: Jun 24, 2013 1:35 AM

    So with the Packers he strove for perfection but now that he is ROv (retired on vikings) perfection is no longer important.

    Little effort is required to keep his contract (remember Benard Berrian, Troy Williamson, and Bobby Wade as viking receivers) and everyone expects his numbers to go down since he no longer has a top quality quarterback throwing the ball and the vikings don’t trust their QB to throw the ball much.

    As a 30+ receiver this season he is just coasting into retirement on the vikings dime.

  11. tokyosanbblaster says: Jun 24, 2013 2:03 AM

    One of the problems with Viking fans is they’re just not as cool as Packer fans. Take me, for example. I write just like I speak. So, when I write “Oopsie!” you know how cool it sounds when I say it. And “Checkmate” – pretty cool, right?

  12. tramonisland says: Jun 24, 2013 3:47 AM

    His sister has to be so happy these days.

  13. creasy says: Jun 24, 2013 4:36 AM

    He’s going to look like a fool if this doesn’t pan out. And when it does, remind him, to god be the glory.

  14. c4m4 says: Jun 24, 2013 4:57 AM

    “I’m going more for excellence than perfection”

    This is an interesting quote from Jennings. I’ve probably been sitting here over analyzing it, but would anyone like to try to explain it? (on a life level not football)

    I guess I always thought excellence was achieved through perfection. Or that those words are interchangeable.

  15. icdogg says: Jun 24, 2013 5:35 AM

    He referred to trying to mold others into perfection, so I wonder exactly what he meant by that. Is he talking about working with his quarterback?

  16. countyk66ers says: Jun 24, 2013 6:27 AM

    The Lambeau fans will clap when Jennings comes out of the tunnel.

  17. rpiotr01 says: Jun 24, 2013 7:16 AM

    “Gentlemen, we will chase perfection, and we will chase it relentlessly, knowing all the while we can never attain it. But along the way, we shall catch excellence.”

    Seems Vince Lombardi disagrees strongly with Greg Jennings.

  18. bla bla bla says: Jun 24, 2013 8:07 AM

    This season will tell us a lot about GJ. Will the difference in QB play matter or won’t it? He’ll definitely be good, but will he be great without Rodgers/McCarthy? I won’t dare to even guess. I honestly think it could go either way.

  19. gbmickey says: Jun 24, 2013 8:08 AM

    Not only are the viking fans obsessed with the Packers success by the constant bravado, management is as well by continually bringing in ex Packers to bring that sense of winning and professionalism to that franchise. It has to suck as fans knowing that your gm wants to model the team after the Packers.

  20. whatjusthapped says: Jun 24, 2013 8:44 AM

    He was in a hard spot. He is getting any younger and has a history of being injured so when he hit the free market, he had a Dobson’s choice.

    To maximize his money, he had to give up all prospects of another Superbowl, playing with a real NFL QB and a first rate franchise.

    Packer fans hardly resent his choice, its as simple as, You made your bed, now lie in it. No one wishes him any ill will, there is plenty of that to go around once you put on that god awful purple uniform.

  21. rasalghoul says: Jun 24, 2013 8:54 AM

    Loved Jennings as a player, from the day he was drafted all the way until 2 years ago he was amazing. Having him and Driver both lined up it was a near certainty that we would get all the “must have” first downs as they both possess that drive to succeed.
    When Jennings got his ring he definitely got an attitude with it as well. He started making snide remarks about the fans and the city, then his genius sister got on twitter slamming Rodgers and hinting Jennings was going to leave GB.
    I wasn’t surprised he left, the Packers had 4 WRs with more receptions, more yards and more yards per catch than him last season. Even if you double his numbers from last year he was 3rd best. It was just time for him to go.
    Thanks for the good years, and please, please, take your sister with you.

  22. longcutskolvikes says: Jun 24, 2013 8:55 AM

    I think this is going to be a fun year in the NFC North. All four teams look dangerous.

  23. anywho123 says: Jun 24, 2013 9:00 AM

    I wonder what his sister will say about Christian Ponder?

  24. The Prophet says: Jun 24, 2013 9:39 AM

    I actually read that article and now I’m angry I don’t have that time back in my life. That was one of THE dumbest, worthless, and 100% insight-free articles I’ve ever read in my life.

  25. thorbjorn1975 says: Jun 24, 2013 11:26 AM

    All of you ridiculous Ponder hating packer fans make me sick. No one takes into account he has played a year and a half of football and is continuing to grow. Remember last year when he threw the ball all over your team on route to a playoff berth? Remember when you won the division by one game last year? One game over the the team you say sucks so bad. Remember when Rodgers took the field right after they drafted him. ….. oh no that’s right he didn’t play right away. However if he did he would have sucked it the gate as well while adjusting. You all will see a different team hit the field this year with the Vikings. Enjoy not winning the division this year packer fans.

  26. chi01town says: Jun 24, 2013 11:37 AM

    Jennings will hurt greenbay this season for letting him go. and the
    packers will know what its like to not have a real #1 WR because all they have now is roll players

  27. purplehaze28 says: Jun 24, 2013 11:59 AM

    Sounds a lot like Favre. More interested in winning, less on the anal retentive techniques.

  28. filthymcnasty1 says: Jun 24, 2013 12:48 PM

    Sounds right to me. The first thing he had to let go of was perfection when he left the Packers.

    He’s playing for the hapless, tasteless Vikings now. He’ll settle for a bloated paycheck.

  29. pack13queens0 says: Jun 24, 2013 1:37 PM

    He really committed career suicide here. Going from the best in the league A-Rod to the worst in the league Ponder? He’ll also be in for a culture shock going from sold out home games at Lambeau to blacked out home games in Minnesota.

  30. tokyosandblaster says: Jun 24, 2013 1:44 PM

    Solid player. Hate to see him sell out, but the desire for a ring is obviously no longer there.

  31. ponderthedumpoffking says: Jun 24, 2013 2:07 PM

    I don’t hate Ponder at all. In fact, I love the guy! He’s one of the Yikes’ greatest gifts to us.

  32. tokyosanbblaster says: Jun 24, 2013 2:15 PM

    Jennings is no longer with the Packers, and that’s too bad. However, the tradition of Limburger-smeared dancing sans trousers with my buds filthymcnasty1, whatjusthapped and gbmickey lives on! Looking forward to our next dance!

  33. thorbjorn1975 says: Jun 24, 2013 2:42 PM

    Hey pack13 do you say things just to read your comments and hear yourself talk? Tell me the last time a Vikings home game was blacked out. … 10 plus years ago. .. Your comment and point of view have been rendered useless….

  34. ponderthedumpoffking says: Jun 24, 2013 2:51 PM

    As has yours, thorbjorn, GPS suggesting the Packers won’t win the division.

    What’s next? 15 Viking Super Bowl wins in a row?

  35. thorbjorn1975 says: Jun 24, 2013 2:57 PM

    Nothing I have said is out of the realm of possibility. Add bad as the Vikings “sucked” last year you win the division ny one game. Not to mention because of Rodgers enormous contract you had to let go a few solid players. The Vikings are a better football team than last year. Even a trolling fool can see that. Thanks for playing… game over.

  36. pack13queens0 says: Jun 24, 2013 9:37 PM

    thorbjorn1975 says: Jun 24, 2013 2:42 PM

    Hey pack13 do you say things just to read your comments and hear yourself talk? Tell me the last time a Vikings home game was blacked out. … 10 plus years ago. .. Your comment and point of view have been rendered useless….
    ______________________________________
    Only because the corporate sponsors are buying 10,000 tickets a game at the last minute to avoid a blackout. Meanwhile, the last blackout for all of the other 31 teams was never.

  37. tokyosandblaster says: Jun 24, 2013 11:18 PM

    thorbjorn1975 says: Jun 24, 2013 2:57 PM

    Nothing I have said is out of the realm of possibility. Add bad as the Vikings “sucked” last year you win the division ny one game. Not to mention because of Rodgers enormous contract you had to let go a few solid players. The Vikings are a better football team than last year. Even a trolling fool can see that. Thanks for playing… game over.

    —-

    Ah, the old “The Vikings are the only team that ever improves” routine. Yeah, no one else got better.

    *rolls eyes*

  38. vegasviking33 says: Jun 25, 2013 12:21 AM

    40 Catches, 550 yards, 3 touchdowns for Jennings in 2013 sounds about right.
    Lol, he’ll catch 3 td’s vs the Pack alone.

  39. ajzinnecker says: Jul 12, 2013 12:50 PM

    Typical Packers fans. All they can do is talk smack about the Vikings and say they are always bad, when some years (2009) we kicked your ass? The Packers are a fine team but I think the games between the Vikings and Packers will be even.
    Because of the greedy quarterback of the Packers, the Packers had to let a lot of solid players go. The Packers will still be dominate through passing as usual, but not as many receiving options because of having to let players go.
    The Vikings are more one sided, but when you have the best player in the NFL (Adrian Peterson) he helps carry the team.
    We have lots of young receivers and a great mentor to teach them (Jennings). With younger receivers and Jennings you have a similar setup to the 98 season of the Vikings (Carter mentored Randy Moss).

    With all the young receivers available, good defense additions and of course the best player in the NFL the Vikings could stand for a good season.
    The only weak part of the Puzzle is Ponder, but typically a third year is when most young QB’s really start to blossom. If Ponder can have a good break through year, I will enjoy watching the Packer fans cry. ;)
    Either way Adrian Peterson will break through the Packers weak defense. The Packers should be embarrassed that they lost last year to a team that “sucked”, when the facts are that they got beat by one player. Adrian Peterson. Good luck trying to catch him. Rodgers can throw all day, because that’s all he has, and since the Packers have no running game.

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