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Rodgers: “Competitiveness and passion” fueled sideline argument with McCarthy

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After Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was stopped short of the end zone on a third down scramble in the first half of last Sunday’s 34-30 loss to the Bengals, he returned to the sideline for a few words with coach Mike McCarthy.

Cameras stayed on the two men as those words got heated enough that other Packers players stepped between the quarterback and coach. After the game, McCarthy said Rodgers was “frustrated” by the call for a play action pass and let the coach know his feelings. McCarthy chalked it up to Rodgers being competitive and Rodgers said the same thing on his ESPN Milwaukee radio show Tuesday.

“Yeah, that was definitely over and done with after we talked on the sideline,” Rodgers said, via the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Mike and I have been together for a long time and had a lot of success together, a lot of big wins, a lot of fun on the field, in the meeting room, conversing during the weeks, and there’s a lot of mutual respect there and a lot of competitiveness and passion on both sides, and every now and then that passion collides and it’s something we talked about later and move forward together.”

If ever there was a day for frustration with the offense to boil over, it was Sunday. Rodgers threw two interceptions for the first time since 2010 and they failed to capitalize with touchdowns when the Bengals were turning the ball over in the first half. That allowed Cincinnati a route back into the game in the second half and they followed it to the win.

The Packers have the week off to figure out how to avoid a repeat and get back to having “a lot of fun on the field.”

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  1. tennesseeoilers says: Sep 25, 2013 8:40 AM

    I like Aaron Rodgers quite a lot. In fact, I think he’s the only QB since Joe Montana that’s as good as Peyton Manning. That said, it troubles me anytime I see a player, much less one I admire, blatantly disrespecting the authority of his head coach. The head coach is not your team’s consultant or even your offensive coordinator–he’s the freaking leader of the locker room (unless your team is in Dallas).

    -Titans Fan

  2. greenandgold1972 says: Sep 25, 2013 8:50 AM

    Before all the trolls come out in force, it happens. No, it’s not nice to see it on TV, but it also is not a big deal. Not the first coach-QB who get into a heated argument. Done and over with. And no, it does not prove that Jennings was right, neither does it mean there is a problem with the relationship between them.

  3. wyboemail says: Sep 25, 2013 9:09 AM

    OMG, if that had been Jay Cutler and Trestman the entire football world would be blowing up that Jay is such a Jag Bag. Why does Rodgers always get handled with kid gloves? There are a lot of NFL people that think Rodgers is an arrogant @$$ but will not say it due to the backlash. I heard this on 100.5 fm ESPN radio in Madison Wi.

  4. greenandgold1972 says: Sep 25, 2013 9:27 AM

    wyboemail says:
    Sep 25, 2013 9:09 AM
    OMG, if that had been Jay Cutler and Trestman the entire football world would be blowing up that Jay is such a Jag Bag. Why does Rodgers always get handled with kid gloves?
    ______________________

    Because he does not have a history of blowing up at his coach and teammates. It happens once in a blue moon, that’s why

  5. stanmarshmorelikestandarsh says: Sep 25, 2013 9:28 AM

    @wyboemail

    Maybe it’s because Cutler has a history of being salty with people on the sidelines and it came to a head in 2010 when he gave up on his team and sulked on the sidelines in their biggest game of the decade.

  6. crisisofinfinitephils says: Sep 25, 2013 9:33 AM

    Did coach say he came up short? Cuz Rodgers doesn’t like to be called short.

  7. doubleogator says: Sep 25, 2013 9:35 AM

    Never like seeing a player, regardless of who that player might be, questioning his head coach in full view of the public…save it for the locker room.

  8. 11inthebox says: Sep 25, 2013 9:39 AM

    @tennesseeoilers who says:
    I like Aaron Rodgers quite a lot. In fact, I think he’s the only QB since Joe Montana that’s as good as Peyton Manning. That said, it troubles me anytime I see a player, much less one I admire, blatantly disrespecting the authority of his head coach. The head coach is not your team’s consultant or even your offensive coordinator–he’s the freaking leader of the locker room (unless your team is in Dallas).
    —————————–
    I see what you’re saying. But an NFL team operates quite differently from a corporate setting. Head coaches include the quarterback in all major meetings regarding schemes and play calling. Most head coaches interact with the quarterback as a peer rather than a subordinate.

    When things go wrong, they argue–sometimes in public. The good thing is that both coach and player are self assured and able to move on.

    That’s what makes football so much better than a corporate office–where insecure little men need everyone to kiss their ass in order to seem important.

  9. wilsonwillbreaku says: Sep 25, 2013 9:43 AM

    “…ever now and then that passion collides…”

    Maybe you two should get a room?

  10. jazsrt says: Sep 25, 2013 9:43 AM

    Que chio1town’s comment:

    1. He looked into Ryan Braun’s eyes or something like that.
    2. Fat runningback Lacy.
    3. something about Miss America?

    My perspective:

    They are men. Men get pissed off-especially while playing sports-sure as hell know I do.

    (Cutler definitely would have not had the same type of media response. I truly believe he screamed at Webb and Tice because they are both morons-and he knew it. After working with (albeit an out of date) Martz-the play calling was laughable and he knew it.)

  11. filthymcnasty1 says: Sep 25, 2013 9:45 AM

    Surely this is the seventh sign of the apocalypse.

    Actually this kind of reminds me of when Kobe used to feud with Phil Jackson. The Lakers only won a few more World Championships after that.

  12. olbuckprivate says: Sep 25, 2013 9:55 AM

    @tennesseeoilers who says:
    I like Aaron Rodgers quite a lot. In fact, I think he’s the only QB since Joe Montana that’s as good as Peyton Manning. That said, it troubles me anytime I see a player, much less one I admire, blatantly disrespecting the authority of his head coach. The head coach is not your team’s consultant or even your offensive coordinator–he’s the freaking leader of the locker room (unless your team is in Dallas)
    ———————————————————————————–

    You do realize Joe Montana played before Peyton Manning right? How about before Joe Montana, was there a better QB?
    It’s sad your “troubled” by a game.

  13. jazz11001 says: Sep 25, 2013 9:57 AM

    A day later agent Buss is telling the world that Brett Favre is in playing condition…Bring back the #4!!!!

  14. sandblastermoron says: Sep 25, 2013 9:57 AM

    Dalton> she rod

  15. olbuckprivate says: Sep 25, 2013 9:59 AM

    The real issue is that Rodgers still doesn’t like the play calling and even though they kissed and made up, he still doesn’t. This will come up again, for instance:
    Run up the gut on 4th and 1 again with your smallest back when you haven’t won a single down at the line of scrimmage.

  16. AD2K5 says: Sep 25, 2013 10:04 AM

    I wish christian had a little of that fire…

  17. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 25, 2013 10:14 AM

    Cincinnati had something to do with it, too.

    >

  18. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 25, 2013 10:15 AM

    Team Schism.

  19. aa1829 says: Sep 25, 2013 10:23 AM

    McCarthy’s play calling has always been a problem, and always will be. One Sunday I called play after play right because even I knew what he was coming.

  20. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 25, 2013 10:26 AM

    What’s the big deal? Teams that blow 30-14 leads and have infighting between quarterback and coach win the Super Bowl all the time.

  21. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 25, 2013 10:28 AM

    When this happened between Harvin and Frazier last year, Packer fans said it was a huge deal. You know what? They were right. Looks like one of these guys will be on the way out.

  22. jonny42671 says: Sep 25, 2013 10:36 AM

    Glad to see Sharon is acting right out if the Packer Fans play book , blame everyone else

  23. metalhead65 says: Sep 25, 2013 10:46 AM

    here is the pft view of things, Jay Cutler gets upset with getting sacked and awful play calling = bad and horrible person. brady and rodgers get mad at players not doing job and at coach for bad play calling = intense competitor. that about sum it up? yeah no bias from the media or pft right?

  24. bearshaterseverywhere says: Sep 25, 2013 10:50 AM

    It took them days to get this story together…. As a Bears fan, I have much respect for Rodgers and feel this is just another way of creating drama where there isn’t any. Rodgers is a class act and everyone gets frustrated from time to time. Take from a fan that has watched Cutler every season, but nothing this year….When things don’t go right there will always be conflicted opinions, which lead to heated arguments.

  25. tennesseeoilers says: Sep 25, 2013 10:59 AM

    AD2K5 said: “I wish christian had a little of that fire…”

    Glad Locker has that fire … and that he targets his opponent with it rather than his head coach.

    Then again, that’s also why he dislocated his shoulder last season, attempting to bodyslam a defender-turned-ball carrier … So maybe I should rethink that. … OK then, my hat’s off to Joe Flacco.

  26. milkcan44 says: Sep 25, 2013 12:10 PM

    Reply to @wyboemail

    You heard about the “schism” between Rodgers and McCarthy from Colin Cowherd on ESPN. It doesn’t matter that it was from a Madison station – it’s still Colin Blowhard. Consider the source!!

  27. All-American Voltron says: Sep 25, 2013 12:18 PM

    This is what happens when the entire org and coaching staff states everyday coddles the QB telling him he is never wrong and he’s the best in the world and the receivers suck, the o-line sucks, the defense sucks, but the QB is completely infallible.

    When things go wrong, obviously the QB is going to feel empowered to shake his head at every muffed play on offense and defense and will also very loudly undermine the head coach, just like with the IR incident last season. This same exact thing happened with my spoiled 3-year old niece.

  28. contra74isloosbuthole says: Sep 25, 2013 12:23 PM

    tokyosandblaster says: Sep 25, 2013 10:14 AM

    Cincinnati had something to do with it, too.
    ___________________
    Not really the Packers handed the game to the Bengals. The Packers did not even take full advantage of the Bengal turnovers. Thus the Packers handed the game over a little more than the Bengals did.

  29. wyboemail says: Sep 25, 2013 12:25 PM

    Cutler has not had an O line since he has been in Chicago, (He has a damn good one now with the two rookies on the right side) He has not had an offensive mind that knew what they were doing since he has been in Chicago, (He has a damn good one now with Mark Trestman) He wants to win, he wants the team to succeed. I assure you that if Aaron Rodgers was on this team he would have acted the same if not most likey worse than Cutler.
    GO BEARS!!!

  30. cobaltdriver says: Sep 25, 2013 12:26 PM

    Don’t really know why the Viking”fans” are commenting, and for the millionth time..who the F>>> is Sharon? Is he freinds with Christina?

  31. cobaltdriver says: Sep 25, 2013 12:29 PM

    sorry..is SHE freinds with CHRISTIANa?

  32. wyboemail says: Sep 25, 2013 12:33 PM

    Reply to milkcan44.
    Nope, heard it on Homer and Thunder in the afternoon drive home.

  33. mikemccarthyhof says: Sep 25, 2013 12:36 PM

    We just didn’t have the right pre game meal and we were a little cranky. Wrong refs too. Week 5 we’ll get the right burgers from Curly’s, the right officials, and finally have a win that’s rigged for us. We are america’s team

  34. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 25, 2013 12:51 PM

    I would think the non-competitiveness fueled it.

  35. twobluegills says: Sep 25, 2013 1:05 PM

    Minnesota trolls: Anyone named “Christian” is destined to fail as an NFL football player. Should have rolled with Chris.

    Bear trolls: Enjoy your usual division lead, I know those were some exciting victories over the leagues crappiest teams. I can’t wait for the impending implosion.

  36. chi01town says: Sep 25, 2013 1:15 PM

    Green bay is right were they are suppose to be. they gave Rodgers all the money and didnt pay for the O-line or a #1 WR. Now the coach and the QB are at odds because Rodgers is calling plays so he wont get KILLED and the coach is asking for plays to win games. the O-line needs to be fixed so the RB’s can stop getting hurt. Rodgers almost got hurt twice in that Bengals game. TRUST ME IM RIGHT!! Chicago just went threw that for 3 seasons so I know when a team needs a #1 WR and a new O-line. thats why Chicago is 3-0 and in control of the North.

  37. bearshaterseverywhere says: Sep 25, 2013 1:16 PM

    twobluegills says:
    Sep 25, 2013 1:05 PM
    Minnesota trolls: Anyone named “Christian” is destined to fail as an NFL football player. Should have rolled with Chris.

    Bear trolls: Enjoy your usual division lead, I know those were some exciting victories over the leagues crappiest teams. I can’t wait for the impending implosion.

    _______________________________

    “leagues crappiest teams”

    Bears beat the Bengals and you lost to them….Way to insult yourself!

    Slow down and think, let the panic subside. I’m the Packers will be right back in it after the 2 weeks off.

  38. judsonjr says: Sep 25, 2013 1:34 PM

    He should have been frustrated with the 4th and 1 call. 8 men in the box, stacked toward the strong side, and the Packers run that way.

    Nevermind that there were 3WR on the play versus man press coverage, and no help over the top or anyone helping in the middle of the field.

  39. mikemccarthyhof says: Sep 25, 2013 1:42 PM

    you guys hardly beat the bengals. conspiracy against us…cobb had the first down!

  40. ma5terbla5t3r says: Sep 25, 2013 2:47 PM

    This is such garbage. Rodgers is so weak it’s almost beyond belief. Watch him beat up on the Redskins! The only reason he “won” a Super Bowl is because the Steelers were missing their two best defensive players and Jay Cutler got hurt. This guy is worse than my boy Brett Favre in the publicity hound field. Rodgers is in for some major deckings against the Lions when he comes back from the buy!

  41. deltaoracle says: Sep 25, 2013 3:55 PM

    Wow, there hasn’t been this much drama over ten seconds of talk since “I did not have… with that woman – Ms. Lewinski.”
    Bears fans have reason to gloat for now, and actually it’s nice to hear from some of them who graduated grade school as opposed to Chi01town. The Bears have been good for years and it’s no shock that they’re good this year too. It’s a great rivalry. But the Pack has had their number lately more often than not.
    As for Rick and the rest of Team Heidi, until further notice the only response you get or deserve is:
    To Cleveland. At home.
    Nice to give “No World Championships in 50+ Years” a break for awhile.

  42. GenXJay says: Sep 25, 2013 4:27 PM

    Decline.

  43. dino2997 says: Sep 25, 2013 10:16 PM

    Rodgers is only “competitive” when everything goes his way. His true colors have been showing up for a few years now. At the end he’s a loser with a huge ego.

  44. 52lightsxout52 says: Sep 26, 2013 1:15 PM

    The Favre/Childress Showdown, now that was some MustSeeTV!!!

  45. axespray says: Sep 26, 2013 10:59 PM

    isn’t this the case every year with this team?

    Stumble out the gate as the rookies/injuries cough up a few games, then gel in the middle of the season – get on a roll and clinch a playoff berth.

    Same case with the bears – win a few fluke games early – brag, then disappear and have nothing but an ’85 team to brag about.

  46. allday28mvpmvp says: Sep 27, 2013 4:21 PM

    Time to play the blame game in Cheese Land.
    Watch the Packers end up with a worse record than the Vikes

  47. thep1553doff1 says: Sep 28, 2013 1:44 AM

    And that passion manifested itself in to one special night between toad master mccarthy and erin rodgers.

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