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Report: Rodgers concerned about perceived toughness


On Friday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy repeatedly said called Sunday’s unavailability of quarterback Aaron Rodgers an “organizational decision.”

McCarthy could have used a couple of more forceful terms:  “Extraordinary risk.”

According to Chris Mortensen and Rob Demovsky of ESPN, a recent scan of Rodgers’ fractured collarbone showed “extraordinary risk” to the quarterback, if he were to play.  (It’s still unclear what the worst-case scenario would be, if Rodgers were to suffer another injury to the collarbone.)

So why did McCarthy say “organizational decision” nine times?   Per the report, Rodgers specifically wanted it to be explained that way, so that his perceived toughness wouldn’t suffer in comparison to legendary iron man Brett Favre.

It’s not clear how “organizational decision” versus “extraordinary risk” makes Rodgers seem less tough, unless he fears that the inability of his collarbone to heal six weeks and six days after it first broke somehow is a sign of congenital weakness.

It is clear that the report meshes with Rodgers’ reputation for being sensitive — so sensitive that he’s sensitive about being called sensitive.  And he’s likely sufficiently sensitive to be sensitive about a report regarding his sensitivity regarding why he’s not playing nearly seven weeks after suffering the injury.

Which means that Rodgers may now want to try to find out who privately called him out for being sensitive about being perceived as not tough.

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56 Responses to “Report: Rodgers concerned about perceived toughness”
  1. bennyb82 says: Dec 22, 2013 1:00 PM

    He should take a cue from Matt Stafford and stop listening to the media. However, he would probably want the pointers to end there.

  2. Pittsburgh Steelers says: Dec 22, 2013 1:00 PM


  3. aaronfraudgers says: Dec 22, 2013 1:00 PM

    He’s always been pretty sensitive. Remember how much he whined after his 60 Minutes interview?

  4. dkalev says: Dec 22, 2013 1:03 PM

    he ain’t no Brett…
    man, they just don’t make em like they used to…
    [see comparisons LT-> Ray Lewis last season, tiki barber -> david Wilson, Barry sanders -> every running back since 07]
    I guess modern era players are made in china like everything else in this country

  5. redandgoldhitman52 says: Dec 22, 2013 1:04 PM

    soft as toilet paper

  6. mn1288 says: Dec 22, 2013 1:05 PM

    He wants to play…He knows the risks…He’s not allowed. Media and Vikings fans are crowing he’s not tough enough.

    I’d be pretty pissed too, especially knowing that playing would lock up the NFCN due to the inferiority within the division.

  7. mrqwag says: Dec 22, 2013 1:06 PM

    Rodgers has taken the “chip on his shoulder” bit way too literally.

  8. moerawn says: Dec 22, 2013 1:07 PM

    The ‘stache won’t help.

  9. rickdday says: Dec 22, 2013 1:09 PM

    LOL egos

  10. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 22, 2013 1:09 PM

    Makes you really marvel at how Stafford is able to sleep at night so easily despite being paid many millions less. Our QB is a rock!

    But maybe that’s not really good. When I try to imagine the giant Rock Guy from The Neverending Story it just occurs to me that he probably wouldn’t have very much “touch” on his passes. Or move around well out there. Plus he wasn’t exactly the sharpest mineral in the fantasy.

  11. jakec4 says: Dec 22, 2013 1:12 PM

    I don’t question his toughness but I do question that mustache.

  12. jr4real says: Dec 22, 2013 1:16 PM

    He’s such a whiner. If you are concerned about toughness you probably aren’t tough.

    Never heard Farve wonder if he was tough enough.

  13. gb4mn0 says: Dec 22, 2013 1:16 PM

    Congrats to the Minnysoda Vikqueens on keeping their 53 year streak of irrelevance firmly intact.

    I hope the entire vikqueen nation for Xmas gets the blow up boy friend of their choice with matching androgynous Helga hats.

  14. dubblelznhell says: Dec 22, 2013 1:18 PM

    Rodgers looks like a perv with that mustache. Lol. Rodgers should just concern himself with his game and stop trying to impress everybody. Sounds like a guy who can’t take criticisms.

  15. padraighansen says: Dec 22, 2013 1:18 PM

    Sorry, but the bottom line is that medical clearance – for the insurance policy GB carries on his contract – is required before he, or any other high ACV player, resumes competition.

  16. veence69 says: Dec 22, 2013 1:20 PM

    Petulant little brat.

  17. metrocritical says: Dec 22, 2013 1:22 PM

    Non-issue. Collarbones heal slowly. Once broken, no problem. Twice broken becomes a potential long term problem. Truly tough guys do what’s smart with a middle finger fully extended towards ignorant critics.

  18. packerstundra says: Dec 22, 2013 1:26 PM

    I take this more as him wanting it to be clear that if it were up to him he’d be out there (which we know it’s not up to him).

  19. whatjusthapped says: Dec 22, 2013 1:30 PM

    At least he is concerned about his reputation, its not like he is missing games because he is in jail for beating his girlfriend.

  20. packhawk04 says: Dec 22, 2013 1:31 PM

    Considering favres comments a few weeks ago about his memory problems and essentially saying he was afraid to play again when he had offers to come back, maybe its better that they dont make them like they used to.

  21. contra74isloosbuthole says: Dec 22, 2013 1:34 PM

    Rodgers needs a defense but makes any offense into a contender.

  22. jj0218 says: Dec 22, 2013 1:37 PM

    Really Rodgers!?!?? I love my Packers so take it like you will, but if Flacco can play with his injury this week then so should/could Rodgers!!!! Same money and same playoff hopes and Flacco is putting it all out there for his TEAMMATES! If Rodgers really wanted to play he would no questions!!!

  23. khmer379 says: Dec 22, 2013 1:37 PM


  24. broncos4ever says: Dec 22, 2013 1:38 PM

    Poor Erin why dont you grow a pair ? cry baby

  25. ninefingers9 says: Dec 22, 2013 1:39 PM

    Packers are Tewwible!

    -Carl Gerbschmidt

  26. babyjesus69 says: Dec 22, 2013 1:39 PM

    Welchers are usually sensitive too

  27. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Dec 22, 2013 1:40 PM

    He’s no Favre, who would have selfishly ignored medical science, popped a few pills, thrown 20-25 interceptions and sink his team’s playoff chances all out of a sense of “toughness.”

  28. hurricanegrabowski says: Dec 22, 2013 1:42 PM

    If he’s so concerned about being perceived as insensitive then how do you explain his facial hair? That stache is trash.

  29. thebirdofprey2 says: Dec 22, 2013 1:44 PM

    I don’t question Rogers toughness at all after watching him play for a few years behind a terrible offensive line and for the most part get up and keep playing at the highest level.

    I am not sure if it makes him work harder but he comes off insecure with these stories and what he says in the media at times when things get negative.

  30. jerrykill4pres says: Dec 22, 2013 1:45 PM

    We all know that for 20 years now GB has had some pretty magical qb play. You go from #4 to Rodgers, that’s a pretty good transition. Rodgers first two years weren’t spectacular. 2008 and 2009 he was good. But not spectacular. From there he took off. In 2010, Bretts second season here in MN, Rodgers became unstoppable.

    As much as a Vikings fan would love to say that Rodgers is made of glass. Your trying to compare him to #4.. You just can’t. There won’t be another QB to have the longevity Brett had. Brett would play thru anything.

    Rodgers and GB are being smart about this. Why risk his future for 2 games yet this season? As much as I love seeing GB having qb struggles. And flynns inconsistency. I’d rather GB had Rodgers for the future. Than just the next two games and POSSIBLY the playoffs. GB won’t go anywhere this year in the playoffs. Their defense isn’t much better than ours.

    I look forward to him being back in 2014. And having a healthy career from then on. Bringing him out now is stupid. But, Hes a bit of a crybaby. His sensitivity reminds me of a woman.

  31. folkcrusader says: Dec 22, 2013 1:45 PM

    He’s considered one of the best, if not the best QB in the NFL. If that’s not enough for him then I can’t help him.

  32. thesconnienation says: Dec 22, 2013 1:47 PM

    I love the Vikings fans who talk smack about Rodgers incessantly. If only they knew what a QB is.

  33. Paul M. says: Dec 22, 2013 1:50 PM

    Hey Aaron, I’ve met Brett Favre, and you sir are no Brett Favre.


  34. asublimeday says: Dec 22, 2013 1:50 PM

    I’m sorry the bears were able to take advantage of that sensitive collar bone on sensitive Aaron and send the packers sensitive season down the Toliet.

  35. abninf says: Dec 22, 2013 1:54 PM

    Romo wouldn’t have missed a game with that injury. he plays with cracked ribs and collapsed lungs. Rogers is soft.

  36. SilentMajority says: Dec 22, 2013 1:54 PM

    Rodgers needs to shave that mustache. I have to When I think of the person who drives the “Free Candy” mobile, they have a mustache much like Aaron Rodgers.

  37. thejuddstir says: Dec 22, 2013 1:57 PM

    Rodgers is one of the best QB’s in the league but he’s still a china doll and now aparently isn’t a quick healer.

  38. broncos4ever says: Dec 22, 2013 1:59 PM

    Erin sensitive?

  39. shuttaman1990 says: Dec 22, 2013 2:08 PM

    Lol what?
    That’s more like being stupid.
    He got a fractured Collarbone CMON NOW! Sit down and shut down for the season. Dude should be happy he got a ring, and still could get one in the future! He didn’t go out like Rich Gannon!

  40. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Dec 22, 2013 2:09 PM

    “Erin” – that’s funny because it’s the Gaelic name for Ireland! I get it, he’s like an Irishman.

  41. f1restarter says: Dec 22, 2013 2:11 PM

    Anyone who says AR lacks toughness is either a moron, a Vikings fan, or knows nothing about football.

    He’s been sacked repeatedly behind a bad offensive line for years, he plays in cold, snowy Lambeau Field, and he’s taken a team with a subpar defense and running game to the playoffs in nearly every season he’s been the starter. It takes mental toughness to do those things for almost an entire football career.

    It would be easy for some players to give up and begin worrying about personal statistics (i.e. getting 2,500 yards rushing, for example), but that hasn’t happened, and it won’t happen.

  42. GenXJay says: Dec 22, 2013 2:14 PM

    It was me. i privately called him “sensitive.” not mention the continous name “ShAaron.” It’s synonymous.

  43. csilojohnson says: Dec 22, 2013 2:21 PM

    So funny I dont know how to put it into words.

  44. mydroopysack says: Dec 22, 2013 2:21 PM

    So what you’re saying is Aaron Rogers is the Drake of football. Gotcha.

  45. thesconnienation says: Dec 22, 2013 2:30 PM

    Just checking to see if you ladies have ever broken a bone? Not exactly an injury you have control over. It’s not like a knee injury that you can take steroids to help.

  46. 4sacroc says: Dec 22, 2013 2:37 PM

    People who have suffered broken collarbones know it is a long road to recovery.

    Charles Woodson, in fact, took more than 10 weeks to heal.

  47. herlies says: Dec 22, 2013 2:38 PM

    Rodgers has been sacked more times than Jay Cutler and has 17 fewer starts.

    He’s tough enough.

  48. nickynick04 says: Dec 22, 2013 2:43 PM

    Most Viking fans do not know how to deal with an All pro QB…especially if they drafted him

  49. lrical says: Dec 22, 2013 2:46 PM

    It took romo 2 months to come back from a collar bone. That injury just takes time so just relax

  50. packerfanfordecades says: Dec 22, 2013 2:46 PM

    I broke my collarbone when I was 22 (car accident). It happened the first week of August. Apart from keeping the arm quiet for a while and drinking enough milk, not too much can be done to accelerate healing. I didn’t have any bone scans, but I could just tell I wasn’t ready to go out and play touch football again in the fraternity league until late October.

    Bones heal first by growing a layer of new bone over the fracture point. That new layer gradually gets thicker. The fracture point itself doesn’t finish knitting back together for some 4 – 6 months (maybe longer, I forget).

    So, if you play and take a shot to the shoulder, the bone strength to handle the stress is limited to the shell of new bone tissue sitting over the break. Heck, it’s not that big a bone to begin with so just a shell around that perimeter of the bone can’t be very durable. (A doctor once told me that trying to operate on a clavicle and put some metal in there would extend the healing process or really mess up the healing or cause an infection or all of the above.)

    Definitely not a perfect analogy …..
    If I bust off the wood handle of my snow shovel into two pieces trying to lift too much weight … then …. quickly repairing the splintered ends with wraps of duck tape isn’t going to work for much for long. I’ll end up with the handle in two pieces again because the layers of tape around the perimeter of the handle just can’t be as durable as somehow miraculously healing all the molecules of the splinters together again. At least the duck tape would take some abuse because it isn’t brittle. Maybe fixing the shovel handle with layers of dry wall spackle would be a better analogy.

    I’m speculating that “extraordinary risk” is a short way to say all that.


  51. nickynick04 says: Dec 22, 2013 2:47 PM

    Unless your team has won multiple Super Bowls… are irrelevant…..
    and pathetic… do not deserve an opinion…CASE CLOSED

  52. contra74 says: Dec 22, 2013 3:13 PM

    In the time the Rodgers has been out Favre would have built you a deck, dug a pool, helped 6 cows give birth, overhauled 3 tractor engines, and helped your team clinch a playoff spot.

    That’s Favre…then there Rodgers healing an owie with his pal Ryan Braun.

  53. toes110 says: Dec 22, 2013 3:29 PM

    Rodgers is sensitive and weak, much like the economy of the pretend “state” to the east of the Great State of Minnesota.

  54. keunappa says: Dec 22, 2013 6:42 PM

    The spin they are putting on this is exposing Rodgers for the fake tough guy he is.

    This sensitivity thing is one area where Rodgers could learn from Cutler. Cutler has a glass jaw but doesn’t seem to care what anybody thinks about him and just moves on.

  55. nflrox36 says: Dec 23, 2013 8:49 AM

    I don’t question Rodgers’ toughness, he cant play until he’s cleared to play…I do question that ridiculous moustache…There are people who can pull off a stache, and those who cant…Rodger’s cant. It just looks silly

  56. jp92367 says: Dec 23, 2013 10:42 AM

    It’s a broken bone people. Sometimes they take longer to heal than expected.

    I do agree about the stache. Do a goatee or a full beard but the ’70’s porn stache needs to go.

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