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Aaron Rodgers to Ben McAdoo: Put me down as a reference

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Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo was reportedly added to the Browns’ head coaching interview list this week and his most famous charge in Green Bay offered his full-throated support for McAdoo on Tuesday.

During his weekly radio show, quarterback Aaron Rodgers praised McAdoo’s work ethic and understanding of how to relate to players while putting together an offensive scheme. He also went public with his willingness to serve as a reference for McAdoo should anyone want to get his opinion on the coach’s ability to handle the responsibilities of a head coaching position.

“I sent him a text,” Rodgers said on ESPN Wisconsin, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I said, ‘Make sure you put me down as a reference.’ Just a little pro athlete joke there, but I’m happy for Ben. Any opportunities he gets, he deserves. He’s a guy that works extremely hard. We had a long talk yesterday, and I just continued to echo the things that I felt about him and appreciate about him.”

Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that McAdoo’s interview with the Browns will take place on Wednesday. Should he get the job, he’d follow in the footsteps of Andy Reid’s path from quarterbacks coach in Green Bay to head coach without ever being an offensive coordinator. One of the people who helped make the decision to hire Reid in Philly was Joe Banner, who now serves as the CEO of the Browns.

If McAdoo doesn’t get a top job, he’s expected to generate interest as an offensive coordinator. The Dolphins have been mentioned as a potential landing spot as coach Joe Philbin worked with McAdoo before leaving Green Bay for Miami.

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27 Responses to “Aaron Rodgers to Ben McAdoo: Put me down as a reference”
  1. whatjusthapped says: Jan 8, 2014 8:09 AM

    Surprised the Vikings didn’t call him in for a head coaching job interview, after all, he works for the Packers.

  2. emoney826 says: Jan 8, 2014 8:15 AM

    So if Cleveland calls Rodgers, isn’t that illegal?

    I’m kidding by the way. No need for some of you to freak out.

  3. nicklincoln says: Jan 8, 2014 8:48 AM

    He must be good if he can relate to players, put together an offensive scheme AND do all this during a weekly radio show.

  4. bearssuck says: Jan 8, 2014 8:55 AM

    The Browns organization is doomed. Why in the world would anyone go there?

  5. clownsfan says: Jan 8, 2014 9:27 AM

    Another example of Banner trying to be “King-maker”
    It pretty sad when you hope the next new HC sucks so the new GM & CEO, who hired him, get canned. Banner is turning us into a bigger joke that we already are. And I didn’t think that was possible.

  6. packerfansarefat says: Jan 8, 2014 9:39 AM

    Yep…..I hear he offers that often.

  7. rayala3 says: Jan 8, 2014 9:48 AM

    Maybe that roided baseball player in could use a reference.

  8. munny10 says: Jan 8, 2014 9:49 AM

    As a pack fan, I’m sure McAdoo is good if AR is going to support him. But, if I’m Cleveland I would look at the offenses inability to get off to fast starts, red zone and third down (in)efficiency since Philbin left for MIA. Then need to talk to McAdoo and others – is that drop related to your failures or McCarthy’s. Big pants to fill if you are going to compare him to Andy Reid.

  9. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 8, 2014 10:09 AM

    Maybe he can also get a reference from Graham Harr…B.J. Cole…Vince You…Seneca Wall…Scott Tolz…Matt Fly…

  10. jonny42671 says: Jan 8, 2014 10:14 AM

    Was this guy a RECEIVER for Rodgers?

  11. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 8, 2014 10:51 AM

    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says:
    Jan 8, 2014 10:09 AM
    Maybe he can also get a reference from Graham Harr…B.J. Cole…Vince You…Seneca Wall…Scott Tolz…Matt Fly…

    —–

    The same Matt Flynn who had a better record as a starter than any Vikings QB?

  12. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 8, 2014 11:56 AM

    tokyosandblaster says:Jan 8, 2014 10:51 AM

    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says:
    Jan 8, 2014 10:09 AM
    Maybe he can also get a reference from Graham Harr…B.J. Cole…Vince You…Seneca Wall…Scott Tolz…Matt Fly…

    —–

    The same Matt Flynn who had a better record as a starter than any Vikings QB?
    _______

    Apparently not, since Flynn’s record as a starter was 2-2 and Matt Cassel’s record as a starter was 3-3. Congratulations again on that 1-point win over Atlanta at home.

  13. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jan 8, 2014 12:00 PM

    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says:
    Jan 8, 2014 11:56 AM

    tokyosandblaster says:Jan 8, 2014 10:51 AM

    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says:
    Jan 8, 2014 10:09 AM
    Maybe he can also get a reference from Graham Harr…B.J. Cole…Vince You…Seneca Wall…Scott Tolz…Matt Fly…

    —–

    The same Matt Flynn who had a better record as a starter than any Vikings QB?
    _______

    Apparently not, since Flynn’s record as a starter was 2-2 and Matt Cassel’s record as a starter was 3-3. Congratulations again on that 1-point win over Atlanta at home.

    ———-

    Congratulations, your starting QB is as good as Matt Flynn.

  14. shaggytoodle says: Jan 8, 2014 12:04 PM

    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says:
    Jan 8, 2014 11:56 AM

    Congratulations again on that 1-point win over Atlanta at home.
    ________________

    Flynn helped the Packers make the playoffs, more than Roethlisberger helped the Steelers make the playoffs.

  15. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 8, 2014 12:09 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Jan 8, 2014 12:00 PM

    Congratulations, your starting QB is as good as Matt Flynn.
    _______

    That’s high praise coming from the guy who proclaimed Matt Flynn to be the savior of the Packers franchise. Still, Cassel was better because you have to give him credit for the win over Chicago. I’ll give Flynn credit for the tie with the Vikings. That makes Cassel 4-3 and Flynn 2-2-1. Also, Cassel won the game at Baltimore but the game was stolen by a phantom pass interference call that negated an interception at the end of the game. Also, Cassel wasn’t cut by three teams in one season.

  16. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 8, 2014 12:10 PM

    Also, Cassel didn’t get beat out by two rookie undrafted free agents that play for terrible teams.

  17. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jan 8, 2014 12:35 PM

    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says:
    Jan 8, 2014 12:09 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Jan 8, 2014 12:00 PM

    Congratulations, your starting QB is as good as Matt Flynn.
    _______

    That’s high praise coming from the guy who proclaimed Matt Flynn to be the savior of the Packers franchise. Still, Cassel was better because you have to give him credit for the win over Chicago. I’ll give Flynn credit for the tie with the Vikings. That makes Cassel 4-3 and Flynn 2-2-1. Also, Cassel won the game at Baltimore but the game was stolen by a phantom pass interference call that negated an interception at the end of the game. Also, Cassel wasn’t cut by three teams in one season.

    ——

    Wow, you sure do like to spend a lot of time analyzing Matt Cassel’s performance as compared to our backup QB. You do know your team was 5-10-1 and that Matt Cassel is not likely to be your starting QB past week 8 of the 2014 season, right? That is going to be the 5th QB taken in this year’s draft. I’m sure he’ll turn out to be a future hall of famer. Seems like that’s the destiny for most Vike draft picks.

  18. shaggytoodle says: Jan 8, 2014 12:35 PM

    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says:
    Jan 8, 2014 12:09 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:Jan 8, 2014 12:00 PM

    Congratulations, your starting QB is as good as Matt Flynn.
    _______

    That’s high praise coming from the guy who proclaimed Matt Flynn to be the savior of the Packers franchise. Still, Cassel was better because you have to give him credit for the win over Chicago. I’ll give Flynn credit for the tie with the Vikings. That makes Cassel 4-3 and Flynn 2-2-1. Also, Cassel won the game at Baltimore but the game was stolen by a phantom pass interference call that negated an interception at the end of the game. Also, Cassel wasn’t cut by three teams in one season.
    ________

    I will give you that Cassel was good, what blew my mind is why he wasn’t starting after the game in London when he beat the Steelers… I thought that was the whole reason hey had brought him in the off-season. Then to bring in Freeman after that to sit on the bench, just shows how silly the Vikings run their team.

  19. axespray says: Jan 8, 2014 12:47 PM

    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says:
    Jan 8, 2014 10:09 AM
    “Maybe he can also get a reference from Graham Harr…B.J. Cole…Vince You…Seneca Wall…Scott Tolz…Matt Fly…”
    ————————–
    Try Ponder – McNabb – Gus – Cassel – Freeman – Culpepper – Brad Johnson – etc.

    oh wait, those were viking starters – not backups.

  20. yaryers says: Jan 8, 2014 12:51 PM

    “Just a little pro athlete joke there…”

    Oh cool, because I didn’t get it.

    Aaron Rodgers is the Tiger Woods of football…

    Dude, you’re not funny.

  21. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 8, 2014 1:18 PM

    “Hey, this guy has a reference from Aaron Rodgers!”.

    “You mean the Packer’s QB, the guy who is…… you know…ummm……”.

    “Oh yeah, I forgot about that, who else we got….”.

  22. Jikky Jax says: Jan 8, 2014 1:39 PM

    To The Great Ted Thompson the Genius:

    I feel your pain, man, it’s been a tough year. But, I don’t think continuing to lash out at Packers is going to help. I think we need to let this season go and focus on the positives of the future:

    - CP84 had an awesome rookie season and has huge upside
    - AD continues to run strong
    - GJ seems to have found his stride
    - We have a high draft pick in a QB-rich draft
    - New administration will be coming, coming!

    So, lots to look forward to! My advice to you is just breath, take a few weeks off, and let’s start getting ready for the draft!

    Skol!

  23. shaggytoodle says: Jan 8, 2014 2:26 PM

    - CP84 had an awesome rookie season and has huge upside
    – AD continues to run strong
    – GJ seems to have found his stride
    – We have a high draft pick in a QB-rich draft
    – New administration will be coming, coming!
    ________________

    He has upside but needs to grow a lot as a WR.

    AD also is getting older and more banged up.

    GJ Is on the downslope of his career.

    You had a top 15 pick the year you took Ponder. In a draft class that had when Dalton and Kaepernick got drafted after him.

  24. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 8, 2014 4:09 PM

    I see that zany Rodgers photobombed another picture. He’s really put on weight since his friendship with Braun broke up.

  25. dahmergeinteam says: Jan 8, 2014 4:18 PM

    Full-throated support, huh? Just my kind of guy.

  26. bumbleb572 says: Jan 8, 2014 4:45 PM

    If they hire this guy and it blows up in their face, Jimmy you better get rid of Banner and Lombardo. Its becoming obvious nobody wants to work with these nazi control type individuals and with an owner who may be staying at the graybar motel in the future. Thank you Goodell and NFL for giving the great fans of cleveland this mess when you hand picked them to own this franchise.

  27. dgt178 says: Jan 9, 2014 3:56 PM

    …it’s amazing……viking fans proclaim to hate the packers….yet they seem to know more packer stats than packer fans……just remember ‘queenies….envy is a deadly sin…..jealous fools……

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