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Packers had players-only meeting, apparently over excessive video games

On a day made famous by John Madden’s Turducken, a Green Bay defeat to cap the game during which Madden’s favorite player was honored may have been fueled in part by an addiction to Madden’s billion-dollar video game franchise.

“They had a little players-only meeting this past couple weeks ago before that Minnesota game,” NBC’s Cris Collinsworth said midway through the third quarter of Green Bay’s 17-13 loss to the Bears on Thanksgiving night. “I don’t think Aaron Rodgers was too happy with the preparation schedule of some of the young players on this team. A few too many video games being played and not enough homework.”

The Madden intervention apparently worked against the Vikings. But with a short week and a quick turnaround and a premium placed on preparation before playing again on Thursday, it could be that the Lure of the PS4 kept the Packers from being as ready to go as they should have been.

They now have a full six days to prepare for their next game, which will be another visit to prime time via a Thursday night trip to Detroit, one of two NFC North rivals who have come to Lambeau Field this month and beaten the home team.

The Packers have every incentive to win this next one. And they have the talent to do it, too. As long as the young players on the team can resist messing with consoles that are being purchased by the truckload on Black Friday.

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76 Responses to “Packers had players-only meeting, apparently over excessive video games”
  1. linemanguy74 says: Nov 27, 2015 8:47 AM

    Best excuse EVER !!!!!!

  2. coltluger says: Nov 27, 2015 8:52 AM

    Sounds like Mike McMuffin has lost his lockeroom.

  3. ad28bestever says: Nov 27, 2015 8:52 AM

    Omg, when does it end with this team? They have an excuse for everything. I bet even in the video games they were getting calls in their favor from the refs.

  4. noteamforlosangeles says: Nov 27, 2015 9:05 AM

    Should have played Ms. Pac-Man instead..

  5. TouchdownKANSASCITY! says: Nov 27, 2015 9:07 AM

    This team is down the dumpster fire road and there is only a couple exits to get off, before you are declared just that. Do you want to be mentioned in the same breath as Cleveland? No you say? Then get your **** together!!

  6. suicidalionsfan says: Nov 27, 2015 9:09 AM

    Does Rodgers’ showing up in every other TV commercial these days have anything to do with his and the team’s crappy play ? Maybe a “player’s only” meeting is needed to straighten out Aaron.

  7. jhein23 says: Nov 27, 2015 9:10 AM

    Davante Adams, Richard Rodgers and Eddie Lacy playing video games and 2 of them getting fat while doing so.

  8. jhein23 says: Nov 27, 2015 9:12 AM

    I don’t think it’s an excuse it’s Aaron Rodgers doing what everyone says he doesn’t do – be a leader. Stop playing video games and concentrate on your job its the middle of the season! Packers have no one to blame for themselves – they are a draft and develop team and they drafted some knuckleheads on offense. Lacy and Adams are not Jordy Nelson’s when it comes to preparation.

  9. thelogicalsportsfan says: Nov 27, 2015 9:13 AM

    Some weird stuff going on in GB lately…

  10. doggeatdogg says: Nov 27, 2015 9:24 AM

    Overgrown children. Shocking.

  11. jeffesky says: Nov 27, 2015 9:24 AM

    A loss to the Lions is more likely than not which is a shock to say. Pack has to get some resolve because the Lions are foaming at the mouth right now.

  12. badbabyjane says: Nov 27, 2015 9:25 AM

    Fact, people who devote their lives to Madden football and fantasy league football are total losers (no jobs, no friends, no relationships, and no self-esteem) and are a giant energy suck to our economy.

  13. coltluger says: Nov 27, 2015 9:25 AM

    Eddy Lacy shall now be called “Tubby Waistley.” That is all.

  14. pervyspankspackfans says: Nov 27, 2015 9:26 AM

    Pretty sure Vince Lombardi is ashamed of modern day Packer organization. You lost your way. Now you losing the North for good.

  15. jonathankrobinson424 says: Nov 27, 2015 9:32 AM

    ……maybe the coaches can fix the video games so it just shows the PACKERS playbook… least they could be learning while playing.

  16. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 27, 2015 9:35 AM

    If that’s the state of the league, that young guys would rather play video games than prepare for a game their getting paid millions to play…..the NFL won’t be around much longer because after the horrid level of play this year throughout the league they’re crazy if they thing it will keep people as engage as they have been.

    I watched none of the games yesterday and had no problem finding other ways to entertain myself.

  17. taintedsaints2009 says: Nov 27, 2015 9:36 AM

    Stupid kids and their video games. What a waste of time.

  18. redrew says: Nov 27, 2015 9:38 AM

    The Pack need new hobbies. Maybe boat cruises like in Minnesota

  19. codythao35 says: Nov 27, 2015 9:53 AM

    Playing video games or not Rodgers choke.

  20. coltluger says: Nov 27, 2015 9:55 AM

    What else is there to do in WI? McMuffin and Waistley have obviously taken to eating out of boredom.

  21. leatherface2012 says: Nov 27, 2015 9:58 AM

    funny how fans from every other team on hear can clearly see the ref bias toward green bay. is so obvious its sickening

  22. ninjapleazee says: Nov 27, 2015 9:59 AM


  23. ocdn says: Nov 27, 2015 10:05 AM


    How about them Slackers?

  24. alfredogarciashead says: Nov 27, 2015 10:06 AM

    The refs tries their hardest with 12 calls on the Bears and only 3 on the Pack but they couldn’t quite pull it out.

  25. trapshoot says: Nov 27, 2015 10:09 AM

    Same personnel as last year, with absense of Nelson. Biggest change – McCarthy giving up play calling.

  26. chicagobtech says: Nov 27, 2015 10:10 AM

    The Chicago Blackhawks locker room bonds over games of Mario Kart during their long road trips. They’ve also won three championships in the last six years.

    Maybe it’s not the video games that are the problem Aaron.

  27. bassplucker says: Nov 27, 2015 10:23 AM

    So do the Packers never get called for holding and does Rodgers get bailed out with phantom PI calls in Madden, too?

  28. bill4544 says: Nov 27, 2015 10:25 AM

    Biggest Change, they are who we thought they were , chokers

  29. jimnsota says: Nov 27, 2015 10:27 AM

    Up up – down down- left- right- left- right -B- A -select- start.
    To all of the Packers players that will unlock unlimited lives in Contra for your first gen Nintendos.
    No thanks needed, happy early Merry Christmas.

  30. ikeclanton says: Nov 27, 2015 10:30 AM

    Football takes much more study than hockey

  31. weepingjebus says: Nov 27, 2015 10:31 AM

    Aaron Rodgers cannot throw properly inflated footballs, all men know this.

  32. BigGuyForYou says: Nov 27, 2015 10:33 AM

    Better video games than going out and acting like clowns on the town.

  33. coltluger says: Nov 27, 2015 10:47 AM

    If they make footballs shaped like turkeys, Tubby Waistley would never fumble.

  34. tarkentin says: Nov 27, 2015 10:49 AM

    Skoal! If the Vikes beat GB in Lambeau, we don’t need a SB.

  35. powersnatch0102 says: Nov 27, 2015 10:50 AM

    Rodgers holding a meeting over this?? Maybe that’s the problem

  36. vikesfan says: Nov 27, 2015 10:58 AM

    One misses the days of ol’ Vince, when there would have been no team meeting on video games. Rather, players would be extricating them from their rear cavities.

  37. styro1 says: Nov 27, 2015 11:10 AM

    People can get addicted to anything. Drugs, alcohol, gambling, shopping, surfing the web, video games, fantasy football, porn and even work. Everything in moderation as they say. Although I even have had some problems with a couple of these listed.

  38. guachosporlife says: Nov 27, 2015 11:14 AM

    Millenials, the most annoying generation ever.

  39. ionlyrootforthewinningteam says: Nov 27, 2015 11:24 AM

    As a Bears fan, I would like to say I had a great time watching the game last night. Even though there was many bad calls that game, it was still a hard fought rivalry fight for the history books. Packers vs. Bears is always a great fight and the fans respect one another no matter what the outcome unlike some of the other teams in the division.

  40. carloswlassiter says: Nov 27, 2015 11:28 AM

    coltluger says:
    Nov 27, 2015 8:52 AM

    Sounds like Mike McMuffin has lost his lockeroom.
    I really wish I had thought of this first.

  41. ocdn says: Nov 27, 2015 11:32 AM

    The Packers didn’t lose, the Bears were just a better team, eh uspuppy?

  42. tqaztec says: Nov 27, 2015 11:32 AM

    Maybe if Mr Rodgers would sit down and play with his teammates, they would get on the same page.

  43. immafubared says: Nov 27, 2015 11:34 AM

    The Lions will kick their arses and we can all finally acknowledge what I’ve felt for a long time: this is not a talented football team. Pass D one of the worst in the league, O line just isn’t playing that well this year, running game is ok but this is a passing league now and the passing game is less than average. Reason, Adams, Rogers, Perrillo, Jones, all lack speed, Easily covered by man, leaving Cobb to be double teamed or covered by other teams fastest dback. That is why other teams are giant killers now against the Pack. Nothing to fear here!

  44. immafubared says: Nov 27, 2015 11:47 AM

    Nov 27, 2015 9:10 AM
    Davante Adams, Richard Rodgers and Eddie Lacy playing video games and 2 of them getting fat while doing so.

    Two of three? which one do you have being thin?

  45. rosstuckershair says: Nov 27, 2015 11:54 AM

    Why didn’t McMuffin and the position coaches take control of this in training camp? Does Rodgers now have to police the place? Does he have to continue to prop up this average coaching staff that is clueless, and now perform their duties?

    Good coaches can spot bad study habits in a second…

    I can see this though….lol
    “From now more video games in my complex. Excuse me, but this call is from Olivia…

  46. contra74 says: Nov 27, 2015 12:03 PM

    Maybe all those excuses aren’t real?

    Maybe the real problem is Aaron Munn.

  47. docsweeney says: Nov 27, 2015 12:05 PM

    Several thoughts:

    1. The calls – Packers Oline with some of the most blatant holdingI’ve ever seen in 30 years of watching NFL and NOTHING?
    2. The way they carry on when nothing goes there way.
    3. The video game excuse is easily the lamest excuse I’ve ever seen reported.
    4. They are only as good as 12 plays and when he plays less than 100% perfect they lose.

  48. topheavy1 says: Nov 27, 2015 12:06 PM

    Rodgers is Green Bay’s main problem. He never attempts to encourage, praise or uplift his teammates when they’re down. He only gives them stink eye, blames them for his own mistakes, sulks, and pouts on the sidelines. It must be a real drag playing for this dude. Many players have in fact, indicated such.

  49. shadywarrior says: Nov 27, 2015 12:06 PM

    They might be big, jacked professional athletes…but they’re still millennials. Pray for the future.

  50. cornhusker44 says: Nov 27, 2015 12:16 PM

    On the plus side, watching a game of Madden is becoming more interesting and flowing than an average NFL game. No doubt about what a catch looks like, no flag on every play, takes less than 4 hours to play and you can mute out the crappy booth comments. In fact can ESPN not show it on Monday nights instead of the crap Goodell and Blandino serve us up?

  51. dubblelznhell says: Nov 27, 2015 12:24 PM

    Video games maybe a waste of time. But better than sitting around doing nothing and there’s worse things players could be out doing.

  52. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Nov 27, 2015 12:27 PM

    Kids these days.

  53. tjacks7 says: Nov 27, 2015 12:30 PM

    Rodgers is clearly not a natural leader that guys gravitate towards and follow. A few more losses before guys are openly throwing him under the bus and this thing really blows up.

  54. whynotjustadmitit says: Nov 27, 2015 12:39 PM

    Greg Jennings was right. He just doesn’t have it in him to shoulder any blame.

    Admit it Packer fans. Just one time. I promise you won’t pass out from exhaustion. Or was Greg right about that too? That you’re too brainwashed to see what everyone else sees?

  55. wallabear says: Nov 27, 2015 1:04 PM

    Of course the Lions will best the Packers, since the Lions are better than the Bears.

  56. bucsorbust says: Nov 27, 2015 1:04 PM

    Aaron Rodgers is one of my favorite QBs and the Packers would probably be one of my favorite teams were I not in it for being a Bucs season-ticket owner. That said, I get the impression the Packers have taken for granted…that their home field will always guarantee victory. It’s time for them to be more attentive to basic prep and taking every game as a planned brawl like they used to…like they did to get themselves out of the their last few slumps and back to their historic winning ways. The Bears are fighting to get back into the hunt, and I get the impression the Packers think they are entitled to it no matter what. The Packers were the better team last night, but the Bears were more prepared, wanted it more.

  57. Fake French Accent says: Nov 27, 2015 1:10 PM

    Dude, the new Madden is super dope.

    It wastes WAY too much of my time as well.

    I get it.

  58. JeffreyDahmerWisconsinsFavoriteSon says: Nov 27, 2015 1:11 PM

    What do you expect? Is there anything else to do here? Do you know where we play? The players have admitted that this is last place they want to come to?

  59. zeke2517 says: Nov 27, 2015 1:16 PM

    Right. Because Madden is the only video game. Brilliant research.

  60. kylexitron says: Nov 27, 2015 1:23 PM

    The packers decline coincides with the release of Fallout 4. Not shocking to anyone who’s played it.

  61. kanodogg says: Nov 27, 2015 1:40 PM

    so fallout 4 is to blame for those losses

  62. rosstuckershair says: Nov 27, 2015 2:10 PM

    I think every non Packer fan should send their used video games to the Packer Office in Green Bay…

  63. shlort says: Nov 27, 2015 2:10 PM

    Lose a few games and the speculation starts. The Packers problem is they have horrible wide receivers who can’t catch balls when they hit them right in the hands. That is the gist of the struggles in Green Bay. Adams dropped 8 balls and the other he didn’t catch, he was bumped by a defender and immediately looked for a flag while porter basically sealed the deal with an interception.

    If McCarthy and Rodgers don’t straighten these receivers out, the season is lost. At least the Packers will get to pick a little higher for a change. Maybe they can draft someone who can catch footballs?

  64. bassplucker says: Nov 27, 2015 2:12 PM

    But but, I thought it was Jay Cutler who was the horrible person who none of his teammates wanted to play for and always blamed someone else and had no leadership qualities. Just sayin.

  65. coltluger says: Nov 27, 2015 2:27 PM

    The problem is that the packers are Rodgers, and everyone else. Rodgers furthers this by never accepting any blame for anything that goes wrong in packer land.

    If there’s dissension it’s because of Rodgers’ arrogant, holier-than-thou attitude.

  66. cheeseisfattening says: Nov 27, 2015 2:34 PM

    “Green Bay has the talent to do it, too”?

    What team are you watching?

    The prima donna needs to have a players only meeting about Lacy’s and McCarthy’s diet but about video games?

    Seriously if you want to get on someone’s preparation fine but do not single out what people do in their spare time. Does he think he their mother? Focus on what they need to do to prepare correctly not blame them for their past time being bad. Frankly that is none of business.

  67. jh82208 says: Nov 27, 2015 2:34 PM

    The NFL is screwed not just the Packers. This new generation of player is too concerned with how they look on camera or their next Twitter pic/message among a long list of other “me first” things. They aren’t perfecting their craft like guys of yesteryear. You can see it in the quality of play each week and it’s turning fans like me away from the game whom have been lifelong followers.

  68. cheeseisfattening says: Nov 27, 2015 3:14 PM

    Can you imagine if someone got into his personal life and said stop doing X? Like maybe a reporter saying it about him and his pretend girlfriend?

  69. thebigcheesehead says: Nov 27, 2015 3:47 PM

    ad28bestever says:
    Nov 27, 2015 8:52 AM
    Omg, when does it end with this team? They have an excuse for everything. I bet even in the video games they were getting calls in their favor from the refs.

    yes, because the 2 calls that Rodgers got the def to jump offsides that they blew dead, 1 which would have been a touchdown…were in our favor. you guys are dumb. i’m sure you looked at Jeffery 2 yrds past the line of scrimmage and thought…that was a bad call too….

  70. ivanpavlov0000 says: Nov 27, 2015 6:00 PM

    The Packers have every incentive to win this next one. And they have the talent to do it, too.
    Sounds like they don’t even have to play the game.

    With Green Bay coming off a loss to the Bears and the Lions riding high on a winning streak … I like the Lions to win this and sweep Green Bay for the first time since 1991.

    Don’t forget that this game is indoors, which means the Packers can’t rely on the frozen tundra (huge home field advantage). I never would have guessed that Martha Ford has got her mojo working, but she does. If the Thanksgiving Lions play again next Thursday … Lions win.

    The elephant in the room is that the Packers were suspect last year and even worse this year. Aaron Rodgers is a fantastic QB, but one guy does not maketh an entire team. For the past couple of years he’s been getting knocked around a lot. In general his supporting cast seems to be weaker every year. If I were a Packer fan, I’d be looking for some changes in the off season.

  71. fanofpft says: Nov 27, 2015 6:12 PM

    Aaron is a rat fink.

  72. mezanine10 says: Nov 27, 2015 11:04 PM

    It’s Olivia Munn’s fault.

  73. tonebones says: Nov 27, 2015 11:52 PM

    There is no excuse for players not being prepared, but there aren’t too many Ivy League guys in the NFL either. Coaches can make it too complicated for their own good. When you have a guy like Aaron Rodgers, just concentrate on blocking and tackling and you should win 11 or 12 games easy.

  74. rho1953 says: Nov 28, 2015 11:41 AM

    It isn’t an excuse. It is just the truth. When you have an NFL network show on Madden 2015 that tells you it is a distraction. His receivers clearly are not getting the job done. Whatever their distraction, it is disgraceful that they are not catching the ball or being in the right spot.

  75. greenmean112meangreen says: Nov 28, 2015 6:33 PM

    I still don’t understand the attraction of a stupid video game to a youngman not a teenager but a man, and especially a professional football player, men don’t mature as fast today as they did in my time and I’m 58.

  76. whereyaat says: Dec 1, 2015 1:36 PM

    BigGuyForYou says:

    Better video games than going out and acting like clowns on the town.

    Exactly. You can’t get a DUI or get into a bar fight while playing video games. It is literally the cheapest form of entertainment, one $60 game could last you an entire year.

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