Aaron Rodgers is not happy about losing his coach

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Physically, Aaron Rodgers seems fine.

But the Packers quarterback’s feelings seem to be hurt.

During his interview with ESPN Radio this morning, Rodgers made it fairly obvious he wasn’t consulted — or happy — about the decision to let quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt go this offseason as part of a staff overhaul there.

My quarterback coach didn’t get retained,” Rodgers said, via Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin. “I thought that was an interesting change — really without consulting me. There’s a close connection between quarterback and quarterback coach. And that was an interesting decision.”

Van Pelt and Rodgers were tight, after four years together in their respective roles would suggest. But Van Pelt didn’t sign a contract extension which was offered last year, in part because coach Mike McCarthy has a habit of not letting assistants interview for coordinator jobs (including blocking Ben McAdoo in the past).

Van Pelt’s now in Cincinnati as quarterbacks coach.

McCarthy has turned over much of his staff, with new coordinators on both sides of the ball and a number of other staff changes (along with a new General Manager). And while there’s always seemingly been some level of creative tension between Rodgers and McCarthy, airing his grievances so publicly is unusual for a coach and quarterback who have had so much success together.

74 responses to “Aaron Rodgers is not happy about losing his coach

  1. They don’t need to consult players when they decide to part ways with a coach. You are a player, they are the front office. Let them worry about decisions like that, and you worry about throwing the ball. That’s why he is such a diva. They didn’t consult me, wha wha wha. Thinks he is above the team and the league.

  2. How Mike McCarthy still has a job is beyond me. He needs to go. Without Aaron Rodgers they are a dumpster fire. Without McCarthy they are still a threat. Do the math.

  3. McCarthy might be a bigger disaster than Marvin Lewis. He has been absolutely wasting Aaron Rodgers’ prime. The Packers should have doing in the NFC as the Patriots have done in the AFC. Imagine a Brady-Rodgers Super Bowl. McCarthy’s incompetence has robbed NFL fans of that.

  4. You’d seriously think Rodgers would have had some input into that decision — weird that MM wouldn’t have at least talked to him about it. Rodgers plays things pretty close to the vest, so if he beefs about it, you know he ain’t happy.

  5. Scapegoat for not having Brett Hundley ready?

    It’s not his fault he sucks. It’s the GM’s fault for drafting him and not noticing he still sucks years later.

    A new QB’s coach isn’t going to make Hundley good. But it could piss off Rodgers, and the Packers don’t want that.

  6. I said something similar on another post about AR, but if he ends up with only 1 ring his entire career, this will be one of the biggest talent wastes and disappointments in NFL history….especially where he’s not taking over for the lowly 0-16 Browns. AR’s first year as a starter, he took over for the 13-3 Green Bay Packers.

    It’s time to elevate his game and MAKE ALL AROUND YOU BETTER. The greatest QBs stay on the field longer taking pressure off their defense AND turn no names into household stars…(see: Julian Edelman, James White, Wes Welker).

    Step up AR!

  7. I love how this quote gets pulled out while he’s happy about Philbin coming back and the defensive coaching changes.

  8. ARod(in his collarbone) says:

    February 1, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    They don’t need to consult players when they decide to part ways with a coach. You are a player, they are the front office. Let them worry about decisions like that, and you worry about throwing the ball. That’s why he is such a diva. They didn’t consult me, wha wha wha. Thinks he is above the team and the league.

    ____________________________

    Man you were probably doing cartwheels out of bed this morning when you read this article. When you’re the best QB in the NFL and have to work with a below average run game, bottom 5 o-line against pass protection and a defense putting you in horrible situations, they should at least have him in the room for discussion.

  9. When a Packer fan posted a month or so ago that any coaching or office changes would have to be approved by St. Aaron, I thought the poster was crazy.

    Obviously, St. Aaron expected that. Unbelievable.

  10. Its interesting to find out McCarthy doesn’t allow his assistants to interview for positions to better themselves, must have a bunch of people resenting him for deterring them to progress in their profession. had a boss like that once, what a dousche, people like that typically let that occur because they help that person immensely at their jobs, which in turn lets them slack off, cause they’re the boss right? may be different in football and not saying the QB coach has helped in Mccarthys success, Rodgers has more so than anyone, but McCarthy is clearly a dousche. Thats why it pays to work for yourself and not the man.

  11. I thought that was an interesting change — really without consulting me. There’s a close connection between quarterback and quarterback coach. And that was an interesting decision.

    >>

    Sounds like Favre… toward the end.
    Watch them go out and draft Sam Darnold and Rodgers throws a fit.

    Face it, you’re Marino with a ring. And Tom Brady will always be like Joe Montana. And you never will.

  12. Beyond being good friends, after four years what could the guy teach Rodgers that isn’t already intuitive? Rodgers has to think outside the box too. Maybe a new influence will help get him past the second or third round in the playoffs.

  13. I think readers are missing an underlying point here and that is Van Pelt was only in this situation because of Mccarthy’s rule of not letting coaches interview for higher positions. That is weak man, imagine when he was coordinator in San Fran and his head coach was like yeah no you gotta stay here and do your job and cannot interview for a Head Coaching job. Mccarthy has always been a boob and this is yet another chapter of the fractured relationship with him and Rodgers.

  14. After Peyton Manning in Indy, I never thought I’d see another great QB squandered as much as he was. Green Bay has proven me wrong.

    How each of those teams managed to dodge greatness for so long with such great QBs is amazing, and sad.

  15. What a crybaby. I personally love seeing the Packers implode. I find it hilarious actually. But to see Rodgers cry about his QB coach when he has 3 of the top 15 paid WR’s on his team is a joke.

    I wonder how many times in the past 10 years these “experts” have picked the Packers to win the NFC or win the Super Bowl. It’s like a previous poster said, the fact that people talk about how great Aaron Rodgers is, why the heck does he only have ONE Super Bowl appearance?

    I see a lot of people complain about Brees just wanting to pad his stats and not worry about team success. Can we say the same thing for Rodgers?

  16. onebuffalove716 says:
    February 1, 2018 at 12:09 pm
    The only reason McCarthy has had the success is because of Rodgers
    —–
    McCarthy will retire when he or Rodgers is no longer a Packer.

    Outside of Rodgers getting hurt, thats the only way he will not be exposed as a fraud.

  17. Maddmatter – you’re giving an individual credit for team results. He also has had 2 seasons cut short by collarbone injuries.

    Also, why are you so upset about him supporting his coach of four years? Perhaps he liked working with the guy. Is that so bad?

  18. “bigpappagreek says:
    February 1, 2018 at 1:18 pm
    Its interesting to find out McCarthy doesn’t allow his assistants to interview for positions to better themselves, must have a bunch of people resenting him for deterring them to progress in their profession. had a boss like that once, what a dousche, people like that typically let that occur because they help that person immensely at their jobs, which in turn lets them slack off, cause they’re the boss right? may be different in football and not saying the QB coach has helped in Mccarthys success, Rodgers has more so than anyone, but McCarthy is clearly a dousche. Thats why it pays to work for yourself and not the man.”

    And as a polar opposite, almost every coach with Belichick over the years has been promoted from within. McDaniels, O’Brian, Mangini, Patricia, etc. etc. Even now, it’s all but official Brian Flores is going to take over as DC and Chad O’Shea as OC once the current guys move on in a week.

  19. maddmatter5 says:
    February 1, 2018 at 1:31 pm
    What a crybaby. I personally love seeing the Packers implode. I find it hilarious actually. But to see Rodgers cry about his QB coach when he has 3 of the top 15 paid WR’s on his team is a joke.

    I wonder how many times in the past 10 years these “experts” have picked the Packers to win the NFC or win the Super Bowl. It’s like a previous poster said, the fact that people talk about how great Aaron Rodgers is, why the heck does he only have ONE Super Bowl appearance?

    I see a lot of people complain about Brees just wanting to pad his stats and not worry about team success. Can we say the same thing for Rodgers?
    ___________________________________________________________________________________

    Apparently you’re also one of these so-called “experts.” If you had even an inkling of football knowledge, you’d know that Green Bay has had the most piss poor of defenses over the last decade. Which, as anyone who even watches 20 minutes of football in a given weekend can tell you, if there’s no defense, there’s no trophy. Now back to your Richard Simmons workoput video, troll boy.

  20. Considering the investment that teams make in the QB position it stands to reason that a team should want to keep their QB happy as long as they are playing at a high level.

  21. JameisWillTakeUsToThePromiseLand says:
    February 1, 2018 at 12:37 pm
    ARod(in his collarbone) says:

    February 1, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    They don’t need to consult players when they decide to part ways with a coach. You are a player, they are the front office. Let them worry about decisions like that, and you worry about throwing the ball. That’s why he is such a diva. They didn’t consult me, wha wha wha. Thinks he is above the team and the league.

    ____________________________

    Man you were probably doing cartwheels out of bed this morning when you read this article. When you’re the best QB in the NFL and have to work with a below average run game, bottom 5 o-line against pass protection and a defense putting you in horrible situations, they should at least have him in the room for discussion.

    ———-

    Two things:

    1) Tom Brady is the best QB in the NFL…

    2) ARod is Alex Rodriguez…not Aaron Rogers….

  22. As much as I appreciate Rodgers as our quarterback, and probably agree that he should have been consulted as it pertains to changes made in the QB coach position, I see no reason why he should make any public statement about the issue. Sounds like this should stay in the locker room, or the front office, or wherever these discussions occur.

  23. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    February 1, 2018 at 2:17 pm
    Look at you jealous vike fans. Shouldn’t you be obsessing over the collapse of your defense in the championship game? Like your coach?
    ———————————

    Shouldn’t you be obsessing over the collapse of your defense for the last 8 years of Erin’s career? And a head coach and front office that can’t do anything anything about it?

  24. Scotsman1stMaw says:
    February 1, 2018 at 2:32 pm
    Aaron—-It’ Favre on line one and the Vikings on line 2—–

    ————

    I don’t think so. Favre is a little busy today, he’s talking to the Philadelphia Eagles and their coach, Doug Pederson, his former teammate, in the Vikings Locker room to help fire them up for the Super Bowl. The one being played in your home stadium. The one in which you’re not playing.

  25. Not looking forward to McCarthy’s lame duck season.

    Very much looking forward to his exit though, which should have happened after he blew the NFCC Game 4 years ago.

  26. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    February 1, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Look at you jealous vike fans. Shouldn’t you be obsessing over the collapse of your defense in the championship game? Like your coach?
    __________

    We leave that up to the coach, because we know he will do it. There isn’t really much a fan can do to improve the defense, but that’s a concept you don’t really understand. I’m glad we have a coach who will work to fix things when a problem is exposed. What did the Packers do after their defense collapsed in the championship game last year?

  27. a1b24948 says:
    February 1, 2018 at 12:53 pm
    Coaches coach. Players play. End of discussion.
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    Also, players get free agency offers.

  28. minneanderthals says:
    February 1, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    I’m just glad he’s on my team, and that the Packers have never lost the NFC Championship game by 31 (or worse, 41) points.

    #blessed
    __________

    Yes, how blessed you are that your plucky team bravely fought back from down 31-0 in the NFC Championship game just one year ago to score three garbage time touchdowns and only lose 44-21.

    #expectationshavechanged

  29. CannedHeat says:
    February 1, 2018 at 2:11 pm
    maddmatter5 says:
    February 1, 2018 at 1:31 pm
    What a crybaby. I personally love seeing the Packers implode. I find it hilarious actually. But to see Rodgers cry about his QB coach when he has 3 of the top 15 paid WR’s on his team is a joke.

    I wonder how many times in the past 10 years these “experts” have picked the Packers to win the NFC or win the Super Bowl. It’s like a previous poster said, the fact that people talk about how great Aaron Rodgers is, why the heck does he only have ONE Super Bowl appearance?

    I see a lot of people complain about Brees just wanting to pad his stats and not worry about team success. Can we say the same thing for Rodgers?
    ___________________________________________________________________________________

    Apparently you’re also one of these so-called “experts.” If you had even an inkling of football knowledge, you’d know that Green Bay has had the most piss poor of defenses over the last decade. Which, as anyone who even watches 20 minutes of football in a given weekend can tell you, if there’s no defense, there’s no trophy. Now back to your Richard Simmons workoput video, troll boy.

    —————-

    Whoa there buddy. Let me ask you one thing. Why is Rodgers glorified for being great, yet someone in your division (Stafford) is killed for his win/loss record? Since I have “no inkling of football knowledge” can you tell me who has had the better defense/run game between GB and Detroit? (Knowing how Jim Caldwell runs his teams, I can tell you his run games sucked)

    Maybe if Rodgers didn’t want to keep 3 top 15 paid WR’s they would be able to spend some money on defense, or you know, keep an all pro guard like TJ Lang.

  30. Maybe if Rodgers didn’t want to keep 3 top 15 paid WR’s they would be able to spend some money on defense, or you know, keep an all pro guard like TJ Lang.
    =====

    Josh Sitton was an all-pro, TJ Lang is/was not.

    Davante Adams signed his contract in late December. They carried 2 high paid receivers last year.

    Cobb could easily be shown the door.

  31. minneanderthals says:
    February 1, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Ah yes. Teddy/Contra is here to tell us losing by 31 is better than losing by 23. Because it’s the vikings, of course.
    _________

    A blowout is a blowout. I’m glad you’re satisfied with meaningless touchdowns to make the game appear closer and only lose by 23. Apparently, the whole Packer organization agrees with you because they did nothing to improve their team over the offseason. I can assure you the Vikings won’t be satisfied with a blowout and will be working to take care of that next year.

    I could say something like, “at least the Vikings scored before the outcome of the game was no longer in doubt,” but that would be stupid.

  32. In Teddy We Trust says:
    February 1, 2018 at 2:45 pm
    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    February 1, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Look at you jealous vike fans. Shouldn’t you be obsessing over the collapse of your defense in the championship game? Like your coach?
    __________

    We leave that up to the coach, because we know he will do it. There isn’t really much a fan can do to improve the defense, but that’s a concept you don’t really understand. I’m glad we have a coach who will work to fix things when a problem is exposed. What did the Packers do after their defense collapsed in the championship game last year?

    ———-

    Drafted 3 studs at cornerback, safety, and defensive tackle. He didn’t sit in a dark basement watching tape of the Eagles using reverse psychology (HA HA HA HA) to utterly confuse your defense over and over again.

  33. minneanderthals says:
    February 1, 2018 at 1:30 pm
    I’m just glad he’s on my team, and that the Packers have never lost the NFC Championship game by 31 (or worse, 41) points.

    #blessed
    ———-
    But losing by 23 points is such a commendable achievement.?
    44-21.
    I will try and remember that losing by 23 is sooooo much better than losing by more than 23.

  34. In Teddy We Trust says:
    February 1, 2018 at 3:12 pm
    minneanderthals says:
    February 1, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Ah yes. Teddy/Contra is here to tell us losing by 31 is better than losing by 23. Because it’s the vikings, of course.
    _________

    A blowout is a blowout. I’m glad you’re satisfied with meaningless touchdowns to make the game appear closer and only lose by 23. Apparently, the whole Packer organization agrees with you because they did nothing to improve their team over the offseason. I can assure you the Vikings won’t be satisfied with a blowout and will be working to take care of that next year.

    I could say something like, “at least the Vikings scored before the outcome of the game was no longer in doubt,” but that would be stupid.

    —-

    Hmmm….

    Oh, of course. The Packers did “nothing” in the offseason to improve. haha.

    You guys crack me up. Everything you guys do is gold and everything the Packers do is horrible.

    It’s a shame it doesn’t pan out that way in the record books, though, eh?

  35. I doubt Rodgers finishes his career in GB.
    Way too much turmoil and tension within that organization.
    His talents will be wasted in that kind of environment.

    This is just another step before they part ways.

  36. Interesting contrast between McCarthy and another very successful coach in Wisconsin. Barry Alvarez always said he wanted to hire coaches that were looking to move up and eventually be head coaches, even if that meant he would lose them. I suppose he knew those people were ambitious and would work hard to get ahead.

  37. minneanderthals says:
    February 1, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    It’s a shame it doesn’t pan out that way in the record books, though, eh?
    ________

    Actually, it does.
    13-3
    7-9

    —–

    Ohhh. Ok. Losing a 2 time MVP at QB means that they didn’t do anything to improve.

    When you think, does steam come from your ears?

    Pathetic.

  38. Also, I’ll wait until you can point out the Vikings Super Bowl wins and/or championships as compared to the number that the Packers have.

    Really, that alone should show you all you need about which franchise is better.

    The end.

  39. Why are so many Viking fans commenting here? Shouldn’t you be knocking on doors or something? Your coach, your players, your owner, these commenters all want to talk about how good the Vikings are. How close to greatness you are. You won a playoff game (barely). Congratulations. Yay.

    It makes your coach what 1-12 in his playoff coaching career? You know what is harder than getting there? Staying there.

  40. Vikings fans will tell you that losing their offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, and probably the QB that took you to the NFC championship will make them “better” next year.

  41. minneanderthals says:
    February 1, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Ohhh. Ok. Losing a 2 time MVP at QB means that they didn’t do anything to improve.
    __________

    Packers defense in 2016: 22nd in the NFL
    Packers defense in 2017: 22nd in the NFL

    I’m allowing for the fact that you lost your quarterback. That’s why you went from 10-6 to 7-9. The question was, what did you do to improve? Don’t say you made draft picks. Every team in the NFL drafted players.

    At least this year you jettisoned most of your coaches and your GM. Maybe that means something will change next year.

  42. Just curious, did the Packers consult with Mike Daniels, Clay Matthews and Ha Ha Clinton Dix before they dumped Dom Capers?

  43. This is just not the right way to treat our Aaron. He is all we have and we know it. So he must be consulted and get his way. It took us Packers people a long time to spoil him. Let’s not disappoint him now. He’s damaged goods. He won’t last much longer. Then maybe we can put him out to pasture.

  44. People don’t even realize that Mike McCarthy would never have even been an NFL coach if it wasn’t for what Van Pelt did as a QB w/ Pitt when Mike was an assistant (look it up). Why would Mike get rid of this guy if Rodgers wanted him to stay AND you owe Van Pelt for your opportunity to even work in the NFL… Mike has cost us multiple super bowls with his play not to lose mentality and he’s now clearly lost his meal tickets respect once again…

  45. mccarthy is the lucky recipient of back to back hall of fame quarterbacks and a division that has been weak for a long while (exclude this yrs vikes; lets see how they do with a first place schedule). should have gotten rid of dom capers a long while ago.

    if i had rodgers, a guy who changes a 5-11 team to 11-5, i would want him to be happy.. esp. since my defense isn’t all that good.

  46. Mike has cost us multiple super bowls with his play not to lose mentality and he’s now clearly lost his meal tickets respect once again…
    =====

    If XLV were 5 minutes longer, he would have managed to lose that game.

    Thankfully, Rodgers iced the game out with a scoring drive.

  47. This guy is so self-absorbed. He needs attention, whether it’s his love life, family life, look at me I’m with the Badgers BB team, look at me I’m here, look at me I’m there, they didn’t consult me, blah, blah, blah.

  48. Wow…..the trolls are still spitting crow feathers while trying to down an oversized bitter pill. Whoever said they can’t multitask?

  49. aarons444 says:
    February 2, 2018 at 10:13 am

    If XLV were 5 minutes longer, he would have managed to lose that game.
    ——————————————————————————————
    Got. Fortunately, in my made up scenario the game was 8 minutes longer, so after blowing it at the imaginary 5 minute mark, we stormed back to win and then all went to Pluto to celebrate

  50. What did the Packers do after their defense collapsed in the championship game last year?

    You are really grasping at straws here. Our defensive backs were LaDarius Gunter (on Julio) and whoever they could find off the street at that point in the season. They were that far down the depth chart.

    So a team’s weakness (Packers’ pass defense) vs a team’s strength (Falcon’s pass attack) does not constitute a “collapse”. Not in any stretch of imagination.

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