Aaron Rodgers on “piss poor” criticism of young WRs: It’s not personal; I’m trying to win games

AP

Some of the Packers’ young receivers took Aaron Rodgers‘ comments about them last week as a challenge. But the quarterback said Monday he wasn’t trying to send a message when he called their effort “piss poor” after a practice.

“I hope we’re not that soft,” Rodgers said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “I hope we can hear comments or read comments and not get offended by things. It’s a professional environment; it’s not a personal environment. The things I’m saying, I don’t have some vendetta against any player. I care about winning, No. 1, and I’m going to say and do the things that I feel like can advance us. It’s going to be tough at some points. It’s not a popularity contest all the time. Obviously, as a human, you like being liked and appreciated, but I’m trying to win games because that’s my job.”

Rodgers worked with the young wideouts on the scout team last week since he wasn’t going to play in the first preseason game. He didn’t name names but showed his distaste for the sloppiness both during the practice and afterward.

Fifth-round pick Marquez Valdes-Scantling said after making five catches for 101 yards and a touchdown against the Titans that he took Rodgers’ criticism to heart. Rodgers reiterated that wasn’t his intent.

“Again, I don’t feel like when you make a statement like that that there needs to be some big response or feelings hurt or offense that somebody takes with it,” Rodgers said. “If they do, they’re taking it the wrong way because this is a professional environment. Like I said, I’m doing things that I feel like are in the best interest of the team from a leadership standpoint, and if no one else is going to stand up and criticize a bad practice, then maybe I need to be the one to do it. So I did it.

“I talked about the carded period that we had. The guys played well in the game, made some plays. It’s been a good week of practice, I think. It’s been hot, but the guys have been competing and making plays. I don’t think that’s a response to anything I’ve said. Now maybe it is for a couple of them, but it shouldn’t be. You get to this league, and to stick around, you’ve got to be self-motivated. So as a leader, you try to inspire, but the motivation to change and to improve has got to come from within.”

Rodgers expects to play this week before sitting out the final two preseason games, which are on the road.

89 responses to “Aaron Rodgers on “piss poor” criticism of young WRs: It’s not personal; I’m trying to win games

  1. “I hope we’re not that soft,” Rodgers said. “I hope we can hear comments or read comments and not get offended by things.”

    Pot meet kettle. Rodgers is the thinnest skinned player in the NFL when it comes to criticism.

  2. The point is Aaron, you rip them in private, you don’t line them up in front of your diva bus.

  3. streetyson says:
    August 13, 2018 at 7:36 pm
    The point is Aaron, you rip them in private, you don’t line them up in front of your diva bus.
    ——————-
    You should probably tell that to Mr. Tom Brady then, as well, after his little episode yesterday.

  4. Not sure Charlean included this line in her article but it was said..

    “I care about winning, #1, and I am going to say and do things that I feel like can advance us”

    Right on brother..Right on!

    I told you all he has that look in his eye this year.

    Bet against us please.

    #100Seasons

    #Titletown

    #27DaysToWeek1KickOff

  5. If you care about winning so much, why are you trying to take up such a huge portion of the Packers salary cap?

    As much as I hate to say it, Tom Brady cares about winning, as evidenced by his constantly taking well below market value to put a better team around him so he can win more championships. Actions speak louder than words, and Aaron’s actions are not that of someone who really cares about winning.

    I hope when he finally does sign his new contract it leaves room for talent around him, since I’d like to see the Packers win another few Super Bowls before that window closes for another 30 years.

  6. Looks like Rodgers doesn’t want to let the mentality of “The tail is wagging the dog” to settle in. Oh wait, one of the owners sent that message, and there was a player meltdown. Scratch that.

  7. L’il Aaron is just upset that he is destined to end his career with the same number of SB wins as Trent Dilfsr

  8. L’il Aaron is just upset that he is destined to end his career with the same number of SB wins as Trent Dilfsr

    ————————

    Worse, Tavaris Jackson

  9. freefromwhatyouare says:

    Not sure Charlean included this line in her article but it was said..

    “I care about winning, #1, and I am going to say and do things that I feel like can advance us”
    ###

    Did you even read the story?

    Evidently not.

  10. mj323 says:
    August 13, 2018 at 8:07 pm
    If you care about winning so much, why are you trying to take up such a huge portion of the Packers salary cap?

    As much as I hate to say it, Tom Brady cares about winning, as evidenced by his constantly taking well below market value to put a better team around him so he can win more championships. Actions speak louder than words, and Aaron’s actions are not that of someone who really cares about winning.

    I hope when he finally does sign his new contract it leaves room for talent around him, since I’d like to see the Packers win another few Super Bowls before that window closes for another 30 years.

    —————————-

    Luckily for Brady, he can be confident his coach/GM can make the right choices to improve the team if he takes a cut so there’s more money for other positions. As a Packer fan, I don’t blame Rodgers at all for maxing out his worth because we all know how well the Mccarthy/Thompson duo went the last 12 years. One HOF QB and another future HOF and they only have 2 SBs.

  11. beerbratscheese says:
    August 13, 2018 at 7:47 pm
    streetyson says:
    August 13, 2018 at 7:36 pm
    The point is Aaron, you rip them in private, you don’t line them up in front of your diva bus.
    ——————-
    You should probably tell that to Mr. Tom Brady then, as well, after his little episode yesterday.

    ———————-
    I know Tom Brady ripped Tom Brady this last practice. Who else did he get?

  12. If he had a bad game and his WRs went to the press and said the QB has to throw better passes ect….would he take that personal, or is it just business??

  13. Rodgers is right but the haters will hate him anyway. The reason? Because they are jealous of him.

  14. “Like I said, I’m doing things that I feel like are in the best interest of the team from a leadership standpoint, and if no one else is going to stand up and criticize a bad practice, then maybe I need to be the one to do it. So I did it.”
    ______

    Shots fired, McCarthy.

  15. Glad to have you back Aaron. It’s gonna be a good year…and keep doin’ what you’re doing. Gives these posters something to occupy themselves. Go Pack!

  16. Aaron Rodgers is by far the best QB in the NFL. It’s not his fault that his team hasn’t been able to play defense most of the time he’s been there.

  17. Rodgers is a great player and a smart guy, but he shouldn’t be calling out young players in public and then saying his acts were in the best interests of the team from a leadership standpoint— that not only lacks logic, but sounds like rear-end covering.

  18. I would bet almost all of you throwing shade on Rodgers never heard the total interview or read his comments in their entirety. HIs comments were spot on and he didn’t name one receiver by name….so stop with the sanctimonious finger wagging about keeping his criticisms for the back room. The receivers have responded with no sign that they felt they were thrown under an imaginary bus.

  19. That’s what leaders do. You know what they don’t do? They don’t talk about contracts, which Rodgers has not done despite accusations to the contrary.

    Most of the antI-Rodgers sentiment comes from natural born haters, jealous fans whose teams suffer in anonymity, and Viking fans. Sometimes they’re all the same people.

  20. This is what successful veteran leaders do when they are driving the bus to a super bowl. Get on the bus or get run over.

  21. “Like I said, I’m doing things that I feel like are in the best interest of the team from a leadership standpoint, and if no one else is going to stand up and criticize a bad practice, then maybe I need to be the one to do it. So I did it.”

    Taking shots at McCarthy

  22. “I hope we can hear comments or read comments and not get offended by things. It’s a professional environment; it’s not a personal environment.

    In what normal professional environment is it ok to just call your coworkers as piss poor? Not very professional on your part. But it’s ok to whine and flip off the guy that legally tackled you. Way to personal on your part.

  23. Tom Brady criticizes wide receivers and he’d be hailed as a great leader, Rodgers does it and the haters label him a cry-baby or prima donna.

  24. After reading this all I can say is something is wrong. For Rodgers to be blathering on like that and making zero sense something has to be wrong that cannot be fixed and it’s bothering him.

  25. if no one else is going to stand up and criticize a bad practice, then maybe I need to be the one to do it.
    ——
    Big Mike just got called out. That is going to make for a fun locker room.

  26. Rate This

    beerbratscheese says:

    August 13, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    streetyson says:
    August 13, 2018 at 7:36 pm
    The point is Aaron, you rip them in private, you don’t line them up in front of your diva bus.
    ——————-
    You should probably tell that to Mr. Tom Brady then, as well, after his little episode yesterday.

    —-

    Tom Brady has been to 8 SBs and won 5. Tom Brady has more SB appearances (8) than Aaron Rodgers has pro bowl selections (6.) Aaron Rodgers has 9 playoff wins, one more than SB appearances for Tom Brady. If you want to talk about winning, Rodgers can’t hold a candle to Tom Brady.

  27. What a poor leader this guy is? The guy gets salty when any negative words about him.

    The man is a talent but there is a reason he’s only got one Super Bowl to his name 14 years later.

  28. Seems I remember you throwing your receivers under the bus in 2016? You know trust is a very hard thing to maintain, I really don’t know your motivation in doing this publicly! I will promise one of these days your O-Linemen are going to get pissed and let a few defensive players through to give you a little kiss. Being a good QB does not give you license to publicly whip young players working hard trying to make you happy. Then your own brother isn’t your biggest fan either!

  29. It is really amusing to watch Pats and Vikings get triggered over the mere mention of Aaron Rodgers.

    Good times😃

    #AaronRodgersLivingRentFreeInYourHead

  30. There are mostly Viking troll haters on this one. Big surprise.

    Ask yourselves: Why on earth would the narrow-minded opinions of those that idol-worship the likes of Peterson and Moss have any credence whatsoever in their unfounded and unsubstantiated character assasinations of Rodgers?

    Incredible. Very small people.

  31. nhpats says:
    August 13, 2018 at 8:47 pm
    L’il Aaron is just upset that he is destined to end his career with the same number of SB wins as Trent Dilfsr

    ——-

    Neither of whom will have an asterisk by their name for cheating.

  32. I like how he threw some shade on the coaching staff, too.

    “I’m doing things that I feel like are in the best interest of the team from a leadership standpoint, and if no one else is going to stand up and criticize a bad practice, then maybe I need to be the one to do it. So I did it.”

    Nice.

  33. Not sure how whining to the media about your contract along with calling out your teammates has anything to do with winning . Rodgers is great at pointing the finger at others while never taking any blame for the big game failures since the Super Bowl win . Considering the inability to win another championship when they were arguably the best team on paper hard to imagine Green Bay and Rodgers winning another when they are no longer a top team in the NFC let alone their own division .

  34. Not a packers fan at all, in fact I despise them BUT Rodgers is right. If the players arent doing their job they need to be called out. Anyone who thinks Rodgers did anything wrong is clueless, you should be happy as a Packers fan. That said, I think he was a whiney little wuss about the Barr hit. He whined so much there had to be another rule change ! Smh

  35. *******
    nhpats says:
    August 13, 2018 at 8:47 pm
    L’il Aaron is just upset that he is destined to end his career with the same number of SB wins as Trent Dilfsr
    *******

    Well, a SB win is what QBs come into the league to achieve. Marino would give many of his passing stats back for one of those and you can’t blame Dilfer (sp) for being in the right place at the right time. Not a GB fan at all, but would take Rodgers in a heartbeat to lead my team!

  36. nhpats says:
    August 13, 2018 at 8:47 pm
    L’il Aaron is just upset that he is destined to end his career with the same number of SB wins as Trent Dilfsr
    —————————–

    That is 1 more then Dan Marino

  37. mj323 says:
    August 13, 2018 at 8:07 pm
    If you care about winning so much, why are you trying to take up such a huge portion of the Packers salary cap?

    As much as I hate to say it, Tom Brady cares about winning, as evidenced by his constantly taking well below market value to put a better team around him so he can win more championships. Actions speak louder than words, and Aaron’s actions are not that of someone who really cares about winning.

    I hope when he finally does sign his new contract it leaves room for talent around him, since I’d like to see the Packers win another few Super Bowls before that window closes for another 30 years.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`

    Brady made more, and counted more against the cap, than Rodgers BEFORE the Pats just handed Brady another $5M in “likely to earn” incentives. Now it’s a LOT more. Brady seems like a great guy and I would have been just as happy with him as I’ve been with Rodgers but the “Saint Thomas” narrative is false.

  38. Aaron Rodgers is Leadership Personified!
    Just a little over three weeks until real tackle football!!
    Sunday Night Kickoff against our divisional arch rivals!!!
    Can’t Wait!!!!

  39. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    August 13, 2018 at 9:32 pm
    L’il Viking fans are just upset that they are destined to end their lives with no more World Championships than they have now.

    —————
    Right now neither team looks ready to add another.

  40. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    August 14, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Brady made more, and counted more against the cap, than Rodgers BEFORE the Pats just handed Brady another $5M in “likely to earn” incentives. Now it’s a LOT more. Brady seems like a great guy and I would have been just as happy with him as I’ve been with Rodgers but the “Saint Thomas” narrative is false.

    ——————-
    Correct, it’s not “St Thomas” it’s “St. Goat”

  41. “Like I said, I’m doing things that I feel like are in the best interest of the team from a leadership standpoint, and if no one else is going to stand up and criticize a bad practice, then maybe I need to be the one to do it. So I did it.”
    ______
    Shots fired, McCarthy.
    ======

    Can’t we just do, McCarthy fired, and leave the shots out of it?

  42. Can’t decide what is worse at this point;

    The childish Pack/Vikings feud, or that Pats fans that come running at any mention of Rodgers.

    Find a life, all of you.

  43. Tom Brady has been to 8 SBs and won 5. Tom Brady has more SB appearances (8) than Aaron Rodgers has pro bowl selections (6.) Aaron Rodgers has 9 playoff wins, one more than SB appearances for Tom Brady. If you want to talk about winning, Rodgers can’t hold a candle to Tom Brady.
    ======

    Brady V Rodgers splits;

    QB rating with the lead
    Brady – 101.8
    Rodgers – 107.9

    QB rating with score tied
    Brady – 98.5
    Rodgers – 106.0

    QB rating when trailing
    Brady – 90.8
    Rodgers – 98.0

    QB rating in wins
    Brady – 104.9
    Rodgers – 114.3

    QB rating in losses
    Brady – 73.9
    Rodgers – 85.9

    QB rating in games decided by 7 points or fewer (wins and losses)
    Brady – 89.4
    Rodgers – 97.1

    QB rating in games decided by 8-14 points (wins and losses)
    Brady – 88.7
    Rodgers – 102.1

    Brady by playoff round;
    Wild Card – 84.1
    Divisional – 93.1
    Conference – 84.0
    Super Bowl – 98.0

    Rodgers by playoff round;
    Wild Card round – 111.7
    Divisional – 100.1
    Championship – 70.5
    Super Bowl – 111.5

    Its obvious which player is better.

  44. stellarperformance says:

    August 13, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    That’s what leaders do. You know what they don’t do? They don’t talk about contracts, which Rodgers has not done despite accusations to the contrary.
    ———————–
    How do you post that with a straight face?

    Rodgers has talked like he is the GM about how contracts should be structured.
    He talked AT LENGTH in an interview with Peter King I believe about wanting some sort of percentage clause for the future.

  45. vottorific says:

    August 13, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    This is what successful veteran leaders do when they are driving the bus to a super bowl
    ——————-
    Yet another Gumby fan winning a preseason superbowl.

  46. Considering the inability to win another championship when they were arguably the best team on paper hard to imagine Green Bay and Rodgers winning another when they are no longer a top team in the NFC let alone their own division .
    =====

    At what point since 2011 were the Packers the the ‘best team on paper’?

  47. Coffeehog says:
    August 13, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    I know Tom Brady ripped Tom Brady this last practice. Who else did he get?
    ————

    Brady was getting upset with all the drops his WRs were making. After one drop, he walked over to the football and punted it into the bleachers. Tell me that’s not showing up the WR?

    Rodger’s issue with his WRs was that they literally had a card in their hands telling them where they needed to be on the field for a given play. It was written right there in front of them, and they weren’t getting to those spots.

  48. I am truly humbled that the Almighty has seen fit to grace our fans with back to back hall of fame QB’s.

    The righteous fans of the Green Bay Packers are well deserving of such an honor.

  49. Hey screamy………..with a straight face, here is the King interview outtake with Rodgers. All of it, regarding contracts. All of it. Read it very very carefully. As I said, he spoke nothing substantive, volunteers nothing, and answers only questions posed to him. Like a leader.

    What more do you want? You won’t be happy until everyone in the world is a narrow-minded hater like you?

    “It’s only been on my mind because … people have been writing and talking about it a lot,” he said. “There have been many conversations about it. I think that there’s some merit to looking into where you do a non-traditional contractual agreement. If anybody at this point is gonna be able to do something like that, I think there needs to be a conversation about it. I never said anything about [tying the contract to] the cap. I just think there’s ways to do contracts where you can still be competitive so the team is happy about it, but have some more freedom.”

  50. How many Vikings fans does it take to change a lightbulb?

    None. They just sit in the dark and talk about how this is the year they will have the best lightbulb.

    It’s a old joke, but stands the test of time because it has been the same talk from the Vikings fans for decades. It is the same pre season talk in 2018 as it was in 1996. Same this year as it was in 2010 etc etc etc.

    Good luck Vikings fans. I hope before you die you get to see the Vikings reach the mountain top. I really do. It just ‘aint happening anytime soon. Sorry.

    #100Seasons

    #TitleTown

    #2018GreenBayPackers

  51. Haters are going to hate and Barneys are always going to be close minded, Head in the sand, ignorant.

    Apparently Rodgers is greedy, despite the fact he’s played below market value for several years.
    Ignoring the fact that their own middling QB just negotiated the largest guaranteed contract in NFL history.

    Barneys scoff at cheering for a player they perceive as arrogant and smug.
    Obviously because they’d much rather worship a WR, Straight Cash Homie/I play when I want to play, Diva and a child abuser.

  52. So, McCarthy is not doing hos coaching duties and Green Bay WEs are soft. They better give Rodgers his new contract soon or he will end up trashing the whole team with his pouting.

  53. “Did you even read the article”

    ===========

    I skimmed it. I watched his weekly media time at his locker live. I prefer to hear what was actually asked and hear the answers directly from Aaron.

    I don’t make judgements off what I read someone write that Aaron said. I make sure I am informed and hear it directly from Aaron.

    A lot of times articles will leave out the questions asked on purpose and a uninformed reader could jump to the conclusion that Aaron brought said topic up or take his answers out of context.

  54. aarons444 says:

    Brady V Rodgers splits;

    Brady – 5 rings

    Rodger – 1 ring

    Looks like Brady is 5 times the QB

  55. gtodriver,

    Patriots – 5 rings** 2001-present

    Packers – 1 ring 2008-present

    The Patriots are indeed a much better organization, even if you vacate the rings won through cheating.

  56. ariani1985 says:
    August 13, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    Trent dilfer has more SB wins than the lowly reggie! Let that sink in!

    ——————————————————————————-

    Which is infinitely more than the number of SB wins the Vikings teams have in their entire history. Let that sink in!

  57. aarons444 says:
    August 15, 2018 at 9:14 am
    gtodriver,

    Patriots – 5 rings** 2001-present

    Packers – 1 ring 2008-present

    The Patriots are indeed a much better organization, even if you vacate the rings won through cheating
    —————-

    But there’s still nothing to vacate, whiners.

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    mj323 says:

    August 13, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    If you care about winning so much, why are you trying to take up such a huge portion of the Packers salary cap?

    As much as I hate to say it, Tom Brady cares about winning, as evidenced by his constantly taking well below market value to put a better team around him so he can win more championships. Actions speak louder than words, and Aaron’s actions are not that of someone who really cares about winning.

    I hope when he finally does sign his new contract it leaves room for talent around him, since I’d like to see the Packers win another few Super Bowls before that window closes for another 30 years.

    ————————–
    Yeah but did you know that Robert Kraft ‘invests’ in Brady’s TB12 business? So Brady is really getting paid under the table.

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