Who did Aaron Rodgers expect to call out “piss poor” young receivers?

AP

The recent comments from Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers regarding the reaction to his criticism of the team’s young receivers included one specific message that could be interpreted in multiple ways.

“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,” Rodgers said Monday. “So I did it.”

So here’s the real question: Who else did he expect to do it?

Chris Simms and I addressed the topic during a recent episode of PFT Live. Simms thinks that Rodgers was referring to other players, specifically the defensive players whose effort to learn how to handle certain offensive attacks was undermined when young receivers failed to properly do their jobs during the “carded” period. I think it’s more reasonable to interpret the comments as aiming elsewhere, to the people whose job it is to criticize a bad practice. (Indeed, if it falls to any player to call out other players — specifically receivers — it’s the starting quarterback.)

Yes, this quickly could become a reprise of 2016, when we pointed out that Rodgers seemed to be engaged in a passive-aggressive battle with coach Mike McCarthy, and Rodgers responded by saying, “Don’t waste your time reading crap like that.” But how else could Rodgers’ remarks be interpreted?

Phrases like that get used all the time as a reference to someone failing to do what they’re supposed to do, forcing someone who ordinarily wouldn’t be doing that thing to do it. That’s ultimately Rodgers’ point; someone else should be calling out these players who aren’t performing the way they should be.

It’s definitely not the job of any one player to call out another player. It’s the job of the coaching staff and, ultimately, the head coach. So his comments can fairly be interpreted as calling out those who should have been calling out the receivers for their piss-poor performance at practice.

Which actually makes Rodgers’ more recent comments more intriguing than the original remarks.

46 responses to “Who did Aaron Rodgers expect to call out “piss poor” young receivers?

  1. Rodgers is the smartest person in the room as far as the Packers go, he’s also been doing it for a pretty long time. Rodgers has grown into what was essentially Peyton Manning’s Role in Indy. He IS the Offensive Coordinator. So as far as I’m concerned, he is the one expected to call out bad practices, and he is the one “just doing his job”. Man… I can’t wait for the season to start just so we can quit sorting through these kinds of articles.

  2. “Pretty sure he never talked to Jordie like that.”
    First, he wasn’t talking to the WRs. He was talking to the press.
    Second, it’s Jordy.
    Third, Jordy had plenty of issues his first couple of years, particularly with drops. So he might have deserved some feedback on that.

  3. “He is a me, me, me kind of guy.”

    Go ahead and call the guys all the names you want to. Criticize his way of dealing with his teammates, anything you want.

    But you can’t criticize the best QB rating of all time, the best pass to interception ratio of all time, the multiple MVPs and Super Bowl ring. Just focus on him stating an opinion to the press once in awhile.

    Any team in the NFL would be thrilled to have him, including yours.

  4. I think from ALL the stories I have read about this guy we can just come to the conclusion that he’s just kinda an a-hole.

  5. Is Rodgers the only player that’s crunified for speaking how he feels and trying to get his coworkers to do their jobs… or if he doesn’t sign something for a fan and someone else gets offended on her behalf even though she doesn’t mind?

  6. “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,” Rodgers said Monday. “So I did it.”

    ————

    No arguments there, but why do it publicly? That shows dysfunction. He should be able to call out the practice issues in a team meeting. Calling out teammates (an in a sense now coaches) in a public forum gives them all additional issues to deal with. Players and coaches have to answer questions about it, which is a waste of time. The young players also have to reconcile that Rodgers (who they likely consider a legend) has made them look bad publicly. Can’t help with team chemistry or player confidence.

    All around it seems like a bad idea.

  7. Personally, I think he was talking about McCarthy and I also think he’s right to be frustrated with the guy. He’s a bad coach who has held that team back for some time now. When you’re among the best at what you do and your boss is among the lower tier of bosses, it gets frustrating. I don’t blame Rodgers one bit for getting tired of McCarthy’s mediocrity.

  8. “I care about winning, No. 1, and I am going to say and do things that I think can advance us”

    Next topic.

  9. I think from ALL the stories I have read about this guy we can just come to the conclusion that he’s just kinda an a-hole.
    ——
    Fakenews

    Anyone that’s met him says he’s unbelievably nice and takes plenty of time to interact with his fans. But who cares about such things in the comment section ?

  10. Rodgers is a stand-up guy and tells it like it is and as a true team leader.

    That fact drives Viking trolls up the wall, because they’ve yearned for anything close to him since Tarkenton. Why else would they care?

  11. thegreatjimbrown says:
    August 15, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Any team in the NFL would be thrilled to have him, including yours.
    ————————
    I wouldn’t take Rodger’s on the Vikings if he were cut today.
    Even if the salary cap wasn’t the issue.

    If he were available under the same circumstances as to when Favre signed, I probably would want Rodger’s.

    He is all about him and takes away from the team.

  12. stellarperformance says:

    August 15, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Rodgers is a stand-up guy and tells it like it is and as a true team leader.
    ——–
    He sure is.
    He thinks that his contract should be tied to some sort of escalator.
    He wanted Matt Ryan to get his contract done so Aaron could move on with his life.
    He thinks the current salary cap should be changed.
    He does tells what he thinks.
    You are right.

  13. As a LEADER, I expect him to tell his WRs when they run lazy/poor routes.
    What is it about constructive criticism that the media is adamant about protecting these millennials from?
    Oh those poor snowflake WRs got their feelings hurt.
    Too effin’ bad! Run better routes and pay attention!

  14. ariani1985 says:

    August 15, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    After that embarrassing effort during last years Carolina game maybe he should look at himself?

    People who cheer for teams in glass stadiums shouldn’t throw stones.

  15. He sure is.
    He thinks that his contract should be tied to some sort of escalator.
    He wanted Matt Ryan to get his contract done so Aaron could move on with his life.
    He thinks the current salary cap should be changed.
    He does tells what he thinks.
    You are right.

    —–

    I am not in Rodgers shoes but, I too think all NFL contracts should be tied to escalators. You do well you get paid well, you suck, your pay sucks.

    If you were the best at your field, I am sure you too would want all the others in your field to get paid and see what their pay is so you can dictate your own. Any person would do that. You unfortunately aren’t the best in your field.

    He isn’t the only one that thinks the NFL salary cap should be changed… this isn’t news, you just want to present it as such so you can attempt to make a point… which you are failing to do.

  16. So lets talk about this. Most be a slow news day seeing this was a week ago. He didn’t call his WRs piss poor. The effort was piss poor. No one in the locker room was offended, and they took it on the chin, as they should. He is the leader.

    This isn’t some deep conspiracy about him hating MM, or something else. It was him, stepping up, calling out the practice because no one else did and doing something about that. Simple done, move on. Even Jalen Ramsey would say this hot take is trash.

  17. Its amazing how so many people seem to “know Rodgers personality so well”

    These are the same people that thought they had.Marvin Harrisons personality pegged as well.

  18. If Vikings trolls think it’s a bad thing…and post it as such… I hope he keeps on doing it.

    Keep pushing Aaron. The unnamed folks you called out, did well last Thursday. Doggers are not welcome in Green Bay. A WR admitting he takes plays off and plays when he wants to, will not see the field with Aaron Rodgers.

  19. Viking trolls would take Rodgers over Cousins for any price, and would do it so quickly they’d forget to stop and pick needless fights.

  20. Even Minnesota’s favorite son, Cris Carter, is saying it would have been a crime for Rodgers to witness a lackluster effort by these young receivers and NOT call them out.

  21. stellarperformance says:
    August 15, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Viking trolls would take Rodgers over Cousins for any price, and would do it so quickly they’d forget to stop and pick needless fights.
    _____

    Sounds like you’re picking a fight. I will respond to the challenge by pointing out the obvious. Aaron Rodgers would take the Vikings over the Packers, probably not for any price because money is very important to him, but certainly for Cousins money. And he would do it so quickly that you wouldn’t have time to burn his jersey before he left town.

  22. “He’s a bad coach who has held that team back for some time now. When you’re among the best at what you do and your boss is among the lower tier of bosses, it gets frustrating.”

    Bil Belichick, the best in the league for some time, seems to think otherwise. After GB beat the Pats in 2014, Bill gave him props. Hey if BB thinks he’s a good coach, that’s good enough for me.

    Any problems Mike has stem mainly from the fact that Ted Thompson let the roster get really stale, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. And they haven’t replaced the speed at WR and playmaking ability at TE. Now that Gutekunst has done that, the offense should look like it did back when Philbin was the OC before.

  23. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    August 15, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    I will respond to the challenge by pointing out the obvious. Aaron Rodgers would take the Vikings over the Packers,

    +++++++

    Now you know what Aaron Rodgers thinks? Did he tell you his when you had him over last? Because he hasn’t said that in public.

    So it must be your Purple allegiance making you say this…. and normally you try so hard to pretend you are unbiased.

  24. Vikings fans absolutely would take Rodgers over Cousins. Heck, I’d take him over any existing NFL QB. Yet that doesn’t make publicly calling out teammates a wise move or good leadership. Even great QBs do dumb things – don’t know why it’s so hard for Packer fans to just admit that rather than worrying about what a bunch of us dopes out west have to say.

  25. It’s absolutely nothing wrong with players being accountable to each others
    (Rogers included) & within reason

    But it’s a no-brainer that he had to be pointing criticism at the coaches, PERIOD

    It definitely does not take a rocket scientist to figure this out

    EOD 😉

  26. cheeseisfattening says:
    August 15, 2018 at 6:26 pm
    All the rookie Green Bay WRs are piss poor and Rodgers could no longer toe the company like and hold his tongue to protect “Gute”.
    /////////////////////////////////

    Ahhhh…..too bad you stubbed your grammatical toe on such Insight! It lost all the intended momentum.

    What was your point again?

  27. Pretty sure he never talked to Jordie like that.
    =====

    Never needed to.

    This is the first time he’s had to work with a weak position group.

    One of these guys HAS to contribute this year.

    Set the bar early.

  28. At least he’s commenting on making players on his side of the ball better.

    Thielen and Diggs are firing shots at their own defense, wishing they could practice against a great CB (Jalen Ramsey) instead of their own suspect corners!

  29. With his trolls being this weak during the offseason I do not expect much more from Cheese this season once reality sets in.

    Vikings trolls in Packers threads focused on Green Bay.

    The Packers and their fans focused on finishing up the pre season strong and healthy. After that mission is complete the focus will be firmly on Chicago week 1 which is 24 days away.

    #100Seasons

    #2018GreenBayPackers

    #OneGameAtATime

  30. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    August 15, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    Sounds like you’re picking a fight. I will respond to the challenge by pointing out the obvious. Aaron Rodgers would take the Vikings over the Packers, probably not for any price because money is very important to him, but certainly for Cousins money. And he would do it so quickly that you wouldn’t have time to burn his jersey before he left town.

    __________

    Why would Rodgers want to go to Minnesota? Players and coaches are dying to get out of that place. Just ask Korey Stringer and Tony Sparano…

  31. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    August 15, 2018 at 3:57 pm
    thegreatjimbrown says:
    August 15, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Any team in the NFL would be thrilled to have him, including yours.
    ————————
    I wouldn’t take Rodger’s on the Vikings if he were cut today.
    Even if the salary cap wasn’t the issue.

    If he were available under the same circumstances as to when Favre signed, I probably would want Rodger’s.

    He is all about him and takes away from the team.

    \\\\

    Well at least you would be following the 50+ year company line of not actually winning anything. Couldn’t give you the best player in his position? Thanks, we will keep him.

    I believe Rob the magician’s old alias said disappointment is a standard in Minnesota, so not wanting the best players to win a championship fits right in.

  32. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    August 15, 2018 at 5:41 pm
    Sounds like you’re picking a fight. I will respond to the challenge by pointing out the obvious. Aaron Rodgers would take the Vikings over the Packers, probably not for any price because money is very important to him, but certainly for Cousins money. And he would do it so quickly that you wouldn’t have time to burn his jersey before he left town.
    ////////////////////////

    The fight-picking is usually on and already started by some usual suspect Viking troll by the time I show up, but more to your point:

    You wish.

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