Matt LaFleur addresses Aaron Rodgers’ criticism of joint practices

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In the not-so-subtle disagreement between Packers coach Matt LaFleur and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers regarding joint practices, Rodgers is the winner. As expected.

After Thursday’s preseason game against the Texans, LaFleur was asked to address Rodgers’ pointed criticism of joint practices generally and, specifically, the inclusion of close-to-live kickoff drills.

After joking that he and Rodgers aren’t on speaking terms after Rodgers spoke publicly about something that should have been handled privately, LaFleur told reporters, “You know what? There’s a lot of things that a lot of players don’t like about training camp.”

And then LaFleur basically conceded that Rodgers has a point.

“From his perspective, I can understand where he’s coming from in some regard because it’s not like they’re playing, they run about four different coverages, so it’s not overly complicated,” LaFleur said. “It’s not like [Packers defensive coordinator Mike] Pettine throwing everything at you. So, I get it from his perspective. But at the same time, there’s 10 other guys on the field with him on each play, and it was great for us, especially when you talk about our run game getting some different looks to go against. I always respect his opinion, just like I do all our players. But I still think it was beneficial for us.”

And then LaFleur basically conceded that, as to the strong criticism of kickoff drills during the joint practice, Rodgers was dead-on balls accurate.

“The one thing that I will comment on that I thought that he was dead right on was when you look at the kickoff, they ramped up their intensity level and we didn’t match it,” LaFleur said. “It looked a little, we got it taken to us a little bit. That’s something moving forward I probably wouldn’t do again is those full covered kickoff drills.”

All that said, LaFleur should have had to say none of that publicly. Because Rodgers shouldn’t have publicly criticized the coach’s decision to conduct joint practices or the manner in which the joint practices were conducted.

It may be hard, given the intensely tribal nature of sports, for some fans to process this observation as anything but an attack on Aaron Rodgers, but it’s criticism that is warranted and deserved. If Rodgers or any other quarterback has a concern about any decision(s) that his coach has made, the best way to handle it is to handle it privately. Any coach of any team at any level would agree with that.

Really, any manager of any business of any kind in any location would agree with that. Concerns about decisions made by the manager shouldn’t be aired out publicly, and any manager who gets called out publicly by one of the employees he manages will, if being candid, admit to being frustrated.

39 responses to “Matt LaFleur addresses Aaron Rodgers’ criticism of joint practices

  1. Rodgers is a child in a mans body. I don’t know if it’s all of Green Bay, but the people I watch all of the Packers games with are mostly souring on him. He’s more interested in what he wants than what’s best for the team.

  2. If you aren’t part of the solution you are part of the problem. Now the coach has to deal with this from Rodgers. These past few years the real personality of Rodgers is showing through & he isn’t a good guy. No wonder Favre thought he was a dbag because he is.

  3. Given the position Rodgers put LaFleur in I believe the coach responded in a diplomatic and professional manner. Regarding professionalism, you are 100% correct Mike as Rodgers should have initiated a closed door discussion with his coach to air his disdain. Leaders lead by example. This was a somewhat embarrassing example of Rodgers’ leadership ability.

  4. Gee coach, great way to assert your authority and push the concept of team spirit…
    I’m sure this is how Belichick would have handled it. Not.

  5. “After joking that he and Rodgers aren’t on speaking terms after Rodgers spoke publicly about something that should have been handled privately…”

    LaFleur wasn’t really joking.

  6. akira1971 says:
    August 9, 2019 at 7:49 am
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    “If Rodgers or any other quarterback has a concern about any decision(s) that his coach has made, the best way to handle it is to handle it privately.”
    —————

    Yet, this is what you said regarding Kenny Stills when he had a concern about a decision make by the team OWNER, Stephen Ross:

    “He’s due to make $7.975 million this year in salary from Ross, which makes Stills’ willingness to speak his mind even more admirable.” ADMIRABLE.

    PICK A LANE, MF.

    **********************

    Forgot to add, his tight end Jace Sternberger had a CONCUSSION from a cheap shot by Texan Lonnie Johnson. Texans were also blowing guys up during the kickoff drills.

    Rodgers was speaking up for the health and safety of his teammates.

  7. Well what do you know, Aaron Rodgers has a personality. Packer fans are used to it, considering Favre did also. What’s the alternative, behaving like a smiling potted fern like Cousins?

    No thanks.

  8. elc larperformance says:

    Well what do you know, Aaron Rodgers has a personality. Packer fans are used to it, considering Favre did also.
    ###

    For a change, you are half right.

    Favre did have a personality.

    Rodgers has less personality than the potted fern…

  9. because it’s not like they’re playing, they run about four different coverages, so it’s not overly complicated,” LaFleur said. “It’s not like [Packers defensive coordinator Mike] Pettine throwing everything at you.
    ————
    wait, what’s the difference?

  10. But at the same time, there’s 10 other guys on the field with him on each play, and it was great for us, especially when you talk about our run game getting some different looks to go against.
    ———-
    Shhh, don’t tell Rodgers. He is only concerned about it from his perspective

  11. Rodgers has less personality than the potted fern…
    —–
    To someone who has no sense of humor maybe. Rodgers is actually hilarious with a very sly, dry wit. People who think “you Vike that” is clever would never understand.

  12. they ramped up their intensity level and we didn’t match it,” LaFleur said. “It looked a little, we got it taken to us a little bit.
    ___
    Does LaFleur know he can’t opt out of games when the Packers are having it taken to them?

  13. Yes, should have said privately. But the most important thing he said was that the teams ran both offense and defenses so “vanilla” that they’d gain more just by playing their own team with scheme implemented.
    Benefit was really hitting someone else’s players, and them getting injured rather than yours.

  14. cheeseisfattening says:
    August 9, 2019 at 9:37 am
    Shhh, don’t tell Rodgers. He is only concerned about it from his perspective
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    So are you.

  15. Liberalsruineverything says:
    August 9, 2019 at 4:35 pm
    The sparks will really fly when they are 0-5.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    That sounds like a prediction! Are you good at predictions? Tell us, is this the year the Vikings finally earn a SuperBowl berth? Is this it? If you can’t at least predict the Vikings, you know exactly where you can put the rest of your predictions.

    Good luck with that.

  16. That sounds like a prediction! Are you good at predictions? Tell us, is this the year the Vikings finally earn a SuperBowl berth? Is this it? If you can’t at least predict the Vikings, you know exactly where you can put the rest of your predictions.
    ———
    Tell us, is this the year the NFC North runs through Green Bay again? LOL

    Better yet, lets all predict the next thing Aaron Rodgers passive aggressively attacks Matt LaFleur with.
    Whatever it is I predict Packer fans will dismiss it as the media making something out of nothing.

  17. stellarperformance says:
    August 6, 2019 at 12:53 pm
    9-7.
    —————————

    That sounds like a prediction! Are you good at predictions? Tell us, is this the year the Packers finally earn a SuperBowl berth? Is this it? If you can’t at least predict the Packers, you know exactly where you can put the rest of your predictions.

    Good luck with that.

  18. cheeseisfattening says:
    August 9, 2019 at 6:03 pm
    Better yet, lets all predict the next thing Aaron Rodgers passive aggressively attacks Matt LaFleur with.
    Whatever it is I predict Packer fans will dismiss it as the media making something out of nothing.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    It’s easily dismissed as making something out of nothing. It’s because Rodgers is a polarizing character. He’s a polarizing character because he has the ability to back up his contentions. The media chases him because he’s usually right. The trolls go nuts because it’s deep inside their heads. It’s all great fun.

  19. remember R-E-L-A-X? Run the Table? 🤜🏽 👈🏽 yeah, he did that. Super Bowl champ, MVP twice. a better resume than every viking ever.. but dont let history get in the way, empty shelf team.

  20. Wisconsin Narcissists says:
    August 10, 2019 at 2:18 pm
    13 world championships, the best QB, and the greatest team the world has ever seen

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    “The world has ever seen”? Sorry I didn’t see the first six because, I don’t know the TV wasn’t in homes yet. And I didn’t see the next 5 because I wasn’t born yet. You must be something like 100+ to see them all

  21. Sorry I didn’t see the first six because, I don’t know the TV wasn’t in homes yet. And I didn’t see the next 5 because I wasn’t born yet. You must be something like 100+ to see them all

    +++++

    If you weren’t born yet, what difference did it make there were tv’s in homes? Asking for a Poor Barney.

  22. 1L says:
    August 9, 2019 at 7:54 pm
    remember R-E-L-A-X? Run the Table? 🤜🏽 👈🏽 yeah, he did that. Super Bowl champ, MVP twice. a better resume than every viking ever.. but dont let history get in the way, empty shelf team
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@
    🤜🏽 👈🏽 ??? What is that? Packer fans lead PFT in emojis

  23. “From his perspective, I can understand where he’s coming from in some regard because it’s not like they’re playing, they run about four different coverages, so it’s not overly complicated,” LaFleur said. “It’s not like [Packers defensive coordinator Mike] Pettine throwing everything at you. So, I get it from his perspective./////

    Not a good sign when LaFleur is already trying to cover for what it was – Rodgers whining again to the press. Rodgers is still running the team which isn’t a good sign.

  24. Well, what do you know, Rodgers is disputing the unfounded contentions of discord between himself and LaFleur. He’s calling it Fake News. Oddly enough, LaFleur doesn’t see any issues either. In fact, the only persons that believe there is something to it are certain members of the media and the usual suspect trolls.

    Call me shocked.

  25. Rookie coach LaFleur trying to reign in Aaron “I’m the best thing since sliced bread” Rodgers’ over-inflated and arrogant sense of himself to actually run the Slackers organization on the field. This should be REALLY good! [grabs a bowl of popcorn]

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