Aaron Rodgers complains about those who criticized his lackluster Week One effort

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The guy who reportedly wanted his team’s G.M. to be fired apparently wants some media members to lose their jobs, too.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who seems to be using his weekly visits with Pat McAfee for a Festivus-style airing of grievances, sounded off on Tuesday about those who dared to question whether his off-field drama or sideline demeanor may have contributed to his team’s jarring 38-3 season-opening loss to the Saints.

“It’s absolute horseshit to give a platform to people who have no idea what they’re talking about as far as my mental state and, you know, my focus, my work habits. People that have not been around me, that are not in my life, I don’t have communication with them, are not in the locker room,” Rodgers told McAfee and former teammate A.J. Hawk. “That’s just chickenshit. It’s so ridiculous that people get a platform to do this, and it’s the same type of people.”

If Rodgers has a problem with those who criticized him based on Week One — and he clearly does — Rodgers has a problem with many people. The criticism was widespread, culminating in a Sunday open-reason roundtable on CBS, with everyone piling on and Nate Burleson and Bill Cowher making the most pointed comments.

Burleson accused Rodgers of “making it about himself” and that “his disposition was bad on the sideline” in Week One. Cowher said Rodgers “looks very selfish, he almost looks aloof.” Cowher then said it looked like Rodgers didn’t care.

“Show me you care,” Cowher said. “Show me it’s important to you. That the team is more important than you are. And right now I have not seen that.”

Rodgers, who definitely cares about the criticism (even though he shouldn’t), nevertheless seems to think the criticism is coming from a more narrow group of media members.

“What’s crazy to me is to let one storyline, by a person who has no contact with me, zero relationship, that becomes some sort of narrative that’s out there, that now I somehow don’t care about ball because of my Zen attitude during the offseason,” Rodgers told McAfee and Hawk, via USA Today.

The storyline was hardly crafted by any one person. Many have questioned whether his “Zen attitude” (some would describe it differently, and have) impacted the team in Week One. He skipped all of the offseason program. He didn’t work out with his receivers at all after the NFC Championship loss to Tampa Bay. He claims that he entered the last weekend before reporting for training camp with retirement a 50-50 possibility. Then, he stood before reporters and aired out dirty laundry — to the delight of those in the media who had their reports regarding the dysfunction confirmed and vindicated. Finally, in a sit-down with Erin Andrews of Fox Sports that aired hours before the blowout loss to the Saints, Rodgers again gave clear and obvious credence to his desire to be traded and his temptation to retire.

This isn’t some hot take or fringe opinion crafted in hyperbolic fashion for attention. (By the way, Rodgers’s comments about the metrics and measurements and motivations for modern media operations are flat out incorrect.) The criticism of Rodgers flowed naturally from his team’s performance in the first real game after months of dysfunction that he either deliberately wanted or consciously allowed to exist once it became the biggest story in sports.

97 responses to “Aaron Rodgers complains about those who criticized his lackluster Week One effort

  1. I suppose we shouldn’t speak about Rodgers’ positive achievements either, huh, so we’re being fair? LOL.

  2. Poor Aaron. He thinks this is bad? Lose a few more games and see how they treat you. Things will get very interesting.

  3. This guy. Good grief. Thank goodness Norm Macdonald didn’t decide to pick on him. Rogers would have been sulking in a corner, shaking, and sucking his thumb. For goodness sake, he should get on the phone with Simone Biles to get a lesson on how to respond to criticism of his work with class and dignity.

  4. Rodgers shouldn’t be expected to take winning any more seriously than the Packers front office does. He’s right to be frustrated. And he specifically spoke to his mental state and work habits, he has the right to defend himself there.

  5. On one note we know A-Rod is great but on another note it’s the Lions who ain’t been relevant on defense like ever!

  6. Can’t stand Aaron Rodgers. Entitled diva who thinks way more of himself than he should. He’s a turd, can’t wait for him to retire.

  7. Prickly much Rodgers? Goes for the unimpeachable members of the above it all media as well.
    Which is the most offended by whom? Sheesh.

  8. It’s all me, me, me. Nothing about the team and how well they played to get the team win. His teammate scored 4 TDs with his recently deceased father’s ashes around his neck. Rodgers doesn’t care about his teammates. He cares about himself. How he’s perceived by the media, how he’s perceived by the fans, whether he’s happy. Ultimately it’s his selfishness that has resulted in him being estranged from many of the people who have loved him and supported him. He’s thin-skinned and his talent has allowed him to get away with that. But at some point age catches up and then you have to wonder how he’ll look back on his journey.

  9. I agree with Rodgers. 1 off game and all the keyboard warriors come out in full force proclaiming the sky is falling, the sky is falling.

  10. It is literally their job for sports reporters to report on the sport and the athletes who play. If he does not like it now, he’s probably not going to enjoy the rest of the season.

  11. Most players of his caliber go through this kind of attitude when they’re young and mature as they get older. Mr. Rogers seems to be going the wrong direction.

  12. Has anyone else noticed how “Old” Aaron looks? It’s probably tough carrying so much greatness.

  13. So Finley pops his head up like he does anytime there is an opportunity to take a shot at Rodgers, Florio of course reports it, AR goes on PM’s podcast to defend himself from said questionable reporting….and surprise, it’s crafted into another hit piece wherein Rodgers is now attacking all media even though you know damn good and well he was going after one specific person! Do you think your readers are dumb? Anyone who heard the podcast knows he was speaking directly to Finley, but sure, craft it into yet another hit on Rodgers cause he called your site crap all those years ago. Do you and Finley hang out on the weekends?

  14. Cower in particular demanded out of character busywork. Rodgers is right. What is good about demanding someone live a lie just to feed someone else’s insecurities?

  15. Everyone is buying into the clickbait. Rodgers has said nothing about wanting anybody fired. If he wanted someone fired, really, it would be imperative someone be told. Never happened.

    “Aaron hasn’t said anything like that to me and certainly hasn’t said anything publicly,” Gutekunst said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “I think that’s a little unfair to put that on him. Certainly don’t like to hear those things, but no, nothing’s been communicated directly to me.”
    -Gutekunst

  16. Oooh, he beat the Lions, big deal. When they play any good defense, he will play like he did week 1. That being 2 INT’s, Zero TD’s, and the worse QB rating of all 32 QB’s. His statements are almost as hysterical as his man bun.

  17. Sharon, you took your douchbaginess to whole new level when you appeared with the man-bun and “couldnt care even less” attitude

  18. I could list numerous famous quarterbacks who had similar bad games and exhibited similar body language during a blowout. While it’s obviously fair for the media to question if the Packers’ offseason had something to do with the performance, much of the criticism ventured close to “Aaron Rodgers is a terrible human being” territory, so the Festivus ritual is not so surprising.

  19. “ This isn’t some hot take or fringe opinion crafted in hyperbolic fashion for attention. (By the way, Rodgers’s comments about the metrics and measurements and motivations for modern media operations are flat out incorrect”…..sorry Florio the media has done this to themselves and continue to do each and every minute. You get zero sympathy from me or benefit of the doubt. Rodgers was in the wrong any normal person can see that. Rodgers is still a great QB, any normal person can see that as well. But the media takes a story line chews up like a dog toy, throws it back up and eats it again. Until you and the media get held accountable and called out when appropriate, he has a leg to stand on here. There’s a reason why Green Bay didn’t volley a response to his initial press conference bc they were in the wrong too

  20. Much of the criticism was pure speculation and drama but that is what you get when you are a diva.

  21. ariani1985 says:
    September 21, 2021 at 8:37 pm
    48 hours ago you were in last place. Let that sink in.

    After last nights game, the Packer’s are first in the division, let that sink in.

  22. Enough is enough it’s time for Rodgers to be the QB for the Dolphins and Tua to be the QB of the present and future for the Packers. If this happens they may meet each other in the Super Bowl!

  23. If you think this is intolerable, wait until they lose in the first round of the Playoffs.

  24. I think the terms he used actually clarify that when he speaks of “the last dance” he sees himself as more Phil Jackson than any player.

  25. Anybody find the irony in him criticizing guys with these “platforms” while he is on the pat mcsfee show? A guy who literally does exactly what Rodgers says is ridiculous?

  26. He’s not wrong but he’s wrong for voicing it.

    Shut up and win three more. Everyone will get real quiet without you telling them to.

    Or go 0-3 and get benched. I don’t care. Just shut up.

  27. Unquestionably a great QB and appears to be a pretty smart guy, but he has the maturity of level of a moody teenager.

  28. I think he needs to look up the meaning of “Zen”…and own the fact that his behavior has been a distraction to the team.

  29. He’s completely on melt-down mode because he didn’t get the Jeopardy job, so now he has to play football……….

  30. You beat a lower tier team, like any decent team should, but now you think you and your team are back in the discussion as SB contenders? You haven’t proven it yet.

  31. Funny thing is his 250yd 4td game did nothing to quiet the haters on here. I realize tons of people hate him for what he says BUT, the guy can back it up. Think about all the teams in the league and how many of them he would make better. Are we talking 25 teams? 26? The only QBs you would want over him are Mahomes and then you have the “maybes”. Those include Brady, Allen, and Russell Wilson.

  32. Brady has a career game and talks about things he still wants to improve on. Rodgers squeeks out a stat padding win vs the Lions and goes diva mode.

  33. Packers fans are so ungrateful. Literally have a top QB in the history of the NFL and refuse to pay the respect due. They may NEVER have a QB of his caliber again and probably will go another 30 years without a playoff appearance after he leaves. Respect your legend.

  34. skidmarknamedpats says:

    Rodgers was in the wrong any normal person can see that. Rodgers is still a great QB, any normal person can see that as well. But the media takes a story line chews up like a dog toy, throws it back up and eats it again.
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    Today’s technology has created the way the public views news. Metaphorically speaking the cash register keeps on ringing. It’s what the public wants! One just has to figure out what is accurate and what is not. Actors have publicists and perhaps sports stars like Aaron Rodgers should hire one also before he speaks!

  35. my Zen attitude?
    It won’t be long now before Rodgers starts using the 3rd person to refer to himself.

  36. I believe they were reporting what they were observing, correct? One decent game against the Lions doesn’t erase what we all witnessed the game prior. Get over yourself, Aaron.

  37. If everyone in the media simple ignored Rodgers – don’t write about him, don’t discuss him, just note the scores of GB games – we would all be better off.

  38. WOW, i used to really like and respect this guy. Now not so much, what a whiny baby. He played bad and yes we get to talk about it. Play better

  39. Can we just move on from Aaron Rodgers? I’ve been a GB fan and shareholder for 45 years and I’m nauseated by his act. For better or for worse I can hardly wait to see him GO.

  40. Aaron may be a arrogant person but he’s not wrong about the media taking things and creating stories out of them

  41. This guy is lucky he was drafted by GB and not SF, NY, Dallas or any other big market team. He has no idea how easy he’s had it.

  42. Part of a healthy mental attitude (Zen?) is realizing what you can and can’t control. The media have and will always be like this. So why are you wasting brain cycles on them? You can’t control them. So just go out there and DO YOUR JOB.

  43. The problem with success is you start to believe your own BS. Quite often people on the out side see things people on the inside can’t.

  44. What GM in their right mind would give up two ones and a two for this pain in the ass. Only a team one QB from the SB might think of it and I cant fashion a team out there that is in that position and cant get themselves a top new rookie QB at pick one or two?

  45. Poor Aaron….1 SB win just like Trent Dilfer.
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    Could be worse. Could have been a Patriot, pre or post Brady.

  46. I remember a KC game several years ago. they went man cov. and he tossed ike two picks in the first quarter and had a horrible game. Almost lost it mentally. He cannot stand it when he makes a mistake he cant blame on someone else.

  47. Yet all the Rodgers bobo’s will beat their chests and complain that poor Aaron has been treated unjustly by the GBP’s, not enough offensive talent. Never mind they have a top 5 WR, LT and RB…..and he’s also had Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings a couple good years of Eddie Lacy and Jermichael Finley and a solid O-line his entire career. There’s only so much salary cap to go around. Clearly, they’ve missed more than they hit on defense, but does anyone care to argue he got less support than the GOAT?…..who seemed to make it work in NE.

  48. Tough guy to like. Nothing is ever good enough, nothing is ever his fault. He’ll be complaining about his contract again within a month or two.

  49. Poor Aaron….1 SB win just like Trent Dilfer.
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    Could be worse. Could have been a Patriot, pre or post Brady.
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    I’ll give you the pre Brady, but JUST BARELY….. Post Brady NOW looks to be a very exciting time…. Maybe not quite yet but a few tomorrows from now looks even better than I hoped!!!

  50. Yet all the Rodgers bobo’s will beat their chests and complain that poor Aaron has been treated unjustly by the GBP’s, not enough offensive talent. Never mind they have a top 5 WR, LT and RB…..and he’s also had Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings a couple good years of Eddie Lacy and Jermichael Finley and a solid O-line his entire career.
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    Eddie Lacy?

    ‘I do not think that means what you think that means’…

  51. This guy is lucky he was drafted by GB and not SF, NY, Dallas or any other big market team. He has no idea how easy he’s had it.
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    The Jets haven’t had a QB since Namath.

    Rodgers, or Romo?…

    I am sure 9er fans would have stood behind Rodgers, being that he went to Berkley, and he was a Nor Cal kid.

    He’d be a deity anywhere if he played the way he did for the Packers.

  52. Dude, A A Ron it was the Lions! Depleted secondary, rookie head coach and new QB. Perfect slumpbuster game! Packer fans ya all saying after the Saints beat down its just one game. Well…..this was just one game.

  53. skidmarknamedpats says:
    September 21, 2021 at 8:51 pm
    “ This isn’t some hot take or fringe opinion crafted in hyperbolic fashion for attention. (By the way, Rodgers’s comments about the metrics and measurements and motivations for modern media operations are flat out incorrect”…..sorry Florio the media has done this to themselves and continue to do each and every minute. You get zero sympathy from me or benefit of the doubt. Rodgers was in the wrong any normal person can see that. Rodgers is still a great QB, any normal person can see that as well. But the media takes a story line chews up like a dog toy, throws it back up and eats it again. Until you and the media get held accountable and called out when appropriate, he has a leg to stand on here. There’s a reason why Green Bay didn’t volley a response to his initial press conference bc they were in the wrong too

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    Excellent points.

    Can you imagine how the media would react if people went after them this way?

  54. I can’t believe I’m saying this but Florio is spot-on with this one!
    Rogers kept dropping little juicy tidbits during the offseason saying just enough to tease everyone which leftmost journalist to their own imaginations to fill in the blanks.
    Week 1 game was a dismal performance and I think Rogers was more angry and taking it out on himself by using the media as his scapegoat.
    This situation is taking on an Antonio Brown like aspect Stay tuned

  55. Mike, You are absolutely correct in your assessment. Rodgers doesn’t want to be subject to the same criticism he applies to the media. He is in a public, visible role, and he is rejecting the accountability that goes along with that. I think Rodgers has been a great QB, but as a person I think he has become too full of himself. I thought he was rude to one of the writers during his post game conference (“I wasn’t finished”).

  56. Thankful we had Brady for 20 years in New England. Brady only cared about the TEAM and WINNING. Instead of 6 titles we might have zero or one if we had Rogers or Manning or Brees or Mahomes.

  57. Verbal meme: two spidermen pointing at each other. One is rodgers. One is the media. They are saying, “you’re sensitive”

  58. A Packers fan since 1961 hopes Mr. Man Bun just keeps quiet, departs the team in the off-season(after the team is eliminated-check the schedule) and like Favre, rehabilitates his reputation.

    P.S. He won’t be hosting Jeopardy! anytime soon.

  59. Rodgers is a spectacular player with a legendary career, is very bright mind and one crabby, weird dude.

  60. Rodgers is a spectacular player with a legendary career, has a very bright mind and is one crabby, weird dude.

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