Aaron Rodgers on calling out mistakes publicly: “People in this society have a hard time hearing truth sometimes”

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers met with reports on Wednesday. To little surprise, the dominant subject of conversation came from his public criticism of unnamed teammates for making extensive mental mistakes in games, at a rate of 20 percent. Rodgers, to little surprise, had no regrets for his remarks.

“People in this society have a hard time hearing truth sometimes,” Rodgers said at one point during a 15-minute press conference at his locker.

Rodgers was asked whether it counts as good leadership to take his concerns public, when he could have done it privately.

“I did do it privately,” Rodgers said. “I’m not saying anything [publicly] that I’m not saying to those guys. So, maybe that’s talking about a conversation that’s behind closed doors in public, but the level of accountability is  the standard here. Again, I don’t think it should be a problem to any of those guys to hear criticism. We all hear criticism in our own ways, and we’ve all got to be OK with it and take it in and process it. And if it doesn’t fit, then it doesn’t fit. But if it fits, we’ve got to wear it and improve on those certain things.

“I’m not going to be a robot up here. I don’t understand why people have a problem with things that are truthful. You know, I’m calling things the way I see it. If people don’t think I need to air that stuff out, that’s their opinion. But I’m doing what I think is in the best interests of our guys, and I’ve tried a lot of different things from a leadership standpoint this year. And I was relating my personal feelings on the situation. I didn’t call anybody out by name.

“I think we all need to be on the details. And that includes me. If I need to have, you know, one-on-one extra conversations with those guys during the week, then I’m gonna do that. And we have done that to an extent. But, you know, I’m not just putting one or two guys on blast. I’m alerting everybody that this hasn’t been good enough, and we’ve all got to do a little better job. You know, if one of those guys has a problem with it, I’m right here. I’d love to have a conversation. I enjoy those conversations. You know? I enjoy any type of conflict like that, because I know the resolution on the other side’s gonna make us a better unit, better friendship, better cohesion on the field. But nobody’s come to me and said, ‘I’ve got a problem with what you said.’ I think everybody knows, Matt [LaFleur] includes, that everything’s got to take a little uptick, get a little better.”

Rodgers at one point was asked whether he had specific players in mind when he said some should get benched for making constant mental mistakes.

“Not necessarily,” Rodgers said. “I think it’s just, you know, we’ve got to get our best eleven on the field. . . . We can’t have the same double-digit, fifteen-plus mental errors and expect to move the ball efficiently.”

Generally speaking, Rodgers believes his teammates should have thick skin.

“We all should be able to handle criticism,” Rodgers said. “That’s the nature of our job. Everything we do is scrutinized, from myself on down to the young players. And getting used to dealing with that in a positive way is important, whether it’s coming from one of you people, or from me or from [coach] Matt LaFleur. We need to be able to be coachable, all of us.”

So what will it take to eliminate the mistakes?

“Time,” Rodgers said. “You know, we have a schedule. We’re creatures of habit. But when we leave this place, we’ve got to be making sure we’re doing the right thing when we’re home. Some of that’s watching film. Some of that’s studying the plan. Some of that’s studying ourselves. But we’ve got to make sure we’re ready to go every single day we step in the building.”

And there’s the apparent root of the concern. Rodgers thinks guys aren’t going above and beyond the bare minimum in order to make themselves better. It’s an ironic remark, given that Rodgers has done the bare minimum during the past two offseasons. Maybe if he’d attended offseason workouts and/or gathered his teammates for throwing sessions in the down time, they wouldn’t be making mental mistakes now.

130 responses to “Aaron Rodgers on calling out mistakes publicly: “People in this society have a hard time hearing truth sometimes”

  1. He’s not wrong.. always have to worry about the people who PRETEND to be offended by everything…

  2. One way or the other, this will be the turning point for the 2022 Packers.

  3. For once I actually agree with him. Criticism can motivate some and demotivate others. Time to figure out who steps up

  4. The fact that this guy has more power over his team than most starting QBs in the league and he has already become a distraction to his own team is a really bad look for him.

  5. Aaron has no problem pointing the finger at others. Would he be okay with his reps getting reduced since he’s been so erratic and made mistakes this season? I’m guessing not.

  6. Just another egomaniac who can’t help himself. Special treatment is no issue, as long as it’s for him. And apparently $1mm per year no-name receivers are expected to play to the level of the $50mm self-proclaimed leader of the team.

    Hopefully this wash-up finally hangs it up after this season.

  7. Remember that scene in The Longest Yard when after the snap the whole O line just stood up and let everybody right thru? That.

  8. Often times when I look in the mirror, I say to that guy looking at me from the other side, “Just go away.”

  9. He may be a jerk. But that doesn’t mean he’s wrong on this one. If the guys in that locker room can’t handle the truth, they are the wrong guys.

  10. “Rodgers believes his teammates should have thick skin.”

    I laughed out loud at this. Pot meet kettle.

  11. Except that this poor snowflake can’t stand it when ANY criticism is directed at him.

  12. I love how this guy does says something stupid then blames society. He’ll be president one day.

  13. It’s an ironic remark, given that Rodgers has done the bare minimum during the past two offseasons. Maybe if he’d attended offseason workouts and/or gathered his teammates for throwing sessions in the down time, they wouldn’t be making mental mistakes now.
    How true. A team=first guy with new players would be there

  14. There are doors and meetings where the press isn’t allowed in locker rooms for a reason. Anyone who is stupid enough to think that Rodgers is fine in doing this needs a new brain. This can’t help the team, it can only hurt it, and the sole purpose of doing this was Aaron’s way of pointing fingers at everyone else instead of taking responsibility as part of a team. Amazingly talented quarterback and an equally terrible leader. As his skills begin to decline, his arrogance and narcissism will transcend his talent, if they aren’t already doing so.

  15. I almost forgot…man who did not practice today tells everybody they need to put in extra time.

  16. Yeah, but Aaron, if you’re not a part of the solution, like showing up and helping get them prepared in the off season, then you’re part of the problem.

  17. “People in this society have a hard time hearing truth sometimes,” Rodgers said. — Wow, pot meet kettle. He can’t really be that obtuse, can he?

  18. You guys forgot he took ayahuasca a couple of times and he’s a changed man. R-E-L-A-X

  19. Reminds me of dave chappel keeping it real skit….but he has a point but how u deliver criticism is just as important as the message u deliver

  20. Read the sentences before & after each “you know” because that’s where Mr. Rodgers is being less than honest. It’s a big tell in his neighborhood.

  21. Someone as thin-skinned as Rodgers shouldn’t be going on about people who don’t like hearing the truth. Lead by example.

  22. Wow. Rodgers saying ““People in this society have a hard time hearing truth sometimes” just shows how Rodgers is full of himself. He refuses to accept any blame for the Packers problems, even though he is one of them.

  23. This guy is just so obnoxious. Not to mention overrated. 1 Super Bowl appearance 11 years ago. But it’s always someone else’s fault.

  24. People here all love to hate on Rodgers, but they’d all dump their QBs in half a second if it meant he was playing for them

  25. I actually agree with Rodgers, the guys who aren’t playing well enough need to be held accountable. Let Jordan Love get some of these snaps. Let the QB who is best prepared to actually be accountable get the start. Or keep the status quo and let the guy who is clearly declining keep rolling his eyes and get starts based on what he did in past years…

  26. Gimme a break. Poor Aaron. Isn’t this same snowflake that whined about the media last year when he lied about his vaccination status? Put your big boy pants already.

  27. Decades and decades ago, my father gave to my toddler self a life lesson that I still carry to this day: the sign of a good leader is a person who accepts more than his fair share of the blame, and less than their fair share of the credit. I assume that in his youth, Aaron Rodgers’ father said that backwards?

  28. Sometimes, you hear about QB leadership, and it’s thrown around like so much fluff.

    Other times, you have not only a lack of leadership but a negative impact on leadership, and it does matter.

  29. It is hard to hear the truth. I remember when not Aaron Rodgers got the COVID vaccine even though he was skeptical. But then he decided he should listen to the experts, the scientists and doctors, and do what was best for the team. And you know what? The Packers not only won the Super Bowl that year, but thousands of male football fans didn’t die because they like Aaron Rodgers and followed his example.

  30. If this is the result of him trying new things from a leadership perspective this year, maybe he should go back to what he did the last two years… he could be either MVP meaning Most Valuable Player or Most Vocal Problem.

  31. It absolutely doesn’t matter what Aaron Rogers says, the haters on here will pounce on it like red meat. Of course he’s absolutely correct on every one of his points, that mental errors, unforced errors are killing their season. For what it’s worth, he’s been critical of his own performance behind every game in the season and in interviews, if you take the time to listen.

  32. Well…After that explanation, I’ve done a complete 180 on Rodgers. I don’t know how I could have been so wrong about him.
    I owe him an apology. He’s “The Man” after all.
    I hope he sees fit to forgive us all. What’s the matter with us for criticizing him? We must have temporarily lost our minds.

  33. Maybe Rodgers should spend the off season working with the available receivers rather than boasting about doing experimental drugs. A-aron has jumped the shark and is now a parity of himself. Move along Rodgers to whatever makes you happy and hopefully out of the public eye.

  34. dirtdawg53 says:
    October 26, 2022 at 8:48 pm
    He may be a jerk. But that doesn’t mean he’s wrong on this one. If the guys in that locker room can’t handle the truth, they are the wrong guys.

    ===================

    He is one of those guys and he has shown in the past that he can’t handle criticism. Yes, his teammates have made mistakes but Aaron has thrown the ball at the feet of receivers several times and ignored wide open players short to wait for someone to get open deep.

  35. 12 would rather us know more about his dating life and experimental drug use than work with receivers in the off season. When you win SB’s people will tolerate you and rationalize that you are eccentric. When you have a losing record you are simply an idiot. Time to hit the pasture.

  36. These “Straight shooters” hate it when it’s shot right back at em. The louder these types of folks are, the more thin skinned that they truly are.

  37. I’m only surprised he knows what truth is, considering the elaborate deception he played when he lied about being “immunized.” He’s still a selfish, privileged liar in my book. Nothing has changed. I want the Packers to do well. Rodgers needs to play like a premier game-changing, difference-maker. That’s what he is being paid to do. Do it.

  38. He see’s what coming a crappy sub .500 season cry and complain a lot setting up next years imminent
    trade which will be two years to late but better then never.

  39. I’m still waiting for that over due apology for his lying last year oh well instead he (over)throws more teammates under the bus now who is surprised he did that ?

  40. Delivering a message in a closed setting is fine.
    Public insults and name calling are counter productive and a demotivator.
    Spend extra time after hours with each under performing player if you want to help them.

  41. I hate the media. “Get up here and answer our gossip and questions. No cliches now either!” So he lets loose and speaks the truth and everyone gets upset!? I find it refreshing. He’s dealt with more BS from fans and media than nearly any player over the last 2 years. If you think he’s the issue on the team, you aren’t paying attention. Vikings fan here who LOVES Rodgers. Welcome in MN anytime. We need more free thinkers, people with courage, people with guts. Keep speaking freely Aaron you have fans everywhere even in SKOL land.

  42. Aaron Rodgers: “I’m not going to be a robot up here.”

    Russell Wilson: “We just have to keep working together. Let’s Ride”

    Talk about a contrast…and both of them get blasted in the media for their respective styles.

  43. Somewhere between the ayahuasca and 3 fingers of scotch one can find truth. A scary thought. Just get us to 10 wins Aaron.

  44. My advanced metrics tell me Rodgers this season has played on the level of a Jim-Jim Garoppolo. So if that’s the standard he sets for himself, then by all means continue to call out your teammates.

  45. Two things: (1) a guy that admittedly deceived the public about a vax holds himself out as Mr Truth? Please (2) Even so, the issue isn’t that what he said isn’t true (it is) or that players shouldn’t hear and appreciate criticism (they should) – it’s that it should be ONLY given privately, and not publicly while he’s praising himself. The guys so far gone with hubris he no longer recognized sound leadership.

  46. He ain’t lying.. I work for a large bank and we were told we can no longer say “happy Halloween” or “merry Christmas” because it might offend someone. My teams overseas asked me “what is wrong with you Americans?”

    Very telling

  47. Pot… meet kettle.
    Funny how it’s never the Pot when Rodgers is involved. Good thing there’s 52 other players to deflect blame to.

  48. He’s right, it IS hard to hear the version of the truth of a pompous buffoon who always thinks he’s the smartest one in the room. The sooner he retires to a hut in South America where he can smoke his relaxing weeds and lord it over the natives, the better off we’ll all be.

  49. So why then did rodgers bully a young reporter when she reported the truth about Rodgers?

  50. “People in this society have a hard time hearing truth sometimes,” …or maybe, they’re just sick of the messenger.

  51. He’s right. In todays society people are just uber sensitive. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of those players in Green Bay will take a mental health day to recover.

  52. Rodgers isn’t perfect but who else does the Packers have at QB? I don’t think anyone else can do better with this squad than Rodgers.

  53. So because Rodgers is stating clear cut facts, he’s and ego maniac? He clearly said (and is true) he didn’t call out any specific players publicly, and no players have called him out publicly. Sounds to me that all the fans and the media have no one else to attack on this team but Rodgers. Who are you going to go after, Lazard? Lol.

  54. Some people are natural born leaders, Aaron just so happens to not be one…..I bet he still can’t figure out why so many teams passed him over on draft night!!!

  55. Isn’t this the guy who told everyone to close ranks and keep it in house like a week earlier?

    For someone who is a notorious liar, sed on the events of last year to start championing the truth is comical.

  56. I have a genuine question:

    Terrell Owens, who based on production should have been a first-ballot hall of famer, was snubbed for two years for being a bad teammate

    Does Aaron Rodgers have to wait for Canton for consistently undermining his team?

  57. It is not always appropriate to express the truth publicly. Private conversations between players should remain private. This is a matter good manners in civilized society.

  58. Theoretically, this is true but do you need to point out how well you graded out while doing that? I also believe I heard rodgers is 28th in QBR, I guess that’s someone else’s fault also. I’m never one to defend Brady but at least he admits their struggles is a team issue

  59. Do not care for Rodgers but he is 100% right on this one and anyone who disagrees is probably one of those sensitive modern types who can’t handle rejection, failure or admitting they are wrong.

  60. Wow. Aaron still takes no accountability for the offensive failures. It’s everyone else’s fault. His arrogance is appalling. He seems mentally unstable at this point.

  61. Not a packers fan but starting to really like this guy. It’s SO rare for an athlete to just speak honestly and tell the truth rather than give the usual scripted responses. And he’s so right. Todays society does NOT like hearing the truth

  62. Classy guy. Have any of his unnamed teammates taken shots at Rodgers since he made those comments?

    Rodgers may or may not be correct in his assessment, but there is no need to make such statements in public.

  63. Rodgers at one point was asked whether he had specific players in mind when he said some should get benched for making constant mental mistakes.

    “Not necessarily,” Rodgers said.

    *********

    Hahahaha!!!! He says some people can’t handle the truth. Yes, Mr Immunized and some people, like you, have trouble speaking truthfully. Does anyone here actually believe he does NOT have specific players who he thinks should be benched?

    LaFleur needs to tell this guy to shut his pie hole when it comes to coaching decisions. If he had a spine he’d start Jordan Love for the 1st quarter this Sunday.

  64. Nothing he said is wrong,you can hate the messenger but that dont mean his message is wrong.glad to see the leadership,thats why he wears the “C”

  65. The last statement in the article is the truest. Aaron Rodgers is always about calling others out. He’ll say he’s willing to accept responsibility for his errors, but I doubt he believes he’s done anything wrong. As far as being the quintessential prima dona QB goes, he’s the poster child for that, even more than Tom Brady. If he was traded to my favorite team, I would abandon my loyalty to that team, which I’ve felt for more than 50 years, until he was no longer on the team. Can’t stand Rodgers.

  66. Aaron Rodgers is manifesting a deep seated transformation of awareness of the nature of reality. This fact is probably not evident to everyone.

  67. The truth is you took all the money and now you have to work with what’s left.

  68. Brady and Rodgers both think they are gods on Olympus and the rest of us are not worthy. They both need a reality check.

  69. He’s just skimming the problem. It’s not limited to football. He’s not wrong but he’s also part to blame. This countrywide “wokeism” trend carries with it a denial of accountability. If the players are offended by his words, get over it, work harder, get better and own your actions/failures.

  70. At this point I think a lot of Packers fans are having trouble liking this guy especially being that he plays in a humble salt of the earth town like Green Bay.

  71. I’m not sure what the Packer brass expected? They let his top 2 receivers leave and our starting wr’s are/were Cobb/Lazard/Watkins. How can you win in this league with no legit #1 wr? If they really were ready to give Adams the biggest wr contract in history, why didn’t they use some of that money to pickup someone else? Just don’t know what they’re thinking.

  72. He’s not completely wrong but this is the wrong time for that. Three game losing streak about to face arguably the best team in the NFL other than the Eagles is the worst time for this nonsense. I expect the Bills to utterly crush the Packers this week and for once I will not be disappointed by that.

  73. Huge difference between hearing the truth from your boss and hearing it in the media. What a pµ^z.

  74. He’s just skimming the problem. It’s not limited to football. He’s not wrong but he’s also part to blame. This countrywide “wokeism” trend carries with it a denial of accountability. If the players are offended by his words, get over it, work harder, get better and own your actions/failures.

    —————

    The old school, non-cowardly way to hold people accountable is behind closed doors. Talking about it publicly does not serve their common goal as it just adds distraction via media attention.

    Rodgers is doing this so he doesn’t look bad.

    It has nothing to do with wokeism.

  75. If I owned a business and I hired a leader who took internal issues public and blamed everyone but himself, that would be their last day regardless of their talent. Rodgers is hurting the Packers brand and the team isn’t doing a thing about it. Rodgers is an amazing player, and any team and any fan base would be happy to have him for his talent, but he’s definitely not a team-first guy.

  76. Mr truthful doesn’t mind massaging the facts when it serves him well. “Yeah, I’ve been immunized”. There is no value to the Packers for Rodgers to go public. It only has value to Rodgers personally.

  77. It’s an ironic remark, given that Rodgers has done the bare minimum during the past two offseasons.
    ==========

    Aside from winning back-to-back MVP Awards??………………

  78. The difference crybaby, I mean Aaron is that most organizations don’t call out employee mistakes publicly.

  79. Rodgers is taking gaslighting to a whole new level with the same result – not accepting any personal responsibility for his own playing.

  80. It seems that Rodgers can’t go one week without stirring the pot. I would like to see his reaction when called out for a mistake. He DOES make them. Nobody is perfect. It must be a great locker room atmosphere that he’s created. The Bills should crush them on Sunday.

  81. Well aaron proved one thing. That receivers make the qb, not the other way around
    I wonder how many fantasy teams he’s been cut from

  82. He realizes that we’re not offended that he’s calling out mistakes, but that he’s doing it after taking a portion of the salary cap that could have gone to more experienced/better professional players that might not make as many mistakes.

    He wants to point fingers, fine, but that’s not leadership when you do it in the media. Support your teammates, have these conversations behind closed doors, and do your job. He gets paid a lot of money to make the people around him better.

  83. I’m actually just fine with the truth. Here’s a truth, I would never, in a million years go on a national broadcast to say things that would be perceived to criticize both my boss, and my co-workers. Not all truths are for public consumption. Guess what golden boy, you’re not the only one who can SEE the Packers making mental mistakes. Interestingly, many of the mental mistakes are being made by the QB.

  84. I get it, the packer’s team is mostly talentless and the organzation from its president to the coach are a clown show. That does not mean Rodgers gets to point this out publically every time he has a bad game.

  85. The Management of the Green Bay Packers has this bullseye square on their foreheads. Maybe the ignorance comes from having HOF QB play for the last 30 years? They did this when Favre was entering the twilight of his career, they draft Rodgers and he ends up being better than Favre. They outsmarted themselves by thinking lightning would strike a third time with Jordan Love. That move cost them another SB potentially with 3 straight 13 win seasons.
    Then they decide to go all in with a monster contract for Rodgers with nobody left around him. Hindsight is always 20/20, but they could have gotten a kings ransom for Rodgers from Denver and put the team in a great position for years to come. Instead, the dam has a big crack in it now, and Rodgers is the only on that can plug it. He is 100% correct. Management had 2 huge opportunities in the last 6 years to make the right move and they failed.

  86. Then they decide to go all in with a monster contract for Rodgers with nobody left around him. Hindsight is always 20/20, but they could have gotten a kings ransom for Rodgers from Denver and put the team in a great position for years to come. Instead, the dam has a big crack in it now, and Rodgers is the only on that can plug it. He is 100% correct. Management had 2 huge opportunities in the last 6 years to make the right move and they failed.
    ==========

    They have invested heavily in taht defense, major draft capitol, and substantial cap $$
    The line has been solid overall, struggling a bit this year, but they have talent there
    The RBs are stellar, probably the best tandem in football

    I don’t see personnel as the problem here. And they have solid anchors to go forward with. At lest for the next 3-4 years. (Alexander, Clark, Gary.. Jones, Dillon, Jenkins, Runyan)

    I’m shocked how poorly LaFleur is looking right now. Thats the story for me.

    All 3 units are failing miserably.

  87. Aaron Rodgers and the truth don’t have the best record.Constantly pointing fingers at coaches(McCarthy & now LaFluer) and teammates but never himself. When is he going to say the truth that he should have been at OTA’s last spring because it has had a more negative effect on the offense than he thought it would. I will not wait on this from that guy.

  88. riverhorsey says:
    October 26, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Maybe he should call people out by name to get to the real truth./////////////

    Rodgers made it known without naming his head coach. For playing guys that shouldn’t be playing because of the mistakes they make. He just left the players out this time.

  89. It’s over Tommy. It’s over! says:
    October 27, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    The RBs are stellar, probably the best tandem in football
    —————————
    Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!! Well, so much for your credibility. They aren’t even the best tandem in their own division. There are a dozen teams that would not take the two of them together in a straight up trade for their own single RB

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