Aaron Rodgers admits frustration with Matt LaFleur’s play calling at end of regulation

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The Packers ended up beating the Cowboys in overtime, but Aaron Rodgers thought they had a chance to get it done in regulation. Instead, with 1:38 remaining in the fourth quarter, coach Matt LaFleur called for two running plays and then, after a third-down incompletion, the Packers punted.

The Packers quarterback was caught on camera giving LaFleur an earful as he left the field.

Rodgers admitted afterward he was frustrated at LaFleur’s decision to play for overtime.

“Just every single play call, probably,” Rodgers said of the source of his frustration, via a postgame transcript from the team. “I felt like we were like 30 yards from ending the game in regulation, and also felt like it was two minutes, so I was going to be calling those, and I was in a pretty good rhythm. Obviously, I didn’t have a ton of attempts, but felt like I was in a pretty good rhythm. I felt like I threw the ball just about exactly where I wanted to, so I wanted a chance to go win the game.”

The Packers punted with 22 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, lost the overtime coin toss but stopped the Cowboys on downs in overtime and won it with a field goal. The Cowboys, who led 28-14 in the fourth quarter, had been 195-0 in franchise history when leading by 14 points after three quarters.

LaFleur calling the end-of-regulation play calling “indecision” on his part, knowing the Cowboys had three timeouts remaining if the Packers had to punt with too much time remaining.

“It didn’t work out, at least in that moment, but it did work out obviously for us to be able to come out on top,” LaFleur said. “A lot of times when we get in those situations, we give Aaron a ton of freedom to kind of run the show. I’d say typically, he does such a great job with it. So, hindsight is 20/20, but that was on me, totally.”

43 responses to “Aaron Rodgers admits frustration with Matt LaFleur’s play calling at end of regulation

  1. He still doesn’t get it. The head coach is higher on the food chain than him. Maybe he should convince management to make him a player/coach.

  2. Rodgers and his absurd salary has ruined this team . Trade Rodgers and groom Jordan Love . You will have then have money to build around Jordan a winning team .

  3. Rodgers tried to do the same thing to McCarthy, try to throw him under the bus. This time the Packers management is going to stand behind the coach and not the player.

  4. They were showing Green Bay’s drive on Red Zone, and I kept looking at the score and the clock and trying to figure out why they weren’t trying to win. I’m not a Rodgers fan, but he’s entirely correct – that was a dreadful play-calling sequence.

  5. If A-Rod doesn’t like the play calling, he can sit his butt on the bench and sulk. I guarantee that Jordan Love won’t say a word about it!

  6. If the Packers would have drafted Tee Higgins or Micheal Pittman instead of Jordan Love, Greenbay might be more competitive for a couple Superbowl runs

  7. Aaron Rodgers is very easy to dislike but he had every right to be mad. They didn’t even look like they were trying to win. They were still huddling and then they let like 15 seconds run off before calling a timeout before third down. Hard to even imagine what they were thinking.

  8. Frustrated yes, surprised no. I’m sure Rodgers remembers the championship game where LaFleur took the ball out of his hands at the end of regulation. My memory says it didn’t work out so well back then. Oh well, that doesn’t really matter now. The Pack is back!

  9. Rodgers needs to just be grateful the zebras blatantly wanted the Packers season to continue for another week, and made no apologies about it especially in overtime.

  10. Quarterbacks and coaches have been having heated arguments since football began. LaFleur knows how to handle the situation.

  11. I meet MVS of the Chiefs uncle at a bar early in the season. He said his nephew was nerver so happy to be away for GB. Said Rodgers is a great QB but a horrible teammate

  12. I’m sure McCarthy and Lafleur are frustrated with the egotistical, narcissistic Rodgers too. But at least they have enough leadership and social awareness not to air it out publicly. Oh wait, I almost forgot, Rodgers is the center of the universe. So it’s totally ok to harp on your boss publicly.

  13. Rodgers tried to do the same thing to McCarthy, try to throw him under the bus.
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    McCarthy was awful after 2011. It was on full display again Sunday.

    Good riddance.

  14. cma1973 says:
    November 14, 2022 at 6:24 pm
    Don’t know why you wouldn’t want your 50-million-dollar QB to go win you the game.
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    Maybe because he’s been playing like a 50 dollar QB.

  15. COACH and QB not getting along so I see another 3 or 4 game losing streak coming up.

  16. I think LaFleur was admitting he had played “not to lose” instead of “to win.”

  17. How many people ripping Rodgers actually watched this series?

    1:38 to go, 2 timeouts. Reasonable field position to get into FG range (GB 33)

    LaFleur called 2 giveup plays, and ran the clock down to 30 seconds. Then he decided to call a house shot which didn’t materialize.

    It was a HORRIBLE set of playcalls.

  18. I think LeFleur cost them a couple play off games calling a very conservative game, again trying more not to lose then win.
    When your down you don’t run the ball because that’s what you do and run down your own clock.
    I don’t think he’s very good.

  19. Looks like Mr. Rogers actually thinks he has played good this year, ummm, please go on and explain your awesomeness Aarron!

  20. Ground and pound and trust the defense is/will be the Packer way moving forward. Gutekunst has been preparing for this since the moment he signed the contract.

  21. So if they came away with a win then the decision was not wrong. I wont argue that there couldn’t have been more right decisions, but if it resulted in a win then they did not go with a wrong one. We can have all the opinions we want, but the scoreboard is always the final judge.

  22. The loss of Valdez-Scantling is more impactful than you would think based on the fact no one mentions it. Its all Adams. Rodgers lost #1 and #2. I don’t know where KC would be without MVS this year. He makes a big difference. JuJu is thanking his lucky stars that he has MVS in the absence of Tyreek.

  23. The loss of Valdez-Scantling is more impactful than you would think based on the fact no one mentions it. Its all Adams. Rodgers lost #1 and #2. I don’t know where KC would be without MVS this year. He makes a big difference. JuJu is thanking his lucky stars that he has MVS in the absence of Tyreek.
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    The Packers only utilized MVS as a deep threat. He is not a chain mover, and wouldn’t have helped this offense much.

    I’m sure the Packer are content to groom Watson. They’re not bemoaning the loss of MVS.

    Its pretty clear Kelce is the straw that stirs the drink in KC. The other receivers get singled up. You could interchange any number of receivers and get the exact same results.

  24. mytor1962 says:
    November 15, 2022 at 12:02 am
    Looks like Mr. Rogers actually thinks he has played good this year, ummm, please go on and explain your awesomeness Aarron!

    EXACTLY! Rodgers lives in his own ultimate narcissistic world; it’s all on him when things go well and all on someone else when they don’t. He doesn’t acknowledge he wasn’t around to develop the young receivers during the off-season, the way Brady or numerous other QB1’s would have. Yet he was right there to criticize them when they didn’t get up to speed fast enough. He doesn’t acknowledge his awful play earlier in the season when the Packers were getting pounded game in and game out. It’s just tough to have a guy like him on the team.
    Regarding the play calling, the Packers rushed for over 200 yards in the game. I’m not so sure the run plays near the end of regulation were that bad considering the time left on the clock and the success of the run game in general.

  25. I actually like LaFluer, and used to like Rodgers, but Lafleur looked like a 13 year old boy getting berated by his big brother on that sequence. It just looked uncomfortable as heck — who exactly is the leader there?

  26. One game doesn’t change anything he’s 40 soon trade him to SF next off season and let the much over due rebuilding begin .

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