Rodgers showed up on the Wilde and Tausch show on ESPN Milwaukee yesterday to talk about the Bleacher-Report article that was written about the Packers failures the past few years, and really went after Mike McCarthy and Rodgers.
Normally, Rodgers probably would brush this off and address it through the media while the Packers are at camp this week. I would also venture to guess that Rodgers has stayed quiet these past few years, doing his best not to respond back to guys like Jermichael Finley and Greg Jennings who seem to be firing shots at Rodgers every 5-6 months. Jennings more so, since he’s on FS1 and of course there’s two guys who work there that love to hate on Rodgers. So they bring Jennings on and he tells them what they’d like to hear.
Anyway, Rodgers finally responded to the article and he a lot to say about it. The audio of it, you can tell he is annoyed, he’s mad, and he wants to set the record straight. I don’t think Rodgers is going to address this issue any further. It’s something he needed to do. He had two former players, and apparently countless other unnamed guys tearing at this reputation. He needed to show he kind of leader he was, and he also needed to put this issue behind the Packers with new coach Matt LaFleur getting to meet the team for the first time Monday. In short, Rodgers needed to put this behind him and the Packers to move forward to 2019.
Here’s what Rodgers had to say about the article as a whole.
Rodgers on the B/R Article
“This was a smear attack by a writer looking to advanced his career talking with mostly irrelevant, bitter players who all have an agenda whether they’re advancing their own careers or just trying to stir old stuff up.”
Rodgers also addressed the Mark Murphy part of the article, his new contract, and relationship with Mike McCarthy. Mainly, the conversation that he and Murphy supposedly had where Murphy told him “don’t be the problem” when discussing new head coach Matt LaFleur.
Rodgers on his contract, and Mike McCarthy
“And before I get into what actually happened in the conversation with Mark, I want to say two things: One, if they knew that, why would they offer me a contract last year? And two, which goes into my second central thesis point that I’m going to take down, is if I really disliked Mike [McCarthy] so much, why would I re-sign knowing that if I play and we do what we do around here — we made the playoffs eight straight years and then I got hurt and we missed the playoffs — it’s going to be me and Mike my entire career. So if I really disliked him that much, do you think I’d re-sign. Is the money that important to me? I’ll tell you it’s not. Quality of life is important.” “
You can tell in the clip Rodgers is just a little annoyed with everything. Back to Jennings and Finley, this is what Rodgers had to say about them.
Rodgers on Jennings and Finley.
“If it’s not an article about me, do you ever hear their names anywhere else? You talk about me being sensitive and petty. At what point do you move or top telling the same stories?”
Specially Rodgers is talking about the Carlos Rodgers story that Jennings loves to talk about it. Aaron Rodgers apparently told Carlos Rodgers (SF 49ers at the time) that they should go after Jennings in the offseason. Jennings actually went on Colin Cowturds and responded to Rodgers about the first time he brought that story up. The problem is, Jennings has been on multiple shows on FS1 and brought the story up again, and again, and taken other shots at Rodgers. Jennings is a mutt. Just a sad mutt.
Finally the other big quote for Rodgers had to do with Mike McCarthy where he admitted to them having differences, but also took the high road and asked the people of Green Bay to thank him for his time as head coach.
I would like to say this will be all over, but Part 2 is being released tomorrow morning so I’m sure there will be more fireworks. Hopefully though, the conversation is more about the future, and the first time meeting Matt LaFleur.
Go Pack Go.
Thrones on Sunday.