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Finley: No Chemistry With Rodgers Last Year

Jermichael Finley

We all know Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is going to say something dumb sooner or later. Whether this is one of those times can be debated, but it certainly is interesting.

Finley blamed, in part, his team-high 11 drops last season on a lack of chemistry with quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

After initially saying his own focus was the problem, Finley had this answer when asked if his contract situation played a role.

“Not at all. It was just my play. I’m not blaming it on my offseason, but me and the QB didn’t have chemistry. The routes were off sometimes, and that’ll mess with your head when the ball comes. The contract didn’t bother me at all. Not one bit. Not one bit.”

He later said he felt like a robot last season. When asked why, he brought up chemistry again.

“I would say no offseason program. I couldn’t get the chemistry with the QB. And not (that I was) thinking about the injury, but every time somebody got around my legs, I was like, ‘Watch out.’ I was thinking about that next injury. I can say it was because of the injury (in 2010), for sure.”

Finley cited the lack of an offseason program as the reason he lacked chemistry with Rodgers, but Greg Jennings made the Pro Bowl and Jordy Nelson was among the NFL leaders in receiving yardage. Neither of them had an offseason program either.

So is Finley out of line? Who knows.

He’d probably be wise to choose his words a little more carefully though.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Adam May 31, 2012

    I keep wondering if he’s always going to be that guy that “has the potential” to be the best TE in the league, but just never makes that leap.

    1. Vijay May 31, 2012

      There’s no wondering…the Patriots have two TE’s that are better than this guy. In fact, there’s at least a half dozen guys who are still better choices than Finley–no denying the ‘talent’ however.

  2. Pack Morris May 31, 2012

    Interesting. Missing so much of 2010, then having no offseason — might be some credence to this. Regardless, this is a big year for the big dude.

  3. therealChuckywasCecil May 31, 2012

    Well then I guess there will be no excuses this season. Let’s hope the drops are corrected by a better off season, new found chemistry with his All-Pro MVP quarterback, and another year removed from the injury he said he never thought about right before he said he would think about it every time someone got around his legs. “Watch out” I sure hope he has a better season than this interview.

  4. GreenAndYellow May 31, 2012

    chemistry has nothing to do with dropping balls that would otherwise hit you square in the middle of your sternum…none of the other 4 TEs or 5 WRs seemed to have much of a problem with “chemistry”, and even if they did they had the brains not to complain about it. he needs to stop reassigning blame, acknowledge that he fucked up too many times, and fix it. if he does he can be great

  5. iltarion May 31, 2012

    This is another thing I have been talking about ever since the latter half of last season.

    Finley runs poor routes. He is the kind of guy who wants to rely on his athleticism to get open, and if he isn’t open, then he wants his QB to throw the ball up for him.

    Problem is- he has the wrong QB for that. Rodgers wants him to be where he expects him to be, and he isn’t going to throw the ball to him if he isn’t open (most the time).

    If Finley wants to be the MAN here, then he needs to run precise routes and be where his QB expects him to be. And IF A-Rodge does happen to throw it up to him, he better damn well come down with the ball.

    1. Abe Frohman June 1, 2012

      ^ what he said.

  6. Jaykat June 1, 2012

    Pretty innocent stuff, I think he was eluding to the chemistry of the plays as much as he was the QB. Sounds to me like he’s making a concerted effort to keep it classy, and gets the benefit of the doubt from me. Slack up a tad on him.

    1. Harry Hood June 1, 2012

      Yeah, this guy gets it.

  7. David June 1, 2012

    Finley is a class A idiot.

    Now every DB know to go after his legs… whether he catches the ball or not to throw off his game.

  8. hubie June 1, 2012

    this season is do, or done for him, im hoping he DOES

  9. BringTheWood-son June 1, 2012

    Let the guy talk. No need to dissect everything he says.

  10. Pete June 1, 2012

    You’re reading into this way too much. He didn’t say anything wrong. He didn’t blame Rodgers. He just said he felt a little off last season for a couple of reasons (fair reasons at that- injuries and lack of preseason training/work). He’s hardly the only tight end in the league that suffered a drop in numbers. Also, Jennings and Nelson are pure receivers, not tight ends. The comparison is not exactly fair. I’m not a Packers fan and I have no reason to defend Finley.

  11. Darrin June 1, 2012

    His “talent” disappears when he manages to catch the ball. He’s afraid of getting hit – just plows ahead and gets tackled. Hell, Crabtree can do that. Graham and Gronk are way better than this guy, not to mention several others. He’s got two years to prove it, then see ya.

  12. Zack June 1, 2012

    This year DJ Williams is going to be an absolute MONSTER and Finley will finally shut up after a 2nd year with only one offseason outplays him… This kid is gonna mop the floor with him. Just watch.

  13. DevilDon June 2, 2012

    I get what he’s saying. The SB year Rodgers “threw him open” by putting the ball where Finley was going to be. Didn’t see any of that last year.
    Still…. shouldn’t “chemistry” be between one man and one woman? Not that there’s anything WRONG with that.

  14. mxz600 June 2, 2012

    If your thinking about injury, while trying to catch a football….You may want to consider a career change.

  15. nurseratchett June 2, 2012

    The problem is he says too much….too often. Last season he tweets about not getting targeted enough by Rodgers, then follows that up the next game by dropping 4 passes.

    Maybe TweetieBird needs to realize that catching a ball is more physics than chemistry….

  16. nurseratchett June 5, 2012

    Posted on Packers.com:

    “Driver acknowledged the depth at his position but sees no problems as long as the receivers take the same approach they did last year, which was to not worry about the number of balls thrown their way.

    ‘You can’t complain about that,” he said. “We were winning games and everybody was doing their part.’ ”

    Donald had some drops last season & his lowest production year ever. He realizes its the nature of the beast with the talent loaded on this team. He didn’t tweet-whine, he spoke like a team player….AFTER taking less money.

    Jermichael had better step up his game this year because without a whole helluva lot of improvement with his game, he’s not worth the DQ bullshit.