Aaron Rodgers has never had much success with rookie receivers. It doesn’t appear that will be changing this year.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback had some words that appeared to be directed at the team’s rookie receivers following practice.
Rodgers was running the scout team, which suggests he won’t be playing in the Packers’ first preseason game on Thursday.
“It was one of the worst cards sessions we’ve had. I don’t know how you can make it any simpler,” Rodgers said, referring to how coaches will hold up an opponent’s play during the period.
“You literally have what the play would be in our terminology on the card, and the effort level was very low. Especially with what I’m accustomed to. I’ve been running that period for a number of years,” Rodgers said. “So it’s not a good start for us on the card period for the young guys.”
Rodgers didn’t mention anyone by name, but he did single out Davante Adams, Randall Cobb and Jimmy Graham as guys who do things the right way.
So who were the culprits? Everyone seems to be suggesting the three rookie draft picks — J’Mon Moore, Marquez Valdez-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown.
It will be interesting to see how much the Packers will be relying on these guys in the regular season. That is, if they even make the roster.
About time!! Lack of effort is paramount!! MM should be chewing some booty; which he hasn’t. Great job Rodgers.
Wouldn’t have this issue with Dez in a Packer uniform.
Nope…they’d have other issues.
At first thought on hearing this, I was happy Rodgers pushed for better and disgusted Rodgers felt he had to do the job of the coaches… but then I remembered that just prior to this, the new Packer D had picked off Rodgers in practice 7 times, snd who knows how many more times since I heard that, so is Rodgers using the “receivers are not doing their job” as an excuse or to divert the negative away from blame on himself.”
If the former, shame on the coaches not paying attention or expecting more from the receivers,
If the latter, shame on Rodgers for picking on lowly guys to try to make himself even bigger than he already is.
When I saw this I took Rodgers as telling the rookies and the wide receiver coach to be prepared for everything. It does not matter if it is a new phase (cards) you have to be prepared. At this point everything will be a new phase for a rookie.
I think Rodgers was telling the rookie receivers that he likes their skills enough that he is going to be very critical in public, if needed, to get the best from them. Rodgers is also telling the wide receiver coach and offensive passing coach to pull there heads out and prepare these guys for new experiences, because there are only so many reps. Rodgers is not about ready to sit quietly and watch the mistakes made with Janis and others again.
I don’t think Rodgers expects perfection, however, Rodgers understands you have to strive for perfection. The coaches including MM should know that you have to have all the players strive for perfection even though they may not be able to obtain such. If the coaches don’t know that the strive for perfection is critical to catch excellence then they can easily find out from a Great Packer coach, and no I don’t mean you MM.
“Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect”. Vince Lombardi
“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence”. Vince Lombardi
It’s called leadership. Leadership isn’t always about patting a guy on top of his head, telling him…good job.
Cheese kind of touched on this, but when do the coaches lead? This should have come from the coaches. McMuffin, Philbin, Moss, Hostler, Raih…whoever.
Aaron Rodgers leads, Mike Daniels tries to. The coaches?….idk.