Unless you have been under a rock, there is more McCarthy and Rodgers drama going around after Bleacher Report published a piece called What Happened in Green Bay
The full interview is absolutely full of choice quotes but this one from Greg Jennings stood out to me:
It was 2012, and the Packers were hosting the 49ers when, mid-timeout, cornerback Carlos Rogers playfully asked Jennings why he was running so many short routes.
“You know how it is,” Jennings told him. “Contract year.”
That’s when Rodgers stepped in to say, per Jennings, “You guys should get him at the end of the year.”
Jennings walked back to the huddle speechless.
“I don’t think he realizes what he said and the impact that it had,” Jennings says. “Had the shoe been on the other foot and I said, ‘Hey, man, I should come and play with your quarterback,’ he would’ve been so offended by that. But when it comes out of his mouth—and we all know there’s truth behind jokes—for him to say that and just act as though everything was the same? It just wasn’t.”
Following the release of the report, Greg Jennings went on The Herd with Colin Cowherd to clarify his own positions on the matter:
So it shouldn’t be a surprise to most to say that Jennings may have a chip on his shoulder in regard to Rodgers. Even so, his behind the scenes reports on Rodgers/McCarthy drama has been corroborated by other players. Be sure to watch the video above because I feel that Greg Jennings was VERY respectful and considerate towards Rodgers – in fact, it seems quite obvious that he is holding a lot back.
I get it. The guy is good and Packers fans love Rodgers. As a QB, I have nothing but respect for him. As a person, I am not really so sure. Never met the guy but he doesn’t do a great job at making himself seem likeable.
Some may also say ‘Who cares about this drama??’. The problem with that is that this person fails to realize how important the past is to better understand your future. How well do you see LaFleur/Rodgers working next year after these new revelations?
As a Packers fan, it really annoys me how much shit Favre got from the fanbase way back when and now Rodgers mostly gets a free pass(no pun) for being a Grade-A douchebag. With that said, I’d argue Rodgers is the superior QB but skill alone does not equal success in the NFL. It also takes a maturity and humility that Rodgers simply does not possess.
Rodgers shares just as much of the blame as McCarthy for the lull of the last year or two. Shame on both of them and shame on Packers front office for sitting around with their thumbs up their ass while it went down. I think Bleacher Report has set the record straight since sites like this one has laid into McCarthy while blowing Rodgers all the time. Rodgers is an employee. Not a fucking hero. He is an employee of the Green Bay Packers and needs to do what he is told. Period.
Was Green Bay in disarray under McCarthy even though many on the team still respected Rodgers? Absolutely. Does this give Rodgers a free pass to rebel and undermine his authority? No. No, it doesn’t. It also makes it really obvious he is a career athlete and has never worked a real job in his adult life. His spoiled brat naivete really showed through with the McCarthy drama.
Perhaps McCarthy saw this and that is why he wasn’t so impressed with him initially:
Nobody holds a grudge in any sport like Rodgers. When it comes to Rodgers, grudges do not merrily float away. They stick. They grow. They refuel.
No, Rodgers would not forget that McCarthy had helped perpetuate his four-and-a-half-hour wait in the NFL draft green room the year prior. His nationally televised embarrassment. McCarthy, then the 49ers offensive coordinator, chose Alex Smith No. 1 overall. Not Rodgers.
No, Rodgers would not take it as a funny accident.
“Aaron’s always had a chip on his shoulder with Mike,” says Ryan Grant, the Packers’ starting running back from 2007 to 2012. “The guy who ended up becoming your coach passed on you when he had a chance. Aaron was upset that Mike passed on him—that Mike actually verbally said that Alex Smith was a better quarterback.”
Another longtime teammate agrees: “That was a large cancer in the locker room. It wasn’t a secret.”
All this drama can be broken down to just two things: Ego and Poor Communication. I sincerely hope LaFleur has a proper game plan for this next year.
UPDATE: John Kuhn mentioned the situation in an interview and claims that it is mostly blown out of proportion:
Kuhn implies that Jennings is being too sensitive on the issue but does not mention Jennings by name.
The author of the BR article, Tyler Dunne, has done an interview with Bill Michaels: