GREEN BAY, Wis. — If anyone in the Green Bay Packers locker room had a problem with a quarterback Aaron Rodgers‘ assessment of their offense and who should — or shouldn’t — get playing time, then they didn’t address it with him.
Not his teammates.
And not coach Matt LaFleur.
That’s according to Rodgers on Wednesday, one day after his weekly appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” made waves because the quarterback said, among other things, that players “who make too many mistakes shouldn’t be playing. Gotta start cutting some. reps. And maybe guys , who don’t play, give them a chance.”
Rodgers said it was nothing he didn’t share behind closed doors at the team’s headquarters at Lambeau Field.
“If one of those guys has a problem with it, I’m here, and I’d like to have a conversation,” Rodgers said. “I enjoy those conversations. I enjoy any type of conflict like that because I know that the resolution on the other side will make us a better unit, a better friendship, a better cohesion on the field. But no one came to me and said. , ‘I have a problem with what you said.’ I think everyone knows, including Matt, that everything has to pick up a little bit, get a little bit better.”
Nor did Rodgers back down from those comments when asked to clarify them.
“I don’t understand why people have a problem with things being truthful,” Rodgers said. “I call things the way I see it. People don’t think I need to air those things, that’s their opinion. But I’m doing what I think is in the best interest of our guys, and I’ve tried a lot of different things from a leadership standpoint this year, and I just shared my personal feelings about the situation. I didn’t call anybody out by name. I think we all have to be about the details, and that includes me. .”
Rodgers said he is open to extra conversations with teammates and coaches during the week to help fix things. To that extent, Rodgers, who didn’t practice Wednesday because of his injured right thumb — which he wouldn’t say if it was broken or not — moved up his treatment time so he could attend practice and still call plays in the huddle. The Packers also moved up their regular weekly meeting between the quarterbacks and the quarterbacks by one day.
On Tuesday, Rodgers told McAfee they’ve missed assignments or had mental errors in as many as 20% of their offensive plays this season, including Sunday’s loss to the Washington Commanders, which dropped the Packers to 3-4 after 3. -1 start
“If you don’t perform or perform or do the things you’re supposed to do, then I’m with Aaron,” veteran receiver. Sammy Watkins said Wednesday. “If I’m not playing well and I’m freaking out and breaking plays, take me out of the game because that’s not helping the team. I think that’s a wake-up call for everybody, a wake-up call for myself. I try to limit myself to having one MA game and that is my goal. The goal is to have nobody, but things happen in the fire. I’m with Aaron, man.”
Watkins returned Sunday after a four-week absence with a hamstring injury, and a rookie Christian Watson could return for this Sunday’s game at the Buffalo Bills (5-1) after missing two weeks with the same injury. However, they could be without Allen Lazardwho did not practice Wednesday due to a shoulder injury.
When a novice Samori Toure was active for the Washington game, that meant every receiver on the roster got a chance this season. So unless Rodgers was referring to practice squad receivers Juwan Winfree (who has one catch for 17 yards in the three games in which he was lifted from the practice squad) or journeyman Travis Fulgham (who never played in a game for the Packers), then it’s unclear who he thinks should play more.
“I think it’s just, we’ve got to get our best 11 on the field and if that means going different personnel groups, then we’re going to have to do that,” Rodgers said. “But we can’t have the same double-digit, 15-plus mental mistakes and expect to move the ball effectively.”
LaFleur gave no indication that he had a problem with Rodgers’ comments.
“We have to be honest with each other,” LaFleur said. “Sometimes the truth hurts… I don’t think he publicly called out individuals, I don’t believe, I didn’t sit there and listen to the whole thing, so I just think you have to get to the root of the truth.”
Green Bay opened as a 10.5-point underdog and by late Wednesday the line had moved to 11.5 at Caesars Sportsbook. Rodgers has never been more than an 8.5-point underdog in his career, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. His 234 career starts (including regular season and playoffs) are the most of any quarterback to never be a double-digit underdog in the Super Bowl era. Rodgers is 0-4, including playoffs, as a touchdown or more underdog.
“You can be a dangerous team when you feel like you have a lot to prove, and when you’re a little bit counted out,” Rodgers said. “So I welcome us being counted out as much as possible. I’ve always enjoyed that feeling. And for these guys who have a lot to prove, hopefully they embrace that as well. It’s time to make a name for yourself in this league. , and a lot of guys are going to get opportunities on Sunday. On national television, with millions and millions of people watching — a great time for some of those guys to step into the spotlight.”