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Evan Dietrich-Smith: Aaron Rodgers Wanted Continuity at Center

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Evan Dietrich-Smith: Aaron Rodgers Wanted Continuity at Center

During an appearance Tuesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio, former Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith discussed his signing in free agency with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and leaving Green Bay, referencing the wishes and desires of quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

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PackerBacker's picture

I can appreciate that Rodgers wants continuity.

However, I think we can all agree that TT does not change his methodology based on what his QB likes or doesn't like. I think he has a long history of proving that true.

Birney the baker's picture

I agree Evan. What I like best about TT is he never listens to fans or his players. If he listened to the fans he would have been fired years ago. Instead he's the best G.M. in all of football and you get there by making tough decisions like Favre, Jennings, Jones, EDS etc.

Continuity can be good and it can be bad. I am all for continuity at center but sometimes financially you can't afford it. Rodgers will adjust, he's a pro. I'd bet my life on it that TT knows Tretter will be an upgrade. He never gets rid of the better player.

However, continuity at say special teams is a bad thing. We have had continuity with Slocum as our coach for years and we continue to get worse. It's time for some new blood but of course I know that will never happen. Slocum obviously has some raunchy photos of McCarthy, Murphy or TT.

Evan's picture

I agree - continuity was probably the single biggest argument for keeping EDS. But in the grand scheme of things, that's not a very good one.

HankScorpio's picture

EDS is not the issue, as far as I'm concerned. I fall to the side that EDS was nothing special but even if he was something special, Rodgers has no business opening this trap. Players play, coaches coach and GMs handle personnel moves.

TT gets plenty of criticism and 2nd guessing. It's part of the job. But he doesn't need someone from within throwing fuel on the fire.

TT doesn't go around bemoaning missed throws and interceptions. Rodgers ought to extend that same level of professionalism.

That may seem a bit harsh but the last time the Packers QB decided to throw in his 2 cents on personnel moves, it turned really ugly. I don't want to ever go through that again.

Doug In Sandpoint's picture

Mr. Scorpio: I think that EDS was just relating what Rodgers said to him upon hearing the news that he was leaving. Even if he was the worst center in the world and a huge detriment to AR, I would expect him to say something like that to a friend. He was not blasting management publicly as far as I can tell.

He was relating a private conversation, I think. Of course he's going to tell his buddy that he hates to see him go. #12 is a pro's pro. You don't have to worry about him opening his trap. As he said to Pam Oliver, "Sshhhh."

ben's picture

Tretters never played professional football and he's never played center. But he better be good and he better be healthy and he better not get Rodgers hurt.

Nick Perry's picture

I don't know why fans are given Ben V all the thumbs down for saying the obvious. The Packers have the best QB in the game and we all saw last year what happens when Rodgers goes down. Tretter broke his ankle by what, 11:30 am the first day of team activities? Before that he had his nose busted by Sheldon Richardson at a practice before the Senior Bowl and missed that game too. We just don't know much about the kid other than he must be pretty bright since he went to Cornell. I had read he was working with a former NFL Center before the draft last year. He's said to have a bit of a mean streak, gotta love that.

4thand1's picture

Well, no shit, he's never played professional football. No college play has , DUH. The only thing EDS will be remembered for is Suh stomping on his arm.

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