Aaron Rodgers Trying to Motivate His Young Receivers

Tuesday, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was critical of his young receivers during a televised interview. On Wednesday, Rodgers held a special meeting with his young receivers. You could hear the moans across social media and from football fans saying things like here we go again or I told you so, when it came to how the reigning two-time NFL MVP would react to having to play without Davante Adams and with a group of largely untested and unproven pass receivers.

But that is a very negative interpretation of the situation. Rodgers knows this Packers team is loaded with talent on both sides of the ball. He knows they were the top seed in the NFC the last two years and are coming off three consecutive 13-win seasons. He also knows he will be turning 39 before this season ends and that he won’t have many more chances to win that elusive second Super Bowl.

So, the coaching staff moved the young receivers into the quarterback room for a special meeting on Wednesday before the team’s second joint practice with the Saints. Veteran wideouts Randall Cobb and Allen Lazard who have both worked with Rodgers for several years, also attended.

Essentially, Rodgers laid down the law, explaining that the dropped passes and incorrectly run routes were not acceptable and that the team needs the young receivers like Romeo Doubs, Samori Toure, Amari Rodgers, Christian Watson, Danny Davis and Ishmael Hyman to work harder and do the little things the right way.

“It’s like a parent. If you hear one thing from your parent but you hear one thing from your friend, you might do what your friend tells you,” Cobb explained to reporters. “I’ve been saying the same thing that he said in the meeting today. It’s making sure they understand the opportunity that they have and not letting it squander away. Making sure that they’re focused on the little details in everything that we do and seeing the full picture. It’s not always about your route and what you have. It’s how you fit into the play concept and being in the right place at the right time.”

“It was just really giving us advice,” Toure said. “Basically, letting us know that the Green Bay receiving corps has always been held to a super-high standard. All the legends how have been through here, it’s just about us carrying on that standard and stepping up.”

It seems the meeting was effective. “We definitely took it to heart,” Toure said. “As young receivers who are always looking for ways to get better, when the quarterback tells us to rise to the occasion, that’s what we’ve got to do.”

Like it or not, training camp is winding down. Officially there’s just one week to go. The Packers have just two more preseason games and then the team will cut the roster down and start preparing for the Vikings in Week 1 on September 11. The season starts on the road against a division opponent. Unlike last year, the Packers cannot afford to throw away their season opener. They need to be ready to play.

“There’s only one goal, and that’s to bring a championship back here,” Cobb said. “We’re going to need those guys. They’re going to play a huge role in what we’re trying to accomplish this season, and we have to make sure that they’re up to speed. I think at this point, the comments that he made yesterday, was about the urgency. There has to be an urgency in what you’re doing and getting up to speed to get to where we’re trying to go.”

Agree or disagree with his methods, one thing is clear: Aaron Rodgers cares. He cares about making the most of this opportunity and about winning another Super Bowl. He knows losing Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling will mean there will be an adjustment period and he is trying to speed the process along. (Whether he could have helped by showing up for voluntary OTAs is another question).

The time for learning the playbook is over. Now it’s time to start learning how to adjust on the run when plays break down and how to make a broken play into a successful one. How to create chemistry and trust with your quarterback.

Rodgers knows there will be growing pains, especially early in the season but he’s doing all he can to minimize them and make them go away quickly. The success of the coming season may depend on it. If by the time the playoffs role around the young receivers are not comfortable in the offense and working with Rodgers, the 2022 season may come to a similar and disappointing end. But if one or two of them click by the, the sky’s the limit for this team.

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Johnblood27's picture

August 18, 2022 at 12:08 pm

i have NO problem with what Rodgers said in his interview.

He obviously cares about this season and he cares about the development of these young men into quality NFL receivers.

The veteran receivers and the coaches care about the same things.

The young guys need guidance and the veterans are providing it.

I for one applaud the 'tough love' concept and with the limited time and reps available thanks to the stoopid CBA see the worth in the timing and the message delivered.

Nothing to see here folks.

...and as anyone who reads CHTV knows, i am certainly NO AR sycophant!

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Fubared's picture

August 18, 2022 at 12:17 pm

I think he COVETS his passer percentage rating which is HOF right now. To me that is why he sucks in the playoffs, he fears going up against the very best corners and safeties and want to avoid interceptions that cut his percentages down so he tossed the ball away.
Sure didnt seem aggressive in the niners game, with only two passes going to someone not named Adams.

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LLCHESTY's picture

August 18, 2022 at 01:42 pm

You're so full of shit. Jones had as many targets as Adams.

Why don't you go reattach yourself to a Vikings site while they still have some hope for this season. Your trolling is stale.

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canadapacker's picture

August 18, 2022 at 02:04 pm

NO not really - he is just a big pain - in the you know where - 20 years old living in his parents basement thinking that he is a Packer fan - but he is Queens all the way

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

August 18, 2022 at 08:10 pm

No, I think he really is a vikings fan. Intentional bad takes, but nothing worthy of a ban. As much as he posts here, he posts a ton more on Vikings blogs.

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MainePackFan's picture

August 18, 2022 at 01:20 pm

You are spot on with your assessment JB27

"...and as anyone who reads CHTV knows, i am certainly NO AR sycophant!"

I will attest to the accuracy of this statement :)

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Tundraboy's picture

August 18, 2022 at 10:27 pm

That's for sure!

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Fubared's picture

August 18, 2022 at 12:14 pm

I sure he is wetting his pants and breathing hard every time one of these "young" guys drop a pass or run the wrong route, which has always drove him nuts.
I could be dead wrong but it might be a long season for Mr Rodgers.
Thought I had read they are trying to get the backs to do more catching to make up for the "young" guys not being very good.
PS: we should all keep in mind it was his choice to not practice in the voluntary sessions where he could have gotten in more work with these guys. He wasnt there.

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Bure9620's picture

August 18, 2022 at 12:23 pm

Of course Rodgers is trying to motivate the young WRs. Complaining about teammates to the media however is simply unprofessional. That meeting could have happened without anyone knowing about it. If the recievers are running wrong routes well that is partially on Rodgers. He could call a meeting with WRs and coaches himself. That would have been leadership. As a leader, he needs to take partial responsibility for offensive shortcomings. Rodgers knows how to point fingers but doesn't ever point the thumb. Complaining about rookies making mistakes to the media is not leadership.

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Johnblood27's picture

August 18, 2022 at 12:33 pm

following up some general TRUTHS which he was specifically asked about with an internal meeting with the principles to gain the most benefit from the situation IS leadership.

He cant help that every microphone is shoved at him and every talking head wants a byte from his lips. it is the absurd sports media world we live in. understand reality and adapt. this aint 1963.

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Bure9620's picture

August 18, 2022 at 12:45 pm

I am in management myself. If those under me make mistakes, I don't call out the individuals. I recognize that it is my failure for not properly teaching or coaching that individual and empowering that individual. Leadership is about looking at yourself and pointing the thumb not the finger. This has always been the issue with Rodgers. He wants to call himself a leader, he wants have say in the offense, he wants to be involved in personnel decisions, yet he refuses to do the MOST imporant part of leadership. Taking responsibility.

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Bure9620's picture

August 18, 2022 at 12:45 pm

Double

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LambeauPlain's picture

August 18, 2022 at 01:29 pm

I have a career in management myself and learned early on to follow the advice: "Praise very publicly...reprimand very privately."

That said, I am not critical of Rodgers mentioning the meeting. He didn't call the young players out. And this is similar to what he has seen before with rookies/new players: In college they could skip over the "little things" because often they were a superior talent on the field. No longer. The parity in the NFL is legendary today.

Every little edge can translate into a play won vs lost.

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canadapacker's picture

August 18, 2022 at 02:05 pm

Wrong = that is your interpretation of a leader - sports speak - wrong

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

August 18, 2022 at 02:35 pm

I have seen nothing that indicates his teammates don't see him as a leader, and as a good leader. He is universally well liked by teammates (barring Greg Jennings, who loves to whine). Rodgers has been positive all spring and summer, but camp is almost over. If these guys are making repeat mistakes, they absolutely need a wake-up call. He didn't name anyone by name; he didn't say anything particularly awful; just that drops and poor route running is going to keep them from seeing the field. If they can't take that, then they are not going to succeed in this league.

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Since'61's picture

August 18, 2022 at 02:39 pm

Agree WestCoastPackerBacker. Good post! Thanks, Since '61

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canadapacker's picture

August 19, 2022 at 09:19 am

He just told it like it is - do your job or you wont see the field . That is the problem with today's media environment - you either go with the things taught to you in the class - how to deal with the press - blah blah blah blah - or you get attacked by the likes of the explayers whose job it is to get clicks. Practice? Practice? You are talking about Practice?

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Johnblood27's picture

August 18, 2022 at 09:40 pm

Burger King?

McDonalds?

Taco Bell?

Which store? I will make sure to never eat there.

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Coldworld's picture

August 18, 2022 at 03:19 pm

When I read the full transcript I found what he said to be a lot more reasonable and constructive. As with anything, snippets can be misleading by accident or agenda. I’m not sure Rodgers is a great natural leader, but I can’t find too much fault in the overall massage, though personally I’d have said it to them in private.

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jannes bjornson's picture

August 18, 2022 at 08:44 pm

When Brady goes into howler monkey mode, the fans applaud. I don't see anything in Rodgers actions aside from mentorship. There is a likelihood one or more of the veterans hit the trainers' room for a spell, or IR.
The greenhorns could be starting by mid-season. Get them focused.

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murf7777's picture

August 18, 2022 at 09:35 pm

Supposedly he did say in private to them, probably multiple times and he is tired of the repeat mistakes. Might not be the best way to make it public, but he felt the pressure of the media would hit home with them. I don’t agree with the public part but this is how Rodgers does it. These guys do need to get their shit together soon. We shall see.

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

August 18, 2022 at 02:25 pm

I sure didn't hear him complaining. I don't get that take. He just told the truth about what their development means. Would you rather he'd praised them in the media and have them relax their work ethic? Not me.

These young WRs need to know that this year might be their best chance ever in whatever career they go on to have, to get a title. If they want a ring in their career, their rookie year just might be their best or only chance. So put in the work, clear up mistakes and help the team meet its goals. He didn't name anyone by name; he simply said the drops and wrong route won't cut it. If they can't hear that, then they don't belong in this league.

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Fubared's picture

August 18, 2022 at 06:23 pm

one problem the key word "young". to go on ESPN and harp on guys who played one freekin game in there career and be upset they aren't doing the job he expects is pathetic at best. It's more a warning to not blaim him, he told us she the problem lies.

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Fubared's picture

August 18, 2022 at 06:16 pm

he is subtly saying, hey you let my receivers go so if these guys don't work blaim them.

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LLCHESTY's picture

August 18, 2022 at 07:29 pm

Can I suggest an English as a 2nd language class to up your troll game?

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Leatherhead's picture

August 18, 2022 at 08:35 pm

The more I think about it Bure, the more I tend to agree. I mean, the only knock on Rodgers seems to be the leadership thing, and maybe this is how he thinks a leader does things. If it works, we’ll all be happy. I agree there might have been a different way of doing it.

Bart could lead men to victory even under extreme adversity, and that’s probably the most valuable quality a QB could have. When everything is sliding sideways into Shit Creek, he finds a way to get it done, and in the final analysis, that matters most.

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splitpea1's picture

August 18, 2022 at 12:28 pm

The proof will be in the pudding when the season starts. When something doesn't go right, I'd like to see AR calmly go back to the huddle or trot off the field....and get it ironed out with the player and coaching staff on the sideline.

I usually don't care about the whole body language thing, but I'd really like to see a minimum of animated gesturing and barking at the young receivers. Rodgers was a young player once upon a time, too, and he should remember that.

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Johnblood27's picture

August 18, 2022 at 12:37 pm

Think Brady for a moment. I can recall him having a tantrum on the sidelines after a botched play and screaming at players and coaches.

he is the winningest QB of all time.

body language i can live with.

disappointment showing through emotion i can live with.

i am not in favor of making every corner soft and worrying about hurting anyones 'feelings' just because THEY screwed up on the football field and cost the TEAM a possession or a win.

Toughen up buttercups, the world is there for the taking - by WINNERS!

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13TimeChamps's picture

August 18, 2022 at 01:27 pm

"Think Brady for a moment. I can recall him having a tantrum on the sidelines after a botched play and screaming at players and coaches."

That was in the heat of the moment DURING the game. I've never seen Brady ripping his teammates during a press conference. Not the same thing at all. Rodgers had plenty of time to calm down before going public with his rant. Obviously, we disagree, but I found it to be very unprofessional.

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Bure9620's picture

August 18, 2022 at 03:43 pm

Yes, it was quite unprofessional. Again, he is the leader of the offense. Rodgers IS partially to blame. His message simply cannot be, "these guys better figure it out" Well no shit. I am kind of surprised people think this is like great leadership or something. It just isn't. Brady has never done anything like this no.

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Bure9620's picture

August 18, 2022 at 03:43 pm

Yes, it was quite unprofessional. Again, he is the leader of the offense. Rodgers IS partially to blame. His message simply cannot be, "these guys better figure it out" Well no shit. I am kind of surprised people think this is like great leadership or something. It just isn't. Braday has never done anything like this no.

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PewAuKeeFan's picture

August 19, 2022 at 08:42 am

"Rodgers had plenty of time to calm down before going public with his rant"

Did you even watch the video? Do your homework first. Rodgers very calmly stated what he said.

The rant was by the media. And by you, and others like you who got caught up by it.

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PatrickGB's picture

August 19, 2022 at 09:26 am

It did not sound like a rant to me. He was stating that receivers who drop the ball and make repeated mistakes don’t usually get to stay on a team. Well, duh! That’s true for the majority of teams.

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13TimeChamps's picture

August 18, 2022 at 01:19 pm

I don't have a problem with the meeting that took place...IN PRIVATE. Ripping these rookies during a post practice press conference is incredibly unprofessional. And spare me the "they stuck a microphone in his face" nonsense. Rodgers has been in the league 18 years. I'm sure he knows how to professionally handle a press conference.

If Rodgers was so concerned about these rookies being ready for the season, maybe he should have shown some actual leadership and gotten together with them during the offseason to get a jump start on establishing a relationship with them. He couldn't even be bothered to show up for the voluntary workouts.

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MainePackFan's picture

August 18, 2022 at 01:49 pm

What he said was true. I'm pretty sure the young WR's are tough enough to handle constructive criticism. I doubt Rodgers said anything in that interview that he hadn't said to them face to face,

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13TimeChamps's picture

August 18, 2022 at 02:10 pm

Well, if he had already said it to them face to face, what's the point of repeating it during his press conference?

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MainePackFan's picture

August 18, 2022 at 02:16 pm

Because he was asked.

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13TimeChamps's picture

August 18, 2022 at 01:53 pm

I see the "anonymous thumbs down but can't come with a rebuttal" crowd is out in full force on this one....lol

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LLCHESTY's picture

August 18, 2022 at 01:53 pm

I might agree with you if he called anybody out by name but he didn't.

I still remember getting called out by name and screamed at in front of 50 guys in basic training almost 40 years ago so my sympathy meter isn't exactly on full blast.

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13TimeChamps's picture

August 18, 2022 at 02:06 pm

I usually agree with your posts, but I don't think you're understanding my point. I have no problem with Rodgers laying down the law in front of other teammates at all. My issue is him doing it during a press conference.

I also got screamed at during Marine Corps boot camp in 1969. They were preparing us to go off to war. This is a game of football. Hardly the same thing.

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Tundraboy's picture

August 18, 2022 at 10:38 pm

I agree with you. It's the way it used to be with the Packers back in the day. If he wins another title and leads the team there, he can say his way works too but I prefer the 60s versions of leadership that were beyond only one player.

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The_Justicar's picture

August 19, 2022 at 09:44 am

I completely agree about the off-season comment. Rodgers is a vet so has the right to not attend mini camps but guess what…it would have helped all of the new receivers with their development and chemistry to get in reps with the starting qb April-June, but Rodgers chose to skip all voluntary workouts in the off season, only attending the mandatory 3 day minicamp. People have been mentioning Brady’s in game ripping into teammates..l you know what he also did when getting to tampa, he got the entire receiving corps together all off season to practice and gel prior to winning the super bowl. Since Brady had never played with them before - all VETS - he wanted to get in as much time as possible.

With all rookies, Rodgers did the opposite. He is part of the problem for why the rookies may be behind.

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Since'61's picture

August 18, 2022 at 01:26 pm

I have no problem with how Rodgers handled this issue with his young receivers. They are now professional players and they need to know what level of play is expected and the implications for not playing at that level. “You play like you practice.” End of story.

When I hired people to work for my company over the years I always told our new people that I expected them to reach the point where they would perform their roles better than I could. If they could not achieve that level of performance I didn’t need them, especially if I had to step and do their job for them. Support them yes, guide them yes, mentor them yes, give them excellent tools yes, pay them well absolutely but communicate that a level of results is expected and why. Then hold them accountable. That’s what Rodgers did and that is good leadership in any profession. If Rodgers has receivers who can’t catch the football what does he or the Packers need them for?

Bottom line, you don’t run your routes correctly and/or you don’t catch the ball you don’t play. How long does anyone think a receiver who didn’t run routes or catch the ball last with Vince Lombardi? I can assure that Lombardi did not hold team meetings to discuss it either.
Thanks, Since ‘61

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Guam's picture

August 19, 2022 at 08:06 am

Lombardi doesn't agree with you Since '61. He is oft quoted as saying "praise in public, criticize in private". I don't think anyone has a problem with what Rodgers said, it was where he said it. He criticized his young WRs in a press conference which is not good leadership. Everything Rodgers said should have been said in a private meeting only.

I have no problem with virtually all of your post including holding people accountable for performance, but criticism should never be done publicly. Tough, honest love is good management, but you don't do it in front of a crowd.

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PatrickGB's picture

August 19, 2022 at 09:32 am

He was asked a question on his opinion. He answered with his opinion. I prefer that over a lie. Maybe he could have sugarcoated it more knowing full well how it would be amplified by the pundits. But no matter what he said it would be parsed, critiqued, analyzed and dissected.

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Guam's picture

August 19, 2022 at 01:47 pm

Rodgers is far too experienced with the media to answer that kind of question as directly as he did. He could have simply said that the rookies are progressing but still have things to learn and left it at that. Yes, it might have been parsed and analyzed, but what the media makes of it is different than Rodgers directly criticizing his young receivers in public.

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Packers0808's picture

August 18, 2022 at 01:42 pm

Just read on another site an interview with S Watkins. It really sounds like he is fitting in well with WR and Rodgers and working really hard at his trade. If he can stay injury free I think he will be a great addition for sure. He is working extremely hard according to the interview in getting to know and understand the intricoes of Rodgers!

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CheesyTex's picture

August 18, 2022 at 02:02 pm

"...getting to know and understand...Rodgers!"

Get ready for a barrage of "complicated fella" replies.

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Packers0808's picture

August 18, 2022 at 02:58 pm

Talking about on field, not his screwed up personal life.

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jont's picture

August 18, 2022 at 01:49 pm

An additional Cobb quote from this story:

>When asked whether players appreciate Rodgers' approach, Cobb said: "It doesn't matter if they appreciate it or not. This is the way that we do things here. It's either you deal with it or you get out of the room and we'll find somebody else that's going to get onboard with what we're trying to accomplish."

I was a manager for a long time, and I treated my team the way some other cheeseheads are describing their approach here too. BUT this is not how a professional sport team works. They cut you in a heart beat because they've got half a dozen other really motivated guys ready to start tomorrow.

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croatpackfan's picture

August 18, 2022 at 02:42 pm

Did you ever hear any NFL team GM to announce on press conference how he will release player because that player is not good, or is not honest or is lasy (for example)... Never ever. You and me and majority of us do not know what kind of talk or procedure players get when they are announced team will cut them.

If you do it in rude way, someday you may find yourself that you need somebody you cut, fire "kick in the as*" to help you in some way. You never know what will happen. and than matters how you part away with people. You may need one day someone whom you cut the ties on bad blood and when you ask him for help or to play for you (your team) you'll get NO as answer. You can always be honest and trutfull and cut the player with no bad blood. Or employee. It is not necessary to humiliate anyone in front of crowd or on public media.

This is the question of cultutre. And yes, you can establish publicly what your expectations are from your new "employees", but there is no need to "spit" or "shout" on him in front of everybody, if he did not reach your expectation. Only excuse can be if you have little time to correct something and you did not get what you asked and agreed with someone, so you do not have time for privacy, but you need urgent action (like during the game on the sideline!). But what you can get by staring with cold sight to the player who may or may not made mistake, or by rolling your eyes in front of milions of people who is watching you. Nothing useful for the moment, just telling to the audience that you are so excellent, but that other guy ruined your effort and you are not guilty one...

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canadapacker's picture

August 18, 2022 at 02:23 pm

There was absolutely nothing the matter what AR said - and it wasnt a rant or a tirade - it was simply the stating of the facts. Shannon Sharp -and Skip Bayless what a pair of dufuses- I guess once one retires they got to make some notice in order to people to click and watch what you have to say. On a scale of 1 to 10 whether I will click on them again -with 1 being the lowest - they gets 1 from me.

Now - if a report asks a question and all that one gets is the nice double speak - I'd turn that off too,

Bleacher report had it correct ""And the young players know they need to be better.
"The offense is growing," Lazard said. "It's coming along and everything. We had a lot of false starts, a lot of missed signals and stuff like that today, which is not the standard that we've had, especially in recent history. So I think there's a lot to improve on from that standpoint. But overall, I thought we did well."
This crop also brings legitimate tools to the table.""

The guys who run the correct route - the guys who take off and run deep if the other team jumps off-side - the receivers who get set and dont run commit illegal motion or movement penalties and especially those who do not drop easy catches will be on the field. Case closed = AR told it like it is .

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13TimeChamps's picture

August 18, 2022 at 03:34 pm

" Case closed = AR told it like it is ."

How about MLF "telling it like it is" and publicly calling out Rodgers for coming up small in the 4th quarter during the last two playoff runs.

How about Alan Lazard publicly calling out Rodgers for not throwing him the ball when he was f*****g wide open that probably cost them the game.

How about Gutekunst publicly calling out Rodgers for lying about his vaccination status after Rodgers publicly trashed him a year earlier.

Probably because they're professionals and they realize those things are handled in house, not during press conferences.

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coolhand's picture

August 19, 2022 at 12:13 pm

AR called himself out after the 49ers game, said he played terrible. What more do you want?

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

August 18, 2022 at 02:27 pm

So its ok for Rodgers to publicly trash his teammates, publicly trash his head coach's offensive system (he's now done this twice btw), hold a press conference to publicly trash his front office, publicly brag about drug use, etc? Ok whatever. My question is, when does it become ok for his teammates to start publicly trashing him for his nonstop bs and annual shortcomings in the playoffs? Whats good for the goose is good for the gander right? Where's 12's accountability? Does he even feel accountable to anyone? Seems like he only expects everyone to be accountable to him. Welcome to the Green Bay Rodgerses. Thanks Mark Murphy. What a wonderul role model you've capitulated to. Sigh.

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Lphill's picture

August 18, 2022 at 02:46 pm

Well he didn't refuse to play and retire unless his head coach got fired like Brady did.

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

August 18, 2022 at 03:05 pm

To be fair, Brady won 7 super bowls. If any one player deserves special privileges its him. But even with that being said, Brady has done everything in quiet behind closed doors. He has never criticized anyone through the media.

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Johnblood27's picture

August 18, 2022 at 05:08 pm

Ask MM about that statement...

you picked a really shitty example there, buddy!

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

August 18, 2022 at 05:28 pm

Ask MM about what? You think Rodgers is accountable to Murphy? Wrong. Murphy sold this team's soul to chase another super bowl before his upcoming mandatory retirement age. He and Rodgers are both tools.

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Johnblood27's picture

August 18, 2022 at 09:37 pm

McCarthy brainiac.

remember him?

coach of the green bay packers that rodgers ran outta town by throwing every other pass away for two seasons to protest his coaches system which he didnt like?

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

August 18, 2022 at 09:42 pm

Whoa were in agreeance here. I had already mentioned Murphy so I assumed you were talking about him. But yeah Mccarthy got a raw deal. Rodgers ran him out of town for sure. Everyone blamed Mccarthy for the stale offense when it was really Rodgers dictating the offense.

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PatrickGB's picture

August 19, 2022 at 09:39 am

When I listened to it he was saying that it’s the team who won’t put up with repeated mistakes. For quite a while now I have heard Matt preach consistent play as the premier measure of a player.

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Lphill's picture

August 18, 2022 at 02:30 pm

where was this broadcast ? was it local or ESPN or NFL network?

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Johnblood27's picture

August 18, 2022 at 05:10 pm

It doesnt matter what outlet it went out on.

the issue being debated here and now id that he shouldnt have said what he said IN PUBLIC TO THE MEDIA.

it seems that everyone sees it as OK to take the receivers to task over less than optimal performances, but that he should have done it in private, not to ANY media outlet.

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Minniman's picture

August 18, 2022 at 02:49 pm

"It was just really giving us advice,” Toure said. “Basically, letting us know that the Green Bay receiving corps has always been held to a super-high standard. All the legends how have been through here, it’s just about us carrying on that standard and stepping up.”

Samore - what Rodgers said was less about keeping 'the Green Bay standard' and more about if YOU want to elevate YOUR game to a level that's either competitive or elite in this league, then these are the things that you need to pay attention to. It's all about YOU, right here, right now.

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Leatherhead's picture

August 18, 2022 at 02:54 pm

You start playing football. Maybe you do Pop Warner. Eventually, you're a really good high school player, and you get offered a college scholarship. You play in college, do real well, and get drafted by the pros.

In about 3 weeks, these guys are going to play in a game against grown men for the first time. Grown men who make a very good living . If you think you're just going to show up and get by on ability, you're in for a rude awakening. It's a craft, and you need to work hard to learn it.

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Since'61's picture

August 18, 2022 at 05:02 pm

Excellent post Leatherhead! Thanks, Since '61

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Tundraboy's picture

August 18, 2022 at 10:45 pm

Ditto

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TarynsEyes's picture

August 18, 2022 at 02:57 pm

Gee, someone's feelings got hurt and everyone is upset.

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Johnblood27's picture

August 18, 2022 at 05:12 pm

Im not upset.

Like I said, suck it up buttercups, its a rough world out there, no more participation trophies, scholarship brats!

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PatrickGB's picture

August 19, 2022 at 09:43 am

The only people who really got upset are the people talking about it. Cobb’s response was best. It’s the standard for the team.

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ricky's picture

August 18, 2022 at 02:59 pm

The new batch of WR's needs to grow up fast. And Rodgers is feeling the pressure of taking on more responsibility, as both a team leader and the guy who wants to add at least one more SB to his resume. Then again, if you look at the Patriots, with few exceptions, they rarely had elite WR's (getting Moss was a rare exception). Run your route correctly and crisply; get a small edge on the DB, and Rodgers will take care of the rest. But the younger guys, in particular, need to understand that AR's patience will only go so far. If you are inconsistent, he'll find someone else he can trust. Is it tough and demanding? Sure is. That is why it's the NFL, where there is constant turnover, and the name of the game is "next man up."

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Packer_Fan's picture

August 18, 2022 at 03:03 pm

It is OK for Rodgers to say this to the young receivers. Especially at this point in the season. Obviously there have been drops and poor route running. They have three more weeks to get better and this will be a call and challenge to do better. Best to do it now before the season starts.

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

August 18, 2022 at 03:09 pm

I have no problems with what he said. What i do take serious issue is with how he went about saying it. The guy just cant keep his mouth shut with the media. For someone who talks a lot about trust, how do his teammates trust a guy who has publicly trashed his own front office, head coach, and teammates? Trust works both ways.

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stockholder's picture

August 18, 2022 at 03:17 pm

I trust Rodgers opinion. I like these WRS.

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Coldworld's picture

August 18, 2022 at 03:23 pm

Yet you contradict him every day over Love

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stockholder's picture

August 18, 2022 at 07:54 pm

No - I explained why he said it. Please forgive him CW. He needs Your vote of confidence.

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Lphill's picture

August 18, 2022 at 03:47 pm

How do so many so called Packers fans here hate Rodgers is my question . Whining about missing Lazard in the 49 er game when it was special teams that lost that game , the offense did enough to win it some here need to take a break from social media.

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13TimeChamps's picture

August 18, 2022 at 04:00 pm

"the offense did enough to win it"

The offense scored 3 points over the last 3 quarters during a playoff game at home. Ok...lol

The topic here is Rodgers press conference. Try to stay focused.

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Lphill's picture

August 18, 2022 at 04:08 pm

I see I made my point why can’t you admit special teams lost that game you can’t see past your hatred for Rodgers?

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13TimeChamps's picture

August 18, 2022 at 04:31 pm

Against my better judgement, I'll lower my IQ and respond.

What point exactly did you make? Maybe if GB's offense could have scored more than 3 points over the last 3 quarters........ahhh nevermind.

So if criticizing Rodgers for his press conference comments means I hate him, which is asinine by the way, then I guess him criticizing his WRs during that press conference must mean he hates them too, right? Or does it only work one way in your fanboy world?

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

August 18, 2022 at 04:27 pm

Because the guy is a classless basket case. The last 4 or 5 years have been a constant roller coaster with him and its not stopping. If anything, its only gaining steam. Is it asking for too much to want the face of the franchise to not embarrass the organization constantly? Is it asking for too much to want a face of the franchise to not put himself above said franchise every step of the way? Is it asking for too much to want a face of the franchise who doesnt brag about drug use and trash his own teammates and coaches? Being a football player is no different than being a part of any organization in the sense that anything you do or say reflects the organization that employs you. Imagine how Lombardi wouldve responded to this? Imagine what the front office must think when theyre constantly having to put out these fires that 12 creates? And people wonder why they drafted Love? Take the blinders off man.

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Johnblood27's picture

August 18, 2022 at 05:17 pm

yup.

i wanted him traded very badly in the off-season.

he is still in GB.he is gonna be in GB at least through this season.

I want the Packers to win. I have stepped away from the hard line on AR, but for gosh sakes, did he just drown 10 kittens in a bucket of water?

i hope that everyone here that is having a fit about his comments were the same people that wanted him GONE this offseason.

If not, you asked for it, eat it!!!

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

August 18, 2022 at 09:39 pm

I wanted them to trade him 5 years ago. Shouldve dumped him when they pushed Thompson to the side and got rid of Mccarthy. They couldve started with a clean slate instead of trying to win with a guy they know to be rotten to his core.

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Carpy's picture

August 18, 2022 at 04:12 pm

What is the over/under on number of games before ARod is throwing only to Lazard, Cobb, and Watkins? Just kidding - sort of. The new guys will indeed need to step up and be consistent. Nobody's expecting brilliance in Year 1, I hope. But they can't be blowing key first down opportunities and TD's due to drops, missing on their routes leading to INT's, lining up offsides, whiffing on blocks, etc. That nonsense will earn anyone an extended vacation on the pine. That all said, I am stoked to see what these young'uns can do this year. Maybe I'm a pollyanna but I think Gutey got 3 (maybe more) guys this year who have moderate to huge upside.

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Oppy's picture

August 18, 2022 at 04:39 pm

Rodgers is a fuck stick. He's not a leader. He's not well liked by the majority of his team mates. For years and years, his team mates danced around his lack of leadership skills. Guys like Woodson and Driver etc always found creative ways to frame it.

What he is, is a HoF QB that nobody wants to say a harsh word about.

Am I biased? Yeah, you bet your ass I am. I don't like douche bags.

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

August 18, 2022 at 05:06 pm

Couldnt agree more. Your comment should be pinned to the top of this board.

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Johnblood27's picture

August 18, 2022 at 05:18 pm

and on AR's forehead.

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beerandbrats's picture

August 18, 2022 at 06:02 pm

“Praise in public; criticize in private.” ~ Vince Lombardi

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Tundraboy's picture

August 18, 2022 at 10:50 pm

That's right! Thumbs up!

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LambeauPlain's picture

August 18, 2022 at 07:01 pm

Packers have several talented young WRs to go with Lazard, Watkins and Cobb.

So different from last year's camp when the WR room was well set with maybe one or two spots open.

This year they could keep 7, so the depth chart may have 4 openings. Doubs, Watson, Rodgers, are likely...Winfree and Toure will keep it interesting. Davis is making a claim too.

Rodgers has be be excited about these kids.

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dobber's picture

August 18, 2022 at 08:21 pm

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LLCHESTY's picture

August 18, 2022 at 07:34 pm

Funny that Cobb said basically the same thing and nobody is wringing their hands over his comments.

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Oppy's picture

August 18, 2022 at 07:51 pm

No; what Cobb did was refuse to go against what his QB said and doubled down on it.

Cobb's no dummy. He knows how it goes with AR. You make AR happy and do it his way and his way only, or you don't get the rock.

Kinda like how ESB and MVS told the press a few years ago- when they said that Rodgers was telling them to ignore their position coaches and do it his way- and they said it really puts you in a bad spot because if you ignore the coaches you're in trouble and if you defy Rodgers and do what the coaches teach, Rodgers won't look your way.

It's 12s way or the highway. Cobb knows the drill.

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Oppy's picture

August 18, 2022 at 07:52 pm

Don't worry, nobody will ever talk about those comments. They get discarded as soon as they are spoken, because it portrays Rodgers in a poor light.. But that stuff was on record.

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stockholder's picture

August 18, 2022 at 08:13 pm

So you're a Deshaun Watson Fan.

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Oppy's picture

August 18, 2022 at 09:55 pm

Your chin is Rodgers' favorite resting place for "the boys".

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13TimeChamps's picture

August 18, 2022 at 07:51 pm

Cobb isn't the face of the franchise. He's on the team because Rodgers demanded it. He caught 28 passes during the regular season and 0 during the post season.

That's why.

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13TimeChamps's picture

August 18, 2022 at 08:26 pm

My last comments on this apparently polarizing subject:

A. Most seem to think, and I agree, that a veteran QB like Rodgers has every right to educate his young receivers on what it takes to be successful in the NFL.

B. The disagreement seems to be how to convey that message. Most on here, surprisingly, seem to disagree with me and a few others that a press conference isn't the proper way, as opposed to doing it in house. It's hard for me to remember another QB taking that approach.

C. So be it. I'm looking forward to a successful postseason run for the first time since the 2010 season. Something I hope we can all agree on. Maybe it's about time to turn those regular season MVP's (participation trophies I believe they're called by some on here) into a Lombardi at long last. GPG

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Untylu1968's picture

August 19, 2022 at 06:50 am

Don't recall him naming names, just stated do your job, or they'll find somebody that can. Really not that big of a deal. I like your take..

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Roadrunner23's picture

August 18, 2022 at 10:34 pm

It is great to see the Packers having so many veteran leaders step up and make their voice heard about the standards that are expected in GB.
Young guys take note, you are not in college anymore, this is your job.
It is going to be a great season.
Can’t wait 😎

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croatpackfan's picture

August 19, 2022 at 02:45 am

After I read all the comments and replies, I found out how posters mostly do not understand 2 opposite sides.

Article is about meeting Aaron Rodgers had with WR group. That is very good and I support that way of doing the job! On that meeting, closed for public it does not matter how harsh or soft talk were form anybody. It is the private meeting when everyone presented in the room could say what is his opinion, or shut up and listen more experienced teammates and Packers QB to teach them some important things about expected standards. I have no problem with that kind of talk, again, no matter how rude it might was. Life is not sweet story, life is struggle for achievements and goals. Rarely people got on silver plate what they want.

Part of the posters who were complaining on AR, including me, are not complaining about that meeting. We were and are complaining for publicly call of some of the WR for inconsistency and not playing on presumed team standards.

I believe all posters here respects Vince Lombardi and his way of leading and training his team and his players. I believe the proverb first said by Vince Lombardi “Praise in public; criticize in private.” (brought here by beerandbrats) supports those posters who think that publicly throwing under the bus his teammates and publicly criticize them is not the part of leadership character.

So, I will say once more: AR is generational talent for football, very rare and it is joyful to watch him play when he is not consumed by his personal character. Brett Favre is HOF QB who has record for the most thrown INT during his carrier. Still he is the legend and he will be in the hearts of Packers fans forever. BF did not play football for stats, he played football for joy. And he had no fear of what will happen during his plays. AR has different goals. He wants to be perfect and no one can convince him that nobody is perfect. His Ego is enormous and that is probably why he has so many people, who supposed to be the closest ones, he cut any connection with them. You may agree or disagree with this, but that is how it is. I do not like his personality and I'll never like it. But what I will always admit is that AR has potential to be the best QB ever played football. Only one "little" thing prevents him to be unanimously proclaimed the best ever is himself, unfortunately.

I have no hate towards AR, I have nothing against him (at least nothing efficient), except already many disappointments he, looks like regularly, deliver to the fan base.

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MattMM's picture

September 14, 2022 at 02:16 pm

I hope he manages to do it in the end.

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