Aaron Rodgers blasts report detailing rifts within the Packers as a 'smear attack' from 'mostly irrelevant, bitter players'
- Aaron Rodgers was critical of a report that detailed the fallout between him and ex-Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy.
- Appearing on a radio show on Monday, Rodgers called the report a "smear attack" that had "outright lies."
- Rodgers said the report, which contained criticism of Rodgers from ex-teammates, quoted "mostly irrelevant, bitter players who all have an agenda."
- Rodgers denied the reports of a rift between him and McCarthy, saying they had a "beautiful" relationship and naturally competed as two "Alpha males."
- Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories.
Aaron Rodgers did not enjoy Bleacher Report's Tyler Dunne's deep-dive into the Green Bay Packers and the fallout between the star quarterback and ex-head coach Mike McCarthy.Appearing on ESPN Milwaukee radio on Monday, Rodgers blasted the report as a "smear attack" that featured "outright lies."Advertisement
The report dived into Rodgers and McCarthy's relationship, including details from numerous Packers sources who said Rodgers frequently over-rode McCarthy's play-calling, which was considered unimaginative and out-dated.
According to Dunne, Rodgers used to complain about McCarthy's "low" football IQ. The report said Rodgers used to ignore McCarthy's play-calls so often that players were left confused about who to listen to.
Speaking on the radio, Rodgers defended his relationship with McCarthy and said that while the two naturally argued, they often had constructive conversations and an overall productive relationship."The beauty in our relationship was that it grew year after year, and we learned how to communicate with each other," Rodgers said. "The beauty in our on-the-field relationship was that there was a ton of trust. When I read stuff like, 'I'd disrespect him by changing all these plays,' I had a lot of latitude. He knew that, and I knew that."Advertisement
He added: "I love Mike McCarthy. He's a great man. He's got a huge heart. He really cares about his players, and he showed that to us. ... As far as a player to a coach, it's just two Alpha males who are hyper-competitive and love winning and are both a little stubborn. But, again, we talked through so many different issues over the years, and that made us a lot stronger."
Rodgers refuted that things were broken internally in Green Bay, arguing he wouldn't have re-signed with the team last season if he didn't like the coach."If I really disliked Mike so much, why would I re-sign, knowing that if I play well and we do what we do around here ... it's going to be me and Mike my entire career? So if I really disliked him that much, do you think I'd re-sign? Is the money that important to me? I'll tell you it's not. Quality of life is important."Advertisement
Rodgers told Packers fans that if they see McCarthy, they should shake his hand and thank him, instead of trashing him on his way out.
"Last year was tough, no doubt about it - but let's honor him and his legacy as the second-winningest coach in Packers history."
- Read more:
- The sports world blasted officials in the national championship game after a seemingly unnecessary replay turned into crucial, late call
- Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes covered an Under Armour logo with tape and a sharpie to support Texas Tech at national championship game
- Budweiser surprised Dwyane Wade with a powerful tribute that included people whose lives he helped during his career
- Best yoga mats
- IndiGo to raise ₹4,000 crore through stake sale
- Supreme Court adjourns AGR case hearing to August 14
- ICICI Bank sets floor price for QIP at ₹351.36 per share — to decide on allotment on August 14
- McKinsey, Facebook, Amazon, Nokia — and some other companies looking for a product manager right now