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."
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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."
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."
"Last year was tough, no doubt about it - but let's honor him and his legacy as the second-winningest coach in Packers history."
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