Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers said Wednesday he stands by his comments about “Guys who are making too many mistakes, shouldn’t be playing.”

The Green Bay Packers quarterback’s comments Tuesday on The Pat McAfee Show sparked a mini-controversy. Former Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings ripped Rodgers for what he said. Head coach Matt LaFleur addressed the remarks Wednesday, saying “I think that, you know, we have to be truthful with one another, and sometimes the truth hurts.”

But Rodgers said Wednesday he stands behind what he said, and he shared his opinion on player mistakes with his teammates in private, not just on the podcast.

“I’m not going to be a robot up here. I don’t understand why people have a problem with things that are truthful,” Rodgers said (via The Athletic’s Matt Schneidman). “I’m calling things the way I see it.”

“If people don’t think I need to air that stuff out, that’s their opinion, but I’m doing what I think is in the best interest of our guys.”


Green Bay wide receiver Sammy Watkins told The Athletic he agrees with Rodgers.

“If you’re not performing or executing … then I’m with Aaron,” Watkins said. “If I’m not playing well and I’m freaking up and busting plays, get me out of the game because that’s not helping the team.”

This drama is the last thing the 3-4 Packers need, although if it spurs players to focus more and cut down on mental errors, maybe it’s worth it.

[Matt Schneidman, The Athletic]

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