Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers was not shy about showing how he felt on the sidelines during the game, with numerous videos that emerged clearly showing last year’s MVP winner extremely agitated at the team’s performance.
Aaron Rodgers showing some frustration on the sideline. pic.twitter.com/YXfuKilYPN
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) September 11, 2022
Much of that frustration was towards his inexperienced wideouts, exemplified by the dropped touchdown pass by rookie receiver Christian Watson.
Christian Watson dropped a 75 yard touchdown on the first play of his career
Aaron Rodgers is disgusted
— Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports) September 11, 2022
This has been a complaint that Rodgers has maintained through much of the NFL offseason, so it isn’t exactly shocking to see him upset when it comes to game action.
However, former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton discussed Rodgers’ attitude towards his teammates on the “NFL Rhodes Show” podcast with Lindsay Rhodes on Wednesday, saying that this demeanor from Rodgers “drives him crazy.”
Is Aaron Rodgers’ “tough love” approach with his teammates the right one?@SeanPayton doesn’t think so.
“It drives me crazy.”
— Lindsay Rhodes (@lindsay_rhodes) September 14, 2022
“It drives me crazy. Here’s the thing, I didn’t think he played well,” Payton said. “I don’t think Aaron played well. After the game, we go to the interview in the locker room and the very first question posed to Aaron was about bouncing back and he referenced the first play of the game, a dropped pass from a rookie. And I thought, ‘Come on.’ I like Aaron Rodgers but I didn’t like what I saw.”
Aside from that dropped touchdown pass from Watson, Rodgers didn’t play exceptionally himself and seemed to take very little responsibility for that following the game.
Like many predicted, life without star wide receiver Davante Adams does not seem to be treating Rodgers too well to this point. It will be interesting to see how he bounces back in a matchup against the Chicago Bears this weekend, who he has typically thrived against in his career.