Rodgers more outspoken, but OK with no Lynch trade
For a player who chooses his words carefully, Green Bay Packers
quarterback Aaron Rodgers is having a fairly outspoken week.
First, the Green Bay quarterback publicly disagreed with his
team’s offensive game plan in a narrow victory over Detroit. Then
he was voted the Packers’ new union representative and attended an
event on behalf of the NFL Players Association, putting himself in
the middle of what is becoming a tense standoff between players and
owners over a new collective bargaining agreement.
Even as Rodgers begins to explore what it means to be one the
league’s rising stars, he passed on the chance to criticize his
bosses for failing to make a trade for running back Marshawn
Buffalo traded Lynch to Seattle this week for a pair of
undisclosed draft picks.
”Marshawn is a friend of mine, and I wish him nothing but the
best,” Rodgers said Wednesday. ”I had the opportunity to play
with him when he was a freshman and he had an incredible season
that year. But you know what? I like our guys. I really do.”
Lynch is a former teammate of Rodgers’ at Cal, and would have
filled a significant need for a team that has had a hard time
running the ball since losing Ryan Grant to a season-ending ankle
injury in the first game of the season.
When Rodgers was asked last month what he would say if the
Packers’ front office asked him about a potential trade for Lynch,
he said, ”Bring him on.”
Rodgers didn’t completely back away from that statement
Wednesday, saying a team never can have enough talented players.
But Rodgers insists the Packers can win with the players they
And even after watching the Minnesota Vikings add wide receiver
Randy Moss in a trade, Rodgers said he isn’t frustrated by the
Packers’ lack of splashy personnel moves under general manager Ted
”That’s not my decision,” Rodgers said. ”That’s a personnel
decision. So I think I just realize, you can have requests or wants
or needs, and I’m not saying that Lynch was one of them. I never
once said anything to the personnel department about Marshawn
Lynch. But you guys (the media) asked me how I feel about it, I
said, ‘Bring it on.’ You can’t have enough good players. But that’s
not my place. I play, they make those decisions. Coaches
Coaches do indeed coach – something Rodgers was reminded of this
week as the team prepares to play at Washington on Sunday.
After the offense was held scoreless in the second half and the
Packers barely beat the Lions at home Sunday, Rodgers hinted that
he didn’t agree with the team’s approach on offense and wanted to
see the Packers use more multiple-receiver shotgun formations.
Rodgers said he and coach Mike McCarthy talked this week, like
they usually do, and are on the same page.
”I get paid to play the game, and Mike gets paid to be the head
coach,” Rodgers said. ”So I know my role and he knows his. I know
where I’m at on the chain.”
That said, Rodgers’ stature took a step up on Monday when his
teammates voted him in as the team’s new player representative to
the union. With a lockout a possibility next year, Rodgers knows he
will have to take public stands that might not always be popular
with management or fans.
”It’s an honor to be voted in by my peers, my teammates, that
means a lot to me,” Rodgers said. ”It gives me another
opportunity to speak for the team and as my leadership role
increases, that’s a challenge and an opportunity that I look
forward to. But we’ll meet those bridges when we get there.”
Rodgers said he wanted to take an active role in upcoming
”I think it’s important in that this is the most important
negotiation of my career, and I think it’s important we have guys
that are player reps who are passionate about their sport, and want
to see it advanced to the next generation,” Rodgers said. ”That’s
why I’m looking forward to this challenge.”