Interesting post-game comments from Rodgers that are making waves on the national NFL scene now. Apparently, Rodgers took issue with the fact that when the offense was sputtering in the 2nd half of the game yesterday, the Packers didn’t have their best players on the field. He wanted McCarthy to use more spread offense options and dink and dunk and take a shot or two deep apparently – instead of doing whatever it was the offense was trying to do (I believe McCarthy called a number of runs in there). McCarthy’s response when asked was initially an innocent “we’re on the same page” type comment. But then he added a snarky: but “the coaches coach and the players play.”
Eesshh. I sense tension. While some may be surprised by the comments of both, I’m not so much. I wondered how long it might be before Rodgers let something out about the play-calling. Not because he’s a malcontent or because he’s often ticked about the play-calling (as far as I know) – simply because knows the playbook better than anyone on the team (quite possibly, including McCarthy) and he’s smart enough to know what calls might work best when. And, based on how things were working out in the second half offensively, it kinda seems like Rodgers may have been right…hence the defensiveness from McCarthy.
The interesting part of the comment to me though, is that he referenced not having the best players on the field. I really wonder what exactly he meant by that. If he felt more shotgun plays should have been called/more spread offense, I’d take that comment to mean we shouldn’t have had RBs Brandon Jackson and Kuhn out there as much as we did. Couple this comment with his quick embrace of the Marshawn Lynch rumors a few weeks ago and I can’t help but wonder if Rodgers sees the obvious thing we all see – that our running game needs more talent.