Aaron Rodgers is frustrated with Packers practice prior to first 2018 preseason game

Aaron Rodgers isn’t usually the kind of guy that gets hot and flustered in front of the media, but that’s exactly what he did earlier this week after practice.

In preparation for the Green Bay Packers’ first preseason game against the Tennessee Titans, Rodgers was running the scout team offense in order to help the defense get ready.

Since he won’t be playing much in the game itself on Thursday, running the scout team was a way for him to still get some reps in.


All the scout team offense had to do was run a play that had been drawn up on a card, and it appears however they couldn’t even do that. The quarterback was not impressed, specifically targetted the Packers’ receivers. 

Rodgers said, via ESPN: “I think it was one of the worst carded sessions we’ve had. I don’t know how you can make it simpler. You literally have what the play would be in our terminology of the card.

“And the effort level was very low, especially what I’m accustomed to, having run that period for a number of years. It’s not a good start for us on the carded period for the young guys.

“I think [DeAngelo] Yancey has really progressed, [Geronimo Allison], obviously 16 [Jake Kumerow]. But everybody else was piss poor.”

Losing Patience

Rodgers said he didn’t intend to call his guys out, but that’s what ended up happening due to his frustration with the scout team. He also admitted that he’s probably not as patient with the younger players as he used to be.

He said: “I was just answering the question. I think it’s pretty evident to anybody watching the end of practice, there were some mental errors. That’s the frustrating thing.

“It’s one thing if you’re picturing a play in your mind and you’re thinking about it and you’re a little off, but when you’re looking at a card that tells you exactly where to line up and exactly where the play is, there aren’t any excuses for that.

“I’m getting older and grumpier. I’ve been at this for a long time. I’m tired, too; we’re all a little tired. When you get a little tired, the fuse gets a little shorter.

“Again, you’re in like the 14th play of a 14-play drive and you’ve got low effort level and an MA [missed assignment], that’s a little frustrating.”

Unhappy Rodgers

This hasn’t been the only thing Rodgers has been frustrated with this offseason, as he also didn’t like the team’s decision to cut Jordy Nelson, the decision to fire quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt, and the fact the team wasn’t able to get a new contract done with him before training camp.

It’s still early preseason, but it sounds like the Packers need to up their game in all areas in order to make their quarterback happy.

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