Aaron Rodgers sounded off on the Packers young receivers after a 'p**s poor' practice a couple of weeks ago, well and truly setting the standard for what he expects from his teammates day-in day-out.
Rodgers has always had that kind of public outing of teammates in him, but it's been a while since we've seen that side of the two-time MVP.
“I think it was one of the worst carded sessions we’ve had,” Rodgers said at the time. “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."
Quite the public shaming, but according to one of the veteran wideout's, it was no surprise to see the franchise leader taking that tone.
Randall Cobb is certainly accustomed to Rodgers' tendencies by now having spent seven seasons in Green Bay, and if anything, he's surprised the future Hall of Famer hasn't been more stern with teammates more often over the last few years.
Cobb joined PFT Live, Tuesday and revealed that Rodgers has softened up a little over the past couple of seasons, but it's not out of character for him to publicly call out his teammates.
“That’s not out of character at all,” Cobb said. “It’s just out of character because it’s been a few years. We mess with him all the time that he’s gotten a little soft with his age, but I think he really took that to heart most recently.”
Cobb explained that both himself, and Pro Bowl receiver Davantae Adams, have been closely working with the younger wideouts on the roster and giving them advice on how important it is to live up to Rodgers' standards every day.
“We talk to those guys all the time,” Cobb said. “Me and Davante have really made sure we let them understand the importance of working with him.
"The importance of what he says and what he means by what he says and it comes down to making sure you’re on the right page with him when we’re in practice or in the meeting rooms. He’s always asking questions and trying to trick guys so just being able to understand that and know the answer and have confidence in your answer and making sure that you know what you’re supposed to do and being where you’re supposed to be when you’re supposed to be there.” he added.
Playing with Rodgers clearly comes with it's unique challenges, but any wideout in the league would want to team up with him so these young guys better get on his good side sooner rather than later.