Aaron Rodgers was left visibly frustrated with how the Green Bay Packers were performing during the first half of their game against the Minnesota Vikings.
The relationship between Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers has been shaky for a number of years now, well before they decided to draft Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with the 26th pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
When you are arguably the greatest and most talented quarterback of your generation, and you can only get to one Super Bowl in that time despite bailing out the team a number of times and the franchise don’t always draft to help you, then you’d probably be frustrated too.
The back-to-back reigning NFL MVP did appear to put a lot of that anger behind him this season, signing a big contract that will more than likely see him end his career with the Packers.
But his frustration appears to be aimed at more than just those above him in the organisation to start the 2022 NFL season, the players and coaching staff appeared to be in for some criticism in Week 1 as they took on the Minnesota Vikings.
Angry Aaron Rodgers
In a very pedestrian first half, Rodgers and the Packers failed to score a single point, but did have a couple of great chances to get on the board. They had a goalline stand that was stuffed by the Vikings defenders:
Video: Green Bay Packers stopped on 4th down
— NFL (@NFL) September 11, 2022
But perhaps even more egregious, rookie wide receiver Christian Watson had the endzone at his mercy but wasn’t able to haul the ball in, instead seeing it drop through his fingers:
Video: Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson drops sure-fire touchdown:
Christian Watson is, in fact, the perfect replacement for Marquez Valdes-Scantling pic.twitter.com/7MUgB10VIu— Christian D'Andrea (@TrainIsland) September 11, 2022
And things just got to a point with Rodgers where he had enough and was sitting on the sideline and was far from happy with what he was seeing from the players out there with him.
Video: Aaron Rodgers left fuming on the sidelines
Aaron Rodgers showing some frustration on the sideline. pic.twitter.com/YXfuKilYPN— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) September 11, 2022
It is somewhat reminiscent of the shouting match that then New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady got into a shouting match with offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien on the sidelines back in 2011, only a little more civilised.
It just goes to show that no matter how successful you are, if things aren’t perfect for you, then there is nothing that is going to calm you down.