Aaron Rodgers has spoken out about the relationship he has with the wide receivers that the Green Bay Packers have given him.
Week 1 of the NFL season could certainly have gone a lot better for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, as they were on the wrong end of a 23-7 scoreline at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings in a game that the cheeseheads could and probably should have made an awful lot closer.
The highlight, or perhaps lowlight if you’re a Packers fan, was the drop in the open field by Christian Watson that saw him throw away a touchdown on his first pass in the NFL and pretty much set the stage for what was going to happen for the rest of the game as the Packers struggled offensively.
Of course this is something that we should have expected given the way the offseason went for the Packers and the lack of relationship that had been struck up already when it came to the quarterback and his weapons.
Aaron Rodgers sets his stall out early
Speaking during the preseason (via ESPN), Rodgers made it very clear that he wasn’t too happy with how the receivers were doing, stating “the young guys, especially young receivers, we’ve got to be way more consistent. A lot of drops, a lot of bad route decisions, running the wrong route. We’ve got to get better in that area.”
Which might have sparked Rodgers to keep the reps up between him and the wde receivers so that they can start to build some chemistry with one another, however after sitting out of the entire preseason and not getting any form of ‘game snaps’ with them, he missed out on some great opportunities to get things clicking, and it showed on Sunday.
And it seems as if the poor display against the Vikings has sparked something inside Rodgers that has made him think more about how he can get the receivers up to speed.
Aaron Rodgers has a lightbulb moment?
Speaking to reporters (via Madison.com), Rodgers talked about the issues that he’s facing and that whilst he called on them to be better, he also needed to be a little bit more understanding with how the players are developing and getting used to things in the offense:
“There’s a standard I’m going to hold these guys to because I believe in them, but also there’s a patience that comes with the inexperience. I think I’ve learned how to balance that. But the direct conversations are the best way. These are good kids. They really are. They want to please, they want to do the right thing, they care about it.”
“I’m going to figure out a way to continue to get on the same frequency with them, and at the core of it is just communication. … At the end of the day, that’s how that trust is built, through that direct communication.”
If Week 1 is anything to go by, that communication is going to have to be pretty strong and pretty quick if they are to get back up to anything like the level we expect from Rodgers and the Packers offense that have helped him earn back-to-back league MVP awards.
But perhaps this should act as a lesson learned for Rodgers, if he’d have just done this earlier and acted a little nicer, they wouldn’t be in this mess.