Aaron didn’t like it.
“It is by far Dumbest none-burger article I’ve read in the entire seasonRodgers said Tuesday during his weekly appearances with Pat McAfee and former Packers teammate AG Hawkeye. “That was the dumbest article of the year, by far.”
Rodgers did not specifically say what the stupidity was in the article. McAfee tried to characterize the problems with the widget.
“You claimed, from anonymous sources I believe, that you were going to use signals from . . . two or three years ago and none of the receivers knew what that meant, the young men specifically not knowing what it meant, and then accusing them of not knowing what it meant.” When you never taught them that,” McAfee said. “Is every word in this article nonsense?”
“Ninety-five percent of that article is absolute and complete, while the remaining five percent is nothing exaggerated,” Rodgers said. “The fact that this was made up to be, like I said, the most ridiculous, nothing story I’ve read all year, that says a lot…. Oh, we have signs of attack that we expect you guys to know about? And then there was something that wasn’t written or didn’t It is stored anywhere, isn’t there a file? I don’t know what it is.
Honestly, I don’t think Rodgers or McAfee read the article. There is not a single anonymous source used. Kahler meticulously harvested and provided on-the-record quotes from current and former teammates regarding hand signal meetings specifically and, more broadly, the challenges young receivers face when trying to get into the good graces of Aaron Rodgers.
For example, the veteran receiver Sammy Watkins (which the Packers cut off on Monday, perhaps by accident or maybe not), said the Packers had “two offenses in one.” One consists of the formal outline and the other contains the specific details that Rodgers communicates, “whether it be angle, yardage, eye, head, or tempo.”
“If you’re not up to date 100 percent of the time, you pretty much can’t go out and make plays,” Watkins told Kahler. “You can’t play really fast, and I think that’s how young people feel – they’re not afraid – but if you’re just trying to do the right thing, you’re not focused on opening up, you’re not focused on releases.”
Also, the rookie Romeo Dobbs He was asked after returning from an ankle injury if he had earned Rodgers’ trust.
“I don’t know,” Dobbs said. “I know this is my first year here, and obviously playing on the Hall of Fame quarterback team has been the biggest learning curve for me. And it’s not just for me, but for Christians.” [Watson]for samurai [Toure]So it was a really tough transition.”
Packers quarterback Jordan love Provide direct evidence that young receivers do not enjoy hand-signing sessions.
“That’s definitely something wide receivers don’t look forward to,” Love told Kahler, “is the signal meeting, because we’ve got a lot.” “You don’t want any of that stuff to go out, so we wait until the season starts to run through the signals.”
Love also provided the quote that illustrates the ambiguity surrounding hand signals.
“Aaron will bring back signs from five or six years ago, which he used to use on an older offense,” Love told Kahler. “He’ll just point it out there, and you kind of have to know, and if you don’t know, you just have to find out. It’s hard for young people.”
Regarding Rodgers’ complaint about the claim that the signs are not on file or otherwise stored, it came up again directly from his current colleague.
“It’s just in our brains,” Loew told Kahler regarding hand signals.
Honestly, I don’t know what’s going on in Rodgers’ brain. (I’m not sure I want to.) But either he didn’t really read the article or he is emphatically lying about its content in order to make himself seem less of a bully, a tyrant, and/or someone with great intelligence but not enough emotional intelligence.
Good relationships are essential to the success of any organization. Rodgers failed to quickly establish good relationships with his young receivers. And it hurt the team’s prospects in 2022. Kahler’s article makes that fact even more stark.
Perhaps that is why it was called “horse”. The truth is, he doesn’t want people to realize that he is, in fact, the horse in this equation – and that he’s the one who throws shit all over the place.