Ahead of their preseason game on Thursday, the Green Bay Packers have been hosting the Houston Texans for joint practices. But while some members of the Packers loved the recent practices, their star quarterback was not a fan.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Aaron Rodgers admitted he was glad the practices were over. Per the Pensacola News Journal, Rodgers expressed his relief that the team would be returning to regular training sessions.
When pressed to explain the issues that made practicing with the Texans so frustrating, Rodgers explained that the Packers had to limit what they could review on the field.
“I think before the Texans came, we had some really good practices,” Rodgers said. ”I think we were very efficient, we ran the ball well, we were getting into more of our miscellaneous plays and schemes, kind of installs 6, 7 and 8, and felt good about the work that we did.
“But again, this (the pair of joint practices) was, as the preseason is, it’s kind of limited scheme and limited pressures.”
Rodgers would express a hope that the team doesn’t do joint practices in the near future. He complained that he’d prefer the Packers don’t go to another city for future joint practices.
“I wouldn’t mind if they didn’t do it for another 14 years,” Rodgers, referencing the Packers’ last joint practice with Buffalo in 2005. “Look, that’s out of my control. I think the key for all of us here is we know how important training camp is to not only our fans, but our local businesses. So, unless we’re going to California, I’d kind of be bummed out if we had to go to another city…”
Rodgers may not be the only member of the Packers or Texans who feels that way, but he is definitely the most vocal.
Head coach Matt LaFleur spoke glowingly about the practice and hopes to do it multiple times again in the future.
“Absolutely, 100 percent I want to do this again,” LaFleur said. “I’d like to do it multiple times if we could.”
Green Bay and Houston are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on Thursday night.