The main story coming out of Green Bay this week is Aaron Rodgers’ comments on the team’s joint practice with Houston. With the two sides ready to clash in Week 1 of the preseason, they decided to practice together during training camp.
Rodgers made it clear that he isn’t a fan of practicing with another team, saying “I wouldn’t mind if they didn’t do it for another 14 years.”
His comments quickly turned into a debate as to whether or not he’s taking a jab at Packers coach Matt LaFleur. Well, Rodgers isn’t doing any favors for his new head coach because he’s decided to double down on his stance.
When discussing joint practice with the Texans, Rodgers stated that certain drills aren’t very smart.
To be more specific, Rodgers shared his dissatisfaction with both teams running special teams drills.
From Yahoo Sports:
“We bring a team in — I understand the point of it — but I don’t think doing live special teams drills are very smart,” Rodgers said. “I think the PA (players association) is going to look at that, for sure. Kickoff, especially, is one of the most dangerous plays in football, and that’s why they’ve tweaked different things over the years.”
“To do close to a live kickoff drill, I don’t think is the best use of inter-squad practices.”
Last season, several stories came out about Rodgers’ fractured relationship with former head coach Mike McCarthy.
If the Packers are going to have a bounce-back season, LaFleur and Rodgers need to be on the same page.
Unfortunately for Green Bay, all this controversy surrounding joint practice might be causing more harm than actual good.