On Wednesday, August 17th, 2022 the Green Bay Packers’ starting quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, rants out of frustration with his young and inexperienced wide receivers, and then he met with them to show his support and explain his concerns to his teammates. Rip them one day, meet with them the next. Those were the last two days in the life of Green Bay Packers quarterback’s quest to get a young group of receivers ready for the fast - approaching start of the 2022 - 2023 NFL regular season.
A Meeting was Called
Just 1 - day after Aaron emotionally expressed his absolute frustration with his young wide receiver’s squad, they all were commanded to report to the quarterback meeting room at 8:45 a.m. sharp on Wednesday, August 17th, 2022. When they arrived at that QB / wide receiver meeting, they found all of the 3 - Green Bay Packer quarterbacks there in addition to the important individuals of the offensive coaching unit who work strictly on the Green Bay Packers offensive passing game in that room.
Supposedly, Rodgers did not officially call that meeting, but Aaron did speak significantly during it, according to several of the participants of this important meeting Wednesday morning.
"It was just really giving us advice," the Green Bay Packers rookie wide receiver, Samori Toure, explained. "Basically, letting us know that the Green Bay receiving corps has always been held to a super - high standard. All the legends who have been through here. It's just about us carrying on that standard and stepping up."
Toure was originally a 7th - round selection by the Green Bay Packers, and he proceeded to have perhaps his very best practice of this season’s training camp by not only catching a 50 - yard touchdown pass from Jordan Love during a 2 - minute drill, but Toure also snagging the drill - winning 2 - point conversion in order to wrap up the 2 - days of joint practices the Green Bay Packers shared with the New Orleans Saints.
"Aaron spoke to us about what he likes or what not just based on concepts or what he sees," says the Green Bay Packers rookie wide receiver Romeo Doubs, who also had a touchdown grab at Wednesday’s training camp practice.
The Green Bay Packer Way
Tuesday, August 16th, 2022 marked the 1st - time Aaron spoke disapprovingly in such a public setting of the group trying to help replenish the void that NFL All - Pro wide receiver in Davante Adams left after he was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders in March of 2022.
Rodgers asked for better consistency and complained about "a lot of drops, a lot of bad route decisions, running the wrong route" and he goes on to say, "We've got to get better in that area."
"He just wants us to see what he sees," Doubs goes on to say. "So then that way we can be able to react faster, play faster and just be able to dominate and continue to be who we are."
The veteran wide receivers in Randall Cobb as well as Allen Lazard also spoke out during the meeting on Wednesday morning in attempt to get their offensive passing unit all on the same page.
"Both Randall and Allen have been playing with 12 for quite a long time so certain things that we do, that we may have a mistake on, just from experience they've went through that same stage as well," Doubs stated. "Just them picking up the young guys throughout these dog days of camp has been a tremendous blessing and great piece of advice."
When asked whether players appreciate Rodgers' approach, Cobb mention that, "It doesn't matter if they appreciate it or not. This is the way that we do things here. It's either you deal with it or you get out of the room and we'll find somebody else that's going to get onboard with what we're trying to accomplish."
Rodgers was not only very upset as well as extremely frustrated with mistakes throughout the recent Green Bay Packers’ practices, but he also reiterated that the 3 - interceptions Love tossed in last week's preseason opening game against the San Francisco 49ers were the Green Bay Packers largely the result of mistakes by their wide outs had a dropped ball by their tight end Tyler Davis, a weak route and catch by Doubs, as well as a wrong route by 2nd - year receiver Amari Rodgers. These are the type of mistakes that Rodgers is not accustomed to dealing with even this early in the season.
This wasn't the first time Rodgers and the wide receivers have shared a meeting space. Early on during the Green Bay Packers’ training camp, Aaron came into the wide receiver room in order to help better explain a concept his group of pass - catchers.
"I'm trying to echo the same message he is just to get everybody on the same page," Jordan Love expressed. "But yeah, I think it's a little different coming from Aaron, the way he demands it. They look up to Aaron a little bit different. Obviously, he's got a lot of experience and a lot more knowledge than me. But I think we all demand the same thing. The receivers know what they need to do and everybody is on the same page with it."
Rodgers’ Football Career Achievements, Honors, & Awards
- Super Bowl Champion (XLV)
- Super Bowl MVP Award Winner (XLV)
- 4 - Time NFL Most Valuable Player Award Winner (2011, 2014, 2020, 2021)
- 4 - Time First - Team NFL All - Pro (2011, 2014, 2020, 2021)
- Second - Team NFL All - Pro (2012)
- 10 - Time NFL Pro Bowl Selection (2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
- 4 - Time NFL Passer Rating Leader (2011, 2012, 2020, 2021)
- 2 - Time NFL Passing Touchdowns Leader (2016, 2020)
- NFL Completion Percentage Leader (2020)
- NFL 2010’s All - Decade Team
- Bart Starr Award Winner (2014)
- Associated Press Athlete of the Year Award Winner (2011)
- Bert Bell Award Winner (2011)
- 122.5 Passer Rating: Single Season (2011)
- Lowest Interception Percentage in a Single Season with 0.3 % (2018)
- Most Consecutive Passes without an Interception with 402
- Lowest Career Interceptions Percentage with 1.3 %
- Best Career Touchdown to Interception Ratio with 4.83
“Green Bay Packers' young WRs meet with QBs after Aaron Rodgers' rant”, Rob Demovsky, espn.com, Wednesday, August 17, 2022.
“Aaron Rodgers”, pro-football-reference.com, Thursday, August 18, 2022.