Aaron Rodgers has been pointed in his criticism of his Packers teammates this season but he’s nearing a point of no return by going too far.
The start to the 2022 season has been unlike anything Aaron Rodgers has ever seen before, quite literally. After a dismal loss to the Commanders in Week 7, the Green Bay Packers fell to 3-4 on the season, the worst start to a year since Rodgers took over as the starting quarterback.
And Rodgers is less than pleased with the way the team has gotten out of the gate and the reigning back-to-back NFL MVP didn’t hold any punches back when he made his weekly appearance on The Pat McAfee Show on Tuesday.
Clearly agitated with the results and performance of Green Bay, Rodgers ranted about the mistakes that are being made that are costing the team, talking about that there are always going to be errors made but that there have been too many. But he ended with an absolute hammer of a line.
“Guys who are making too many mistakes shouldn’t be playing, you know. Gotta start cutting some reps, and maybe guys who aren’t playing, give them a chance,” Rodgers said (per NFL.com).
Packers: Aaron Rodgers on the verge of losing some teammates
This, of course, isn’t the first time in 2022 that Rodgers has been critical of his teammates. During training camp and the preseason, the Packers quarterback sounded off on the rookie wide receivers, which it should be said seemed to be well-received by the young pass-catchers as leadership from their signal-caller.
At the same time, though, Rodgers has to take some accountability. There has been quite a bit of sloppy play in Green Bay this season and that could contribute to his own shortcomings, but the quarterback has been far from perfect in his own right. More importantly, as the biggest voice in the locker room, he’s walking a thin line consistently blasting his teammates in this manner.
That doesn’t mean that there’s going to be a mutiny wherein the Packers turn wholly on Rodgers to try and cause his downfall. However, it does mean that Rodgers needs to be careful with instances like this. It’s one thing to demand better from teammates — it’s another entirely to berate them publicly (even if he leaves names in anonymity) and expect everything to be okay forever.