Packers Daily Links: Rodgers Shows Emotional Side

Aaron Rodgers wasn't afraid to point out his teammates' mistakes this past Sunday. That and more in today's Daily Links...

Gaining attention is an article by Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers who was unabashed in publicly pointing out his teammates' mistakes this past game against the 49ers. "On Sunday against San Francisco, Aaron Rodgers was very demonstrative in pointing out mental errors, dressing down fullback Quinn Johnson, chirping at tight end Andrew Quarless and in one instance, seemingly getting irate with wide receiver Donald Driver," writes Silverstein. If you haven't already, read the rest of the article. The question becomes, is Rodgers' crossing a line? From everything I've seen and heard, Rodgers is very, very highly respected by his teammates. And as long as he keeps playing at a high level, this shouldn't become an issue.

Is an MVP award in Aaron Rodgers' future? "The Green Bay Packers quarterback’s current four-game stretch matches up with the best such run by Brett Favre, who’s three-MVP career featured several streaks of exceptional play," writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Because Rodgers didn't start the season hot, he'll be behind the 8-ball. But the season isn't over. If he can keep up the level of play he's had over the past month, he could make a late push. But that's easier said than done.

With Chad Clifton sidelined by a concussion and knee issues, T.J. Lang is ready to step in reports Jim Polzin of the Wisconsin State Journal. "Lang, a fourth-round pick in 2009, had a wrist injury during the offseason that lingered into training camp and kept him from competing for a starting spot," writes Polzin. "McCarthy said last week that he was pleased with Lang's development." Without further information, I'd say there's still a good chance Clifton plays Sunday. But if not, Lang and not Bulaga will probably be at left tackle.

Speaking of Lang, he and rookie Nick McDonald could be starters on next year's offensive line states Monty McMahon of Total Packers. "The only spot that’s already wrapped up going into next season is right guard, where Sitton is playing at a Pro Bowl level," writes McMahon. "Bulaga could slide back to his natural position at left tackle, Lang could step in at right tackle and McDonald could take over for Colledge at left guard or Wells at center."

On the defensive side, linemen C.J. Wilson and Jarius Wynn are preparing to take on bigger roles because of the loss of Cullen Jenkins for Sunday. "Wynn has been on the game-day inactive list the last four weeks," according to the Journal Sentinel. "He was beaten out by rookie C.J. Wilson for a spot on the 45-man roster, but defensive line coach Mike Trgovac said Wynn had shown steady improvement in practice." Wynn should be active on Sunday. Remember, he's one of only two Packers to sack Brett Favre.

Sunday will be a homecoming for rookie linebacker Frank Zombo who grew up in the suburbs of Detroit. "A native of Sterling Heights, Mich., who also attended Central Michigan, Zombo estimated that a 'couple hundred' family and friends would be at Ford Field on Sunday to cheer him on against the Lions," writes Tom Fanning of the Packers' official website. "Luckily for him, he said, everyone was able to acquire tickets on their own." Considering his unheralded status, Zombo has been plus for the Packers this season. Fans, no doubt, hope he'll be extra motivated to get a sack against Detroit.

The Packers aren't taking Detroit lightly. "They're a 2-10 team with 10-2 talent," Packers safety Charlie Peprah told Gary D'Amato of the Journal Sentinel. "They've been drafting high for a number of years now. For whatever reason, they're 2-10. They haven't won the close ones, but they've been moving the ball on everybody they've played and if we don't come to play we will lose." With talent like Ndamukong Suh, Jahvid Best, Matt Stafford and Brandon Pettigrew among others, the Lions will not stay down forever.

Three Packers lead their respective positions in Pro Bowl voting: Charles Woodson, Clay Matthews and Chad Clifton. "The fact that Woodson and Matthews lead in voting shouldn't surprise anyone, the former is the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year while the latter is the front runner to win the award in 2010," writes Bart Winkler of the Bucky Channel. The Chad Clifton selection would be a little shocking if it stood." Rodgers is behind Mike Vick. And Tramon Williams probably should lead the voting.

Don't buy the James Starks hype warns Tom Oates of the Wisconsin State Journal, at least not yet. "The best advice would be to temper your enthusiasm and take a wait-and-see approach because Starks still has much to prove," writes Oates. I think most can agree with that sentiment.

Head coach Mike McCarthy says his team is getting ready for the stretch run of the season. “I don’t see a dip in energy,” McCarthy is quoted as saying by Kareem Copeland of the Press-Gazette. “We’re going into the fourth quarter. This is what you live for. This is the type of football games you live for when you start working out together in March. If anything, our energy is improving. We need to play our best football of the year, and that starts in practice. That was evident, we were off the field eight minutes early today. They’re going to be pushed harder than they’ve been pushed this week. That’s our mindset as a coaching staff."

The Packers are getting ready to face Lions quarterback Drew Stanton writes Bill Huber of Packer Report. "Due to constant injury problems that have hamstrung the early career of would-be franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford, the Packers faced Daunte Culpepper and Stafford last season and Shaun Hill in the Week 4 game at Lambeau Field. With Stafford hurt again and with Hill out with a broken index finger on his throwing hand, Drew Stanton will get the call on Sunday at Ford Field."

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RockinRodgers's picture

December 09, 2010 at 09:29 am

I like that Rodgers got a little upset Sunday. He is the leader of the Pack.

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bogmon's picture

December 09, 2010 at 10:51 am

Nagler seemed to be all peeved about Rodgers tearing into Johnson and Quarless.
I think it's GREAT.
If a player isn't completely prepared for any assignment on game day and is making consistent mental errors, then OBVIOUSLY he needs some extra motivation.
Jocks often only respond to adrenaline. I have a feeling that type of response will stick with a guy and give him the positive motivation he needs to be more prepared next time.

Aaron Rodgers's words were "5 more minutes in the playbook". Meaning: I'm not gonna let some dipshit rookie TE or blockhead FB ruin my chance at a championship this season.
I don't blame him fore getting heated. This is the big time. No one's gonna hold your hand while you play or give you an award for "Most Hardest Try". You are a profession. Do your job.

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bogmon's picture

December 09, 2010 at 10:52 am

* You are a professional.. oops

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Chad Toporski's picture

December 09, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I was surprised to see Nagler's tweet response to the article, especially after he made a big deal about Tom Brady getting fired up on the sidelines a few weeks ago.

Which way do you want it?

Besides, Rodgers even said that he understands how different players require different methods of critique. That, to me, is more important than anything else.

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Ruppert's picture

December 09, 2010 at 09:42 am

On the incident where he overthrew Driver, I believe Rodgers was pissed off because of mother nature. There was a 16 mph wind blowing that day, out of the Northwest, and that throw had to go directly into it. Rodgers probably had to throw it a little harder and flatten the throw out so it wouldn't get hung up in the wind, and it just didn't work.

That's my guess, anyway. I mean, the problem was the (lack of) arc on the pass--not Driver.

As for chewing on Quinn Johnson and Quarless-good.

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Brian Carriveau's picture

December 09, 2010 at 09:58 am

Have to agree on the Driver throw. If you listen to Rodgers' interview, he even said how he needed to adjust to the wind at Lambeau on that throw.

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JerseyCheese's picture

December 09, 2010 at 09:46 am

Love the fact that Clifton is getting respect -- he is definitely having a Pro Bowl year. And just think, some wanted him replaced in the beginning of the season.

CAN'T take the Lions lightly this week. That is a MUST win and a SHOULD win game. Hopefully the Pats take care of business so then we'll be tied in the division by Sunday night.

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Tony Wilson's picture

December 09, 2010 at 09:48 am

I can't see Drew Stanton handling the blitzes Dom will be throwing at him. Not a chance. I've watched Stanton play for a long time, and there's just no way. He has some mobility, similar to Rodgers', but he'll be forced into some mistakes. He has no idea what he's in for.

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jeremy's picture

December 09, 2010 at 10:59 am

I hope your right. I don't think any Bears fans thought he would throw for 411 last week.

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rickybobby's picture

December 09, 2010 at 11:24 am

and he didn't.
he threw for like 170 something.

what are you talking about?

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jeremy's picture

December 09, 2010 at 12:05 pm

I misread his season total, not realizing he started in week 6 also.

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WoodyG's picture

December 09, 2010 at 12:45 pm

DET: D. Stanton 16-24, 178 yds, 1 TD ..... Det gained 301 total.

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Jayme's picture

December 09, 2010 at 10:40 am

I don't see an MVP in the cards for Rodgers this season. He is having an excellent year, but so is Tom Brady, and Brady's got history on his side. Now, if the Packers beat the Patriots in a couple weeks and Rodgers has a much better game than Brady, then you might be able to convince me.

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bogmon's picture

December 09, 2010 at 10:56 am

WHEN Rodgers beats Brady the whole MVP complexion changes.

Look at how fast the national media turned on the Jets and exhalted Brady after the ass-whoopin' on Monday night.

If the Packers make the type of run to the post season that I expect, then I think Rodgers is an undeniable choice.

Unless Peyton rattles off 4 straight. I wouldn't count him out entirely yet!!!

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jeremy's picture

December 09, 2010 at 10:58 am

"McCarthy said last week that he was pleased with Lang's development."

Am I mistaken or did he say that about Barbre and Giacommini too? I'm saying Lang is Barbre, just that we should take this type of comment with a grain of salt.

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rickybobby's picture

December 09, 2010 at 11:08 am

well thank you very much mr tom oates.
until you wrote that article i thought that 18 carries for 73 yards meant without a shadow of a doubt that james starks was guaranteed to become a hall of fame back.

pretty tired of people/writers telling me to "temper my enthusiasm" in regards to starks.

why?

what is everyone trying to protect me from?
if i want to get excited - i'm going to get excited.

if he ends up sucking then i'll yell to get his arse out of the f'n game. but until that happens i'm going to believe that he's a combo of eddie george, adrian peterson, eric dickerson, and earl campbell.

temper my enthusiasm... "f" that.

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keeley2's picture

December 09, 2010 at 02:55 pm

Amen - there's enough of a "thought" police force out there already - let's not add Oates to the force.

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Ruppert's picture

December 09, 2010 at 11:37 am

I have this recurring dream where TJ Lang replaces Darryn Colledge. He is much better than Colledge in this dream, too. Later in the dream, Nick McDonald morphs into Dwight Stephenson and replaces Scott Wells, too.

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mark's picture

December 09, 2010 at 12:19 pm

I also think Nagler and Silverstein's evaluations of Rodgers are ignorant (for lack of a better word). Though, to be fair to both, neither seems to be calling it out as a major issue (and in fact Nagler said above, "It shouldn't be an issue")--so I'm sure what the point is, each are trying to make. Maybe just taking notice.

Rodgers is a fierce competitor. And its that same fire that enables him to hit Jordy Nelson for a go-ahead touchdown on 4th down with under a minute to play. The guy has fire, no doubt about it.

These criticisms are based on what, exactly? I haven't heard a single instance of a teammate feeling slighted or embarrassed by Rodgers. If he's angry or upset by a mental error, so what? This isn't a game for thin-skinned mental midgets--you NEED guys, leaders, like Rodgers. By almost every account his teammates seem to love him. And I think the speed at which younger guys have developed and matured within the Green Bay offense (Quarless, Finley, Nelson, Swain, Lang to name a few) is testament to not only the coaches, but to our leader under center.

Until I hear one of the players complain, as opposed to a reporter or blogger, I will continue to be just fine with the emotion and fire from #12.

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PackerAaron's picture

December 09, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Let me ask you this. Would you be fine with Clifton turning around and yelling at Rodgers after he got sacked due to the fact that he held the ball for over 5 seconds?

And Brady being fired up on the sidelines is completely different than yelling at a teammate on the field after a play. Completely different.

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PackersRS's picture

December 09, 2010 at 01:23 pm

Did you read where Rodgers talked about mental mistakes, preparation mistakes, and not playing mistakes?

If Clifton chews Rodgers because of delay of games, you betcha I'd be fine with it. So would Rodgers.

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PackerAaron's picture

December 09, 2010 at 01:26 pm

Not getting rid of the football IS a mental mistake.

Also, Clifton would never, ever do that. Because he's a pro.

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PackersRS's picture

December 09, 2010 at 01:49 pm

Cmon Nagler. Did you read the article?
"I guess it's frustrating when it's a little thing and it shouldn't be an issue, I think. You're probably talking about me getting on Quinn a little bit when he couldn't line up in the right spot. To me, that goes back to preparation.

"To me, physical mistakes are going to happen. They just are. I'm going to throw a bad ball, guys are going to drop passes, might not be able to make a play at some point. But the mental stuff, I just have a really hard time with that. Because I just feel like the preparation should be the most important thing for these guys."

Stop trying to force it. Not getting rid of the ball is a play mistake, not a preparation mistake. Rodgers has never chewed on a linemen that failed to bend properly, and that should fit in the same category as holding the ball too much.

If you disagree with Rodgers chewing on guys altogether, that's fine. But there's a criteria to it. At least recognize it.

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PackersRS's picture

December 09, 2010 at 01:51 pm

And if Clifton would or wouldn't is irrelevant.

You asked if Clifton chewed on Rodgers it would be OK.

If he uses the same criteria as Rodgers does, which IMHO is a fair one, it would.

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nunobow's picture

December 10, 2010 at 04:14 am

Quote: "Because he’s [Clifton's] a pro."

Wauw... and the indirect translation as towards Rodgers on that one would be?

/nunobow

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WoodyG's picture

December 09, 2010 at 01:40 pm

Just more of Nagler's ticky-tacky critical analysis of AR .... You know, that east coast arrogance ....

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al's picture

December 09, 2010 at 12:34 pm

dam dude if your really having those dreams you need to get a life... do you dream about Rodgers in his jock too?

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al's picture

December 09, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Maybe giving you orders and telling you how he likes it?

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Ruppert's picture

December 09, 2010 at 01:32 pm

No, but thanks for giving us all a look into YOUR mind.

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PackersRS's picture

December 09, 2010 at 01:53 pm

Too creepy to my taste, but to each his own.

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al's picture

December 10, 2010 at 02:34 pm

Rodgers has a right to get mad at Quinn, the guy hasnt done a dam thing positive since we drafted his fat ass, hes probably gona be gone next year anyways unless we decide to go 3FB for life

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al's picture

December 10, 2010 at 02:35 pm

and Quarless is only a rookie true but if Rodgers doesnt put his pink cancer shoe up his ass then he will never get fired up to be better.

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