Two former Green Bay Packers have criticized Aaron Rodgers of his leadership ability this offseason. If you remember back to July, you will recall Greg Jennings question Aaron’s leadership in a Minneapolis Star-Tribune interview. Jennings stated that
“Don’t get me wrong, ’12′ is a great person but when you hear all positives, all positives, all positives all the time, it’s hard for you to sit down when one of your teammates says, ‘Man, come on, you’ve got to hold yourself accountable for this.’ It’s hard for someone to see that now because all they’ve heard is I’m doing it the right way. I’m perfect. In actuality, we all have flaws.”
Not too long ago Donald Driver also commented on Aaron’s leadership ability on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike”.
“We’ve always said that the quarterback is the one that needs to take the pressure off everyone else. If a guy runs the wrong route, it’s easy for the quarterback to say, ‘Hey, I told him to run that route’ than for the guy to be like, ‘Well, I ran the wrong route.’ Sometimes you ask Aaron to take the pressure off the guys so we won’t look bad, but he didn’t want to do that. He felt like if you did something bad, you do it. I think that’s the difference. You want that leadership, and I think sometimes you may not feel like you got it. You have to earn that respect at the end of the day, and I think that’s what Greg was probably referring to.”
These are both very vague statements but we understand that both Jennings and Driver are almost on the same page when it comes to the leadership of Rodgers.
Here’s why Packer fans shouldn’t worry about what Jennings and Driver are saying about Aaron Rodgers. All these comments tell us is that two guys didn’t agree with the way Aaron Rodgers led the team from their perspective. It doesn’t really say much more than that.
Is it really a leader’s responsibility to take the pressure off of their teammates? Without pressure can one really play at that ‘next’ level? Every leader or captain on the team is going to have a different leadership style. Some are going to take the pressure off guys and some are going to let that pressure work in a way that will make that player a go-to guy. It just so happens Rodgers is one leader who holds his teammates accountable on the field and that accountability has resulted in one of the most dangerous passing games in the NFL.
Rodgers is the same guy now as when he took us to the playoffs for the first time in 2009. He’s the same guy who took us to a Super Bowl win in the 2010 season. He’s always held his teammates to a high standard because that’s the leader he is. Under his leadership Packer fans can always expect great things to happen.
He’s an elite NFL quarterback who holds players accountable for their game. Don’t let the opinion of a couple former players (one brainwashed apparently) raise any doubts of Rodgers’ leadership.