Over the weekend, the Green Bay Packers shutout the Buffalo Bills 22-0. And in doing so, improved their record to 2-1-1. After a rough game against Washington the week prior, it was just the performance the Packers needed. But not everyone left the game feeling really happy about it. That includes quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Following the win, he would appear to throw his head coach — Mike McCarthy — under the bus.
“We need to find ways to get our playmakers in position to get some more opportunities. Davante [Adams] is a tough cover for anybody. But he should’ve had 20 targets today. They couldn’t stop him. And they dared to play one-high a few times. So we’ve got to find ways to get him involved and Jimmy [Graham] as well,” Rodgers said following the game.
But that’s just part of the press conference. And on Wednesday, the signal-caller would downplay any ‘rift’ between him and McCarthy.
“Mike and I talk all the time; we have a great relationship,” he tells NFL.com’s Herbie Teope. “There’s always been great communication between us, even if there is things that we need to talk about that are tough subjects, we’ve never had a problem finding time and talking. That’s the way it’s been for 10-plus years.”
After completing 66.3% of his passes for 832 yards, six scores and zero interceptions through the first three weeks, Rodgers did struggle in the win over Buffalo. He went just 22-of-40 (55%) for 298 yards, one score and his first interception of the season. He did add 31 yards on the ground, however, averaging 6.2 yards per carry. And that’s a promising development, considering the knee injury he’s playing with.
But a rift? Not so much. Or at the very least, not anything they’re going to admit to. For what it’s worth, coach McCarthy feels the same way, saying they “…have gone through a lot of years together, so I feel good about our relationship.”
Up next, the Packers travel to Detroit to face the 1-3 Lions.