In early December, the Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy combination was no more.
Despite winning a Super Bowl as a tandem, the relationship seemed to be strained over recent years. The Packers have not been back to the Super Bowl since their last title, losing twice in the NFC Championship. From there, things only got worse for the Packers. Green Bay finished 6-9-1 after going 7-9 without Aaron Rodgers the previous season.
Now that McCarthy was cut lose, Rodgers is not holding back on what he thought of his former head coach. According to Tyler Dunne of Bleacher Report, Rodgers ripped into McCarthy.
“Mike has a low football IQ, and that used to always bother Aaron,” a source told Dunne. “He’d say Mike has one of the lowest IQs, if not the lowest IQ, of any coach he’s ever had.”
“Aaron’s always had a chip on his shoulder with Mike,” says Ryan Grant, the Packers’ starting running back from 2007 to 2012. “The guy who ended up becoming your coach passed on you when he had a chance.Aaron was upset that Mike passed on him—that Mike actually verbally said that Alex Smith was a better quarterback.”
In football, and especially the NFL, the battery of head coach and quarterback is the most crucial component of your team. Similar to the relationship between a pitcher and catcher in baseball. If the pitcher and catcher hate each other, success is unlikely.
We find a similar outcome with the Packers during the McCarthy/Rodgers era. They had a great season in 2010, and won a Super Bowl. But, the relationship was already up against the wall from the start. It is awful ironic though, because Rodgers originally denied any rift between McCarthy and himself.
Rodgers, 35, finished the season with 25 touchdown passes and just two interceptions, while completing 62.3% of his passes.