If you’re anything like me, you stayed up late last night and sat through a couple innings of baseball to tune into Kenny Mayne’s interview on SportsCenter with Packers QB Aaron Rodgers.
After nearly a month of silence, I was very excited to see what the MVP quarterback of the Green Bay Packers would say in his first public appearance.
I was slightly disappointed.
As hard as Kenny Mayne tried to get something out of Rodgers, he really wouldn’t budge an inch. Instead, he made most of the interview about how great Mayne was and about how much fun they’ve had in the past.
“That’s not what the people want to hear,” Mayne said.
“I don’t give a s—,” Rodgers replied.
However, Mayne did get Rodgers to answer one serious question on the show. Mayne asked about the perception of management compared to players. This was Aaron’s response:
Basically, Aaron confirmed that the reports of him and management butting heads are true. Listening carefully, you can see that he included his love for the coaching staff, teammates and fans in Green Bay.
But there’s one group of people he not-so-sneakily left out.
If you know Aaron Rodgers, you know that he never fires words out of his mouth that he hasn’t strategically thought about beforehand. His omittance of team management in his soliloquy of who he loves in Green Bay speaks loud and clear to Packers fans.
It’s safe to say that General Manager Brian Gutekunst and President/CEO Mark Murphy won’t be getting an invite to the Rodgers/Woodley wedding.
Oh yeah, let’s not forget that the PEOPLE make the organization, not the head honchos at the top. That was a big one to Rodgers.
My takeaway? I think we know exactly what we knew before the interview. There’s a rift between the MVP and management, and there’s no end in sight at the moment.
Do I believe that Aaron Rodgers will be under center for the Green Bay Packers at the start of the season? The answer to that question is still yes.
However, my confidence has been shaken just a little bit after that interview. Because what Aaron Rodgers didn’t say about team management speaks louder than anything he did say.
And I can guarantee you management was listening.——————
Gunnar Davis is a lifelong Packers fan and a recent graduate of Simpson College, where he was a 3-year letterwinner on the offensive line and graduated with a degree in multimedia communications. You can follow him on Twitter at @Gunnar57Davis.