Greg Jennings: It was difficult for Aaron Rodgers to hold himself accountable

Greg-Jennings-PackersGreg Jennings helped Aaron Rodgers become one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL when Rodgers took over for Brett Favre in 2008. The two won a Super Bowl together with the Green Bay Packers in 2011 and hooked up for more than 4,000 yards and 35 touchdowns from 2008-2011. Last season, Jennings battled injuries and was basically phased out of Green Bay’s offense.

Now with the Minnesota Vikings, Jennings sounds like he is happy to have a fresh start. On Thursday, he basically told Dan Weiderer of the Star Tribune that the shadow Rodgers was casting had become too large.

“A lot of times when you have a guy who creates that spotlight for himself and establishes that and takes a lot of that, it becomes so-and-so and the team,” Jennings explained. “For me, I’m such a team person, I’m going to defer to my teammates. I’m going to defer to the team, to the team, to the team. And I think when you reach a point where you’re not deferring any longer, it’s no longer really about the team.”

Rodgers is arguably the best quarterback in the NFL, and the quarterback position is more important than ever now with how much the league relies on passing. He gets most of the attention for Green Bay’s success just as Tom Brady gets it in New England and Drew Brees in New Orleans. However, Jennings said the attention made it hard for Rodgers to acknowledge his flaws.

“Don’t get me wrong, ‘12′ is a great person,” Jennings said. “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.”

Coincidentally, Jennings once again chose to not mention Rodgers by name. Although he may have been just messing with his former teammate, he did the same thing in an interview last month.

With Christian Ponder now his quarterback, it will be interesting to see if Jennings starts to miss Rodgers if things go poorly in Minnesota. But if that happens, Jennings can always stare at Ponder’s incredibly hot wife. That should make it all better.

H/T Eye on Football

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  • Make Sense

    You’ll miss the guy who thinks he’s perfect once you realize that the Vikings don’t have a quarterback. They just have All Day, and he isn’t enough.

  • sdubord

    “For me, I’m such a team person…” Coming from a guy who just ditched the TEAM for its division rival, that’s ironic.

  • WeThePeopleUSA

    Jennings has been one of the most loved Packers receivers in recent history…but, he had better watch his words. He is starting to sound a lot more like, “me, me, me” rather than “team” like he says. Jennings can thank Rodgers for being almost perfect and getting him the ball for big yards and many TDs. This season, Jennings will look like just another receiver with very average or below average numbers, not because he has lost any talent, but because it will be Ponder trying to get him the ball…not Rodgers. Mark my words, Jennings will be sorely missing the accuracy and dependability of Rodgers. Sure maybe a little ego is creeping in and taking a bit of space from the chip on Rodgers shoulder, but if you look at his stats and what he has accomplished in a short time, he has a right to be proud of what he has done. I would much rather have a QB with a little bravado who gets it done week after week than a “we hope he turns into a franchise QB” like Ponder.
    I wonder if Jennings will be pondering his words toward Rodgers or should I say, “12”, about week 7 or 8 when his catches and TDs have taken a nose dive.

  • TorgeirPettersen

    He’s making valid points. Take away the names from the article, and it’s hard to disagree with what Jennings is pointing out as a general comment. I’m sure that it’s valid in Aaron Rodgers’ case as well.

  • WorkinJoe

    Jennings….Jennings. I remember a Jennings from numerous commercials last season, but I don’t recall a Jennings on the football field on Sundays last year. I vaguely recall a Jennings from two seasons ago, but he hardly played that season also.

    My one piece of advice for Greg Jennings this season: scrounge around in the Metrodome until you find Kent Hrbek’s old mitt. You’ll need it to snare Ponder’s one hoppers.

  • Regulator

    Wow, Jennings actually made some good comments but the writer believes he’s the one who will be suffering instead of Rodgers. Dude is playing against one of Green Bay’s rivals so at worst, the Packer/Viking games will be interesting.