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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Aaron Rodgers

Packers president downplays Aaron Rodgers’ role in coaching moves

Aaron Rodgers

Monday’s overriding message from the Green Bay Packers is that Aaron Rodgers didn’t get Mike McCarthy fired and won’t get a new head coach hired.

Packers president Mark Murphy pushed back against chatter that Rodgers was a major catalyst in McCarthy’s firing Sunday. He also said that, while Rodgers was free to offer input, he would not be a decisive figure in the team’s upcoming coaching search.

It’s understandable why the Packers would want to have this out there, but given the tension between McCarthy and Rodgers, there’s no way the quarterback’s thinking won’t be taken into account during the hiring process. Maybe he won’t be involved, but Green Bay will make certain that Rodgers is comfortable with their hire.

Walmart pledges $1 million to wildfire relief on behalf of Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers was hoping to inspire others to make donations toward rebuilding the areas in California that have been ravaged by wildfires in recent weeks, and it appears the attention he has brought to the cause is having a huge impact.

Rodgers announced last week that he is donating $1 million to aid in recovery and rebuilding in areas affected by the wildfires near his hometown of Chico, Calif., and State Farm teamed up with him to donate $1 for every retweet Rodgers gets up to 1 million. On Thursday, Walmart announced that Rodgers inspired the company to make a $1 million donation of its own.

Though Rodgers’ younger brother used the wildfire pledge as an opportunity to air out more family drama, there’s no debating the power of a star athlete attaching his name to a good cause. JJ Watt was able to raise an astronomical amount of money for Hurricane Harvey victims in the Houston area, and Rodgers appears to be well on his way to doing the same for those affected by the devastating California fires.

Report: Aaron Rodgers, Mike McCarthy clashing over playcalling

Aaron Rodgers

The struggles of the Packers this season have made clear that there are major problems in Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers has expressed concerns with the team, going back to some of the coaching staff and personnel moves over the offseason, to more issues during the season.

According to a report, one sore spot is the way Rodgers and head coach Mike McCarthy have been clashing over playcalling.

SI’s Kalyn Kahler wrote a must-read piece on the subject. Kahler says that Rodgers has the approval to change plays called by McCarthy as he sees fit. Sometimes Rodgers really takes advantage of that, according to Kahler.

“McCarthy might call the same play three times in a game, without the play actually being run as he called it. And if McCarthy calls a play that Rodgers doesn’t like early in the game, that can sour the mood for the rest of the game. Several sources familiar with the inner workings of the organization say that it devolved into a competition over who can call the better play, and both want the credit when things go right.”

Kahler adds that Rodgers has been frustrated at times when McCarthy has missed some offensive meetings due to his other responsibilities. The story says that McCarthy does not do much to change things from year-to-year, implying that he may be falling behind the times, which is an observation so many others have made.

Fewer than two weeks ago, a report said that there was a growing sense McCarthy would be replaced by the Packers after the season. Rodgers and McCarthy have been working together since McCarthy became the team’s head coach in 2006. That was Rodgers’ second year in the league.

Aaron Rodgers’ brother Jordan publicly airs out more family drama

Aaron Rodgers

The complicated relationship between Aaron Rodgers and his brother Jordan is something that has been discussed quite a bit over the past year, but the drama seemingly took an ugly turn on Wednesday.

Not long after Aaron announced that he is donating $1 million to aid with wildfire relief and recovery in Northern California, Jordan took to Twitter with a troubling accusation against the Green Bay Packers star. The younger Rodgers implied in a tweet that his and Aaron’s mother was home alone not far from the fires and Aaron didn’t even call to check in on her.

Aaron is said to have a strained relationship with most of his immediate family, and the issues have been going on for years. There had been talk that his ex-girlfriend Olivia Munn contributed to the family problems, but she said the drama began before the two even met.

While Aaron has commented very little on his personal life, his father confirmed last year that the QB does not speak to his parents. That was after Jordan made things public by discussing the family issues on a reality TV show.

All of that was tame compared to what Jordan tweeted on Wednesday.

Aaron Rodgers donating $1 million to California wildfire relief

Aaron Rodgers

Like so many other NFL players and professional athletes, Aaron Rodgers has felt the impact of the devastating California wildfires on a personal level. The Camp Fire in Northern California that has left dozens of people dead and hundreds others missing is burning right near Rodgers’ hometown of Chico, and the Green Bay Packers quarterback has decided to take action.

On Wednesday, Rodgers announced that he is donating $1 million to aid in recovery and rebuilding in areas affected by the wildfires. His longtime endorsement partner State Farm will also donate $1 up to $1 million for every retweet Rodgers’ social media post gets.

While athletes and celebrities oftentimes prefer to remain out of the spotlight when making charitable donations, the circumstances with a natural disaster are different. By rallying people to join him, Rodgers is hoping he can help do for Northern California what JJ Watt was able to do for the Houston area in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Donating $1 million sounds like a great start.

Report details how furious Aaron Rodgers was with Ty Montgomery

Aaron Rodgers

The Green Bay Packers were in excellent position to hand the Los Angeles Rams their first loss of the season on Sunday, but an inexplicable error by running back Ty Montgomery resulted in them handing the game away. It was clear Aaron Rodgers was furious by the way he reacted, but it’s fair to wonder if Montgomery will every be forgiven by his teammates.

The Rams had kicked a field goal to go up 29-27 and were kicking off with 2:05 remaining. In theory, that should have been plenty of time for Rodgers to lead one of his patented game-winning drives, but he never got a chance to touch the ball. Montgomery fielded the kickoff in the end zone and chose to run it out, and he fumbled to give L.A. the ball at the Green Bay 21.

After the game, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Montgomery was specifically instructed to take a knee in the end zone. Some brief footage from the FOX broadcast showed a disgusted Rodgers on the sideline, and one coach described how angry the quarterback was to Michael Silver of NFL.com.

“Aaron was hot,” the coach said. “And he had a right to be. He yelled, ‘Take a f—ing knee!’ He was very, very mad.”

To make matters worse, it sounds like Montgomery may have chosen to ignore orders from the coaching staff because he was angry over being pulled off the field on Green Bay’s previous offensive drive. Several players and coaches told Silver that Montgomery threw a “tantrum” after that, and at least one believed it played a role in his decision to take the kick return out of the end zone.

“They took him out (the previous drive) for a play and he slammed his helmet and threw a fit,” one Packers player said. “Then (before the kickoff) they told him to take a knee, and he ran it out anyway. You know what that was? That was him saying, ‘I’m gonna do me.’ It’s a f—– joke.”

Montgomery’s intention obviously was not to fumble, but that’s precisely why he was told to take a knee. If you have an opportunity to give one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time the ball back with two minutes remaining needing a field goal, you take the guarantee.

If you saw what Rodgers did in Green Bay’s previous game, you can understand why he was so livid. There’s a chance the Rams would have stopped the Packers, but because of Montgomery we’ll never know.

Twitter reacts to Aaron Rodgers leading yet another comeback

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers delivered yet again for the Green Bay Packers, rallying the team for 10 points in the final three minutes of the game to come back and beat the San Francisco 49ers 33-30 on Monday night.

Rodgers admitted after the game that he was thinking overtime following Kevin King’s interception with just over a minute left. Instead, he drove the team 81 yards to set Mason Crosby up for a redemptive 27-yard game-winning field goal.

Playing through his knee injury and more while leading the comeback led to plenty of praise for Rodgers on Twitter. Take a look:

Rodgers went 25/46 for 425 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 34 yards even on his bad knee. The guy is amazing.