Report: Aaron Rodgers, Mike McCarthy clashing over playcalling
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.