A day after executing the winning game plan at Washington, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was part of trying to create another winning game plan on Monday.
“Today’s a game-plan day for the coaches,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “Frankly, outside of the game, this is probably my favorite day. I love the meetings, I love the video, the interaction, the ideas and, ultimately, filtering what’s going to go in and what doesn’t. Aaron’s been very much involved the last couple weeks. That’s fun having him in the room. Once you get the head coach back in the room, the meeting’s go an hour longer. And then you get the quarterback in there, now they’re two hours longer. So, that’s part of it’s fun.”
This was the first time McCarthy has mentioned that his two-time MVP quarterback has become part of the game-planning process. McCarthy didn’t lay out a firm timeline, but the mention of a “couple weeks” could correspond with McCarthy taking back the play-calling reins and reprising his role as architect of the game plan before the Week 13 game against Dallas.
“We like the way we have it right now, and it’s definitely helpful,” McCarthy said. “It’s good. He’s played a lot of football. He’s got a great football mind and he asks good questions, and questions are important in those meetings because it can be dry. I mean, he can dust off this and that, throw it in, ‘We’ve done this, we’ve done that.’ To me, that’s the worst mistake coaches can make, when you just don’t go through the process. Now, you don’t have to go through all the way to the other side of the spectrum and re-create the wheel every week. That’s not what we do, but it’s good to go in there and make sure you hash it out.”
By giving Rodgers a larger say in the offensive direction, it’s possible it will help the quarterback and coach get past whatever frustration and tension had been built between the two during the worst offensive season of their time together. Green Bay finished 23rd in offense and 15th in scoring this season. From 2008 through 2014, the time marking Rodgers’ tenure as starting quarterback, Green Bay’s average ranking was 6.86 in yards and 4.71 in scoring.
McCarthy and Rodgers discussed their relationship during separate interviews with Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette last week. In those interviews, McCarthy said, “I’d hope we’d have some disagreements,” while Rodgers said, “Conflict is good” while acknowledging “there’s always going to be conflict at times.”
Late in Sunday’s game, the Fox caught cameras a jovial Rodgers celebrating with McCarthy. (See video above.)
“I don’t see it the way it’s perceived,” McCarthy said of his relationship with Rodgers. “I enjoy our relationship and it’s great that everybody got to see some good clips is my answer.”
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