Apparently there has been some controversy regarding Aaron Rodgers’ leadership from former teammates and Charles Woodson can’t believe it.
The star Green Bay Packers quarterback, some argue is the best player in the NFL and some say the best quarterback in history. There is little argument with that statement. His numbers back it.
Aaron Rodgers has been criticized for making statements during press conferences, holding his receivers accountable for mistakes.
Charles Woodson can’t believe some players are making those comments. Woodson played for seven years with the Packers before returning to the Oakland Raiders this off season.
Greg Jennings, who signed with the Minnesota Vikings at the end of last season and Donald Driver, who retired after the end of the year, have attacked Aaron Rodgers for his stance on this issue.
According to Driver, the quarterback is supposed to take the pressure off everyone else, not the other way around.
“Sometimes you ask Aaron to take the pressure off those guys so we don’t look bad. He didn’t want to do that. He felt like if you did something bad, you do it. That’s the difference. You want that leadership. I think sometimes you may not feel like you got it. You have to earn that respect at the end of the day.” Driver told ESPN in an interview.
Driver said his comments were taken out of context and he had praised Rodgers’ accomplishments in other instances. It seems pretty clear what he is implying.
Charles Woodson thinks the comments are unwarranted and doesn’t understand were the antagonism is coming from, especially because Aaron Rodgers is one of the most respected football players.
“I didn’t understand that part, either,” Woodson told ESPNWisconsin.com. “There’s no question in my mind that A-Rod’s the leader of that team and he does a great job. Maybe he thought he had some friends where he doesn’t have some friends. Now that those guys are gone, they’re voicing this. I don’t know how that’s fair.”
Woodson goes on to defend Rodgers saying on many occasions the Packers have won games solely on the arms and legs of the quarterback.
There is no question that the Packers got their weight in gold when they stuck with Aaron Rodgers after Brett Favre’s “un-retirement”.
Apparently Rodgers has been showing some tough love to his receivers which have ruffled some feathers, but that’t what a leader is supposed to do. Say it as it is.
Despite the attacks, Aaron Rodgers has proven results on the field, he has led the Green Bay Packers to a Super Bowl in 2010, a 15-1 record in 2011, and another division title and a playoff win last year. Charles Woodson understands his leadership style.