Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier wants his team to focus on football, and asked wide receiver Greg Jennings to stop his public criticism of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers . Jennings was the Vikings’ prized free agent pickup over the offseason after spending seven seasons with the Packers. He has taken several verbal shots at Rodgers since signing with the Vikings, including saying he preferred playing with Brett Favre over Rodgers. The latest dig came in an interview with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune in which he said: 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. It should always be the team. Frazier agrees, and wants Jennings to focus on his current team. We’re the Vikings and we want to talk about us, what we’re trying to get done, Frazier said, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. That’s where our focus has to be. There’s so much work to be done, and we don’t want to be looking at what’s happening with other teams, other teams’ players. We’ve got to focus on us.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier tells Greg Jennings to knock off Aaron Rodgers barbs
I need to go back to my college days where the quarterback wasnt just viewed as oh-so-great and still prove that I can be successful, Jennings said, according to The Star Tribune. Jennings also felt like theirthere was too much of a lovefest for Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, and it started getting to the quarterbacks head. 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, he said. It should always be the team. On Friday, Rodgers was asked about Jennings comments. You know what, to me, Im concerned about the opinions of the guys in this locker room and the guys we have here, Rodgers said. We have 90 guys right now and its exciting to be one of the leaders of this team and Im very confident in my style. I think the guys respond well to it. Its fun being the longest-tenured guy on the team and Ive seen a lot and been around a lot and learned a lot of lessons. One of the lessons you learn is you cant control everything and you shouldnt worry too much about the things that are said outside the building. You worry about the opinions of your teammates and how they feel about you. Rodgers teammate Jordy Nelson was disappointed Jennings had to create a controversy.
Greg Jennings Criticizes Aaron Rodgers for Not Always Putting Team First
He has strong feelings regarding his former team, and that’s good. But there is a way to get that communicated, and we’ve got to sit down and he and I have got to talk a little bit.” —End of Update— —Original Text— 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 said, according to Dan Wiederer of theStar Tribune ). It should always be the team. While Jennings has always been known for his tongue-in-cheek candor with the media, his claims that Rodgers cannot handle criticism seemed to be said without jest: Dont get me wrong, “12” is a great person. But when you hear all positives, all positives, all positives all the time, its hard for you to sit down when one of your teammates says, “Man, come on, youve got to hold yourself accountable for this.” Its hard for someone to see that now because all theyve heard is Im doing it the right way, Im perfect. In actuality, we all have flaws. Jennings spent his first seven seasons in Green Bay. In that time, Jennings amassed 425 receptions for6,537 yards and 53 touchdowns. He made the Pro Bowl Clay Matthews Jersey in 2010 and 2011, scorching defenses down the field to the tune of1,265 yards and 12 touchdowns three seasons ago. While Jennings, a second-round pick in 2006, has always been considered a talented deep threat, he never truly thrived until Rodgers became the full-time starter in 2008. The duo became known as one of the best quarterback-receiver tandems in the league, corresponding with their rise to national prominence.
Aaron Rodgers to Greg Jennings: I only care about my teammates opinions
But if RG3 thinks he has a difficult task ahead, he should spend a week in Green Bay, or even just a day. Starting with his falling to the 24th pick in the 2005 draft and continuing through his tumultuous ascension in 2008, Rodgers has followed a unique path to become the face of the Packers. Namely, the path down a street called Brett Favre Pass, to a massive bronze statue of Lambeau (one of the innovators of the forward pass) and under a huge banner of Hall of Fame QB Bart Starr, a five-time NFL champ. “The greats are revered here,” says Rodgers. “But as much as you remember the Vince Lombardi quotes about how ‘winning isn’t everything,’ it’s the character of those greats that sticks with fans just as much as the championships they won.” What tells you everything you need to know about Rodgers, and how perfectly he fits in Green Bay, is that when asked about his own journey to join that pantheon of Packers greats, he never mentions the Super Bowl triumph or the MVP award. Instead, during a lengthy conversation inside the team’s practice facility, Rodgers nestles in a deep, square dark-leather chair in an alcove around the corner from the Packers locker room and talks about his disastrous beginning in Green Bay. “That was an important year for me,” he says. “A healing process was completed by the end of 2008. And there needed to be one.” Despite Rodgers’ performance on Packers Family Night, Favre was traded to the Jets three days later.
The Pioneer Press Ben Goessling reported on Saturday that Frazier met privately with Jennings earlier in the day to deliver his instructions. Since signing with the Vikings in March, Jennings has frequently criticized Rodgers, a teammate for seven seasons with the Packers. Were the Vikings and we want to talk about us, what were trying to get done, Frazier said. Thats where our focus has to be. Theres so much work to be done, and we dont want to be looking at whats happening with other teams, other teams players. Weve got to focus on us. Hes good with that. Jennings has not shied from making his feelings about Rodgers public after his split from Green Bay. He has, at points, refused to refer to Rodgers by name, calling him No. 12 or the guy they have now. He has said he prefers Brett Favre to Rodgers. And he has said Rodgers shouldnt get as much credit for the Packers success as he claims. For his part, Rodgers has refused to take the bait.