Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones didn’t want to talk about former teammate Greg Jennings on Thursday, one day after Jennings told KFAN radio in Minnesota that he was “brainwashed” when he played for the Packers.
“Please don’t, because I’m done answering those questions,” said Jones regarding Jennings, who signed with the Minnesota Vikings in the offseason. “We are still friends. I’m not worried about him, but I’m done answering questions about that one.”
Jennings told KFAN that players are brainwashed in Green Bay “to think anyone in the division is tiers below. It's like everything that you know in Green Bay is like the best, the best, the best, the best, the best. And it's like total brainwashing. And I think you don't open your eyes to see what other teams have to offer unless you are in that position, and I was afforded this position."
While the Packers have some of the NFL’s biggest stars on their roster -– notably quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews -– they don’t appear to have many players who put themselves ahead of the team.
At least not while they are here.
“I think a lot has to do with the way in which your farewell, how that goes,” Matthews said. “With his case, obviously it didn’t end on agreeable terms, and we’re very competitive, both the organization as far as winning and the players as far as winning, whether that’s on a personal level or as a team level. So it never sits right. Obviously we saw that with a former quarterback here, so it’s something you deal with.”
Packers coach Mike McCarthy was asked about the fact that his team doesn’t appear to have any “look at me” players right now.
Is that by design?
“I think it’s a product of your culture,” McCarthy said. “Every coach, every player, every support staff member, clearly everybody in football operations, understands the importance of the value of being a Green Bay Packer. That’s the way we operate, whether people like it or not. We do not do anything to jeopardize that. That’s No. 1.
“The brand name of the Green Bay Packers is something that all players are educated on. From that, the development of your individual brand, hey, go for it. As long as it doesn’t jeopardize the brand of the Green Bay Packers.”