Morning Buzz: Rodgers fires back
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Given the name of this daily missive, we’d be remiss if we didn’t start with the buzz Aaron Rodgers created late Wednesday afternoon when he responded to Pro Football Talk’s recent post about the dynamic between Rodgers and head coach Mike McCarthy.
One particular article drew the ire of Rodgers, who held his weekly media session Wednesday. Written by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk , the story probed the relationship between Rodgers and McCarthy, a relationship described as calamitous.
"I think it’s ridiculous," Rodgers said Wednesday. "Especially guys like Mike Florio. Don’t waste your time reading crap like that.
"That stuff is white noise. I don’t pay attention to that kind of stuff. We set the bar here pretty high and that’s because we’ve had a lot of success here. We’re very proud of that. But we’re trying to win football games right now, and that stuff doesn’t matter."
The other buzz-worthy event was the news that the Packers claimed running back Christine Michael off of waivers from the Seattle Seahawks.
I jumped on Facebook Live shortly after the news broke to talk about how Michael will fit in the Packers' backfield and what it means for the offense going forward:
Meanwhile, Pete Dougherty takes a look at the similarities between the current Packers starting quarterback and his predecessor. Really keen observations here from Pete.
Tom Silverstein writes on Quinten Rollins and Damarious Randall trying to salvage their season after injuries wrecked what was supposed to be their big jump from year one to year two.
As the Packers’ top two picks in the 2015 draft – Randall in the first round and Rollins in the second – there was reason to believe the two of them would be cogs in the most talented secondary the team has had since Super Bowl XLV.
Ten months later, they’re part of the worst injury epidemic at a single position the Packers have had in years.
And it’s a big reason the Packers are 4-5 and in crisis.
Trevor Davis’ frustration with his fumbled punt against the Titans lead’s Michael Cohen’s notebook.
The Packers made room for their newest running back by shelving another running back.
Speaking of Michael, if the Packers hadn’t claimed him, their border-battle nemesis would have.
Over at the MMQB, Andy Benoit talked about the Packers’ recent struggles on their latest podcast.
The NFL announced the list of 26 semifinalists for the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame and former Green Bay Packers safety LeRoy Butler did not make the cut. Again.
If you’ll indulge me, I think this is an ongoing, and patently absurd, oversight.