Packers Morning Buzz: Rodgers' rift with McCarthy runs deep

Stu Courtney
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Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at

The Packers improved to 2-1-1 by shutting out the Buffalo Bills 22-0 on Sunday.

We'll start with Pete Dougherty's look at some ominous clouds that overshadowed the win, with quarterback Aaron Rodgers taking none-too-subtle shots at coach Mike McCarthy's game plan:

Pete writes:

If you’ve been following the Packers through the Rodgers era, then the tension between him and McCarthy isn’t new. In the past, though, it’s been more obvious on the sidelines. Over the years the quarterback has barked at the coach because of some decision or other, and the coach sometimes has barked back.

And in the past, both have explained it away as competitors getting heated in the moment. McCarthy also has said he welcomes creative tension as healthy for a team. At times, all that no doubt has been true.

But this seems to run deeper. The two have been working together for 13 years, with Rodgers the starting quarterback the last 10. That’s a long time in the NFL, where about one-third of the roster turns over every year. They’ve been through several generations of players together.

This year, for instance, Rodgers has never given any indication he liked McCarthy’s revamping of the playbook this past offseason. Rodgers’ comments Sunday taken as a whole suggest he’s concerned about the direction of the offense, and his terse response to a specific question on whether he’s getting enough input in the game plan hinted that he doesn’t think so.

Be sure to read Pete's entire column here:

Tom Silverstein has more on the problems with the Packers' offense that got Rodgers riled up:

Pete and Tom analyze the growing tension between McCarthy and his quarterback:

Mike Pettine's message got through to his defense, writes Jim Owczarski:

Here's our capsule look at the good and the not-so-good from the Packers' win:

Green Bay registered seven sacks Sunday (and no roughing-the-passer penalties):

Aaron Jones once again provided a spark and made a strong case for being the Packers' starting running back. Ryan Wood has the story:

Jones also sent a message to his hometown of El Paso, Texas:

Packers inside linebacker Blake Martinez explains what happened with his unsportsmanlike penalty:

Don't miss our Packers Podcast, with Tom and Jim providing insights into the Rodgers rant and the defense's dominance:

Tom Oates has thoughts about Rodgers' postgame funk for the Wisconsin State Journal:

So much for any thoughts of safety Earl Thomas joining the Packers this season:

Questions about all that went down Sunday? Be sure to join Ryan's chat at noon Monday:

Not all the action Sunday at Lambeau Field was on the playing surface:

Not quite as dramatic as the response of former Buccaneers coach John McKay, who when asked what he thought about his team's execution, famously replied, "I'm in favor of it.":

Bears terror Khalil Mack was up to his old tricks in that Chicago romp:

Even without the injured Jimmy Garoppolo, the 49ers just might give the Packers a test in two weeks:

Check out this pinballing run by former Wisconsin star Melvin Gordon for the Chargers:

Former Packers receiver Jordy Nelson had a good game Sunday for Oakland (five catches for 48 yards, a touchdown and a two-point conversion), but had some issues trying to block the Browns' Myles Garrett:


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