Packers Morning Buzz: Rodgers' frustration with McCarthy growing?

Stu Courtney
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) talks to head coach Mike McCarthy during training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field on Friday, August 3, 2018 in Ashwaubenon, Wis. 
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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

We'll start with Ryan Wood's report on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers softening his stance regarding the game plan against Buffalo and saying he gets along well with coach Mike McCarthy.

Ryan writes:

Even if Rodgers says he has a “great relationship” with McCarthy, Sunday was at least the fourth time he has shared a veiled criticism since the 2017 season ended.

Back at the Super Bowl, Rodgers was displeased the Packers didn’t consult him before choosing not to retain quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt. Rodgers never fully endorsed McCarthy’s decision to reorganize his playbook this offseason. A week after saying young receivers gave a “piss-poor” effort in a scout-team drill in camp, Rodgers explained his strong stance, saying, “If no one else is going to stand up and criticize a bad practice, then maybe I need to be the one to do it.”

So Sunday’s public venting was not uncommon.

The increasing frequency might suggest Rodgers’ frustration is growing. The question moving forward is whether the coach and quarterback can not only coexist, but thrive.

You can read the whole story here:

This is a different-sounding Rodgers than what we heard after Sunday's game:

Tom Silverstein and Jim Owczarski analyze the quarterback's comments:

Rodgers told Detroit media that he relishes his matchups with Lions counterpart Matthew Stafford:

As valuable as Rodgers is to the Packers' offense, nose tackle Kenny Clark is becoming irreplaceable on the other side of the ball:

Packers running back Aaron Jones feels fortunate to still be playing after a stiff-arm play went awry against Buffalo:

Don't look for former Packers guard T.J. Lang to play against his old team Sunday:

Pete Dougherty fielded questions from Packers fans. If you missed it, here's the full transcript:

Pro Football Focus lists Aaron Jones as one of its Secret Superstars this week:

The news sounds good about Muhammad Wilkerson going forward:

Packers kicker Mason Crosby made an impression on golfing great Jack Nicklaus:

The Packers rolled out Phase 2 of their Titletown District plans, complete with renderings:

Former Packers executive Andrew Brandt on the increased focus on player safety: "This is not your father's NFL":

The Packers' season opener against the Bears was No. 3:

Khalil Mack is off to an MVP-like start for the Bears:

Acme Packing Co. presents evidence that the Packers run too much when it's second or third and long:


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