- Rob Demovsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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And considering Rodgers is coming off his second MVP season and the Packers led the NFL in scoring last year, that's a good thing as far as the quarterback is concerned.
In his first public comments since McCarthy's decision to make long-time assistant Tom Clements the primary play caller, Rodgers said he believes the transition will be seamless.
"Tom and I have a great rapport from the years we spent as quarterback to quarterback coach," Rodgers said Thursday. "He's in all the meetings, so I don't think there will be a big change there. I think they have to iron out who's going to be down on the field, who's going to be up in the box, who's going to be looking at the pictures with the quarterbacks on the sidelines between possessions. This is Mike being a ball coach and wanting to just maybe do more, as he can work now with the special teams and with the defense, as well as still being around the offense."
Rodgers said he sensed that McCarthy has been debating this move for the last several years and did not think it was a reaction to the Packers' late-game collapse in the NFC Championship Game loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Speaking after the Packers' OTA practice on Thursday, Rodgers also said the calf injury he dealt with late in the season and into the playoffs only recently healed.
"It definitely took a couple of months until I could really get into some workouts in the offseason where I could push it to the max," Rodgers said.
Rodgers had no limitations in practice on Thursday even though he said his calf still doesn't look quite right.
"It doesn't look the same," Rodgers said. "That was kind of my calling card, having nice-looking calves. But yeah, hopefully at some point that will return fully. But I have no restrictions with my body. I'm feeling good. I'm at a decent weight where I want to be. It's just a matter of maintaining that and trying to be as ready as possible when the end of July hits."