Monday, September 23, 2013
Starter Pack: Coach, QB need to be OK
By Rob Demovsky
A roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.
Both quarterback Aaron Rodgers and coach Mike McCarthy chalked up their animated sideline discussion during Sunday’s 34-30 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals as a heat-of-the moment situation.
For the Packers’ sake, they should hope it was nothing more than that.
Perhaps now more than ever, with the Packers at 1-2 heading into their bye week, they need McCarthy and Rodgers to be on the same page when it comes to play calling and game planning. We saw on Sunday what can happen to the Packers when Rodgers isn’t on his game.
In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Pete Dougherty noted that regardless of all the wild and crazy plays that happened throughout the game, this game was in Rodgers’ hands in the final minutes. Weston Hodkiewicz’s notebook led with Clay Matthews' impact and his absence after he left with a hamstring injury. In the Insider Report, thumbs down goes to kick returner Jeremy Ross.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel broke down the key points in its Packers Replay, and TV/media critic Bob Wolfley noted that during the game broadcast Fox TV analyst Troy Aikman didn’t think the Rodgers-McCarthy incident was a big deal.