GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Two years ago, when the Packers were in need of a quarterbacks coach to replace Tom Clements after he was promoted to offensive coordinator, Aaron Rodgers was hoping coach Mike McCarthy would hire someone who had playing experience at that position.
Instead, he promoted tight ends coach Ben McAdoo.
Two years later, Rodgers says he has benefited from the relationship, which is why had no problem backing McAdoo before he will interview with the Cleveland Browns for their head-coaching position.
"I sent him a text, I said, ‘Make sure you put me down as a reference,'" Rodgers said Tuesday on his ESPN Milwaukee radio show.
"I thought having a guy who played the position was right for me at that point," Rodgers added. "But I told Ben this yesterday, ultimately I need and have always needed a guy who gets me prepared every week, that can give me the opportunities to reach my potential. Ben did that every day the last two seasons for me and the other quarterbacks in the room."
The quarterbacks coach is an important one on several levels. Rodgers spoke of McAdoo's penchant for stressing the fundamentals. But he also served as a buffer between the quarterback and the head coach.
"He understands the nature of certain conversations that need to stay in the room, which need to be filtered up the chain of command," Rodgers said of McAdoo. "He's a guy who wants to learn and takes to heart the things I say or the things he hears from Tom and tried to become a better quarterbacks coach every day and he did."
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While McAdoo might be a longshot to become a head coach at the age of 36, his career path could follow that of some previous Packers quarterbacks coaches. McCarthy, Andy Reid, Steve Mariucci and Marty Mornhinweg all held the position on their way to the top.
ESPN Browns reporter Pat McManamon talked to a "league insider," who said this about McAdoo: "Ben McAdoo is a good young coach, but he is many years away from being ready to be a head coach. In a division with John Harbaugh, Mike Tomlin, and Marvin Lewis, the Browns simply cannot re-start with Ben McAdoo."
Rodgers took his share of the responsibility for Sunday's playoff loss to the 49ers by saying on his radio show: "The team expects greatness out of me every week. They didn't get it on Sunday."
In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Lori Nickel and Tom Silverstein's notebook leads with the revelation that receiver James Jones played the final couple of games of the season with a pair of broken ribs.