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Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Starter Pack: Rodgers endorses McAdoo

By Rob Demovsky

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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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