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|Following their win against the Saints, the Packers take their turn in the examination room.|
It was obvious last week that Rodgers wasn't interested in discussing the Packers' decision not to gather for offseason workouts, especially in comparison to the Saints' very public practices at Tulane University. I didn't understand the implication myself and felt strongly that the issue wouldn't play a role in Thursday night's outcome. So part of me enjoyed Rodgers' postgame sarcasm, especially when he said: "I've just got to ask myself, 'What would have happened if we had offseason workouts? Could we have started any faster and scored more points tonight?'" Funny stuff. But another part of me thinks it was beneath Rodgers to gloat. I wasn't aware of any mass protests to the offseason approach from media, Packers fans or other NFL observers. But even if there were and I just missed it, didn't Rodgers and the Packers provide all the response necessary in that 202-yard, 21-point first quarter? It's fine to feel personally vindicated. And Rodgers probably thinks that "critics," whomever they were in this instance, should be held publicly accountable. Fair point. But in the end, I think it made Rodgers look petty, which I don't think he is. There's nothing wrong with standing by your convictions, acknowledging an opposing viewpoint and then settling the matter on the field.