- Rob Demovsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers does not expect any issues to linger between him and coach Mike McCarthy after the two engaged in an animated discussion on the sideline during Sunday's 34-30 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
During his weekly radio show Tuesday on ESPN 540 in Milwaukee, Rodgers repeated what he said after the game, calling it something that happens on occasion between passionate and competitive people.
"That was definitely over and done with after we talked on the sideline," Rodgers said. "Mike and I have been together for a long time and had a lot of success together, a lot of big wins, a lot of fun on the field, in the meeting room conversing during the week. There's a lot of mutual respect there and a lot of competitiveness and passion on both sides, and every now and then that passion collides. It's something that we talked about later and moved forward together."
The incident occurred during the second quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. During a series that ended with a field goal with 6:23 left in the first half, Rodgers appeared to be unhappy with at least one play call from McCarthy and gestured toward the Packers' sideline. As Rodgers came off the field, he had an intense exchange with McCarthy that was caught on camera and shown on the game broadcast.
"I think anytime you get into a situation where there's a change in rhythm and personnel and play calls, things like that, it's frustrating," McCarthy said Sunday. "I had called a certain play in a certain situation, and he was frustrated by it. I feel good. One [disagreement] every three weeks would be awesome."
Added McCarthy during his postgame news conference: "He's competitive, man. That's what I love about him. I didn't really think it was that big of a deal, frankly."
Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji was seen trying to calm Rodgers on the sideline.
It wasn't the first time Rodgers showed frustration with McCarthy during or after a game.
Last season at Minnesota, Rodgers confronted McCarthy for throwing the challenge flag on a turnover play that would have been automatically reviewed. Also last season, Rodgers questioned why receiver Randall Cobb was still playing on special teams after he'd sustained a sprained ankle while returning a punt against Tennessee.
The Packers (1-2) are off this week and return to action Oct. 6 against the Detroit Lions.
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