For the first time since going down with a potentially season-ending injury in his first drive for the New York Jets, the four-time NFL MVP rejoined his team on Saturday. It gave him an opportunity to address his teammates ahead of their matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Jets ended up losing that one, but they did put up a valiant effort in their 23-20 loss against the defending champs. Rodgers’ message may have been heard loud and clear.
Aaron Rodgers Delivers Stern Message to New York Jets
According to reports, the just of the 39-year-old’s stern reminder to his team is that they should all “stop pointing fingers.” So much has been said since Zach Wilson took over as the team’s QB1 in the wake of Rodgers’ injury — a span that has seen New York go 0-3, including Sunday’s loss to Kansas City.
Jets legend Joe Namath was one of Wilson’s loudest critics, and Rodgers could not help but clap back at the Hall of Fame quarterback. The latter just had to call Namath out, albeit indirectly, for harboring discord within the team as opposed to calling for unity during these trying times.
Rodgers had the same message to his teammates on Saturday.
Aaron Rodgers Unhappy With Leak
As it turns out, however, Rodgers’ message may have been heard a bit too loudly. So much so, that it was leaked to the public. Apparently, the 10-time Pro Bowler intended for it to be kept under wraps — something that Rodgers made clear during a recent appearance on The Pat McAfee show:
“When it comes to some of the stuff I talked about, I think that was one of the more disappointing things about the entire weekend,” Rodgers said, via Josh Alper of PFT. “Part of the process of being a team that’s connected and being a team that sticks together is there’s some things that are meant for the locker room. Conversations that should stay in the locker room, in the meeting room, in the hotel. . . . We need to learn as an organization that some things need to be kept in-house. We gotta tighten the ship up a little bit.”
To be clear, Aaron Rodgers isn’t pointing fingers here. He did not name any names either. After all, doing so would be contradicting his actual message.
Be that as it may, the one-time Super Bowl champ is adamant that these are the types of conversations that should be consumed in private.
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