Found September 26, 2012 on
One day after venting on his radio show about the refereeing debacle that cost the Green Bay Packers a game in Seattle, Aaron Rodgers saved one last barb for the NFL.
Asked Wednesday about how the Packers were handling the aftermath of a Monday night loss that touched off a national firestorm about the league's use of replacement officials, Rodgers dismissed an NFL-issued statement generally supporting the officials' handling of the situation a ''bogus report.''
Beyond that, though, the MVP said it's time to move on.
''I think one thing that we really learned from it is, as frustrating as it is, ultimately it's a game judged by people who are imperfect, and there's going to be mistakes,'' Rodgers said.
''And you hate it that it affected us and we lost a win because of it, but there's a lot of blame to go around other than referees. They have a job to do. They're trying to do their best. They obviously didn't bring their best in that game and in that play, but there's a lot of blame to fall on the shoulders of guys like myself who didn't play their best game that night.''
Going into Sunday's game against New Orleans, Packers coach Mike McCarthy says it's fine for his players to use the incident as motivation - to a point.
''I love emotion,'' McCarthy said. ''Emotion is the engine that makes this thing go. So I'm for any kind of emotion, as long as it's channeled properly. So you want to talk about chips on your shoulder, whatever it is, the only emotion I don't really care about is self-pity. We're not the victim. Nothing's guaranteed to you.''
With McCarthy urging his team to put the situation aside and focus on the Saints, it's worth pointing out that the Packers wouldn't have been in position to have that game taken from them if their sputtering offense was performing closer to its recent high standards.
Replacement officials didn't allow Rodgers to get sacked eight times against the Seahawks, and the refs can't be blamed for the Packers making themselves one-dimensional by handing the ball to running back Cedric Benson only twice in the first half.
This week's drama took the focus off what has been an uncharacteristically poor start to the season by the Packers' offense.
Three games into the season, the Packers rank 20th in yards passing per game (226), 28th in yards rushing per game (78.3) and 25th in total offense (304.3).
Packers players know the time for venting is over. There's too much work to be done to dwell on anything else.
''It's easy to put it behind us,'' said M.D. Jennings, the player who appeared to intercept the decisive pass before the call went against him Monday night. ''In this game, you've got to have a short memory and just learn from things and move on.''
The Packers are 1-2 after a last-second pass by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was ruled a touchdown catch by Golden Tate - when the Packers, their fans and most of the football-watching public saw it as a clear interception by Jennings.
''It's tough to learn something from that situation,'' Jennings said. ''You can second-guess yourself thinking, catch it or bat it down, but I just had to go on with my instincts and that was to go up and try to make a play on the ball. And just put it behind me and move on. That's all I can do.''
In a subsequent statement, the NFL acknowledged that Tate should have been flagged for offensive pass interference earlier in the play but didn't take issue with the way replacement refs handled the rest of the play.
That further angered the Packers - especially Rodgers, who read portions of the statement on his weekly radio show on Milwaukee's ESPN 540-AM Tuesday and paused several times to point out the inaccuracies he saw.
Rodgers is just one of several Packers players who spoke out. Packers players are not expected to be disciplined by the league for their comments.
Rodgers wasn't surprised about the lack of punishment.
''There's too many people who felt the same way,'' Rodgers said.
Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was under a ton of pressure in the first half of his Monday Night Football match-up against the Seattle Seahawks. Rodgers was so jumpy in the pocket that he just simply slip and feel to the ground while trying to set his feet for a pass.
This is not something you see everyday, especially from an NFL MVP.
The post Aaron Rodgers Slips...
NFL players are fed up with the replacement officials, and they're no longer afraid to speak their minds about it. A handful of Packers players blasted the league on Monday night after falling victim to a horrible call in Seattle, and Drew Brees is also among those who have been critical of the officials. Aaron Rodgers bit his tongue for the most part on Monday night, not saying...
The Green Bay Packers suffered one of the most difficult losses in the history of sports, when victory was stolen from them by one of the worst game-ending calls you will ever see. Aaron Rodgers, the starting QB for the Packers and the MVP of league, issued an apology to fans across the league, one [...]
Will Aaron Rodgers finally get it going against the Saints?
As tough as it is, we need to move on and get back to legitimate football.
After the Green Bay Packers “loss” to fall to 1-2 against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night, the Packers somehow must regroup and play the New Orleans Saints Sunday at Lambeau Field. The Saints enter the game a somewhat surprising 0-3 on...
The Seattle Seahawks defense took advantage of Aaron Rodgers in a game when they sacked him 8 times for 39 yards, Chris Clemons played like a man on a mission and his mission help Seattle to their Second win of the season. Yes the Seahawks unloaded on Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers and through great efforts by Clemons and Brandon Mebane they showed the Packers they were a force...
(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren via espn.com)
After being on the losing-end of quite possibly the worst call in professional football history (and certainly the most scrutinized), Packers QB Aaron Rodgers stepped up to the mic on his weekly ESPN Radio show yesterday, where he calmly and clearly stated exactly what needed to be said about the NFL and their ongoing labor dispute with the referees...
If the Packers are going to be an explosive offense, they must protect their QB.
Fail Mary. The Inaccurate Reception. Senseless in Seattle.
Whatever you want to call it, the Packers’ Monday Night misfortune has been the topic of the sports world this week. Did the Packers deserve the win at Seattle? Sure, they did. But buried under the outrage surrounding the NFL’s replacement...
Aaron Rodgers has not been an elite fantasy quarterback this season but should produce against the Saints on Sunday.
It is already week four in the National Football League and for fantasy football owners that means it is already time for bye weeks. For instance this week top fantasy quarterbacks such as Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck are on bye weeks. Big Ben and...
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The final play of the Packers-Seahawks game is what will most be remembered by anyone who watched the game. However, with 59-plus other minutes to evaluate, Green Bay (now with a 1-2 record this season) has a lot of work to do.
Handing out grades following the Packers' 14-12 loss to the Seahawks:
Passing offense: C-
Between quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the...
Kramerica Sports weekly player rankings are based on Yahoo Sports standard scoring settings.
Positional ranks are based on numerous factors, including opposing defense, historical data, player health, gut feelings, and other classified variables.
Play of the Week- Look for Aaron Rodgers to bounce back from the Monday Night Football debacle with a top 5 performance...
The New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers have been two of the NFC’s best for the past 3 years and have had some of the most explosive offenses in history, largely due to the play of their all-pro QBs, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. This year, the pass-happy offenses that lit up the league [...]
[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
The 2012 NFL Fantasy Football season is now three weeks old. If you have been paying close attention, some of the stats thus far from players who have been perennial first or second round picks have simply been mind blowing. It almost resembles bizarro world.
Players who went as top picks have been huge disappointments. Players who were not even drafted have climbed up their team’s...
After three weeks the tables have turned in the NFC North and the two teams at the bottom from last season are sitting a top the standings with a tenuous one game lead. Let's take a look at five things to watch this week in the black and blue division.Can the Packers recover from the beat down in Puget Sound?Everyone in America has seen the play that ended the game in Seattle...
I drafted me first too Juan…
Aaron Rodgers (GB vs NO)
Matt Ryan (ATL vs CAR)
Drew Brees (NO at GB)
Robert Griffin III (WAS at TB)