Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers isn't usually one to openly criticize his players, but the two-time MVP was an unhappy man during a training camp practice on Tuesday.
The Packers made a bold decision to release veteran wide receiver Jordy Nelson, who was Rodgers' most trusted target over the last five or so years. So it's imperative that Rodgers get on page with his new receivers. But that didn't happen on Tuesday, and Rodgers unleashed on his pass-catchers, per Michael Cohen of The Athletic.
"It was one of the worst cards sessions we had. I don't know how you can make it any simpler," Rodgers said. "You literally have what the play would be in our terminology on the card, and the effort level was very low. Especially with what I'm accustomed to."
The Packers own two well-established receivers in Davante Adams and Randall Cobb, plus the front office added Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham in free agency. We know Rodgers and the offense will be just fine by the time 2018 rolls around, but that doesn't mean he's giving his receivers a free pass.
"I've been running that period for a number of years. So it's not a good start for us on the card period for the young guys," Rodgers said. "I think DeAngelo [Yancey] has really progressed, G-Mo [Geronimo Allison], obviously 16 [Jake Kumerow]. But everybody else was kind of piss poor."
The Packers wide receivers that didn't perform well better take Rodgers' criticism to heart and learn from it. He's the best quarterback in the NFL when healthy, and he has the right to rip his teammates if they aren't performing up to standards.
Green Bay had made the playoffs every year from 2009 to 2016, including three NFC Championship Game appearances and a Super Bowl 45 victory. But when Rodgers went down with a collarbone injury last year, the Packers limped to a 7-9 finish.
An angry Rodgers is bad for the rest of the NFL. If he comes out hot and fuming to start Week 1, the rest of the league will have a tough time slowing down the two-time league MVP.