GREEN BAY – Aaron Rodgers has apparently reached his Forrest Gump “That’s all I have to say about that” point on the issue of the quality of play at the Pro Bowl. Mike McCarthy, on the other hand, spoke out for the first time about the quality of play in the Pro Bowl.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback criticized the NFL’s annual all-star game after playing in it last January, saying some players “embarrassed themselves,” that he was “surprised that some of the guys either didn't want to play or when they were in there didn't put any effort into it” and that he was “disappointed in the lack of pride” shown by some of his NFC teammates in the game.
On Wednesday, before being named the NFC’s starting quarterback for the second straight year, Rodgers was asked about the criticism the game has received. After first playing dumb – “Who said something?” he replied – Rodgers said: “I think there’s a lot of that that comes into play: Contract years for some guys, how their week to take a toll on them; good or bad. It’s a year-to-year thing. Some years it’s a more intense game than others. See what happens this year.”
McCarthy made a slightly stronger statement Wednesday. The Packers head coach has coached the NFC squad twice – after the Packers lost the 2007 NFC Championship Game, and after their NFC Divisional Playoff exit last season – and when a reporter began asking him about the quality of play, McCarthy whistled.
“They have to do something about it,” McCarthy replied. “I think everyone is in agreement about that.
“I had the opportunity to coach it last year and coaching it after the ‘07 season. There’s clearly a drop-off in the game-day performance. It’s definitely an issue and there’s something that needs to be done. I don’t know what the answer is. I don’t even know what the options are. But there’s no comparison in coaching last year compared to after the ‘07 season.”
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