(WFRV-TV) - Donald Driver is the latest to question the leadership ability of Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers. At least that’s what it sounded like when he appeared on ESPN’s Mike & Mike Thursday morning.
The recently retired Green Bay wide receiver was asked to weigh in on the rift between Rodgers and former teammate Greg Jennings. Jennings has made several comments about Rodgers this offseason, including that he “creates the spotlight for himself” and that it’s all about him and not the team.
“The quarterback is the one that needs to take the pressure off everyone else," Driver said on the radio show that is also simulcast on ESPN. "If a guy runs the wrong route, it's easy for the quarterback to say, 'Hey, I told him to run that route' than for the guy to be like, 'Well, I ran the wrong route.'
"Sometimes you ask Aaron to take the pressure off the guys so we won't look bad, but he didn't want to do that. He felt like if you did something bad, you do it. But I think that's the difference. You want that leadership, and I think sometimes you may not feel like you got it. You have to earn that respect at the end of the day, and I think that's what Greg was probably referring to."
Head Coach Mike McCarthy said he read portions of the comments made by Driver.
"I didn't understand it to be honest with you,” McCarthy said after practice Thursday. “Frankly, I think Aaron manages his job responsibility very well. Accountability is throughout your whole football team. The quarterback position, we take a lot of pride in the way it’s coached. It's the most overly criticized position on our whole team internally."
James Jones has defended Rodgers previously this preseason when leadership questions were raised about Rodgers outside of the Packers locker room. Today, he initially didn’t want to talk about the Driver comments, but did answer a question about the quarterback taking fault for other players.
"Everybody in here is a man,” Jones said. “You're not in college no more, high school no more, you a man. When you make a mistake, you have to own up to your own mistake. Just because we have a good quarterback, it ain't his responsibility to take everybody else's wrong-doing. If we make a mistake, we own up to our mistakes. When he makes a mistake he owns up to his. He lets us know when he's wrong, and we let him know when he's wrong."
Driver later went to Twitter and said: “I can't believe people would think I'm talking about Aaron. Aaron is a great person and a good friend.”
This morning “Double D” also left his former QB with a message.
"I've always told Aaron this,” said Driver. “Don't forget where you came from."