Green Bay Packer James Jones took a tongue-lashing from quarterback Aaron Rodgers in front of a national television audience Thursday night, but the wide receiver told reporters it’s all good today.
“Me and A-Rod are way closer than that, man, to let something like that come in between us,” Jones told a gaggle of reporters at his locker Tuesday.
Rodgers was seen chastising the sixth-year receiver after his uncertainty during a route ended with Bears cornerback Tim Jennings intercepting the quarterback’s pass.
Jones explained the intricacies of teammate relationships and that the interception was his fault.
“We’re out there trying to win the ball game. It was my fault. I gave him mixed signals,” Jones said Tuesday. “I mean, we’re all emotional out there, man. It’s common, man. We do a lot of head gestures and stuff like that, the camera may not just be on us. Me and him, we’re both competitive, we’re trying to win. It was my fault. We don’t ever want to turn the ball over. I’m not mad at him. Shoot, we’re trying to win, man. Get on me. I messed up.”
During the same game, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler also drew criticism for shoving offensive tackle J’Marcus Webb after Cutler was pressured in the pocket.
The incidents gave FOX NFL analyst and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw reason to tell Rodgers and Cutler to stop embarrassing their teammates.