Posted July 28, 2013

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier tells Greg Jennings to knock off Aaron Rodgers barbs

NFL
Greg Jennings and Aaron Rodgers aren't playing as nicely on separate teams. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Greg Jennings and Aaron Rodgers aren’t playing as nicely on separate teams. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier told new wide receiver Greg Jennings to knock off his public criticism of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

The Pioneer Press’ Ben Goessling reported on Saturday that Frazier met privately with Jennings earlier in the day to deliver his instructions. Since signing with the Vikings in March, Jennings has frequently criticized Rodgers, a teammate for seven seasons with the Packers.

“We’re the Vikings and we want to talk about us, what we’re trying to get done,” Frazier said. “That’s where our focus has to be. There’s so much work to be done, and we don’t want to be looking at what’s happening with other teams, other teams’ players. We’ve got to focus on us. He’s good with that.”

Jennings has not shied from making his feelings about Rodgers public after his split from Green Bay. He has, at points, refused to refer to Rodgers by name, calling him “No. 12″ or “the guy they have now.” He has said he prefers Brett Favre to Rodgers. And he has said Rodgers shouldn’t get as much credit for the Packers’ success as he claims.

For his part, Rodgers has refused to take the bait.

“To me, I’m concerned with the opinions of the guys in this locker room and the guys we have here,” Rodgers said when asked about the ordeal on Friday, according to ESPN.com. “It’s exciting to be able to be one of the leaders of this football team, and I’m very confident in my style.”


11 comments
lassenlou
lassenlou

Gee whiz batman, another dim bulb wide receiver who whines about someone AFTER he leaves the team. Classless and gutless, but what else would one expect?

iclasticons
iclasticons

Complaining after you have been shown the door is childish. If you don't have the balls to surface your issues while you are there, shut up after you leave.

RobertSmith
RobertSmith

Taunting a QB who dominates your team is not a wise strategy.

megh
megh

So disappointing...Jennings always appeared to be a class act and now he is acting like a scorned 7th grade girl. I agree with Frazier...how is slamming your former teammate helpful to your current team? I was sad when the Packers let him go but now thinking there was more to that decision than just $. Thanks to Rodgers for refusing to take the bait and letting it go. Do you get that Jennings? Aaron could be whining but he's not...he knows it would be counter productive to obsess over a former receiver....he is making a choice to focus on his current offense. The best revenge ever. 

enigmatic1
enigmatic1

I didn't really see anything from Jennings that was particularly offensive.  I think sometimes the media inadvertently pours gasoline on a relatively small fire, and surprisingly, it expands.  Not surprising Frazier handled the issue in an understated and dignified fashion.

Seegs
Seegs

Jennings claims he's a team guy first...on the contrary he is another one in a long line of "me first" selfish athletes who think they are better than they really are...case in point...he was a cancer last year when he put himself above the team with his contract demands...keep your mouth shut...play out  season and let the chips fall where they may...

His antics really say more about him the person than they do A.Rod...IMO it makes him look bad and kudos to Leslie Frazier for shutting him up...makes him sound jealous of A-Rod's fame which is well deserved...



Alan16
Alan16

Complete lack of class. Contrast Jennings' self-absorbed out bursts with Desmond Bishop's class in leaving GB for the Vikings. Outstanding that Frazier took him to the woodshed for a little "maturing".

DeanWaterman
DeanWaterman

Often what you say in regard to others says more about you, then it does about them...

doghockey
doghockey

@RobertSmith If Aaron Rodgers is already dominating the rivalry, why would a few words from a former teammate matter?

doghockey
doghockey

@DeanWaterman And sometimes they are just idle chatter.   This is a football player running his mouth, as they often do.  It does not need to be taken to some deep, philosophical level.