Heath Evans of the NFL Network is just like any other sports analyst. He'll say something that sounds something like it has to do sports but will manage occasionally say something that actually sounds pretty smart. Occasionally.
And also like other sports analysts, he has to say something a little outrageous every once in a while, like this:
"It's really just a balance of...balancing the issue of arrogance we saw even at the start of the season even when we saw Aaron Rodgers, you know early in the season where, yeah, we must've needed those lockout workouts like every other team did."
Now, Evans isn't a bad guy—after all, he chose Rodgers over Tom Brady in a "whom would you take right now?" debate. Evans used to play with Brady, so the choice was tough for him to make.
However, I don't know where in the world he got this idea that Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers were "arrogant."
To address the issue of the offseason workouts, Evans should take into consideration that Green Bay was one of the disciplined teams in the NFL, ranking No. 2 in turnover margin (plus-24) and No. 1 in penalties (76). The Packers also won 15 games.
Does that sound like a team that would regret not doing offseason workouts?
Rodgers was clearly irritated by the question as to whether or not he was going to organize workouts with his teammates, but that wasn't because he felt as though the workouts were unnecessary (you can argue they were, however), it was more because Rodgers felt as though people were trying to question his leadership.
Everyone has critics, and Rodgers is the big dog out there right now, so clearly people are going to be coming after him with any arguments they can find. Rodgers has every right to defend himself.
Head coach Mike McCarthy teaches his players to have class and to be professional in all situations—even when the Packers were starting training camp, where he preached that "entitlement is the enemy." Hard to believe that when a coach preaches that message that it won't rub off on the players.
Now, we're not gonna compare Heath Evans to Skip Brainless or Jamie Dukes. Those two have a reputation, and I don't believe Evans meant to invoke shock value or try to draw attention to himself.
However, his words are completely untrue at best.