You always hear coaches talking about minimizing distractions before games, and with the Super Bowl being the biggest game of all, Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy can't be all that thrilled about the past few days.
Apparently, the Packers team picture was scheduled to be taken on Tuesday—two days before players on Green Bay's injured reserved list were scheduled to arrive in Dallas. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was asked yesterday about the situation and responded by discussing his decision to stay in Green Bay while rehabilitating an injury he suffered during the 2006 season.
Rodgers went on to say that, "[s]ome of the guys who were injured, they still are part of this team, but some of them didn't choose to stick around."
I'm not really sure why Rodgers went so off topic in his answer, but it got under the skin of linebacker Nick Barnett who was vocal through his Twitter feed. Barnett tweeted, "All I wanted to be is included as a teammate nothing more. Looks like it has backfired on me.. I guess That was asking too much... Sorry if I offended anyone."
Rodgers has apparently called Barnett to discuss his comments and according to the quarterback, "Everything is cool."
Coach McCarthy criticized the players for being publicly vocal about the issue and then went on to say that the team photo had been rescheduled for Friday so that everyone could be included.
Aaron Rodgers is supposed to be the leader of this team and clearly used poor judgement in calling out his teammates.
Just the kind of thing you need during Super Bowl week.