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Aaron Rodgers lashes out at his critics | You Pod to Win the Game

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Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson and Dan Wetzel discuss Aaron Rodgers’ extensive reply to his critics, who following the Packers 38-3 loss to the New Orleans Saints questioned Rodgers commitment and hunger for the game. Hear the full conversation on the You Pod to Win the Game podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen.

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CHARLES ROBINSON: I think Aaron Rodgers is still airing his grievances as we speak. I haven't checked back, but I think he still may be engaged in the world's longest run on sentence about all the things that he hates about the media. Dan, I want to dive into this. I ended up writing about this.

I have gotten the sharp end of the stick at times with Aaron Rodgers. And I've said this in the past. I've talked about this. I've written things that were absolutely true, that he skirted or denied later. And it left a bad taste in my mouth.

However, that said, I can tell you that what he did on the Pat McAfee Show, blasting what I felt like it was clearly directed at the CBS Morning crew, which consisted of Nate Burleson, Bill Cowher, Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason, thespians all. And you know, Michael Findling, his former teammate, probably a little Greg Jennings, salt in there too.

I actually think Aaron Rodgers had a point this time. I think Aaron Rodgers, after one game the world was waiting to jump on him, especially some former players and coaches who did not like what he did this off season. And it only took one bad game for them to absolutely try to obliterate him. And I am glad that he fired back.

DAN WETZEL: There's nothing, nothing, that upsets establishment NFL people like a possible, you don't love the game. Remember when Trevor Lawrence last year it was like, I love playing football. But it's not the only thing in my. Life I'm getting married.

People like, oh, whoa! Everyone flipped out, right? Oh my god. His brother paints. He might become an artist too. Oh my god, this guy wants to host "Jeopardy." Insulting. You need to just be in the weight room, jugs machine, throw the ball. Come on. It was so ridiculous. That it was over the top.

The last thing I do, I think I've watched like 30 minutes of pre-games shows ever in my entire life, cumulatively. The last thing I want to watch is like five self-important guys in $5,000 suits standing around trying to one up each other with the ridiculous comment so that they can stay. I don't care. Like I just don't care about any of those pre-game shows. So I don't care.

I don't think Aaron Rodgers normally would care. I think this is a little bit of, I have two thoughts on this one. One, this is a little bit of the-- it's modern media. And it's not that the media has changed that much, although it has. But that it's unavoidable.

Aaron Rodgers, you go back even 15 years ago, you could tell players-- the players say, I don't read the newspaper. I don't listen to talk radio. I just stay in my bubble and do my thing. And you could do that. Not hard to not get the paper.

And when you're driving to and from the facility, just listen to something else. Put a CD in at the time, right? Something else. And why the hell would Aaron Rodgers be watching the CBS pregame show? He's about to play or you know whatever. He's not watching.

So it would be easy. But now, every little comment is in his phone and it's coming at him. And he can't avoid it. And when he goes on social media, he's getting called even worse names by fans who are riled up about this.

So even if most of the back in the day, it might be one column that was a little spicy by some guy at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Now it's like he's just getting barraged. So here it is. But at the same time, I think this is the best thing that could happen for the Packers. Aaron Rodgers is now pissed off and extremely motivated to show up all these guys. And being a fan of the Packers, I'm sending flowers to the CBS crew, saying keep ripping him.

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