Aaron Rodgers not happy with White’s comments

A Green Bay Packers fan isn't happy with the 20-17 Falcons victory at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

A Green Bay Packers fan isn't happy with the 20-17 Falcons victory at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH  – Before All-Pro wide receiver Roddy White could be asked by Aaron Rodgers’ comments about the Falcons being “borderline” disrespectful” after last year’s 48-21 playoff thrashing, the interview was cut short by the teams’ communications staff.

White said he had three minutes to chat, but 1:57 into the three minutes, a staff member gave another member of the staff a sign to step in and cut off the interview.

We were told he had to “go to a meeting” during what’s supposed to be the open locker room time to meet the media.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, in Seattle. AP

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan passes in the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, in Seattle. AP

White’s not shy and he would have addressed the comments. It seems that the Falcons have orders to shut White up over the matter. (FIRST AMENDMENT!!!)  White’s his own man and probably can’t wait to tell us all about what he thinks of Rodgers’ perceived slight.

Stay tuned  . . . .

NOTEBOOK ITEM By Chris Vivlamore: Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers recently stated that some Falcons’ comments this offseason, following the playoff loss, were “borderline disrespectful.”

Roddy White was quoted as saying: “We were a better team than those guys. We went out there, and we didn’t perform at our highest level.”

Rodgers addressed the issue when asked by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution during his conference call with reporters Wednesday.

“I don’t care to expand a whole lot on that,” Rodgers said. “I just think that some of the general comments that I heard that that game was kind of a fluke maybe. I would just say that I think you need to respect your opponents. We definitely respect the Falcons.

“We were fortunate enough to go down there and play a clean game. I just felt like that maybe the respect level, just as far as those comments were concerned, maybe weren’t there at times.”

The following are excerpts from Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ conference call with the Atlanta media Wednesday in preparation for Sunday night’s game against the Falcons.

Q. What have you seen four games in from the Falcons defense?

Michael Turner, left, celebrates his game winning touchdown with Roddy White, right, for a 35-31 victory over the Eagles during 2nd half action. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Michael Turner, left, celebrates his game winning touchdown with Roddy White, right, for a 35-31 victory over the Eagles during 2nd half action. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

A. They are 2-2 but they are playing well on defense. I’ve been really impressed with Curtis Lofton. I’ve always thought he was a good player. This is his third year. He’s jumped up another notch. He’s one of the most underrated players at his position. I’m hopeful, for his sake, that he starts getting the recognition that he deserves. He’s playing really well. Obviously the front four is solid. Adding Ray Edwards in there is a big help. You already have Kroy [Bierman] and John [Abraham] on the outstide. They are a solid defensive team and they are going to have something special for us this week.

Q. You’ve had a lot of success in the Georgia Dome, especially the playoffs last year. What has been the secret of that success? What have to you effectively against the Falcons?

A. I think we struggled the first time we were down there last season [a 20-17 Falcons win]. The last time [a 48-21 Packers playoff win] we did a little bit better than we did the first time. I was able to get out of a couple sacks and make some plays. If those are sacks, the game is probably a little different. I would expect a tough game for us and them to be aggressive like the last time we played them. It will be important for us to be as efficient or as close to efficient as we were last time we played down there.

Q. We you talk to the Falcons there is a lot of talk about the way you played. There is a lot of reverence there. Is that one of the best games you’ve ever played?

A. I think it was. I think it was one of the better performances that I’ve had. It was a pretty clean game, not a lot of mental mistakes. I was throwing the ball the way I wanted to. We moved the ball pretty effectively. When you combine not turning the ball over and throwing the ball the way you want to you usually have pretty good results.falcons.1129

Q. There are a couple reasons it’s hard for teams to repeat as Super Bowl champions. The idea that you were so close to not being in the postseason last year, is that almost something you can say we are even better than we were for the entirety of last season?

A. That was a special group of men. This is a new team. We have 10 rookies. We’ve made some changes. We have a few different guys starting. Those are the challenges we like to take on with the new team we have in 2011. Also, looking at the first goal we have. Obviously everyone wants to win the Super Bowl. But we want to get a home playoff game in Green Bay, something we haven’t done the last few years. Last year we got in the playoffs as the sixth seed and ended up winning three on the road. It’s tough to do. … We’d like to get a home playoff game in Green Bay in January. To do that, we have to win the division.

 

A Green Bay Packers fan isn't happy with the 20-17 Falcons victory at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

A Green Bay Packers fan isn't happy with the 20-17 Falcons victory at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Q. Can you talk about Jermichael Finley and how he’s added to your arsenal?

 

 

A. It’s great having Jermichael back. He’s a big body. He’s very athletic. He has good body control. He understands good route concepts. He catches the ball extremely well with his hands. He’s extremely talented. There are not many guys like him in the league. To have him back is another weapon. He’s given us great balance in the passing game with teams trying to figure out how to stop us. He had three touchdowns against Chicago. Last week, Denver’s plan was pretty obvious. They wanted to take him out of the game and you do that you leave some of those other guys open for big-play opportunities.

Q. You have been quoted as saying some of the comments down here were borderline disrespectful. I wonder if you would expand upon that and what bugged you about what was said?

A. I don’t care to expand a whole lot on that. I just think that some of the general comments that I heard that that game was kind of a fluke maybe. I would just say that I think you need to respect your opponents. We definitely respect the Falcons. We were fortunate enough to go down there and play a clean game. I just felt like that maybe the respect level, just as far as those comments were concerned, maybe weren’t there at times.

Q. Last year during the playoffs, it seems like you guys went after nickel back Christopher Owens a little bit. Coming in was that a point of emphasis for you guys?

A. I would say not, not necessarily. We made some plays. I feel like he covered pretty well. There were just a couple plays where we fit the ball in certain spots. Atlanta is not an exclusive man-to-man coverage team. To say we targeted one guy or another is not entirely accurate. We just wanted to stretch the field at times and take what we could when they were playing soft. Like I said, we were able to take care of the ball and move it effectively when we needed to.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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PackersSuperbowlDynasty

October 6th, 2011
5:53 am

Do all your talking through your play on the field Aaron….

G

October 6th, 2011
6:08 am

“take what we can when they were playing soft” Duh? wouldn’t that be every play and at every spot on the field? The Falcons’ scheme seems to be soft zone.

shizzle

October 6th, 2011
6:09 am

Rodgers is just being humble, he know they torches the Falcons back in January and they are going to torched them Sunday night.

falcon

October 6th, 2011
6:23 am

When you get beat, take the loss like a man. Compliment the other team on their effort, and move on. Nothing worse than seeing players on the field talking trash when they are getting their heads kicked in. Have some class.

Red&Black Peachy

October 6th, 2011
6:42 am

Is that disrespect or Roddy just thinking a lot of his team? What he said was innoculous. Thinking the Falcons were the better team and didn’t play up to snuff isn’t disrespectful. Let’s be honest—they didn’t play like they had all season that night so there might be some merit. Regardless I would rather my team to feel good about who they are than to have a defeated attitude and cower at the alter of the Packers.

glenn

October 6th, 2011
6:55 am

After you get beat 48-21 at home in a playoff game saying, ‘I think we were the better team’ probably isn’t the smartest thing to say. Even if you think it. Getting beat on a late field goal, maybe, but the Falcons were out of that game by the 1st drive of the 2nd half. If they play like they did in the first game last year and get some sacks, then they might be able to talk trash. When you get your butt handed to you by over 20 some points, you ARE NOT the better team.

Still Believe in my Falcons

October 6th, 2011
6:55 am

Talk is cheap. You still have to play the game!!!

The Real Falcon

October 6th, 2011
6:59 am

We need to just play the game.
We all know that the players and the fans did not expect to lose.
That expectation may have led to being over confident.
Don’t think we have that problem this week.

slowroller

October 6th, 2011
7:07 am

Rodgers is absolutely dead on. The Falcons lost because of their inability to tackle him in the backfield. Abraham whiffed at least a couple times on third down plays. And our safety blizt was there but couldn’t tackle Rodgers either. It cost the Falcons the game.

This all goes back to the Falcons not having an elusive quarterback to practice against. Matt Ryan/Chris Redman cannot show a defensive rusher how to tackle an elusive quarterback.

Did Rodgers learn how to avoid a tackle from Farve?

And, can the Packers tackle an elusive quarterback?.

just sayin'

October 6th, 2011
7:11 am

roddy’s mouth and coach clean shot’s ‘helmet to helmet’ teaching technique’s will be exposed again this sunday…national stage for the ‘launches’ by robinson and moore…

Steve

October 6th, 2011
7:19 am

Hey Roddy quit pi$$ing off the competition and don’t drop the ball!

jim

October 6th, 2011
7:31 am

A few of us are old enough to remember when running your mouth was the “kiss of death” with other atheletes – It just was not done, period. The times and players have changed but at the end of the day, running your mouth as a player is still STUPID. Never give somebody any additional ammunition when they play you. And we all know these guys are professional but don’t kid yourselves – they are all human and most humans don’t like to be the object of trash talk. I am a Falcons fan but comments like Roddy White’s are at best immature and worst, lame.

Draggin' Fly

October 6th, 2011
7:36 am

Roddy (and Brett) apparently didn’t get the memo that the entire NFL must kiss Rodgers’ butt.

DC Dirty Bird

October 6th, 2011
7:36 am

Before everyone reacts, Roddy’s comments were made this summer on the NFL network. He says that he thought that they were the better team. Hopefully every Falcon goes into ever game with that thought. Also, I hope that Rodgers comments serve as a wake up call to Blank and Mike Smith regarding the type of defense we have.

DC Dirty Bird

October 6th, 2011
7:39 am

“jim” is yet another example of someone posting without all the facts. These were his quotes from the interview. “We were a better team than those guys. We went out there, and we didn’t perform at our highest level. We’re a run-first team, you know, and we throw the ball second. So once we get behind like that, it’s hard for us to catch up. That was a tough lesson learned, but it was a good lesson learned because we’re more focused this year. I feel like we’re a better team this year, and we’ll be ready to get after those guys.”

rudy

October 6th, 2011
7:42 am

the game is played between the lines not on the mic or paper….

painter

October 6th, 2011
7:48 am

I hope the Falcons bust this guy at least six times. That will keep his mouth shut.

Wonderlic Wonder

October 6th, 2011
7:50 am

Did Roddy White go single digits on that sucker, or is he just dumb with his mouth? Get beat by four TDs (at home, no less) and say you are the better team? Gosh, even in today’s Twitter world, where we seemingly have direct paths to the brains hundreds (thousands) of plain dumb people on a daily basis, this one’s up the charts.
As he has through the Brett Favre saga, Rodgers has kept it classy. They can settle things Sunday night (although that doesn’t nearly carry the weight of a one and done playoff game)

The Real Falcon

October 6th, 2011
7:52 am

I was at the game. The fact is we were not the better team.
We did not respect that team and just expected to win,
No one gives you anything, you get what you deserve.

Steve

October 6th, 2011
7:52 am

Atlanta’s O-line needs to keep defenses off Matt long enough for him to throw the ball. That man is taking a beating this year.

The Real Falcon

October 6th, 2011
7:53 am

Jim is right. Why give them any extra incentive?

Michael M.

October 6th, 2011
8:01 am

Atlanta Falcons Aaron Rodgers not happy with White’s comments
Oh Boo Hoo Rodgers, get over it ! I got some dirty grease rags out bag if ya need one cause you cant stop crying ! You may need one Sunday night, the Birds just may have your number this go round !

Michael M.

October 6th, 2011
8:06 am

I think if I was a member of the Packer Team I would be a little worried coming back into the Dome after the last game . Dont think this one is going to be that easy ………not concerned what some of these peeps are saying and dont believe the Falcons players are buying into it either .

True Falcon Fan

October 6th, 2011
8:08 am

What’s-up Jim – Hey buddy it is 2011 it ain’t 1960 –

Roddy White was quoted as saying: “We were a better team than those guys. We went out there, and we didn’t perform at our highest level.”

In my opinion – Roddy White is a professional football player, that being said there are some so-called “self proclaimed” NFL players that spout their mouths off and are truly dis-respectful. Also Roddy is a “MAJOR” highly skilled position player for the Atlanta Falcons team & a big part of our offensive scheme. Does Roddy have tendency to run his mouth maybe too much, “Yes”. Was that comment disrespectful “NO” absolutely “NO!!!

Aaron Rodgers & the Green Bay Packers are the “Super Bowl – Champions”! Nobody is taking that statement away! They are the “King of the HILL” today! Hey Jim, if you were ex football player at any level, when did you ever have respect for your opponents?

In my opinion with reference to playoff game last season, the Falcons came out ready to play in the first 5 minutes, they slapped in mouth. The coaches may should share some of the blame in not being prepared 100%. They were taken totally out of their rhythm. Maybe that was totally caused by Green Bays tenacity and of course they were definitely prepared and ready, their performance that night was GREAT!

Hey, Aaron Rodgers if you are reading this column, “You better come ready to fight”!

Falcons win this one!

Go Falcons

Tim Parker

October 6th, 2011
8:08 am

I think that political correctness is a huge part of what is wrong with this country. If you think that Aaron Rodgers is the second coming, fine. Bow down before him and worship. That’s your right. Personally, I think he is arrogant overgrown twink. Screw these cheese heads!!! If you are a real Falcon fan, stand up for your team, show up for the game, and make the environment so hostile that they never want to come back.

Ben Dover

October 6th, 2011
8:12 am

Jimmy Crack

October 6th, 2011
8:15 am

Aaron Rodgers is a drama queen who needs to create his own ammunition to get up for a game. Even though he had a good post season last year and was a part of a Super Bowl victory, Aaron knows he is the second banana in Green Bay lore. Until he wins another SB, he will always be Brett Favre’s boy.

As Brett said, Aaron was and is fortunate to be on such a good team.

Michael M.

October 6th, 2011
8:15 am

Dont see Rodgers throwing for no 400 or 500 yards this Sunday more like 200 plus maybe if he makes it through the game, those guys are gonna go after his XXX Sunday night like they never have done before. Roddys Comeback game Sunday night with no dropped passes and hey Roddy? Bring Julio and Douglas with you ! !

Michael M.

October 6th, 2011
8:20 am

Upset,Upset,Upset,Upset,UpsetUpset,Upset,Upset,Upset,UpsetUpset,Upset,Upset,Upset,UpsetUpset,Upset,Upset,Upset,UpsetUpset,Upset,Upset,Upset,UpsetUpset,Upset,Upset,Upset,UpsetUpset,Upset,Upset,Upset,UpsetUpset,Upset,Upset,Upset,UpsetUpset,Upset,Upset,Upset,UpsetUpset,Upset,Upset,Upset,Upset……..Greenbay loss ! 4-1

Lawmoe

October 6th, 2011
8:21 am

Rogers has been nothing but class since entering the league.

Child Please

October 6th, 2011
8:22 am

Roddy just wishes Aaron Rodgers was his QB instead of Matty Mice!!!!

Michael M.

October 6th, 2011
8:22 am

I did the overkill on that Green By upset didnt I? lmao

Michael M.

October 6th, 2011
8:24 am

Roddy is gonna be waltzing into the Endzoneeeeeeeeeeeeee! !

Michael M.

October 6th, 2011
8:27 am

Packer Fans get your little yeller flags out so yah can take off the cheeseheads to wipe the tears away after the Gme is done !

JYD

October 6th, 2011
8:31 am

-Roddy’s comments, thinking they were the better team, he’s a professional that’s what he needs to rightfully say, that’s what good players do. Those of you who don’t like it, you expect the Falcons to roll over when the pack come to town running scared ooh the champs are coming what we gonna do? Running ones mouth or not, Pleeease Man up!!!!

“Take what we can when they were playing soft” Duh? or everyone knows that just let TD & BVG no that they are the ones with know idea.

Michael M.

October 6th, 2011
8:35 am

No softness coming Sunday night…a slobberknocker in the making on the way !

Ali

October 6th, 2011
8:40 am

Wow, it seems to me that a lot of people are short changing or disrespecting the ability of Aaron Rodgers. He is a much better passer and leader than Matt Ryan, and the last time I checked he has a superbowl ring. So until the Falcons win ANYTHING they, and their fans need to shut up

Michael M.

October 6th, 2011
8:44 am

After Sunday night you will see who the real champ is and besides I thought you was retired Ali ?

Hardy Falcon

October 6th, 2011
8:47 am

I’m a Dye Hard Falcon Fan, but if the Defense doesn’t play any better than last week, its going to be a repaeat of the play-off Game and at Half Time only Cheese Heads will be left in the Dome.

P B Orr

October 6th, 2011
8:49 am

Slobberknocker – I like that. Yes I expect something mean and unseen will emerge in the dome. If I were John, Ray, and Kroy, I’d be channeling Jerome Brown and Reggie White about now, if not Carl Eller and Deacon Jones. I’d be stepping on toothpaste tubes.

Michael M.

October 6th, 2011
8:50 am

If Rodgers didnt have all those good experienced receivers around him he wouldnt be the Late Great Aaron. Thats what makes or breaks a QB ,the receiving corp around him and I do admit they have a great bunch of receivers just as Atlanta does too ! Happy ?

hermanmeunster

October 6th, 2011
8:51 am

Jimmy Smokes Crack–ARod is Brett Favre’s boy? they each have won a super bowl and Rodgers was MVP of supr bowl while Favre was not. A little sooner says big Baby Brett? he had a team in 97 that went into super bowl favored by 14 and got whacked by Broncos–Favrre-2 key interceptions with packers in NFC champ games, one interception with Vikings against New Orleans in NFC champ game–I’ll take Rodgers any day –you see-Favre is obviously quite jealous of rodgers if he’s got to shoot off his mouth like that–Falcons 17 Pack Attack 38

Call it like it is

October 6th, 2011
8:53 am

The whole thing is just getting silly. Cant talk smack, cant hit here, cant hit there, dont talk about those guys. And yes the wussficiation of America continues, soon they want be allowed to keep score, and everyone gets a ring at the end of the year. Talk all you want, just back it up chief!

Michael M.

October 6th, 2011
9:04 am

Hopefully it will be a penalty free game and the refs will let em get out there and play and keep the Flags in their pockets unless its an obvious penalty, but on a ” I dont know about that one Call ” I hope we dont see none of that on both sides of the ball and that goes for both Teams and then we will see a great Sunday night ballgame for sure !

Dad of Three

October 6th, 2011
9:04 am

How can you not like this guy? His intelligence is obvious in how articulate he is and how he shows restraint in what he does/doesn’t say. Add that to the fact that he is an incredible QB and has really developed as a leader, and it’s no wonder that GB is playing as well as they are since he took over. He has really cemented himself at the head of the table and runs the team well. Sounds like he already knows where the ball is going this Sunday. Scary thought given that the game is 3 days away and he can watch a lot more film. We may be in line for a serious beat down if the offense can’t run the ball and keep him off the field.

JYD

October 6th, 2011
9:16 am

MISSING IN ACTION: H-Doug & K-Meier.Anybody seen these guys anywhere help MM find them? Anybody know how many passes each has this season?

FIELD POSITION: Will determine who wins this game.

Lee

October 6th, 2011
9:18 am

It’s always the guys who lose and want to talk about how good they think they are. I’ve been watching pro football for over fifty years. The last time time I checked the game is played on the field. All of you people who feel the urge to run your mouths and make yourselves feel good by talking trash, need to get a life. It is, after all a child’s game played by millionaires to feel good about themselves. People who get all wound up in the game this bad need something in their lives to fill out their small existence in this world.

Michael M.

October 6th, 2011
9:20 am

Saw game other day on tv was the AFL = Australia Football League
Was so silly, didnt even make sense ! talk about a pansie type of football league, watch about 3 mins of it and turned it off and yeah, Our NFL is still the best but they have got to stop all the junk trying to protect every player with all these rules and junk !
Its A Mans Game ! Its where the Big Boys Play ! Its why they make all those Millions ! Old saying goes if you “Cant take the heat then you need to get out of the kitchen ! ”
I totally agree with you, Call it like it is

Dawg Whisperer

October 6th, 2011
9:23 am

Where is the controversy in Rodgers’ comments? Any objective reader of this article would conclude the same. It is always a good idea to demonstrate respect for an opponent. What goes on between the ears even in football is the foundation for building success.