For the past few months, it’s basically been open season on Aaron Rodgers, with several of his former teammates coming out of the woodwork to criticize the Packers quarterback.
Former Packers tight end Jermichael Finley blamed Green Bay’s ugly 2018 season on Rodgers and the front office. Finley has also said multiple times that Rodgers is self-centered. Along those same lines, former Packers defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila called Rodgers “arrogant” during an interview just before the Super Bowl.
There’s also former Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings, who recently criticized Rodgers over his body language during a 31-23 loss to the Lions in Week 5.
One former Packers player who isn’t buying any of this is Jordy Nelson. The Raiders receiver, who spent nine seasons as Rodgers’ teammate in Green Bay, came out in defense of his former quarterback last week, calling the criticisms “comical” during a recent interview with ESPN Wisconsin.
“I think if you look, there’s two guys — now three (with Gbaja-Biamila) — saying it, compared to the hundreds that are saying the opposite. It doesn’t make sense,” Nelson said, via Madison.com. “I think it’s comical when I read those comments.”
According to Nelson, the reason Rodgers is being criticized by his ex-teammates is because they know it will make headlines.
“Everyone knows negativity sells,” Nelson said. “People don’t want to hear (the good). People feel better about themselves when they hear bad things about other people. And that’s why that gets more pub. I mean, no one wants to hear that Aaron’s not only obviously a great quarterback but a great leader and does everything right. All right, there’s your story. What fun is that? So whenever they can, they go back to the well and get the same people to say the same stuff.”
Nelson took particular issue with Finley’s recent comment about Rodgers’ perceived trust issues.