Everyone appears to be all over Jermichael Finley the past few weeks after his agent called out Aaron Rodgers for not being a good leader on Twitter and also for the recent comments during an interview with ESPN Milwaukee’s Jason Wilde. After calling out Rodgers for being scared, it appears the tight end is public enemy No. 1 in Green Bay.
Finely has no problem voicing his opinion whether it is on Twitter or in an interview with the media. Green Bay Packers’ fans do not want to see this because in Green Bay it is all about winning football games. The blue collar town has no interest in prima donna’s running their mouths, especially when they lead the NFL in dropped passes.
In the interview, Finley praises Rodgers for stepping up and being a leader by taking the blame for how poorly the offense is playing. He even admits the receivers deserve most of the blame for dropping so many passes already this season.
“I think he’s playing good, but like I said, this is a team sport, and it’s going to take all 11 of us on the field when he’s on the field with us,” Finley said. “I don’t put it all on him. It’s his receiving corps, we’re dropping balls; it’s his linemen not blocking for him. He’s got a lot to think about. I would be scared, too, if I was getting hit like that.”
Finley could have just left the conversation for what it was. The team has let Rodgers down through the first few games of the 2012 season. However, he had to add at the very end that Rodgers is scared. This is easily the biggest insult a person can give an NFL quarterback, even if Finley tries to justify it by saying it is because Rodgers is constantly hit.
Rodgers has no problem taking a hit on a follow through as long as his receivers catch the ball. Quarterbacks rarely feel pain on those kinds of hits if it results in a big play. However, after they scrap themselves off the ground and see their wide open receiver simply drop the ball, the pain stings.
Finley has potential to be the best tight end in the NFL. He is big, fast, and athletic with the ability to take games over. The fact he has dropped so many passes is an embarrassment to him and all of the people who have defended him.
If Finley wants Packer nation back on his side he must start catching passes and help his team win. I for one am prepared to forgive him for his ill-timed comments as long as he starts playing up to his ability. However, if he continues to drop passes and run his mouth about how it is not his fault, then I am good with the Packers finding a new tight end. Remember, Green Bay won a Super Bowl two years ago with Finley on the bench, there is no reason why they could not do it again.
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