Whether it was all fun or games, one thing is for certain: the Green Bay Packers are prepared to make Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings eat his words. There is no question Jennings better be prepared for what is coming on Sunday, otherwise he is in for a rude awakening.
Jennings famously made public comments in training camp that questioned Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ leadership skills. He also claimed that Green Bay brainwashes their players to believe they are so much better than everyone else in the division is.
“It’s like everything that you know in Green Bay is like the best, the best, the best, the best, the best,” Jennings said earlier this year, according to ESPN.com. “And it’s like total brainwashing. And I think you don’t open your eyes to see what other teams have to offer unless you are in that position, and I was afforded this position.”
I am not sure if Jennings is aware of this but the Packers are better than everyone else is. There is a reason why the franchise has 13 NFL Championships. Green Bay also has four Super Bowls while the other three teams in the division have combined for one. Not to mention, the Packers have consistently beaten up on the Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears and Vikings since the formation of the NFC North division in 2002.
The Packers are the most storied franchise in football history. To put on the green and gold means to wear the same uniform as some of the greatest players of all time. Not to mention, there must be respect for the game when one decides to walk onto Lambeau Field, as it is the same spot Vince Lombardi crafted the meaning of winning.
Even though Jennings’ comments were made prior to the start of the season, everyone knew they would be brought up in the week leading up to first matchup of the season between the two teams. Of course, now that Week 8 is upon us and the Vikings have only won one game, Jennings would like to take back some of his hurtful words.
“I probably took it a little too far,” Jennings said this week, according to ESPN.com. “No, I was happy there. Obviously, there’s things that go on throughout life that you wish would be different. But it is what it is. You have to roll with the punches. Obviously, on my end of it, I feel like there were a lot of things that were kind of manipulated to appear a lot worse than what I was intending for them to be. That’s just, as a player, you have to watch what you say, so you learn and you grow.”
As if Rodgers needed more reason to dominate the quarterback position. If people are unaware, Rodgers is someone who thrives off the negative energy of others. He uses the doubters and their words of hate to his advantage. All of the teams that passed on him in the draft, all of those who questioned if he could handle the job after Brett Favre and anyone who ever wondered if he could play the position at a high level are the reason why Rodgers is a top-three signal caller in the NFL.
I am not trying to take anything away from Jennings because he truly is a wide receiver who has plenty of talent. However, I am not afraid to say that the only reason Jennings is a household name is because the Packers and Rodgers gave him the opportunity. Jennings has a Super Bowl ring because Rodgers earned him one. Facts are facts and Jennings’ stats this season is all the evidence anyone needs to know the truth, which is he is only as good as his quarterback is.
Rodgers is the leader of the pack. Jennings has another thing coming if he believes his forced apology is going to give him a free pass. Everyone on the defense is going to make sure Jennings realizes the several big mistakes he has made over the past few months.