At first we thought Greg Jennings was just having a bit of fun with his old Packer teammates by publicly dissing Aaron Rodgers (calling him “that guy they have there,” saying he’d take Brett Favre over Rodgers, etc.). But as the verbal jabbing continued it became clear that Jennings wasn’t joking. Jennings really is that bitter about his time in Green Bay. And he needs to vent about it.
Last week things escalated with Jennings yet again. The receiver went beyond merely poking Rodgers and entered “calling out” territory. He accused Rodgers of being a Favre-like diva who cared about himself ahead of the team. “A lot of times when you have a guy who creates that spotlight for himself and establishes that and takes a lot of that, it becomes so-and-so and the team. It should always be the team,” Jennings said of his former QB.
That last barrage of comments by Jennings was about enough for Vikings coach Leslie Frazier. Venting is one thing but Frazier obviously does not want his new receiver to get distracted by his bitter feelings. So Frazier is swooping in and bringing the great 2013 Greg Jennings Hates the Packers tour to a halt. Frazier explained, “That’s not something that we’re high on and he and I are going to talk before we practice [Saturday afternoon]. I’ve got to grab him. That’s not how we do things. We’ll talk. We’re going to talk about it. He has strong feelings regarding his former team, and that’s good. But there is a way to get that communicated, and we’ve got to sit down and he and I have got to talk a little bit.”
Too bad. I was really enjoying Jennings’ venting. But I guess Frazier has a point. There’s a time and a place for being a bitter a-hole toward your old team. But that’s over now. Camp has started and it’s time to put away the nonsense and get down to work.
Jennings will surely accept Frazier’s view of things and end the talking. Because Jennings is all about putting the team first. He made that clear with his Rodgers statements. He’s not a diva like Discount Double-Check boy. He made his point and now he’s ready to get down to the real business of football.
When the Vikings and Packers get on the field, then Jennings can resume his trash talking. And maybe even play some good ball against his old team and help to beat them like Old #4 did.