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Rodgers, McCarthy on same page for Packers

December 25, 2009 by  
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Dec 25, 2009 ~ By Chris Jenkins, AP Sports

As Brett Favre and Brad Childress squabble in Minnesota, the coach-quarterback relationship on Favre’s former team seems to be blossoming.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he has a good working relationship with coach Mike McCarthy and enjoys plenty of freedom in the Packers’ offense. Still, Rodgers knows his place, making it clear that his coach has full control. 

"He's got veto power and he's got final say," Rodgers said. "But I think he understands an important aspect of the quarterback-coach relationship is that he's calling the plays, but I need to feel comfortable with what we're doing or there's a chance it might not work.

"He's got veto power and he's got final say," Rodgers said. "But I think he understands an important aspect of the quarterback-coach relationship is that he's calling the plays, but I need to feel comfortable with what we're doing or there's a chance it might not work.

“If you make a check, you have to have an answer,” Rodgers said. “And if you make it work, usually that’s your answer. But if you don’t, that leash is maybe going to get pulled back a little bit.”

And while McCarthy calls decision-making one of Rodgers’ biggest strengths, the coach would just as soon not have anyone compare his relationship with Rodgers to this week’s signs of discontent between Favre and Childress.

“We ain’t going there,” McCarthy said Wednesday.

McCarthy, of course, doesn’t want to get dragged back into any Favre-related drama. But Favre’s apparent feud with Childress has been a hot topic around the league this week.

Favre and Childress had an animated exchange on the sideline during the Vikings’ loss at Carolina on Sunday, and Favre said afterward that Childress wanted him to come out of the game. A subsequent report by ESPN, citing unnamed sources, said Childress and Favre have clashed over the in-game authority for calling plays.

Both men sought to put the dustup behind them on Wednesday, with Favre saying the situation was resolved.

Meanwhile, there are no such signs of discontent in Green Bay heading into Sunday’s home game against Seattle.

Aaron Rodgers from Day 1, even in his younger years when he didn’t play, you always felt that his decision-making was probably one of his biggest strengths,” McCarthy said. “He’s gifted physically, but we could not do what we do if it wasn’t for his discipline and his ability to take in the volume of game plan each week and perform on Sundays.”    FULL story here

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