Leslie Frazier to Greg Jennings: Knock it off with the Aaron Rodgers griping

Jay Busbee
July 29, 2013

One of the more notable team switches this offseason came when longtime Green Bay Packer Greg Jennings jumped to the Minnesota Vikings after it became clear the Packers didn't need him as much as he might have thought. As a result, Jennings has been airing a bit of dirty green-and-yellow laundry ... and now, Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier has told Jennings to knock it off.

A quick rundown of Jennings' hits from recent interviews:

• Comparing Rodgers to Brett Favre: “When you talk about comparing quarterbacks, it’s hard to compare guys. I’ll take Brett. He did it for so long. I got there in a period of time where Brett already was (an elite quarterback). Then the guy they have now, he sat behind Brett and he learned so much."

• On how Rodgers began distancing himself from 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. For me, I’m such a team person, I’m going to defer to my teammates. I’m going to defer to the team, to the team, to the team. And I think when you reach a point where you’re not deferring any longer, it’s no longer really about the team."

• In both interviews, Jennings didn't mention Rodgers by name.

Of note: Rodgers didn't take the bait. "Well, like I said last year when there was some comments kind of like this, I’ve got a great responsibility to the guys in this locker room and the fans, and at this point, I don’t have a whole lot of time or energy to spend worrying about things that are said outside the building. I know those are stories for you guys, but personally, I’m focused on this team. Obviously, you hear about them, but I’m not going to spend a lot of time or energy on them."

Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy put it more succinctly: "When you put on that purple, something happens to you."

And now, the Vikings are wanting Jennings to focus on, you know, being purple. "We’re the Vikings and we want to talk about us, what we’re trying to get done," Frazier said after meeting with Jennings. "That’s where our focus has to be. There’s so much work to be done, and we don’t want to be looking at what’s happening with other teams, other teams’ players. We’ve got to focus on us. He’s good with that."

Sound plan. Jennings and the Vikings will need all the help they can get to get past Green Bay at least two times this year.

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