Clay Matthews Womens Aaron Ripkowski Jersey , Randall Cobb, and Jordy Nelson all left indelible marks in the minds of Packers fans"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football AdviceCDTShareTweetShareShareThe APC Podcast, 3/29: Remembering Clay, Cobb, and JordyItr17;s no secret: the winds of change have picked up speed in Green Bay over the last year. As fans, we can rationalize away the departing of stalwart Packers and the ending of a certain era r12; but we donr17;t do so without feelings, man.In this episode, we discuss the news of Clay Matthewr17;s and Randall Cobbr17;s departure to the LA Rams and Dallas Cowboys respectively. We also bid a fond farewell to former Packers receiver Jordy Nelson, who recently announced his official retirement from the NFL. In all cases, we wrestle with feelings and talk about some of our favorite memories of these players, from Randall Cobbr17;s 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in his rookie debut, to Jordy Nelson teaching Greg Jennings how to artificially inseminate a cow. Who doesnr17;t love a little trip down memory lane? Herer17;s to feelinr17; good all the time. Click here to access the episode at Megaphone.Have ideas or questions? You can email the show at theAPCpodcast@gmail.com. Want to hear more? Subscribe to the show on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts r12; and give us a quick 5-star rating if your17;re enjoying it! It helps boost our profile and spread the word about the show. Join the conversation on Twitter:the show: @theAPCPodAlex: @AlexPetakasZach: @ZachRapportBen: @BenFoldy The disdain and dysfunctional between Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy was no state secret. We wonr17;t know if these issues uncovered intractable problems until we see Rodgers with a new coach."Aaron Rodgers thought he knew better than a coach that players, coaches, and personnel people inside and outside of the Green Bay Packers organization believed had lost his touch. Wherer17;s the controversy? Why is anyone sure this will be a problem for Matt LaFleur? In Tyler Dunner17;s opus for Bleacher Report on the divide between Mike McCarthy and his star quarterback Womens Bart Starr Jersey , nearly every source provided damning criticisms of McCarthy. Whether it was not showing up to a meeting to get a massage in his office, failing to push the offense forward, or not calling plays effectively, itr17;s hard to find defenders of the former head coach, even amidst criticism of the quarterback who reportedly grew to resent and despise him. Reports of playcalling questions from the players go back to the early 2010r17;s, but the issues of complacency reared their heads more recently. McCarthy, in an interview with ESPN, went out of his way to defend himself from those allegations, but the front office put it on the record they contributed to his firing. Players in the organization, including leaders like David Bakhtiari, openly criticized the lack of accountability within the franchise. So if Rodgers, a Hall of Fame quarterback emboldened to change plays at the line of scrimmage, is doing what he was given the freedom to do, who really cares? He changed plays because he thought McCarthy called bad plays. In a vacuum Dave Robinson Jersey White , thatr17;s not a huge deal. Simply being r16;Not Mike McCarthyr17; could be enough to reinvigorate Rodgers. He took hard coaching from Jeff Tedford at Cal, desperately asked to be coached a few years ago, and seemed genuinely delighted to have Joe Philbin at the helm at the end of the season. This all might be as simple as Rodgers didnr17;t respect McCarthy. In retrospect, wanting to r0;be coachedr1; may have been code for r0;I want to be coached by someone I respect.r1; It was an indictment of McCarthy above all else. Sports Illustrated previously reported a tension within the team that festered due to a push-pull between the two figureheads over who was running the show. Rodgers didnr17;t trust McCarthy to do it, while McCarthy felt he should be in charge. Her17;s the coach, after all. It turns out, the Packers decided McCarthy shouldnr17;t be in charge. Rodgers was right. The question once again becomes: where is the issue with Rodgers? A quarterback is under no obligation to fix a fissure with his head coach, one he doesnr17;t respect and on whom the team actively quit multiple times in the last two years. You canr17;t blame Rodgers for what happened in 2017. The players quickly realized Brett Hundley was a zero and they didnr17;t believe the head coach could put him a position to succeed, nor had he properly coached the backup to be ready for this opportunity. None of this is to say Rodgers is blameless. Itr17;s possible he never gave McCarthy a chance, that the slight from not picking him No. 1 overall when he was with the 49ers was a wound that couldnr17;t be healed. But early in his career, it didnr17;t manifest on the field. Rodgers made quick decisions, flinging the ball around the yard with alacrity in a way wer17;ve never seen. Rodgers and the offense soared with tremendous supporting talent. Beyond the criticisms from known Rodgers cynics Jermichael Finley and Greg Jennings, what are the substantive criticisms of the quarterback? That her17;s arrogant? Has anyone met Tom Brady or Ben Roethlisberger or Philip Rivers? Finley recently complained that Rodgers didnr17;t like him because he didnr17;t practice hard or run the right routes. How devastating. Jennings was upset Rodgers suggested another team should sign him in the offseason. How many other receivers have opposite visions of Rodgers? Maybe we should ask his best friend Jordy Nelson, or Randall Cobb Womens Dean Lowry Jersey , who made Rodgers a groomsman at his wedding. Or James Jones, who is still close enough with Rodgers he broke the quarterbackr17;s massive new mega-deal story. Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison have the trust of their quarterback. So do Jimmy Graham and Aaron Jones. If the problem was McCarthy for Rodgers, LaFleur should be able to turn this around. Rodgers has critics inside and outside the locker room. Not everyone approves of his icy demeanor, his high standards, or his prickly way of handing certainly situations. Her17;s certainly not blameless in this mess. Itr17;s interesting, however, the best leaders this team has had over the last decade, to a man, effusively praise Rodgers. Charles Woodson, A.J. Hawk, Julius Peppers, and others loved the way Rodgers held everyone accountable, insisting they had to get to his level.Icing out rookie receivers? Work harder. Davante Adams managed to avoid the ire of his quarterback despite struggles early in his career because he busted his ass. Rodgers called out the 2018 rookie class in training camp for not practicing up to NFL standards. It takes time to develop a rapport and chemistry with Rodgers because he has to know you give a shit like he does. Adams did. Guys like Woodson, Hawk Marquez Valdes-Scantling Jersey , Nelson and Cobb, they did too. If your quarterback has high standards, that ought to trickle down to the rest of the team. Rodgers does have to understand how impactful his words are. He has a clean slate to empower this new coach so his team buys in as well. Rodgersr17; teammates didnr17;t trust Mike McCarthy. He didnr17;t either. Those are certainly related. Itr17;s hard to fault him for believing he was smarter than his coach. He almost certainly is. And most agree his coach failed to do the things necessary to sustain a winning culture. Thatr17;s what ultimately cost him his job. Getting him on the same page with these young receivers will be important, although less so if the Packers use a high pick on a tight end and/or a receiver. If Rodgers is so stubborn none of these receivers can ever work out of the doghouse, thatr17;s certainly an issue. Thatr17;s what the new head coach is for. Mark Murphy and Brian Gutekunst have to believe they hired a guy who is going to intellectually stimulate Rodgers. Someone who was going to coach him. Was r0;donr17;t be a problemr1; r12; the comment that Murphy reportedly made to Rodgers when he told him that LaFleur would be the guy r12; meant as a way of saying r0;we need you to be on board for this to workr1;? Or was it an offer of legitimate concern that Rodgers would torpedo this coachr17;s chances as well? Wer17;ll soon find out. If LaFleur was the right coach and Rodgers is a good soldier, wer17;ll have solid evidence the problem was truly rooted in a specific interpersonal dispute. If not, there will and should be more questions about Rodgersr17; attitude and how deleterious his arrogance is to the on-field play of the Packers. We saw the offense improve under Joe Philbin for stretches, which may be a reason for optimism. Many observers noticed Rodgers appeared to be having significantly more fun playing in the second half of the season. Was it because he was healthier or simply happier with Philbin in charge instead of McCarthy? Either way, LaFleur will be tasked with extracting that same spirit from Rodgers, the one McCarthy had early in his tenure, at least on the field. We wonr17;t know truly how big a problem this rift was until we see Rodgers healthy with a new head coach. The good news is we wonr17;t have to wait much longer. The Packers officially open the 2019 season next week.