Dungy On Rodgers: "That Would Concern Me"

Tony Dungy had no problem with Aaron Rodgers calling out teammates after practice, but he didn't need to do it in the media

Taz and the Moose
August 09, 2018 - 9:57 am

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It’s not uncommon for coaches to call out players. It’s also not uncommon for players to call out teammates. 

It’s not as common, though, for players to call out teammates in the media.

That is exactly what Aaron Rodgers did Tuesday, expressing displeasure with his receiving corps after practice. Rodgers seemed unhappy with the rookies, in particular. Green Bay drafted three pass-catchers – J'Mon Moore (fourth round), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (fifth) and Equanimeous St. Brown (sixth) – after releasing Jordy Nelson in March.

Was it wrong for Rodgers to call out his teammates? Yes and no.

“I don’t have a problem with that at all,” Tony Dungy said in studio on Taz & The Moose. “We always talked about (there’s) nothing wrong with calling out guys – but keep it in-house.”

Indeed, Rodgers, 34, probably could have gotten his point across without the media.

“We didn’t call out guys in the media,” Dungy said. “Now, hey, in the locker room, in the meeting room, on the field – you got to get the job done. That would concern me a little bit.”

Dungy, of course, coached Peyton Manning – a consummate pro – for seven seasons.

“I had heard all the accolades and everybody talking about him,” Dungy said. “You knew he was a high-quality person. When I sat down with him, one of the first things he said (was), ‘Hey, I need to be coached. I want to be better. I want to be your leader. Tell me what I need to do.’ I was really happy from that first day that we got somebody that was going to work hard and wanted to be the leader.”

Dungy and Manning led the Colts to victory in Super Bowl XLI, beating the Bears 29-17.

“He was so focused,” Dungy said. “He wanted to be the best. He wanted to lead the team. He was determined not only the days he was in the office, but every day to get better.”