New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers has hit back at Denver Broncos head coach Sean Payton for his comments about Nathaniel Hackett, the Jets’ offensive coordinator.
In an interview with USA Today, Payton criticized Hackett and the Broncos’ previous coaching staff, calling their performance “one of the worst coaching jobs in the history of the NFL.”
Rodgers, who played with Hackett for three seasons in Green Bay, defended his former coach and took issue with Payton’s comments.
“I thought it was way out of line, inappropriate, and I think he needs to keep my coach’s name out of his mouth,” Rodgers told NFL Network.
Rodgers also said that he was “disappointed” in Payton, who he had previously respected.
“I think it was a cheap shot,” Rodgers said. “I think it was a way for him to try to deflect from his own team and what they’re going through.”
Payton has since apologized for his comments, calling them a “mistake.” However, Rodgers’s response has only added fuel to the fire.
The feud between Rodgers and Payton is the latest in a long line of quarterback-coach feuds in the NFL. In recent years, we’ve seen Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson, and Baker Mayfield and Freddie Kitchens all clash with their coaches.
It remains to be seen how this feud will play out, but it’s clear that Rodgers and Payton are not going to let this go anytime soon.
- Payton has apologized for his comments, calling them a “mistake.”
- Rodgers has not yet accepted Payton’s apology.
- The feud between Rodgers and Payton is the latest in a long line of quarterback-coach feuds in the NFL.
- It remains to be seen how this feud will play out.