Starter Pack: Coach, QB need to be OK

A roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.

Both quarterback Aaron Rodgers and coach Mike McCarthy chalked up their animated sideline discussion during Sunday’s 34-30 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals as a heat-of-the moment situation.

For the Packers’ sake, they should hope it was nothing more than that.

Perhaps now more than ever, with the Packers at 1-2 heading into their bye week, they need McCarthy and Rodgers to be on the same page when it comes to play calling and game planning. We saw on Sunday what can happen to the Packers when Rodgers isn’t on his game.

All the details of Rodgers’ day, including his spat with McCarthy, were detailed in our ESPN.com coverage from Cincinnati.

Our postgame coverage also included a look at the fourth-and-1 play that ultimately cost the Packers the game, a big day for the defense, which forced turnovers on four straight possessions, and the fact that the Week 4 bye might come at a good time after all, considering all the Packers’ injuries.

Note: I'll be making my way back to Green Bay on Monday morning and will have our weekly "Upon Further Review" posted later in the afternoon.


  • ESPN Stats & Information compared the performances of Rodgers and Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.

  • In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Pete Dougherty noted that regardless of all the wild and crazy plays that happened throughout the game, this game was in Rodgers’ hands in the final minutes. Weston Hodkiewicz’s notebook led with Clay Matthews' impact and his absence after he left with a hamstring injury. In the Insider Report, thumbs down goes to kick returner Jeremy Ross.

  • The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel broke down the key points in its Packers Replay, and TV/media critic Bob Wolfley noted that during the game broadcast Fox TV analyst Troy Aikman didn’t think the Rodgers-McCarthy incident was a big deal.