Aaron Rodgers' mind is a large part of the reason why he has become one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks of his generation, and why he has been able to direct a perennially explosive Green Bay Packers offense seemingly like clockwork. And apparently, Rodgers fancies himself as quite the offensive coordinator -- depending on who you ask.
During a recent appearance on The Pat McAfee Show, Rodgers boasted about his abilities as an offensive coordinator, claiming that he called plays for backup quarterback Matt Flynn during a Week 17 game in 2011. The Packers rested Rodgers at the end of a 15-1 regular season, leaving him free to orchestrate the offense from the sidelines as Flynn got to start against the Detroit Lions.
"I could call it for another quarterback, and I have before ... 2011, Week 17," Rodgers said. "I called a lot of that game. I don't think that's new news. I think that's been out there that I had a hand in a lot of those calls. I didn't do a whole lot, Matt balled out in that game."
Flynn did more than "ball out" -- he tied the Packers' single-game franchise records for passing yards and touchdowns, going off for 480 yards and six scores in a 45-41 victory. But in a post on Twitter, Flynn ribbed his old teammate by claiming that he audibled out of most of the plays Rodgers called.
A seventh-round pick by the Packers in the 2008 NFL Draft, Flynn's performance against the Lions went a long way toward him earning a