It’s only August 7 and it appears that two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Greg Jennings is already providing his former employer––the NFC North’s Green Bay Packers––bulletin-board material to begin the season with.
Jennings, 29, spent his seven-year career in Green Bay before signing a monster 5-year, $47.5 million ($18M in guaranteed money) with his NFC North foe Minnesota Vikings on March 15.
All off-season, Jennings hasn’t been afraid to talk about his former team. But following his recent interview with KFAN Radio, Jennings may finally be told by Minnesota front office members to keep his mouth shut. Jennings was asked a question along the lines of “do you think the Vikings have championship qualities?” and ended up, once again, reverting to revolving the question around his days with the Packers:
“One of the things that drew me to coming over here was the makeup of the team. When I came over here, I was kind of brainwashed. There’s no ‘kind of’ to it. Being over in Green Bay, you’re brainwashed to think anyone in the division is tiers below.”
Not a good start to the interview, but it gets worse:
“It’s like everything that you know in Green Bay is like the best, the best, the best, the best, the best. And it’s like total brainwashing. And I think you don’t open your eyes to see what other teams have to offer unless you are in that position, and I was afforded this position.”
Jennings feels he’s telling it like it is––which he may be, we don’t know because we haven’t been inside both locker rooms. But do you really think this is something he should be going around and saying? Green Bay and Minnesota share divisions and meet twice a season. They’re pretty big rivals, and I don’t think Minnesota is really in the position to be giving the Packers added motivation.
So perhaps Jennings should focus more on doing everything he can to help the Vikings win ball games this season, and stop worrying so much about his past with the Packers.
But maybe that’s just me.