Packers QB Aaron Rodgers: On-field media access 'over the top'

Tuesday October 14th, 2014

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said on The Dan Patrick Show Tuesday that he thinks the number of cameras and microphones on the field is "over the top."

Rodgers said there should be more on-field privacy so players and coaches can have personal conversations. He recalled speaking to Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin only to realize afterwards there was a microphone above them recording the conversation.

The 30-year-old quarterback also said he was hit in the back of the head during a recent game by an overzealous cameraman.

"It's too much access. A couple games ago I got bumped in the back of the head by the camera guy trying to get into a pre-game huddle. I'm just like, 'What, what are you doing?' None of the stuff that Josh Sitton or DJ Lang is going to say in this pre-game huddle is going to be for TV. So get out of my way. Don't bump me in the back of my head with your camera. Nothing you're filming here is going to be used for consumption on TV because you'd have to bleep out every single word."

"I just think the access is over the top. I think you can use a camera, the $50,000 cameras they got and zoom in to get some of the same shots you're getting with running [next to the players]."

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Rodgers has completed 64.6 percent of his passes this season for 1,419 yards, 15 touchdowns and one interception. He has not thrown an interception in his last 170 attempts, a mark dating back to Week 1 of the season. That interception came off a pass that was tipped by receiver Jordy Nelson in Seattle. Green Bay has averaged 35.6 points during its current three-game winning streak.

The Packers are 4-2 and tied with the Detroit Lions for first place in the NFC North. Green Bay hosts the Carolina Panthers at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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