This is the view of former Green Bay Packers wide receiver and Fox Sports analyst Greg Jennings.
There has been much made of the relationship between Rodgers and McCarthy and how its deterioration saw the coach lose his job after an embarrassing 17-20 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 13 last season.
However, Jennings, who played with Rodgers and under McCarthy for seven years, believes the frustration grew because of the type of plays the coach was calling.
Despite the trio winning Super Bowl XLV in 2011, Jennings felt it was the “arrogance” of McCarthy that marked the beginning of the breakdown his relationship with Rodgers, who he admitted wasn’t blameless in creating the current problems at Green Bay.
“I have to put more blame, honestly on coach McCarthy in this instance,” Jennings said said on Fox Sports TV show Undisputed.
“And because I was in that locker room, when we were having the success that we were having and then to see the things that we weren’t able to do.
“The frustration, it stemmed from I wouldn’t call it a complacency, I would say an arrogance honestly.”
Jennings recalled McCarthy would often make the statement “we can play a double header right now with the same plays, I shouldn’t have to call anything else” and he believes the 55-year-old coach was not creative enough.
“The reality of that is, you can play a double header,” Jennings said.
“But how much more challenging are you making it on your players.
“When you are not being creative and innovative, when you are not willing to listen to input and kind of tailor things to the talent that is in your room, that you have on your roster.
“That was the struggle.”
Jennings, who was drafted by the Packers in 2006 and and spent seven of his 10 years in the NFL in Green Bay, admitted that he would also get annoyed at McCarthy and his play calling.
“Quite frankly, being in that locker room, I grew frustrated with the play calls at times,” Jennings said.
“I voiced it, ‘what are we doing?’
“There was no aggressiveness play calling, where there should have been.
“And I think that’s what kind of allowed this relationship to continue to go south.”