Aaron Rodgers Speaks Out Days Before Meeting the 49ers

The Green Bay Packers are flying a little under the radar in the NFC; not many people give them a shot to represent the conference in the Super Bowl, but even so, they have stolen a lot of headlines during the offseason; most of them for the wrong reasons.

Wide receivers Donald Driver and Greg Jennings spoke a month ago, saying Aaron Rodgers wasn’t a good leader for the Packers; well, he responded this week.

“I feel like I’m going to continue to lead the way I’ve been leading, and I think guys respond very positively to that and appreciate my style of leadership,” Rodgers on a radio show in Milwaukee. “There’s a reason I’m on the leadership council. There’s a reason I’m voted a captain. I stand by those things, and you learn all the time about leadership. It’s a constant educational process to gather information about your teammates and try and find the best ways to inspire those guys and push those guys and get the most out of them.

“But I’m very confident in the way I lead. I think [coach] Mike [McCarthy] believes in my style of leadership, and I think the guys respond favorably to that. It’s not going to change. I enjoy what I’m doing. I love my job. I love the game of football and put a lot into it and expect to get a lot out of it as well.”

The Packers visit the 49ers in week one, and they appear as 4.5 underdogs.  Green Bay ended their 2012 season in the same place they will open their 2013 journey, at Candlestick Park.