The Green Bay Packers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday at noon, from Lambeau field. Former Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings will be in the broadcast booth, calling his first game since joining FOX following his 2015 retirement from the NFL.
Jennings became a full-time FOX employee this past January as an analyst on various programs including ‘Undisputed,’ with Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe. The way Jennings ended his tenure with the Packers should make his input on the broadcast interesting.
Jennings, most likely unhappy by the lack of a contract offer from the Green Bay Packers, leading to him signing a 5 year $47.5 million contract with the rival Minnesota Vikings, was very critical of his former club when he left.
“Being over in Green Bay, you’re brainwashed to think that anyone in the division is just tiers below. So coming over here I meet the people within the organization and I’m like, ‘Wow, these are really great people,’ “said Jennings.
He continued by criticizing Aaron Rodgers’ leadership skills. Jennings felt the on-field performance blame always fell on other players, and never number 12.
“A lot of times when you have a guy who creates that spotlight for himself and establishes that and takes a lot of that, it becomes so-and-so and the team,” he said. “It should always be the team. Don’t get me wrong, ‘12’ is a great person. But when you hear all positives, all the time, it’s hard for you to sit down when one of your teammates says ‘Man, come on, you’ve got to hold yourself accountable for this.’ It’s hard for someone to see that now because all they’ve heard is I’m doing it the right way, I’m perfect. In actuality, we all have flaws.”
Even as recently as last year, while on ‘Undisputed,’ Jennings was critical of Rodgers. Jennings emphasized Rodgers’ struggles early in the season and complained the star quarterback never gets any blame.
Earlier this season FOX put Tiki Barber in the booth for a Giants game. Tiki, similarly to Jennings, was very critical of his former team when he left, including their star quarterback. Jennings will be joined by play-by-play announcer Tim Brando and sideline reporter Jen Hale on the FOX broadcast.