Mike McCarthy coached Aaron Rodgers for 13 years for the Green Bay Packers, with 11 of those years coming with Rodgers as the full-time starter at quarterback.
But McCarthy was not there when the Packers drafted Rodgers back in 2005. He became the head coach of Green Bay a year later.
Where was he before his time with the Packers? Serving as offensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers. And which quarterback did the 49ers take in the 2005 NFL Draft? Alex Smith.
According to Tim Kawakami of The Athletic, who thought that the 49ers should have taken Rodgers with the No. 1 overall pick at the time, McCarthy and quarterbacks coach Jim Hostler ripped into Kawakami, saying he didn’t understand football for claiming that Rodgers should have been the top pick in the draft.
Kawakami did not forget this, and apparently, neither did Rodgers.
Of course, by now, everyone has pretty much lit into the 49ers for rolling with Smith over Rodgers. Not that Smith is a terrible quarterback, but he is no Rodgers.
Rodgers himself obviously knows this, and you have to wonder how much of a role that played into his shaky relationship with McCarthy, a relationship that many feel was a key factor in McCarthy’s dismissal this past season.
Either way, Rodgers now has a new head coach in Matt LaFleur, a young offensive guru who seems more than ready to take advantage of Rodgers’ talents in the passing game.
Rodgers is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he threw for 4,442 yards, 25 touchdowns, and two interceptions.