Thursday is my traditional day for a Stiff Arm. It's Thursday, and I haven't given a Stiff Arm in a long time, so let's do it.
On the heels of Jay Cutler's awful Week 2 performance and subsequent criticism, Jermichael Finley's agent felt the need to tweet about both Cutler and Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
First, here's what he said about Cutler: "Jay Cutler, u serious in ur press conf last night?U sound like a 6 yr old who just had his animal crackers taken. Quit being a [expletive], own up. There's a major difference & drop off in leadership from Manning, Brees, Brady, to the next best QB's in the league. Cutler doesn't get it."
Now for Rodgers: "ARod is a great QB he isn't a great leader. There's a major difference. Leaders take the blame & make every1 better. He doesn't."
Finley's agent is Blake Baratz, and until he opened his pie-hole, I had never heard of him. Agents are supposed to be pretty good at PR, right? Shouldn't they be focusing on that rather than freely expressing their opinions on opposing quarterbacks, let alone the guy who's supposed to throw the ball to his client?
I would think that Aaron Rodgers is mature and smart enough to know that Baratz's comments don't (necessarily) represent Finley's opinion, but who knows for sure?
Plus, how often is Blake Baratz in the Packers' locker room? How the hell does he know how good of a leader Rodgers is? We don't know either, but man, he must be doing something right. He's got a Super Bowl, an MVP, the record for season QB rating, a 15-1 record from last year...the list goes on.
For the most part, the impression I get from Rodgers from his public comments is that he's a laid back kind of guy. He seems easy to get along with and his teammates like him. That may or may not make him a great leader, but I also get the impression that he doesn't care what we think about his leadership, or much else for that matter.
Agents, especially ones not named Drew Rosenhaus, need to keep their mouth shut and focus on working for their clients.