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Aaron Rodgers responds to criticism of Mike McCarthy: "It's ridiculous"

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GREEN BAY (WAOW) -- The Packers 1-4 record over the last five weeks has sparked plenty of controversy out of Green Bay this month, with one writer even insinuating the relationship between Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy is nearing "implosion."

Aaron Rodgers has had enough of that, and Wednesday the veteran took some time to defend his head coach of 11 years.

"I think it's ridiculous," Rodgers said of the criticism of McCarthy. "I think people don't understand how difficult it is to win in this league and win consistently. The success that we've had here is hard to do. We've set the standard pretty high."

During his 11 seasons in Green Bay, McCarthy owns a 108-60-1 record. His winning percentage of 64 ranks 20th all-time and fourth among active NFL head coaches.

During his nine plus seasons as a starter Rodgers is 84-44, and both of course boast a Super Bowl XLV title.

However, Green bay is 9-12 over its last 21 games, and doesn't appear to be heading in the right direction after a 47-25 loss to Tennessee on Sunday.

"Nobody gets through the NFL unscathed," McCarthy said Wednesday. "This is a tough stretch... But if anything it brings you back to your foundation."

Ailed by injuries, the 4-5 Packers have yet to establish a real identity this season. The return of James Starks should help bring balance to their offense.

The Packers also picked up former Seahawks running back Christine Michael on Wednesday. The fourth-year RB out of Texas A&M led Seattle with six touchdowns this season before being released earlier this week.

The Packers are still working through some things and throughout it all, they're doing their best to keep whatever problems have hindered them inside the locker room.

"They're not in the meeting rooms," Rodgers said of national critics who questioned his working relationship with McCarthy. "They don't know the type of work ethic that we have here or that Mike has here.

"Especially Mike Florio," the quarterback added, speaking about the NBC contributor who wrote the article above. "Don't want your time reading crap like that."

The Packers travel to Washington to play the Redskins on Sunday night.

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