Aaron Rodgers Rips Sean Payton Over Comments About Nathaniel Hackett: “Keep My Coaches Name Out Of Your Mouth”

Week 5 can’t come here fast enough.

In an interview with USA Today’s Jarrett Bell last week, Denver Broncos head coach Sean Payton slammed ex-Broncos coach and current New York Jets offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, saying Hackett’s one-year as Denver’s head coach was one of the “worst coaching job” in NFL history.

On Sunday, Jets QB Aaron Rodgers responded to the comments and Rodgers went scorched-earth on Payton, calling him “insecure” and warning Payton to keep Hackett’s name out of his mouth:

“I love Nathaniel Hackett. Those comments were very surprising,” Rodgers told Peter Schrager during an interview segment live from Jets training camp on NFL Network. “For a coach to do that to another coach. My love for Hackett goes deep. We had some great years together in Green Bay.

[We] kept in touch. I love him and his family. He’s an incredible family man, an incredible dad. And on the field, he’s arguably my favorite coach I’ve ever had in the NFL. Just his approach to it, how he makes it fun, how he cares about the guys—just how he goes about his business with respect, with leadership, with honesty, with integrity.

It made me feel bad that someone who’s accomplished a lot in the league is that insecure that they have to take another man down to set themselves up for some sort of easy fall if it doesn’t go well for that team this year. I thought it was way out of line, inappropriate, and I think he needs to keep my coach’s name out of his mouth.” 

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Like we said, Week 5 can’t come here fast enough when the Jets and Broncos square off in Denver.