Rodgers to Want Out of Green Bay?
Aaron Rodgers’ comments following yesterday’s NFC Championship game should be a concern to all Green Bay fans and anyone associated with the organization. When you win football games, it’s possible to cover up any wounds you may have, but those problems are often laid bare for the world to see when you lose.
Let’s begin with the Packers drafting quarterback Jordan Love with the 26th pick in the first round.
Rodgers obviously wasn’t pleased with the decision, and it looked a clear slap in the face of arguably the best quarterback in the league who signed a four-year contract extension in 2018. It was almost like the Packers were starting the clock signaling that Rodgers’ time in Green Bay was coming to an end. The decision didn’t seem to make much sense when the Packers could’ve used some help on the defensive side of the ball. After all, the offense looked like it was in good shape with a premier left tackle in David Bakhtiari, a stud receiver in Davante Adams, and a good nucleus of interchangeable running backs with Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams. And, of course, let’s not forget Aaron Rodgers, who ties all the pieces together.
Green Bay followed up that dubious first-round pick by selecting a backup running back in the second round and a backup tight end in the third round. Either their draft lacked any ingenuity, or they couldn’t evaluate the talent that could be brought in to help Rodgers and company.
There was already talk of possible friction between Rodgers and head coach Matt LaFleur, but we didn’t hear much of that as the Packers won 13 games and finished the regular season with the number one seed in the conference. Those stories will likely start to come out now because if Rodgers wasn’t fully enamored with LaFleur before, that relationship might be irreparable after yesterday’s game.
LaFleur didn’t trust his quarterback to go for the touchdown on 4th down inside the ten-yard line, and Rodgers was left standing on the sidelines, essentially waiting to be tagged back into the game. The only problem was that once LaFleur kicked the ball to Tom Brady and the Buccaneers, the Packers’ offense would not get back on to the field.
Rodgers did something in his postgame that he’s never done in his 13-year career as a starter: He thanked reporters on the video conference call, saying he appreciated them, the work they do, and the opportunity to share the experiences with them through the course of the season. For whatever reason, Rodgers felt the need to do that, and it could prove to be telling as we await to see what his future holds. James Harden had similar remarks in his final press conference as a member of the Houston Rockets.
Rodgers is still under contract until 2023, but as an elite quarterback in this league, he has all the leverage.
If he hands in a trade request slip, the Packers will only have themselves to blame.