Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are not on good terms. From the team’s front office making questionable moves during each NFL draft, to releasing key players over the last ten years, a rift has built between the two. The 2020 season could be the last time the 3x NFL MVP wears green and yellow.
2019 was the year of change for the Pack. After firing former head coach Mike McCarthy after a loss against the Cardinals at home 20-17, the organization had to make a change. Closing out the 2018 season with a head coaching vacancy, Aaron Rodgers wanted a coach with better play-calling ability. By January they found their guy in Matt Lafleur, former offensive coordinator for two previous NFL teams and quarterbacks coach with Houston and Notre Dame.
Bringing in an offensive-minded coach focusing on building a relationship with his new quarterback was crucial in the Packers search. Going into the 2019 season, the two started hot with a three-game winning streak. As the season progressed, the new HC to QB connection began to flourish finishing the season with a 13-3 record and making it all the way to the conference championship before losing 37-20 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Fast forward to the 2020 season, another impressive four-game winning streak to start the season. The green and gold finished the season with another miraculous 13-3 record with a second NFC Championship Game appearance.
Heading into the 2021 offseason and having failed to reach the Super Bowl back-to-back years, Aaron Rodgers frustration began to hit a breaking point. After making a head coaching change, the only problem number 12 had left with Green Bay was the front office. Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst has failed to get the Packers offense any skilled players in the first round of the last seven NFL Drafts.
Seeing “culture” guys depart from the organization in unexpected ways really didn’t sit well with Rodgers. Also, their failure to acquire a decent supporting cast over the last couple of drafts to even give their offense some help has been poor. Asking for my say-so in the roster build of the offense was something that he had wished for but the team had other plans.
NFL franchises always like to make sure the emblem comes first but what about the players? The players are the ones fans come to watch and players like Aaron Rodgers don’t come around your franchise that often. Will we see number 12 suit up in another jersey next season or will he retire?
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