Since the Packers started struggling early on in the 2018 season and rumors of McCarthy’s firing began, it’s become the norm for people to take shots at Rodgers, his leadership, and his relationship with coaches. With new head coach Matt LaFleur nothing has changed, and people are fucking reaching to make headlines and create controversy where there isn’t any.
Exhibit A happened the past few days with Mike Florio from Pro Football Talk, a noted Viking fan, creating drama for no damn reason and taking Rodgers quote out of context.
What’s even better about this article, is that Florio stops the quote short where Rodgers even explains more what he’s talking about. Oh, and Florio decides to not mention what coach Matt LaFleur said, which basically agrees with what Rodgers said. So first of all, here’s Rodgers full quote.
“It’s a conversation in progress,” Rodgers said when we spoke at his locker last Tuesday, punctuating his words with a short chuckle. “I don’t think you want to ask me to turn off 11 years (of recognizing defenses). We have a number of check with mes and line-of-scrimmage stuff. It’s just the other stuff that really not many people in this league can do.
“That’s not like a humblebrag or anything; that’s just a fact. There aren’t many people that can do at the line of scrimmage what I’ve done over the years. I mean, obviously, Tommy (Brady) can do it, no doubt. Peyton (Manning) could do it. Drew (Brees) can do it. (Patrick) Mahomes will be able to do it. Ben (Roethlisberger) has called the two-minute for years. There are a few of us who’ve just done it; it’s kind of second nature. And that’s just the icing on the cake for what I can do in this offense.”Aaron Rodgers on changing the play from Michael Silver of NFL.com
First lets get this over with. Rodgers and LaFluer are going to have to work out the kinks of this new offense together, and its going to take some time. All the time in the NFL we see QBs struggle a bit in year one of a new offense, and then explode in year two. Matt Ryan is a good example of this, a guy Matt LaFleur coached. Those struggles include pre-snap adjustments. What Rodgers is saying is you don’t want to take that away from me if I see something. He’s also noting not a lot of QBs in the NFL can do that, and he’s right.
We see every QB in the NFL change plays at the LOS, but most are changing it to option the head coach has given them pre-snap. Few will completely change the play to something not called within the huddle, all Rodgers is saying is he has the ability to do that, and you don’t want to ignore that advantage he has.
Cool. So what does LaFluer have to say about this?
“It totally comes with time,” LaFleur told Breer. “You got a guy with that much experience that can see things—if he can get us into the perfect play, why wouldn’t you give him that freedom? The biggest thing, I’m hoping that we do a good enough job as a staff that he doesn’t have to do that, in terms of the play calls and setting us up and being in the right looks. That’s the goal, to take that off him, because I just want him to go play. But certainly, if there’s a play that’s not gonna be good, yeah, please, save us. That’d be great.”Matt LaFluer on Aaron Rodgers changing the play at the line of scrimmage
I mean holy shit, they’re way off base here. No doubt in my mind Rodgers hates LaFleur, he hates the offense, and hes obviously gonna do all he can to sabotage LaFleur and get him fired after one year.
Actually, LaFleur agrees with exactly what Rodgers says but god forbid you can’t report that because it doesn’t create any clicks. LaFleur literally just said if Rodgers sees something pre-snap, why wouldn’t he allow him to take advantage of it? And that’s all Rodgers was saying.
Also it helps if you read the whole article by Silver and understand the type of offense LaFluer is trying to run. You don’t have to read far in the article, and you can click here to read the whole thing for yourself, to see where LaFleur is coming from. Or you can listen to Silver explain in depth what his article is about in the video below the quote.
“Aaron and I have had some good talks, and we’re going to have to talk a lot more — and one thing we have to work through is the audible thing,” LaFleur explained. “We’re running a system I first picked up while working with Kyle (Shanahan) in Houston a decade ago, and we’ve never really had a quarterback who’s had complete freedom to change plays at the line, because that’s not really the way the offense is set up. But, I mean, this is Aaron Rodgers. He’s had a lot of freedom to make those calls, and deservedly so. Now, how do we reconcile that, and get to a place where we put him in the best position to succeed?”Quote by Matt LaFleur from Michael Silver on NFL.com
Everybody just needs to calm their tits on this whole situation. This thing has been blown up way out of proportion by guys like Florio and other major news outlets that are just running with the one sentence headline grab, and picking and choosing what they want to highlight to create drama where there isn’t any.
Are the Packers and Rodgers going to struggle through this new offense that Matt LaFleur is bringing in? Yes. Are Rodgers and LaFluer going to see things differently sometime? Yes. Do Rodgers and LaFleur talking publicly about audible calls at the LOS mean they hate each-other and nothing is going to work out? No, not all.
This is whole article by Michael Silver is really a great look into how a new head coach brings his offense to a new team, and how those players react and adjust as time goes on. Everything in this article is happening with any team that brings in a new offense during an off-season, it just so happens in this instance it involves one of the best QBs to ever play the game, so the spotlight is much brighter.
Go Pack Go.