Quarterback mentoring has been a topic of conversation ever since Ryan Tannehill’s comments on Malik Willis. “We’re competing against each other, we’re watching the same tape, we’re doing the same drills. I don’t think it’s my job to mentor him, but if he learns from me along the way, then that’s a great thing.” Very cringe worthy comments on the relationship between Titans’ QB1 and their rookie draft pick. News of this may have reached Aaron Rodgers as he had some things to say regarding mentoring at the ’round table’ after “The Match.”
Aaron Rodgers Following “The Match”
“If they want it,” Rodgers said during a roundtable conversation with TNT’s Ernie Johnson. “If they want that help.”
Rodgers shared how he made himself better during his years behind Favre. By observing and helping Favre, Rodgers helped prepare himself for his later years as a starter.
Rodgers went on to talk about his relationship with Brett Favre
“I was in his hip pocket all the time,” Rodgers said. “I was standing behind him in the huddle sometimes, listening to what he was saying before the start of a period. I was sitting in meetings with him, [taking] a ton of notes. I was watching hours of film on Mondays and Tuesdays trying to give him a little advantage for the week if I saw something that might help him in a game.
“I would print out this reports every week. It had all the DB’s we were playing and the catches that were against them and the little things I saw on film. I always joked that he just toss them in the bin on the way out. But for me it was the best thing to learn to prepare for a game.”
Kurt Warner also took notice of what Tannehill said regarding Malik Willis
“I will never understand the ‘I’m not here to mentor the next guy’ mentality,” Warner tweeted. “So for all you young QBs that need a mentor, (direct message) me and I’ll be that guy, happy to help in any way I can!”
Aaron Rodgers and Jordan Love
Aaron Rodgers’ comments were telling for a number of reasons, but his situation with Jordan Love might be the most. Aaron Rodgers has seemingly been nothing but supportive of Jordan Love ever since he was drafted. Rodgers was quoted saying this shortly after the Love pick:
“Part of your legacy is how you treat your teammates,” Rodgers said to Bleacher Report in 2020. “I want Jordan to have as great of memories as possible of me being in the QB room and having some great laughs and competing. I want kinship, not animosity. That’s what I’ve always tried to do with all my backups.”
Thats the type of leader you expect in your locker room. Aaron Rodgers’ had news of his own with recent comments on his future in the NFL. Jordan Love may be QB1 in Green Bay sooner than we thought. Either way we are appreciative of how Rodgers is treating Love, compared to how Tannehill may be treating Malik Willis.