Despite it being the end of May, despite Jordan Love being the starting quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, and despite Aaron Rodgers playing for the New York Jets, the soured relationship between the four-time MVP and his former team is still the talk of the NFL. In an article published this morning by Matt Schneidman of The Athletic, Rodgers tells his side of the story in regards to how things went down during his last three seasons with the Packers.
The future Hall of Famer held nothing back and had criticism for just about everyone outside the locker room save for Russ Ball. He even threw some subtle shade at Matt LaFleur, his biggest advocate to the media and front office.
Aaron Rodgers Was Angry with the Green Bay Packers, Matt LaFleur Over Jordan Love Draft Pick
According to Schneidman, the people closest to Rodgers tried to save head coach Matt LaFleur from the quarterback’s disdain by telling him that the decision to draft Love came from the general manager. That did not matter to Rodgers:
“The Packers knew Rodgers wouldn’t be happy about the selection, and to protect the relationship between him and head coach Matt LaFleur, they told him the decision to draft Love was strictly the GM’s.
“‘I had friends who said, ‘Hey, Matt looked super excited when they made the draft pick,’” Rodgers said. “And I said, ‘I don’t care, honestly.’ Like, they made the pick. They all signed off on it.’”
The drafting of Love certainly set things in motion that culminated with Rodgers’ trade to the Jets this spring. That being said, I do not think that everything is as one-sided as Rodgers is making it out to be. Over the past three seasons, LaFleur has stated multiple times that he wanted Rodgers in Green Bay for the rest of his career. Rodgers returned that kindness by deviating from LaFleur’s offense and undercutting the offense while on the field.
It worked for two years and Rodgers won two MVP Awards. However, when Davante Adams was traded, Rodgers lost his security blanket. He could no longer rely on his connection with Adams to save himself from his audibles at the line. The offense struggled mightily in 2022, and Rodgers was a major reason why.
Best of luck to him in New York, but it sure feels good to be past this saga.