The Green Bay Packers have a new starting quarterback under center for the first time in 15 years. Aaron Rodgers was traded to the New York Jets and Jordan Love, who sat behind Rodgers for three seasons, is now the starting quarterback. It has been a long, strange, road to get to this point, and hopefully it will work out well for both parties. However, one has to wonder, exactly, how did we get here? There was a recent report that detailed the secrets and the timeline of the Rodgers trade negotiations, but how did the Packers get here as a franchise?
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Did Rodgers really want to leave, or did he see the writing on the wall? If he didn’t want to leave, what could he have done differently? Former Packers fullback John Kuhn discussed these questions and more on his show “Nine 2 Noon” on 97.3 The Game.
John Kuhn Discusses What Aaron Rodgers Could Have Done Differently If He Really Want to Stay with the Green Bay Packers
John Kuhn, who was once Aaron Rodgers’ teammate, has been very interesting to listen to throughout this whole process. While he was once in a similar position to the one Rodgers was in, he also works for Packers organization as a sideline reporter. Having lived on both sides, organization and player, Kuhn offers a very unique perspective on things like this, and he believes that if Rodgers really did want to return to the Packers, there are certain things he could have done:
“I believe there are at least 10 things in the last year and a half here that if Rodgers had done differently, it would mean he’s still the Green Bay Packers quarterback. Most specifically, I think, showing up to the offseason program last year. I will maintain that for as long as I’m around.
“Him showing up with the young players, him encouraging Allen Lazard to show up because Lazard was in a tiff with his contract, encouraging Sammy Watkins to show up because Sammy Watkins was Sammy Watkins. If he had showed up to that, that might have been the first building block in a situation where Aaron Rodgers still might be the Packers’ quarterback.”
Who knows if Rodgers showing up to voluntary offseason team activities could have helped last season? One thing is certain, though: it certainly would not have hurt. Rodgers himself, this offseason as the New York Jets quarterback, has stated how important this time is for teammates to bond together. He chose not to have those experiences with the young Packers players.
Maybe, just maybe, Aaron Rodgers was done with the Green Bay Packers long before they decided to be done with him.
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