Aaron Rodgers was unfiltered in his presser. We finally got to hear from Aaron and he didn’t hold back. It’s been a long 4+ months to get to where we are today. Aaron Rodgers is back as a Packer. After all the talks about Aaron this and Aaron that, he finally spoke on his offseason. Aaron had A LOT to say, so lets dissect it.
Not Holding Back
It took only one question from the media at Lambeau Field to get Aaron to open up about how he has been feeling towards the Packers organization. Aaron’s main reasoning for being unhappy is strictly because he wanted to be more involved in decisions regarding players he felt were glue guys in the locker room. He felt that since he’s been one of the longest in the building he had an insight that the front office could use. He went on to name Cobb, Nelson, Jones, Woodson, among others that he felt may not have been shown the most respect on the way out. The quote that sums up the offseason and the drama that surrounded the past 4 months is this: “I just want to be involved in conversations that affect my ability to do my job.”
Rodgers names Charles Woodson, Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews, Casey Hayward, Micah Hyrde, Jordy Nelson, James Jones and others as veterans he wished were treated better on the way out.
— Peter Bukowski (@Peter_Bukowski) July 28, 2021
On His Future In Green Bay
Rodgers mentioned many times that he loves the city of Green Bay, the fans, and the players. He stopped short of mentioning the organization. Aaron was asked multiple times if his future was in Green Bay. In previous years he has always mentioned he wanted to retire a Packer. There was a point this offseason where he did think about retirement. Rodgers mentioned that he spoke to some of the players who are now retired and asked how they were doing post football. He said that the fire is still there, and he still wants to play. On his future Aaron went on to say “I’m not closing the door on anything. I’m optimistic on the ability to change.” That change is obviously about the front office and the lack of respect he feels.
“Do you want to be here?”
“I do, I do. I love my teammates. I love the city. I love my coaches.”
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) July 28, 2021
Where Do We Go From Here
For starters we get Aaron Rodgers under center for another year and we should all be grateful. After watching the presser, it’s hard not to be on Rodgers’ side with a lot of the issues he had. He is right in many of the things he talked about. He should at least be consulted when it comes to veteran players moving on. Guys like Jordy and Cobb (welcome back) have chemistry with Rodgers that can likely not be replicated. It’s hard to believe that either guy wouldn’t have taken a lesser contract to stay. If those things happen then I wouldn’t be writing this article. There would likely be no “is Aaron going to be back next year.”
The front office is on the hot seat undoubtedly. They had to backpedal when they realized they treated Rodgers like “just some guy.” Aaron is a top 5 greatest quarterback all time and he definitely deserves some say. Make sure you pay attention this season as it could very well be the last with 12 under center. No matter what though, it’s always gonna be Go Pack Go.
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