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Packers coach envisions Aaron Rodgers with team ‘for a really long time’

The Green Bay Packers left many scratching their heads when they drafted quarterback Jordan Love in the first round this year, but head coach Matt LaFleur continues to insist the decision says nothing about Aaron Rodgers’ future with the franchise.

During a conference call with reporters on Sunday, LaFleur said twice that he expects to be working with Rodgers “for a really long time.”

Rodgers will turn 37 before the end of the upcoming season, so he is certainly on the back nine of his career. However, other quarterbacks like Tom Brady Drew Brees have continued to play at a high level into their 40s, so Rodgers isn’t close to done if he follows the same timeline.

One reporter speculated after the draft that LaFleur may have been trying to send Rodgers a message when the Packers selected Love, but it doesn’t sound like the coach was responsible for the pick. LaFleur said back in May that his relationship with Rodgers is in a very good place.

Teams typically don’t use a first-round pick on a quarterback they envision as a backup for very long, so perhaps the Packers are protecting themselves because Rodgers has suffered so many injuries in recent years. Whatever the case, one franchise legend believes the team’s decision to draft Love will ultimately lead to Rodgers wanting out of Green Bay.

Aaron Rodgers discusses his Packers future in revealing interview

Aaron Rodgers admitted that his future may lie away from the Green Bay Packers in a revealing interview.

Rodgers appeared on the debut episode of “10 Questions With Kyle Brandt” on The Ringer and discussed his future in light of the team’s decision to trade up for quarterback Jordan Love in the NFL Draft. Rodgers said he “perked up” when the Packers moved up in the draft, expecting them to target a wide receiver, and reaffirmed that he “wasn’t elated” when the Packers ultimately picked a quarterback.

When Brandt asked Rodgers about the scenario facing the Packers in which they either move on from Rodgers or leave Love to sit on the bench for an extended period, the veteran quarterback admitted that he expects the organization to move on from him at some point.

“I think that’s probably what happens,” Rodgers said. “Based on just the circumstances around everything. Just look at the facts. They traded up, they drafted him. I would say they like him, they want to play him.

“Was I bummed out? Of course. Who wouldn’t be? I wanted to play my entire career in Green Bay. I love the city. I grew up there, really. I got there when I was 21, I’m 36 now. You know, a lot changes during that time. But look, I get it. I see it completely clearly and I’m not bitter about it. It just kind of is what it is.”

Rodgers was also somewhat dismissive of comparisons between when he was drafted as Brett Favre’s heir apparent and now, arguing that the current iteration of the Packers is much closer to winning a title than they were when Rodgers was selected in 2005.

Rodgers is honest and forthright here, and definitely seems to see the writing on the wall. His admission about being frustrated by the Love pick isn’t a new one, but his comments about his future are clear-eyed and almost resigned. Rodgers has made no secret of the fact that he intends to play into his 40s, and to do that, it sounds like he may have to do exactly what Brett Favre predicted he would.

Aaron Rodgers linked to actress Shailene Woodley after Danica Patrick split

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers and Danica Patrick are no longer dating after two years together, and there are already rumors that the Green Bay Packers quarterback has moved on to a new flame. Those rumors, however, appear to lack real substance.

Fans noticed last week that Patrick had unfollowed Rodgers on Instagram, and the race car driver later confirmed that the couple has split. Gossip site Terez Owens claims Rodgers was spotted getting cozy last weekend in Lake Tahoe with actress Shailene Woodley. Rodgers was in Tahoe taking part in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament.

According to Terez Owens, which got the information from an anonymous tipster, Patrick is the one who introduced Rodgers to Woodley and Danica is “devastated by Aaron’s betrayal.”

Of course, there is no actual evidence that links Rodgers to Woodley. Kelly Wynne of Newsweek reached out to Woodley and her representatives and did not receive a response.

Rodgers tries to keep his personal life to himself, but he certainly has an affinity for high-profile relationships. He was with actress Olivia Munn for a long time before he started dating Patrick, and some of the former NFL MVP’s family drama may have contributed to his breakup with Munn. We don’t know if Rodgers actually became involved with Woodley, but it would not exactly be a shock.

Danica Patrick shares cryptic posts about relationships after Aaron Rodgers breakup

Aaron Rodgers and Danica Patrick had what seemed like a very sudden breakup recently after they dated for two years, and the NASCAR driver may have shared some subtle thoughts about the split on Instagram over the weekend.

As Jaclyn Hendricks of Page Six noted, Patrick posted some cryptic quotes about relationships on her Instagram story Saturday. One was from Vienna Pharaon, who is a licensed marriage and family therapist.

“Look at the chosen relationship in your life and notice any themes,” the passage read. “What role do you play? Who are you with them? Who do you believe you need to be? What stories do you tell yourself about what they can offer you? What can they or can’t they handle?

“The way you choose people may offer you insight into what you’re craving or what shifts you may need to make in order to shift an overworked role you’ve held for a long time.”

A second quote that Patrick shared said, “The pain that we are given is the pain that we pass on.” That quote came from relationship coach Connor Beaton.

Fans began speculating that Rodgers and Patrick had split after Patrick unfollowed the Green Bay Packers star on Instagram. A rep for Patrick confirmed to E! that the two are “no longer together.”

Rodgers and Patrick bought a $28 million house together in Malibu late last year, so it certainly seems like they were planning to be together for the long haul. It also wasn’t that long ago that Patrick had a funny exchange with a diehard Rodgers fan on social media.

Aaron Rodgers not sure if there will be NFL season

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers’ most pressing concern about the NFL season is a fairly obvious one: will there be a season?

Rodgers is competing in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Calif. He was interviewed during his round on Saturday and was asked what was top of mind for him regarding the upcoming NFL season.

“I think top of mind is, are we going to have a season? I think there’s a lot of things yet to be figured out. We’re hopeful. We’re hopeful it’s with fans and we can get all the testing procedures down the way want for the utmost amount of safety. I think we’re just waiting for the league and the [players association] to figure some things out.”

The NFL has tried to stick to its usual calendar as much as possible. They kept the free agency timeline the same and did not reschedule the draft. But there were no organized team activities, and many are unclear about what will happen with training camps. Rodgers is waiting on that too.

The 36-year-old quarterback helped his Packers to a 13-3 season in 2019 under first-year head coach Matt LaFleur. Rodgers passed for 4,002 yards, 26 touchdowns and four interceptions. And now he has another question to worry about: how long will he keep his starting job in Green Bay?

Brandon Marshall thinks Packers ‘wasted’ Aaron Rodgers’ career

Aaron Rodgers

Former NFL wide receiver Brandon Marshall had some harsh words for the Green Bay Packers.

Marshall was a guest on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” Thursday and was talking with the host about the Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson. The conversation turned to the Packers, whom Cowherd ripped for, in his eyes, not being more aggressive with their moves. Marshall agreed.

“It’s too late. Come on man, they should’ve won two Super Bowls in the last five years. To me, Aaron Rodgers is my favorite quarterback in the NFL, but you wasted this guy’s career,” Marshall said.

“You got one Super Bowl out of Aaron Rodgers? Are you kidding me? It’s too late! It’s too late.”

When you view it from a macro sense, yeah, you might think that a quarterback as talented as Rodgers should have more than one Super Bowl ring. But guess what? It’s not that simple. Do you know who his career has overlapped with? Quarterbacks like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck and Ben Roethlisberger to name a few. He also will be competing with quarterbacks of the new era for those rings, like Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson.

Luck was pretty darn good and never won one. Wilson is pretty darn good and only has one too. Brees’ career stacks up very well against Rodgers, and he only has one as well.

Super Bowl rings are valued as much as they are because they are hard to win. That’s what has made Tom Brady and New England’s run so impressive; they defied all odds and expectations in a difficult league of 32 teams that is well-balanced and designed to eliminate dynasties.

Let’s also not forget that Rodgers suffered major collarbone injuries in two of the nine seasons since winning his Super Bowl, taking away more than 20 percent of his chances to add another ring.

Maybe it’s not a matter of the Packers wasting Rodgers’ career so much as Rodgers’ career proves how difficult it is to win Super Bowls even when you have excellent players.

Of course, given Rodgers’ long-term plans, his chances of winning another Super Bowl should not be discounted.

H/T The Spun

Video: Aaron Rodgers and his new beard give Max Homa a hilarious first tee intro

Aaron Rodgers

The PGA Tour returned to competition on Thursday with the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Texas. Nearly 150 golfers are hoping to win the first pro golf tournament in three months, but none will have a better introduction than Max Homa.

Aaron Rodgers, with his rapidly growing quarantine beard, decided to do the honor of giving Homa a first tee introduction for his first tournament back. Ironically, much of the intro featured Rodgers ripping on Homa’s mustache.

Rodgers and Homa are good friends and have played in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am together. While the intro was excellent, the real takeaway for many of us is that Rodgers is quickly gaining on Ryan Fitzpatrick in the facial hair department.

The offseason may not have gone as Rodgers hoped it would, but the Green Bay Packers star is clearly making the most of it.

Matt LaFleur feels ‘really good’ about relationship with Aaron Rodgers

Matt LaFleur

Aaron Rodgers has admitted that he was not thrilled when the Green Bay Packers took a quarterback in the first round of the draft last month, but he has apparently not let that stand in the way of having a strong relationship with his head coach. At least, that’s what his head coach says.

Matt LaFleur was asked about his relationship with Rodgers during an appearance on ESPN Wisconsin’s “Wilde and Tausch” show Thursday morning, and the Packers coach insisted everything is fine. LaFleur said he and Rodgers have been speaking four times a week.

“We talk four times a week whenever we get those opportunities to meet in those individual meetings, and I feel really good about where we’re at. We both understand that this is a business,” LaFleur said, via ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. “When that whole thing went down it was just one of those situations where there were a couple of guys that had just previously been picked and Jordan was the next guy on the board.”

One reporter speculated after the draft that LaFleur may have been trying to send a message to Rodgers by picking Jordan Love in the first round, but that doesn’t sound like it was the case. Not only that, but LaFleur may not have even been responsible for the pick.

If anything, Rodgers would probably have a gripe with Green Bay’s front office. That could eventually lead to Brett Favre’s prediction coming true, but Rodgers understands how important it is for him and LaFleur to be on the same page in the short term. With teams already facing so many challenges this offseason, the last thing the Packers need is tension between their quarterback and head coach.

Aaron Rodgers hoping for ‘common sense’ regarding coronavirus response

Aaron Rodgers

There has been a lot of disagreement over whether certain states should loosen stay-at-home restrictions and begin returning to normal life, and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has given us a glimpse into the way he views the controversial topic.

In a conference call with the media on Friday, Rodgers hinted that he is in favor of stay-at-home orders being lifted. He compared quarantine orders to being under “house arrest.”

“I think we all were buying into the idea of quarantine to flatten the curve,” Rodgers said, as transcribed by TMZ. “And, I think there are a lot of questions now that it’s more of a house arrest to find a cure with people wondering exactly what that means as far as the future of the country and the freedoms we’re allowed to have at this point.”

Rodgers said he sees a lot of problems around the country that have been created by fear, and he is hoping people will use “common sense” going forward.

“I think the important thing to think about, though, which is more important than that is the state of the country and the fact that we have 36-plus million people on unemployment right now; you have obviously rising poverty levels to go along with the unemployment, you have suicide hotline is up 8,000 percent,” he added.

Not surprisingly, Rodgers said he is “very hopeful” the NFL season will proceed as scheduled.

While some states have reopened for business more quickly and aggressively than others, it seems like professional sports will resume in the very near future. The governor of California had initially said he did not envision sports resuming during the summer, but the administration indicated on Monday that its stance has changed significantly.

Jordan Love not worried about living up to pressure of draft status

Jordan Love
Jordan Love was taken No. 26 overall in the NFL Draft, and the Green Bay Packers traded up to get him. Combine that with the fact that Love is expected to eventually replace Aaron Rodgers, and the former Utah State quarterback enters the NFL with tons of pressure and expectations. None of that seems to bother Love.

Love spoke with NFL Media’s Omar Ruiz for an interview and was asked if he felt pressure to justify Green Bay’s selection of him. He seems ready to meet the challenge.

“No matter where I would have landed, that was the goal for me. You ought to go out there and prove yourself… It’s a job, you’ve got to be able to keep that,” Love said.

Rodgers spoke on Friday about the pick and admitted he was not “thrilled” about it, but said he did not hold hard feelings towards Love. Green Bay must believe in Love’s talent so much that they wanted to make sure to get him, even if they currently have a very capable quarterback.

Based on his mentality, Love sounds like he will be well-equipped to handle the pressure.