Aaron Rodgers Shouldn’t Have To Answer Questions About His Future Again
Aaron Rodgers knew he would stir up a conversation last week when he told Kyle Brandt of the NFL Network and now The Ringer that he realized Green Bay might not be the final destination. Rodgers tried to make sense of the Jordan Love draft pick and knows his time in Green Bay is likely shorter than expected. Green Bay Packers beat writers asked similar questions to Rodgers and Matt LaFleur. Both gave strong answers that do not have much wiggle room. That makes beat writers and radio show hosts sick because the conversation ends there. We know how both sides feel and let’s not be annoying about it all season.
Rodgers and LaFleur both get redundancy with the questions that are asked on a week-to-week basis. The hope would be that this is not a constant thing that keeps getting brought up. But it is a juicy story. One thing I’ve learned is these questions do not stop Beat writers are hoping for a slip from Rodgers that makes a huge headline and becomes a big story. While Rodgers is very honest, he is also very polished and does a great job of not extending his outspoken commentary too far.
The story that I’m interested in, not that any beat writer listens to me, is Rodgers’ position as a top quarterback. NFL executives, coaches, players still think Rodgers is a top-five quarterback, but then you get the analysts on a host of websites, they probably do not have him there. What is the difference? Are the people analyzing Rodgers too involved with the numbers and forgetting his God-given ability? Is that Rodgers has a feeling of ‘old news’ and there are shining new objects like Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, Joe Burrow. Rodgers is in that ‘old man’ category with Drew Brees, Tom Brady, and Ben Rothlisberger.
One thing that needs to be known is one game or two games will not change this story. If Rodgers goes off in the first three weeks, this doesn’t change Green Bay’s future plans. The same goes for if Rodgers drags his feet and is terrible to start the season. One difficult thing is separating long-term planning with immediate needs and wants
This story will keep coming up but it would be great if it died this week.