Aaron Rodgers wants more freedom at the line of scrimmage

AP

The transition in Green Bay is going well. Unless it isn’t.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers doesn’t seem to be thrilled with the fact that new coach Matt LaFleur’s system entails little freedom at the line of scrimmage for the guy who gets the snap.

“I don’t think you want me to turn off 11 years,” Rodgers tells Mike Silver of NFL Media in a story that Silver says is coming early this week. “There’s stuff that not many people in the league can do at the line. That’s not a humble brag. That’s just a fact.”

For starters, it’s not a humble brag. It’s just a brag. And it also may be a fact. But it’s not a fact that has caused LaFleur to changed his planned approach, apparently.

Rodgers’ comment would be an attention-grabber even without his history of passive-aggressive interactions with former coach Mike McCarthy. It also represents the first indication of something other than unconditional and unequivocal submission to the new offense that LeFleur has brought to town. And the decision to make the remark to a reporter could create the kind of friction that may eventually be reported and then loudly denied by Rodgers and the Packers.

But this is how it goes with Rodgers, who often rattles off with a wry smile and a periodic Southern-sort-of accent the kind of dirty-laundry-airing comments that few other quarterbacks would ever make. All of this stuff should be kept behind closed doors, and most quarterbacks approach things that way.

As the proprietor of an establishment that publicizes and analyzes remarks like this, however, I’m not complaining about Rodgers letting us know what he doesn’t like about the new offense. Even if he may not like the fact that people are noticing and interpreting the words he has chosen to utter.

108 responses to “Aaron Rodgers wants more freedom at the line of scrimmage

  1. When your world’s crashing down,
    Like you’ve lost every round,
    Stand your ground
    And ring those Bells of Freedom.

  2. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers doesn’t seem to be thrilled with the fact that new coach Matt LaFleur’s system entails little freedom at the line of scrimmage for the guy who gets the snap.
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    “I am shocked” said nobody

    Don’t worry, Rodgers will ignore whatever LaFleur is trying to do no matter what LaFleur wants or how much Murphy pleads with him not to be the problem.

  3. “There’s stuff that not many people in the league can do at the line. That’s not a humble brag. That’s just a fact.”

    Freeze out his receivers, give the stink eye to his receivers, throw his linemen under the bus to name a few.

  4. I have no problem with any remarks Rodgers makes, even if it’s unprecedented for QB’s to make them. It’s just a sign of the times. I’ve never heard any of our presidents frequently making nasty comments about anyone and everyone, so we’ve kind of gotten used to just letting stuff roll off our backs. I actually believe the more unconventional you are, the more publicity you get. It seems to work. I don’t see anyone raking in the kind of endorsement money that Rodgers is making. Trump stays in the headlines every day too. I guess these aren’t the times to be timid.

  5. But this is how it goes with Rodgers, who often rattles off with a wry smile and a periodic Southern-sort-of accent the kind of dirty-laundry-airing comments that few other quarterbacks would ever make. All of this stuff should be kept behind closed doors, and most quarterbacks approach things that way.


    Just having his dirty laundry aired (Mark Murphy’s own words not mine) you would think Rodgers would be remiss to air other’s dirty laundry buy nope not Rodgers. He doesn’t care about what is said about his teammates or coaches, only what is said about him. A me first person and player.

  6. That didn’t take long. Just a quick statement so that you will remember when they start losing that it’s not Aaron Rodgers fault. Most overrated qb in history.

  7. Just imagine what Rodgers’ teammates think who are being expected to do their jobs an d Rodgers is already whining about being expected to do his. This is the start of another toxic locker room in Green Bay.

  8. Knew it. What a tool.
    Doesn’t matter what his skill set is, he’s an insecure, arrogant jerk.
    And like I said before McCarthy was fired: he should have forced a trade. He does NOT fit Green Bay. He does not belong there. He needs to be (as of now) in Cincy, Miami, Detroit, Tampa Bay, or Carolina.

  9. I see “Operation Install a Pawn as HC and Hope for the Best” is going well in Green Bay.

  10. I think I side with Rodgers on this one. He needs to be allowed to read and react to the defense as they line up. If you look at guys like Payton Manning and Tom Brady thats a huge part of their game, and a difference maker too. Rather than restrict how much Rodgers can do that they should be encouraging it and coaching him on it to.

  11. Is there anybody left who would choose a young Aaron Rodgers over a young Tom Brady to start a team? Athletic talent will carry you only so far…

  12. I can easily imagine a question that could result in the answer about turning off 11 years, and it would not reflect bad on Rogers at all. The comment about doing stuff others can’t, well it may be fact, and it also may be arrogant to mention it. A certain amount of arrogance is required to play the position. Otherwise, who cares. He wants the freedom to use what he has learned, like very few would be able to do, and he has to talk about it to wrench some control from control freak coaches, so what.

  13. QBs used to call their own plays. Rodgers is certainly capable of calling a game just like the old timers did. Handcuffing him at the line of scrimmage seems a little short sighted for a new coach. If he has rookie I could understand it. But Rodgers? Please….

  14. So, you must be Matt LaFleur.
    Yes, that’s right, I am.
    Hi there, I’m Aaron Rogers. This is my team. Remember that and you’ll get along fine.

  15. This is LaFleur’s team now.

    Rogers doesn’t like it.

    He will not be a Packer this time next year.

  16. indydice9 says: What’s the big deal??? Quarterbacks used to call all their own plays.
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    It’s almost as if many fans on this thread have completely forgotten how much Paul Brown innovated the game!!! But you’ve got to look no further than your Peyton Manning for why it’s a bad idea to let QBs call all their plays – for Peyton, like Aaron and some others, are greedy, self-important, glory-seeking stat-mongers. Brady may change some of his plays, but he’s just as happy to run the ball all day as he is to throw it – Peyton and Aaron would never be like that, and that’s part of why they don’t have 6 rings.

  17. Addressing this with the press is kind of like a petulant teen testing his parent’s authority. Now LaFleur is put into the position where he needs to address the issue both internally and externally.

    I can’t help but try and imagine Rodgers (or anyone) doing this under Belichick. His public response would be a non-answer about keeping it in the locker room and his internal response would be to put Aaron in his place in no uncertain terms in front of the whole team, with about 25 “just shut your (insert expletive) mouth” quotes. If Aaron got sulky about it he would be either benched or gone.

    Now the ball is in LaFleur’s court…

  18. pushn50 says:
    June 16, 2019 at 6:03 pm
    Rodgers doesn’t care what his critics think. Good on him

    @@@@@@@@@@@@

    So Coach Lafluer is a critic now?

  19. Aaron Jones needs to get 15-20 carries per game. He can be a workhorse

    the guy is good but the Packers have barely used him…averaging 8.9carries/game.

  20. Great leadership skills you got Rodgers. I guess all those negative comments alot of your teammates said weren’t true. You and Cutler would make very good roommates.

  21. Like him or not, and he makes himself hard to like, it’s a heck of a lot easier to find a coach than a franchise QB…esp a franchise QB some gasbags rate as among the best to ever play (not me unless it jeopardy or the game is against the Cowboys, then OK)…lol, they are going to replace him with who exactly??? Matt Flynn??? The ghost of Brett Favre??? And this tells me all I need to know…I’m taking all the action I can get on the Bears to take the NFC North.

  22. fanfrommontreal says:
    June 16, 2019 at 5:31 pm
    Is there anybody left who would choose a young Aaron Rodgers over a young Tom Brady to start a team? Athletic talent will carry you only so far…

    28 10 Rate This
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    Yes, we call them losers.

  23. I don’t have a problem with what he said or what he thought of himself. I just don’t like it that he needs to make it public. Deal with it in closed door.

  24. LaFleur himself said Aaron has been doing it for a long time and “we don’t ever want to take that playmaker stuff away from him.”

    What you state Aaron said is:”I don’t think you want me to turn off 11 years. That is not a humble brag. That’s just a fact.”

    I am not sure what question Silver asked Aaron because you are reading into a article that isn’t out yet, but the ONE statement you include in your story that Aaron said I see nothing wrong with.

    If that is all you’ve got…that is something the head coach MLF himself has said as much and would be happy Aaron said.

    I laugh that you jumped to “I’m not complaining about Aaron letting us know what he doesn’t like about the new offense”

    Very amusing👍

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  25. It’s dumb to not allow your QB to audible, especially when he’s a HoF caliber player. Rodgers should be quiet about it, but LaFleur hasn’t earned the kind of respect that can make these sorts of demands. His previous job was leading the Titans to the 25th ranked offense in the league and he thinks he’s qualified to put handcuffs on Rodgers? Come on.

  26. When you are the 7th highest athlete, and you have that gaudy passer rating(which means little}, who needs to take coaching or worry about winning? Always someone else’s fault with this guy. If he had Brady’s work ethic, team 1rst coachability, he’d have 8 rings

  27. Gotta love it…planting those seeds of blame before the even season starts. When the Packers fail once again to really do anything in the playoffs, Rogers can have one more direction to point a finger away from him and at the coach/team/fans. Same old same old Rodgers MO, blame everyone and everybody except him. Good luck packers fans…you’re gonna need it.

  28. Of course you do Aaron.

    I mean coaches never call plays early in games to bait defenses in 4th quarter.

    It must be nice to always know better than EVERYONE.

  29. So why doesn’t he take his concerns to his new head coach? If he already has and LaFleur has told him “this is how its going to be”, it looks like Rodgers will be undermining his new HC at the first sign of trouble. As good as Rodgers is, with this attitude it won’t be surprising if the Packers are looking up at the Bears and Vikings at the end of the coming season.

  30. “LaFleur hasn’t earned the kind of respect that can make these sorts of demands. His previous job was leading the Titans to the 25th ranked offense in the league”

    What’s funny is that this is still better than McCarthy had when he came from the 49ers.
    Even if it’s a total failure, I’m really glad they moved on from him.

  31. Rogers might have a legitimate complaint. An 11 year pro airing that complaint to a reporter sounds more like something a rookie would do.

  32. Cleon Ross says:
    June 16, 2019 at 5:20 pm
    That didn’t take long. Just a quick statement so that you will remember when they start losing that it’s not Aaron Rodgers fault. Most overrated qb in history.
    ________________________________
    1x Super Bowl MVP
    2x NFL Season MVP
    7x Pro Bowl
    2x NFL passer rating leader
    1x NFL passing touchdown leader
    6x NFL records

    2018- 4,442 yards passing 25 TDs 02 INTs
    Overrated?

  33. pushn50 says:
    June 16, 2019 at 5:20 pm
    The purples are so easily triggered. No one else seems concerned with what Rodgers says or doesn’t say. Comical really.
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    Nope. It’s more like watching a slow motion train wreck. You don’t want to watch but you just can’t look away.

  34. If they don’t let him do whatever the hell he wants to do each and every time he wants to do it, then give him this year to understand and execute whatever LaFleur wants, and if he doesn’t deliver…….shake hands and call it a day. However, I don’t believe any of this.

  35. It’s hard not to agree with Rodgers considering his success in the league. I imagine he’ll just ignore the coach.
    The coach is the one who should adjust here before it becomes a bad marriage

  36. As a fan of a rival team this makes me smile. Why a rookie coach would stop Rogers from using his ability is comical. Rogers has a point, but you still don’t tell a reporter your issue unless you’re a spoiled, arrogant, self-centered QB on a team void of explosive talent. I think its clear he’s frustrated at the thought of another losing season.

  37. Just a reminder that Joe Flacco has had as much Super Bowl success as Aaron Rodgers.

  38. Jokes aside, it’s hard to envision how any Packer fan can put a positive spin on this. I don’t believe it was misinterpreted, I believe the message is coming through loud and clear in Green Bay. Given the money he’s making one could say he’s been calling the shots for a while. The record seems to indicate that.

  39. Lafleur himself said that he didn’t want to take that ability away from Rodgers. This is just reporters trying to stir the pot. I would be more upset with Lafleur if he tried to make Rodgers something he’s not. Great coaches adapt to their players strengths, they don’t try to ram square pegs into round holes.

  40. Of course he wants freedom as he doesn’t trust the new coach! Plus he might want to try and play every position.

  41. Shut up you morons. Rodgers apparently can’t say anything about himself because he will be told he is arrogant. He is top 3 best quarterbacks to ever play the game. Are you even serious to question that he should have audibles at the line? If he doesn’t, then they chose the wrong coach because you have to let Rodgers be who he is.

  42. fansince68 says:
    June 16, 2019 at 8:29 pm
    Jokes aside, it’s hard to envision how any Packer fan can put a positive spin on this.
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    Have been around here at all? Packer fans are delusional.

  43. LeBron pulls strings and calls himself one of the best and we consider it proof how great he is. Rodgers even SUGGESTS something in that neighborhood and it’s “oh he’s so arrogant he’s trying to pull the strings blah blah blah”. Lamest critics I swear. You all could critique Rodgers for quite literally anything he does.

  44. charliecharger says:
    June 16, 2019 at 5:13 pm
    I have no problem with any remarks Rodgers makes, even if it’s unprecedented for QB’s to make them. It’s just a sign of the times. I’ve never heard any of our presidents frequently making nasty comments about anyone and everyone, so we’ve kind of gotten used to just letting stuff roll off our backs. I actually believe the more unconventional you are, the more publicity you get. It seems to work. I don’t see anyone raking in the kind of endorsement money that Rodgers is making. Trump stays in the headlines every day too. I guess these aren’t the times to be timid.
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    The only difference between the two guys you mentioned are one guy keeps winning. The other guys winning days are behind him.

  45. Never have I seen two sentences trigger so many pathetic people. Get it all out now because once the season rolls around there won’t be any reason to talk.

  46. Generally, I appreciate Rodgers’ candor and his ability, but really, what possible good comes out of a public answer like that? Rodgers is smart enough to know responses like that are best left in=house. The amount of behind-the-scenes mumbo-jumbo coming out of WI is getting harder and harder to ignore (not that us Vikings fans ignore much).

  47. Are you folks kidding me? If Rodgers is being told he’s not going to be allowed to audible as an 11 year veteran, 2 time league MVP and Super Bowl MVP, then dude is right to be pissed and make sure he does whatever he can to change that. That’s a joke. You can’t restrict that… if he sees something gonna be wide open you want him to just sit on that? OK. If that’s the attitude that MLF and front office are taking then THEY are the problem. Certain people you just don’t tell to know their place. Rodgers really will see things they don’t. If you are telling him he can’t act on that then you are the one who is damaging the relationship. You are trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.

  48. Since when is matt lefleur considered a better coordinator than Aaron Rodgers is a QB? Adjust your system to a hall of fame Qb, don’t force him into a system like a rookie.

  49. We all knew this was coming. It’s just that some of us couldn’t accept it. Aaron’s ego can’t handle being under this kid coach’s control. Aaron should shut up and just be happy that he’s got freedom of movement.

  50. Bears fans likes this.
    AFC team approves Rodgers’ message.
    It seems that GB has this pattern: Brett Favre 16 seasons 1 ring, Aaron Rodgers 11 seasons (and counting) 1 ring. You count these QB’s into the all time greats, still something is not round in Green Bay, otherwise there should be more than 2 rings having 20 PO seasons in 26 years.

  51. They haven’t even played a live game yet. They’re installing the offense. If I’m the new head coach I want my QB calling the plays I’m calling to get my guys used to the playbook. I wouldn’t want him going for the first down or touchdown when learning the plays is more important than beating the defense in practice.

    This just seems so ignorant coming from Aaron, who does a lot of ignorant things when he isn’t on a football field.

  52. directdriver says:
    June 16, 2019 at 6:34 pm
    I don’t have a problem with what he said or what he thought of himself. I just don’t like it that he needs to make it public. Deal with it in closed door.
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    Aaron already tried it behind closed doors and LaFleur told him “do it my way” so now Aaron is going to toss him under the bus publicly!

  53. “Shut up you morons. Rodgers apparently can’t say anything about himself because he will be told he is arrogant. He is top 3 best quarterbacks to ever play the game.”
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    Top 3 ??
    With only 1 Super Bowl you’re delusional. Rodgers may enter the conversation near the end of the Top 10…..but Top 3 is laughable. Very possible he’s outside of the Top 10.

  54. It’s already starting with Aaron. Murphy will have to repeat himself. Aaron don’t be the problem.

  55. “Shut up you morons. Rodgers apparently can’t say anything about himself because he will be told he is arrogant. He is top 3 best quarterbacks to ever play the game.”
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    Top 3 ??
    With only 1 Super Bowl you’re delusional. Rodgers may enter the conversation near the end of the Top 10…..but Top 3 is laughable. Very possible he’s outside of the Top 10.
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    To be specific, here are the All-Time Greats who would be ranked before Rodgers name would even be mentioned (In no particular order):
    – Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Joe Montana, Johnny Unitas, Otto Graham, Brett Favre, John Elway & Terry Bradshaw. Toss in Dan Marino probably as well.

    Rodgers has been historically great, but the next group of names he joins includes the likes of Bart Starr, Drew Brees, Warren Moon, Steve Young, Jim Kelly, Frank Tarkenton, Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman.

    The highest Rodgers could be ranked is #10. And more than likely between #11-#15.

  56. He just wants the freedom to continue to make extra long cadences trying to catch defenses offside because he knows the play will fail. Boring.

  57. Being a die Vikes fan, there is no way LeFleur will not let A A Ron call audibles, he would be crazy not to. Media trying to start a fire where there is none. Rodgers will be calling audibles you can count on it.

  58. Honestly Packer Fans…..what’s more likely at this point?

    That Rodgers and the Packers will return to greatness and head to a few more SBs before he retires?

    Or, Rodgers continues his slow decline ala the past 3 seasons?

  59. tinye67 says:
    June 17, 2019 at 9:49 am
    “Shut up you morons. Rodgers apparently can’t say anything about himself because he will be told he is arrogant. He is top 3 best quarterbacks to ever play the game.”
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    Top 3 ??
    With only 1 Super Bowl you’re delusional. Rodgers may enter the conversation near the end of the Top 10…..but Top 3 is laughable. Very possible he’s outside of the Top 10.
    ———————————————
    To be specific, here are the All-Time Greats who would be ranked before Rodgers name would even be mentioned (In no particular order):
    – Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Joe Montana, Johnny Unitas, Otto Graham, Brett Favre, John Elway & Terry Bradshaw. Toss in Dan Marino probably as well.

    Rodgers has been historically great, but the next group of names he joins includes the likes of Bart Starr, Drew Brees, Warren Moon, Steve Young, Jim Kelly, Frank Tarkenton, Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman.

    The highest Rodgers could be ranked is #10. And more than likely between #11-#15.

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    You are clueless. Terry Bradshaw is just like Troy Aikman. He was made way better than he was because of the fantastic teams he played on, both offensively and defensively. Rodgers is better than Brett Favre was too. Aaron Rodgers never had one defense as good as the defenses Favre had with the Packers when he was the MVP of the league. And people who are clueless always forget how important that is to any QB. It’s why Trent Dilfer won a Super Bowl.
    I never rank QB’s of different eras because it’s totally ridiculous to even try to do that. The guys today have all the rules in their favor. Even lousy QB’s today put up big stats because of the rules today. So all you can do is compare the QB’s who played in the same era. The best QB’s of Rodgers’ era are Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Aaron Rodgers, period. Anyone who disputes that doesn’t know football.

  60. Honestly Packer Fans…..what’s more likely at this point?

    That Rodgers and the Packers will return to greatness and head to a few more SBs before he retires?

    Or, Rodgers continues his slow decline ala the past 3 seasons?
    =====

    The Packers have had a great 25+ year run in my lifetime. I really enjoyed the product the overwhelming majority the time. Lots of great Sundays and memories.

    Wish they had repeated in ’97 and 2011. Otherwise, I’m at peace with where they are.

    .. I’ll be shocked if Rodgers wins another Super Bowl. I think their is something missing with this organization and I don’t think they’ll find the missing ingredient before Rodgers breaks down.

  61. You are clueless. Terry Bradshaw is just like Troy Aikman. He was made way better than he was because of the fantastic teams he played on, both offensively and defensively.
    =====

    I think Aikman could have been a top 5 all-time QB in a different offense.

    Incredibly accurate, and always showed up huge when called upon. His ’92 post-season as the best example.

  62. Rodgers is better than Brett Favre was too. Aaron Rodgers never had one defense as good as the defenses Favre had with the Packers when he was the MVP of the league.
    =====

    I’d love to have seen what Favre could have done with the skill position players Rodgers had 2008-2011, and in these cheap spread offenses.

  63. Honestly, it’s better to hear him saying stuff like this rather than griping about his pay and chastising guys making peanuts on their rookie deals.

  64. My counter to AR’s “it’s not a humble brag, it’s a fact” statement would have been “Ok, well you’ve been changing the plays that McCarthy called the last few years and have continued to lose, so maybe you shouldn’t be changing them because it’s apparent that you’re not good enough to win with your plays.”

  65. he’s ALREADY criticizing the offense and the coach. unless this new head coach give rodgers total control, it’s going to end up in rodgers changing plays he doesn’t like, just like with mccarthy.

    and this new coach is not going to let rodgers run the offense.

    i’m telling you, all it takes is ONE call that rodgers doesn’t like, and he will be turning the players against the new coach.

  66. patswinyoucry says:
    June 17, 2019 at 12:51 pm
    He’s definitely no Tom Brady.
    ———————————
    You’re right, he’s better.

  67. Rodgers is right as usual. Would you haters want your new unproven HC to have too much control over your HOF QB?

  68. Scene: Summer training camp-Green Bay.

    Matt LF: “Aaron, need you to run this play.”
    AR: “Nope, I’m doing it this way”.
    MLF: “I want it run this way!”
    AR “I think I’m done with practice. I’m going to the hot tub and text Danica”
    MLF: “Get back here!”
    AR: “See you tomorrow”

    Peering through metal fence on the side of the practice field is Mike McCarthy, smiling.

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