Brett Favre: Let Aaron Rodgers play his game

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There’s been conversation about how much freedom Aaron Rodgers will have to audible out of plays at the line of scrimmage for the Packers this season and head coach Matt LaFleur said it is something they still have to “work through” in the coming weeks.

LaFleur got some advice on how to do that from a former Packers quarterback. Brett Favre isn’t coming back to play football, but he was playing golf in Wisconsin this weekend and weighed in on the question of how the team should handle things in 2019.

“Aaron will be fine,” Favre said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I think that the thing is he needs to remain the same. And I don’t have to give him any advice. You know, he’ll handle it well. The question is, how will they handle it with him. And obviously, that’s very important. I mean, there’s more to the team than Aaron but we all have to admit that when he’s playing and playing well, which generally when he’s playing he is playing well, you don’t want to change what’s working. There’s other factors that you have to work on. So I think you let him play his game and not disturb that very much. And it’s going to be interesting to see if that happens.”

That’s not too far off from where Rodgers appears to be on the issue. He said recently that he doesn’t “think you want to ask me to turn off 11 years” of experience when it comes to altering plans before the snap. LaFleur said the coaches “pride ourselves on having concepts that have answers” build into the offense.

Favre won’t be the only one interested to see how it all plays out for Rodgers, LaFleur and the Packers this season.

74 responses to “Brett Favre: Let Aaron Rodgers play his game

  1. That’s good advice from Brett. Hopefully LaFleur doesn’t take it. Signed, The rest of the NFL.

  2. We all see Aaron Rodgers’ game isn’t working. You know you’re going to have to change quarterbacks when the starter refuses to see it isn’t working

  3. Let’s be honest, it’s a delicate balance. You want Rodgers to be able to audible and use his experience but you also want him buying into the concepts of the system and why their calling the play and running plays that are called. It will come down to how much LaFleur and Rodgers trust and believe in each other.

  4. I wonder how the pack will do this year. They lost some talent but maybe scheme and a run game can make up for that. Honestly when have they even had a run game.

    Ive watched Aaron torch my Bears for years so I know he is capable. I went to bed halftime Week 1 last year and woke up to that nonsense for instance.

  5. They said reports suggested that one team recently reached out to Josh McCown about coming in to mentor a QB. I’m thinking that was GB to mentor Rodgers on how to be a class act and that football is a team sport, not a Me sport. He turned that opportunity down to retire because he knows he has no chance in teaching Rodgers humility. I mean, when your own family can’t stand you, no player will have a shot at teaching him humility. Good choice on McCown’s part.

  6. Aaron will do whatever he wants no matter what Brent or anyone else says. Including his new head coach. That’s Aaron now. Me. Me. Me. No one else.

  7. Michael Daly says:
    June 23, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    We all see Aaron Rodgers’ game isn’t working.

    ++++

    In his last four seasons (3.5 if you count games lost to injury) Aaron Rodgers has thrown for 112 touchdown passes. And 23 interceptions.

    Averaging 30+ td passes a year. Against under 6 interceptions.

    Most organizations can work with that. Thanks for your concern.

  8. Michael Daly says:
    June 23, 2019 at 2:50 pm
    We all see Aaron Rodgers’ game isn’t working.
    ++++
    In his last four seasons (3.5 if you count games lost to injury) Aaron Rodgers has thrown for 112 touchdown passes. And 23 interceptions.

    Averaging 28 td passes a year. Against under 6 interceptions.
    Most organizations can work with that. Thanks for your concern.

  9. Problem is he has been. Frankly if Brett followed direction a little better he might of been the best ever. Ask The Vikings and Mike Holmgren.

  10. Aaron doesnt realize it but he will have an adverse effect on future NFL qb’s getting all that money guaranteed for a very long term deal. Once you give him the money he has the power and theres nothing you can do to stop him.
    egomaniacs dont see big pictures they only see what works best for them damn the rest

  11. Paul Brown was the 1st coach to take away his QB’s freedom to run his own game. Tom Landry & Bill Walsh took that to new levels. Because they had success in doing that, now every coach wants to be the brains on the sidelines. The Mike Martz’s & Kevin Gilbride’s & Mike Holmgren’s lose their minds and blow gaskets if a QB dares to deviate from the script.

  12. Packertruth – while those stats in isolation look great check out yards per attempt and wins. And it’s well known Aaron interceptions are always low as he is always at the top on the league in throwaways and getting sacked

  13. I can’t wait for the season to begin. If things are clicking with LaFleurs’ preferences, Rodgers will not be complaining. Why would he? Imagine they’re in the midst of a tough game and things just don’t seem to be working; maybe somebody has them “figured out.” LaFleur knows he has a winning option in Rodgers unleashed to “do his thing” that very few other teams can employ. LaFleur is happy, Rodgers is happy, Packer fans are happy.

    I can’t keep up with all the win-win-win scenarios describing the Packers this fall.

  14. ninefingers9 says:
    June 23, 2019 at 4:21 pm
    Who exactly isn’t letting him play his game? Well, not counting Anthony Barr that is.
    __________

    skoLOL!!!
    That one play was basically like winning the Championship for you guys, wasn’t it?

  15. ninefingers9 says:
    June 23, 2019 at 4:21 pm
    Who exactly isn’t letting him play his game? Well, not counting Anthony Barr that is.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Actually, Rodgers IS enabled to play his game, and Barr is NOT enabled to play his……….because of The Barr Rule.

  16. Brady haters claim if Aaron was in NE he’d have 7 rings by now, but Brady can take orders.

    And Aaron always wants to play the hero and win it with some crazy throw on the move home run, but whereas Brady has 35 4th quarter comebacks, Aaron has 14 – but ZERO against teams that were above 500 going into that game. So sure, let him play the hero.

  17. Interceptions are part and parcel of the West Coast Offense. Brett Favre is a Top 10 QB in NFL history.

  18. Hardly surprising he would say that. Did anyone ever reign Favre in? Maybe Holmgren – slightly – but certainly no one else. I understand that fans of other teams are praying it won’t happen, but I think once the games start and Rodgers sees people coming open a lot more often than they used to, things are going to be fine.

  19. Yeah, let’s take the advice of a guy who has thrown more interceptions than anyone in the history of the NFL……

  20. cheeseisfattening says:
    June 23, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    It has not worked out the past 2 years
    Why keep trying the same thing over and over that is obviously not working?
    ________

    You really aren’t very self aware, are you?
    I’ve been saying the exact same thing about Mike Zimmer now, 5 years and counting, and with the exception of one very lucky postseason, Minneapolis Missed Tackle Miracle, he hasn’t accomplished a single thing of note.
    Yet, you all still trust, don’t you?
    Silly Barneys.

  21. The purple anxiety is palpable. They know the Vikings leadership has put all their eggs in a very shaky 84 million dollar basket. They are all in this year with a cap problem set to leave the franchise in tatters for years to come while the Packers have recovered from the Thompson McCarthy doldrums with decisive action leaving the franchise with reason for optimism this year and a bright future. When the greatest thing that ever happened in the history of a franchise is a chance to play in a championship game cause a guy missed a routine tackle, the fan base deserves a break. Enjoy your season.

  22. Unfortunately his game isn’t winning football. But yeah, let his ego keep running that sad team.

  23. Liberalsruineverything says:
    June 23, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Hey, remember when washed up Favre destroyed Erin in ‘09? Wanna know why? Because Favre hates Erin Rodgers and everyone knows it.
    __________

    No, not really.
    But I do recall the Packers sweeping Favre and the Vikings in 2010, which included a 31-3 pasting at the Humpty Dump.
    All of this, on their way to a season capping Super Bowl win over the Steelers.
    But Hey, I hope you really enjoyed those two Favre wins over the Packers.
    Did you save the newspaper clippings?
    skoLOL.

  24. LaFleur was with my Redskins, he’s garbage and in NO WAY deserved a head coach job.. it’s the BS Sean McVay copycat syndrome.. McVay also was garbage with the skins but was given all his opportunities because of his daddy and daddy’s daddy

  25. Doing it “his” way, Favre managed to win 1 SB. Doing it “his” way, Rodgers managed to win 1 SB. Doing it Belichick’s way, Brady won 6. Shoot, even Eli won 2 doing it Coughlin’s way…

  26. Wafflestomp says:
    June 23, 2019 at 7:30 pm
    Liberalsruineverything says:
    June 23, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Hey, remember when washed up Favre destroyed Erin in ‘09? Wanna know why? Because Favre hates Erin Rodgers and everyone knows it.
    __________

    No, not really.
    But I do recall the Packers sweeping Favre and the Vikings in 2010, which included a 31-3 pasting at the Humpty Dump.
    All of this, on their way to a season capping Super Bowl win over the Steelers.
    But Hey, I hope you really enjoyed those two Favre wins over the Packers.
    Did you save the newspaper clippings?
    skoLOL.
    ——————————————

    Nope. Just the hilarious memories of Favre sticking it to the Packers. The Purple jersey hanging in his locker in Canton is even funnier. Good ole Brett wishes he played in purple his whole career. That’s a fact.

  27. If Rodgers doesn’t want to listen which is what it sounds like then trade him.

    I don’t think this difference between Rodgers and the coach can be solved any other way.

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    Liberalsruineverything says:

    June 23, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Hey, remember when washed up Favre destroyed Erin in ‘09? Wanna know why? Because Favre hates Erin Rodgers and everyone knows it.

    You mean the year they lost twice to them, by 19 points combined, and then blew the Vikings out by a combined 32 the next year and won the Superbowl? I forgot what the Vikings did in the playoffs that year.. Oh yeah I remember now they all-time choked in the NFCCG. I remember now.

  29. By all means let AR do what he wants. It’s all about him right? The Packers might be exciting but they won’t be winners. Please continue to let selfish one make it all about himself, not winning football

  30. savagestarlight says:
    June 23, 2019 at 2:57 pm
    Not always a bad thing to reign a QB in. Brett threw a boatload of unnecessary INTs, and he wouldn’t change his ways for anybody.

    ——————————————————————————————-

    NFL fans are so mis-informed about many things, largely because uniformed former players are commentators and they say stuff which isn’t true all the time.
    I want someone — anyone to look at Favre’s career interception rate verses the number of passes he threw and compare it with other great QB’s. You will be surprised that his rate is better than some, worse than others, but not nearly as bad as everyone thinks. But the most important fact that EVERYONE misses is this. I watched every snap that man took as QB of the Packers and many of them he took with the Jets and the Purple Barneys. Do you know how many times he threw into double coverage — or even triple coverage — and completed passes that maybe 1% of the QB’s who ever played could complete (because of his arm strength and quick release)? That is what made him so great and that’s what he was able to do even at the end of his career. Anyone would have been an idiot to try to change what and who Favre was, just as they would be an idiot to try to change who Rodgers is and has been. It’s what makes them the great players they are.
    Please NFL fans — try to learn things like this about players you criticize. Great players do things that no else can do and sometimes it doesn’t work — but the great percentage of time it does, and that’s why they are better than everyone else. It’s a pint that the great percentage of commentators, former players, and fans miss.
    I’ll give you another example. Phillip Rivers’ throwing motion. No coach would ever teach a QB to throw with that 3/4 side-armed delivery Rivers has always thrown with. But it works for him and he’s been one of the top QB’s in football during his career. A coach would have to be a fool to try to change it.

  31. I’ve been saying it for years: if you have to score 35+ a game to win, then you probably won’t go far. This year’s packers will go as far as the defense takes them.

    That’s not an excuse for Rodgers’ ignoring obviously open receivers underneath to throw to double covered Adams deep. Rodgers has flaws that need to be worked out.

    However, Defense wins championships. The Packers defense has been awful for a while now. Getting back to decent on that side of the ball will solve a lot of problems.

  32. filthymcnasty3 says:
    June 24, 2019 at 8:42 am

    It’s humbling as a fan to watch how the Packers just seem to manufacture 1st ballot HOF QB’s.
    =========================================================
    Yup:
    Brett Hundley
    Seneca Wallace
    Scott Tolzien
    Matt Flynn
    Don Majkowski
    Blair Kiel
    Mike Tomczak
    Anthony Dilweg
    Randy Wright
    Alan Risher
    Jim Zorn
    David Whitehurst
    Lynn Dickey
    Randy Johnson
    Carlos Brown
    Don Milan
    Jack Concannon
    John Hadl
    Jerry Tagge
    Scott Hunter
    Jim Del Gaizo
    Zeke Bratkowski
    Don Horn

  33. I will always love Favre for the fun he provided making the cheese eaters heads explode. Watching the fans burn his jersey was a hoot and watching the Green Bay Packers be so scared Favre would end up on the Viking they made the Jets promise them 3 1st rounds pics if they moved Favre to the Vikings, making them the laughingstock of the league. LOLOLOLOL

  34. Plus, Packers are stuck with Rodgers through 2021 at least. If the offense breaks down, that ridiculous contract will be an albatross around their necks for at least two more seasons after 2019.
    Rodgers has shown to be more injury prone to boot.

    Yes, he’s a HOF QB, but he should look at the career of the recently departed Bart Starr. The term ‘gentleman’ was constantly used about Bart, not ‘malcontent’.

  35. Why take advice from Brett Farv-ruh?
    He was the INT king for a long time in his career.
    =====

    INT%

    Brett Favre – 3.3

    Dan Marino – 3.0
    Troy Aikman – 3.0
    John Elway – 3.1
    Kurt Warner – 3.1
    Warren Moon – 3.4
    Jim Kelly – 3.7

  36. Liberalsruineverything says:
    June 23, 2019 at 6:53 pm
    Hey, remember when washed up Favre destroyed Erin in ‘09? Wanna know why? Because Favre hates Erin Rodgers and everyone knows it.
    _________________________________________________

    Remember when Favre threw to Tracy Porter, and then exactly one year later, it was Aaron Rodgers, who was holding the Vince Lombardi trophy? Yeah, so do I. LOL, couldn’t make it up if I tried, so great.

  37. If Rodgers doesn’t want to listen which is what it sounds like then trade him.
    ======

    Impossible. Literally.

    $80mil cap hit this year
    nearly $60mil next year
    Over $50mil in 2021

    He’s not going anywhere in the foreseeable future… barring retirement..

  38. I’ve been saying it for years: if you have to score 35+ a game to win, then you probably won’t go far. This year’s packers will go as far as the defense takes them.
    =====

    Surely you can’t be serious?

    – Mike McCarthy

  39. Doing it “his” way, Favre managed to win 1 SB. Doing it “his” way, Rodgers managed to win 1 SB. Doing it Belichick’s way, Brady won 6. Shoot, even Eli won 2 doing it Coughlin’s way…
    =====

    You’re not gonna fool anybody with that.

    Favre was doing it Holmgrens way, as he himself has said many times over.

    Had that marriage lasted longer, they almost assuredly would have had another Title or 2.

  40. What a foursome!

    Jack Nicklaus, Brett Favre, Andy North, and Toby Keith.

    Brett is a regular at University Ridge in Madison WI, but I do believe this is the first time he golfed with Jack. Brett said it was like “being a priest and serving mass with the Pope.” Would have loved to have been able to hear the conversations among that foursome.

    Of course on his many trips to his “other home” Wisconsin, Brett is always asked about the Packers and Brett not surprisingly said positive things about his close friend Aaron Rodgers. Brett knows his Packers will be at their best when Aaron Rodgers is doing his thing. Matt LaFleur also knows this and said “I have been very impressed with how he has been able to really enhance our offense. It’s been really fun to watch.”

    Any offense is always a work in progress and this offense is in the growing stages as we speak. I really love the direction I see the offense going in. I for one can’t wait until July 25th when we will see this offense really start to take form. If the early installs were any indication, we are going to be treated to watching a “electric” offense for years to come.

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  41. This will be my 50th season of watching the Packers. I have no idea what we’re going to see this year.

  42. You think Brett gave two rips what the call was from the sideline? The old gunslinger called his own plays.

  43. It’s been great to read about and watch Favre back in Wisconsin this week. He’s been describing extensively how much he enjoyed playing for the Packers, being a Packer for life, and the wonderful and appreciative Packer fans. Plus, he has a new-found relationship with Rodgers and continues to make his admiration and respect for Rodgers very clear.

    I think this is my fifth win-win-win scenario describing the Packers this week alone!

  44. ricko1112 says:

    June 23, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Doing it “his” way, Favre managed to win 1 SB. Doing it “his” way, Rodgers managed to win 1 SB. Doing it Belichick’s way, Brady won 6. Shoot, even Eli won 2 doing it Coughlin’s way…
    ——————–
    Brady is an anomaly. To compare Superbowl wins of others to him is ridiculous. As it is there are 12 that’s right 12 starting qbs in NFL history who won’t multiple super bowls that’s it so to bash qbs who “only” won 1 is ridiculous and shows how misinformed so many are and how spoiled they are from Brady who is the exception not the rule.

  45. streetyson says:
    June 23, 2019 at 4:43 pm
    Brady haters claim if Aaron was in NE he’d have 7 rings by now, but Brady can take orders.

    And Aaron always wants to play the hero and win it with some crazy throw on the move home run, but whereas Brady has 35 4th quarter comebacks, Aaron has 14 – but ZERO against teams that were above 500 going into that game. So sure, let him play the hero.

    /////

    What does any of this have to do with Brady?

    Patriot paranoia at its finest…..

  46. stellarperformance says:
    June 24, 2019 at 12:27 pm
    I think this is my fifth win-win-win scenario describing the Packers this week alone!
    ——–
    Back at it I see, after your pre-season declarations of Rodgers ripping up the league and getting revenge on Barr last year along with the Packers being dominate were so accurate. By November all you had were excuses for your hero.

  47. Yes, he’s a HOF QB, but he should look at the career of the recently departed Bart Starr. The term ‘gentleman’ was constantly used about Bart, not ‘malcontent’.
    =====

    Starr had Lombardi, and nearly a dozen fellow HOFrs around him.

    Rodgers teams fell off considerably after 2010, then jumped off a cliff after 2014.

    Rodgers has carried this team for the better part of his career. Starr never had to. Bart wasn’t even the face of the franchise. Lombardi was.

  48. areyahappynow says:

    Aaron doesnt realize it but he will have an adverse effect on future NFL qb’s getting all that money guaranteed for a very long term deal. Once you give him the money he has the power and theres nothing you can do to stop him.
    egomaniacs dont see big pictures they only see what works best for them damn the rest

    —————————-

    Let’s not forget why he got that contract. This new coach obviously has. I’d rather have MM back and just let Aaron call the plays.

  49. Let’s not forget why he got that contract. This new coach obviously has. I’d rather have MM back and just let Aaron call the plays.
    =====

    Too bad McCarthy wasn’t fired sooner.

    Maybe Doug Pederson would be in Rodgers ear.. or Kyle Shanahan.. or the true wunderkid himself…

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