Brian Gutekunst “really excited” about Year Two of Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur

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Among the topics that came up during Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst’s press conference on Friday was the play of quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers’ transition to the offense put in place by head coach Matt LaFleur was closely watched all season and Gutekunst said he thought the veteran had a “really, really good year” in the new system. He also said he thinks Rodgers is still playing at an elite level and carried the team at times, which has him looking forward to seeing what next season brings.

“I’m really excited to see what he can do in Year Two,” Gutekunst said. “I know Matt talks a lot about what Matt Ryan did in Year Two, the comparatives there. I’m really excited to see where him and the offense can go.”

Gutekunst is referring to Ryan’s 2016 season, which was his second playing under LaFleur and Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta. Ryan won the MVP that year and the Falcons won the NFC, so it’s easy to understand why that would be an ideal scenario for the Packers in 2020.

Gutekunst also looked beyond 2020 during the press conference when he was asked about taking a quarterback in the draft. He said he was “raised by Ron Wolf and Ted Thompson,” so he can’t rule out taking a prospect at some point this April.

21 responses to “Brian Gutekunst “really excited” about Year Two of Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur

  1. There main difference among all NFCN teams and their expectations for success next season remains to be Aaron Rodgers. Nothing has changed.

  2. This guy won’t sit on his hands, but he has to clear enough cap space for free agents, and overcome 2-3 high draft choices that have not contributed.

  3. stellarperformance says:
    January 24, 2020 at 2:54 pm
    There main difference among all NFCN teams and their expectations for success next season remains to be Aaron Rodgers. Nothing has changed.
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    Do mean the remainder of Aaron Rogers? Because the guy that was on the field is clearly not what he used to be.

  4. stellarperformance says:
    January 24, 2020 at 2:54 pm
    There main difference among all NFCN teams and their expectations for success next season remains to be Aaron Rodgers. Nothing has changed.

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    I’m a Bears fan who watched every packer game this year. Aaron Rodgers is not special anymore. That offense was run based with tons of screen passes. Andy Dalton would very realistically have won 12-13 games this season for them.

    What’s unfortunate for Green Bay is that they are paying Rodgers Russell Wilson money the next three years when he’s not at that level, and only getting worse with age.

  5. I’m not sure they are a year away. They are a decent team with a great QB. The defense gave up 74 points in 2 games against the Niners. I still think they need a lot of work before they can get over the hump.

  6. So are the other GM’s of the other 31 teams, who are really excited for what they hope their teams will accomplish. If they’re not, they should look for a job in another field. Rodger’s needs to take his ego down a few notches and realise it’s not all about him but a TEAM effort. A QB is nothing without their O Line, receivers, running backs, etc.

  7. chickensalad43 says:

    I’m a Bears fan who watched every packer game this year. Aaron Rodgers is not special anymore.

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    Trade you Rodgers for Trubisky, straight-up.

    That’s what I thought. Other than the Seahawks, Ravens, Cheifs, and Texans, just about any other team in the league would jump at the chance to snag Rodgers. Give him more targets than just Adams and Jones, and you’ll see special again.

  8. He also said he thinks Rodgers is still playing at an elite level and carried the team at times,
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    Rodgers had middling to low middling stats in every way they measure QBs in 2019. No matter what “Gute” says and no matter what cheese eaters talk themselves into believing Rodgers was average at best this past year and will be one more year older next year.

  9. Rodgers’ passer rating and QBR have steadily declined over the past four seasons. I don’t know if you can count on him to bounce back to 2014 level at age 36.

  10. Rodgers is as good as he ever was. His numbers were down but still excellent. He and the rest of the team learned a completely new system and his secondary receivers did not step up. Everybody and their brother predicted the Packers would go 8-8….at best. They swept their division, won 13 games, and earned a first round bye. Pretty damn good under the circumstances. I think I speak for most Packer fans: We’re disappointed, but not discouraged. Not in the least.

    And as far as the usual suspect Packer-hating Viking trolls go…….any derogatory assumption expressed about the Packers is worse for the Vikings (scoreboard,) in addition to Rodgers outperforming Cousins, again.

    Remember that while practicing your stolen cheer this off-season.

  11. 2019 Packers remind me of the 2018 Bears. Both teams overachieved with a new HC saddled with an overrated QB that took advantage of a 3rd place schedule and are unlikely to make the playoffs the following year.

  12. With the exception of Jimmy Garopolo, no other QB has won more games this season than Aaron Rodgers.
    Having so much success in year one, it’s quite obvious to see just why Matt LaFleur is so excited about next season and beyond.
    We all feel that same excitement.
    Well, most of us anyway. skoLOL!!!

  13. stellarperformance says:
    January 24, 2020 at 2:54 pm
    There main difference among all NFCN teams and their expectations for success next season remains to be Aaron Rodgers. Nothing has changed.
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    Get over your hero man. He was 20th in QBR and 12th in passer rating. Yeah he was great now he is slightly above average and throws out a few horrible games a year. He is aging and declining it happens to all players, usually aren’t starting a 4 year extension at least they have an out in 2022.

  14. stellarperformance says:
    January 24, 2020 at 5:45 pm
    In addition to Rodgers outperforming Cousins, again.
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    I am not a big Cousins fan but selective metrics did you use this year. Because last year wins, completions percentage, tds, qbr, asset ration, and head to head matchups “didn’t count”. To say he is as good as he ever was is just ridiculous, he used to be arguably the best in the league now he is second to middle tier like cousins, hence why you compare him to Kirk and not Mahomes or other elite qbs.

  15. Rogers doesn’t seem to be interested in football any longer! I’ve read stories about his pouty attitude. Eventually that wears off on the rest of the team. Then he continues to make political statements when none id required. In the latest he claims to be an agnostic! I’m not sure what that has to do with football? He just turned off over 50% of the packer fans. Trade him while he still has some value!

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