A.J. Hawk: Aaron Rodgers story not going away soon

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Former Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk interviewed Aaron Rodgers for his podcast a month ago, when Rodgers talked about wanting to play in Green Bay past his 40th birthday.

In case you weren’t aware, things may have changed since then.

Hawk told Peter King of NBC’s Football Morning in America that the questions about Rodgers’ relationship with new teammate Jordan Love will be less of a concern than with coach Matt LaFleur.

It does make me wonder now what their relationship will be like,” Hawk said of Rodgers and LaFleur. “I think Aaron’s relationship with Jordan Love will be great. Aaron will be open with him. I think the frustrating part for him, and for the organization, will be this story will not go away after the first press conference for Aaron when the team finally is back together.

“It’ll keep coming up—not just this year. It probably doesn’t help that [Rodgers and LaFleur] probably won’t be in the same room for a while.”

Prior to the organization trading up for another quarterback who might eventually replace him, Rodgers had spoken in glowing terms about his new coach.

“He just cares about [football] so much,” Rodgers said on Hawk’s podcast. “He loves the competition part of it. I’m just by nature a little more calm on game days. He’s definitely more amped up. So we’re a good balance for each other. He helps me get into the game mode. When s—’s getting a little bit dicey, I can kind of help him settle down a little bit. We’re a really good balance for each other.”

Of course, the Packers are also making sure to compartmentalize things, to make sure the decision can be traced to General Manager Brian Gutekunst rather than LaFleur. That will be helpful when the team returns to the field and LaFleur and Rodgers have to work together on a daily basis.

But Hawk’s certainly right about one thing, this story won’t go away any time soon. Since Rodgers himself hasn’t talked about it yet, the vacuum will continue to be filled by those who know him or are close to (or even the periphery of) the situation talking about it.

And that may not necessarily help bridge the gap between the team and its most important player.

21 responses to “A.J. Hawk: Aaron Rodgers story not going away soon

  1. Hawk and Rodgers are buddies.

    You can tell because he claims that Rodgers will act like JLove’s best buddy… AJ must not remember Rodgers’ infamous stink eye look that he frequently bestows on teammates…

    But even Hawk is concerned about the growing schism within the Packers organization – especially between Rodgers and management.

    Like AJ says, “It’ll keep coming up…”

  2. Rodgers has to be extremely bitter about this. What a cheesy (haha) move by the organization.

    You hear so much about “disrespect” from players, usually b/c they weren’t offered $25 million/year instead of $24.8 million. That’s baloney.

    THIS is disrespect.

  3. I respect AJ Hawk immensely. AJ has ONE of the best wives on the planet(Laura Hawk), after my own wife of course, who is indeed the BEST wife who ever lived.❤

    AJ is tight with Aaron and has said he has spoken to him recently and even before he spoke to Aaron he expressed that Aaron and Jordan Love would have a great relationship. AJ knows better than most how Aaron actually is, and there is no debate Aaron and Jordan will be close.

    AJ is just basically saying that the media not letting the story go away will be annoying, but Aaron has dealt with that well his whole career. The media trying to keep false narratives alive will NOT affect Aaron, Matt Lafleur, or anyone else in the organization or Packer Nation in the least. All the chatter outside of 1265 Lombardi Ave. and the state of Wisconsin will always remain just irrelevant white noise.

    The focus is on preparing for the 2020 season. The virtual offseason has begun and is going splendidly.👍

    Is it late July and time for training camp yet?

    Let’s do this!

    #GoPackGo!🏈✊

  4. The most pertinent part is at the end. Since Rodgers hasn’t talked about it yet… Actually, he has and what he said before the draft was that he understands the business side of football and would not have a problem with it if the Packers drafted a quarterback and he will be out whoever is drafted.

  5. No Knock an Rodgers the QB/Talent here. One of the best of all time.

    But…. what gives anybody the confidence that AR will be so “open” an welcoming to Love? Hate to let facts get in the way and all… but AR has shown the pattern of treating teammates he feels are not talented enough with clear disdain and derision.

    Also from general reports he is disenfranchised from his family because he disdains their religious values.

    Why do we think that someone who has this kind of emotional/relation behavior is going to be so welcoming and helpful to a guy hired to eventually replace him a full 6 years before he actually wants to be done playing?

    Quit kidding yourselves here folks. Something has to give….

  6. PFT’s certainly right about one thing, this story won’t go away any time soon.

  7. Aaron got McCarthy fired…..is Lafleur next?

    Rare when an employee tells the boss what to do.

  8. Of course it wont go away especially if Troy Aikman and Joe Buck are doing the games ( hope they only get a few this year) but remember Troy and Joe redoing the Favre – Rodgers thing for at least 5 years – every game after – game after – game . Still makes me shiver.

  9. IF for some reason the NFL season is cancelled or shortened it will be in Rodgers favor. Love will never get any quality practice time and will struggle not just this but probably next year also. By then Rodgers will move on to another team.

  10. The die is cast, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Rodgers is gone!

  11. “The die is cast, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Rodgers is gone!”

    On a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero. – Tyler Durden

    Or in other words, a soon to be 37 year old NFL quarterback should not be counted on to become a 41 year old NFL QB.

    Good on the Packers for planning for a future QB and not having to desperately grasp at over paid free agents or rookies before they are ready. The Packers showed the way to the NFL in how Rodgers was groomed. He wasn’t ready to be a starting NFL QB in 2005 or even 2006. He would have gotten destroyed and we probably would not have seen him for long if he was forced to play.

    Not many College QBs can step in and be really good right away or even in year two. History is littered with guys who were supremely talented who got destroyed on bad teams and never recovered.

    The kid GB drafted isn’t ready to play NFL football. He probably won’t be ready next year and maybe not the year after that. But if he shows anything he will get a shot to take over from a guy who would be 39 heading towards 40 during the season.

    You hitch your wagon to the guy who is ascending not the guy who is descending.

  12. “”Since Rodgers himself hasn’t talked about it yet, the vacuum will continue to be filled by those who know him or are close to (or even the periphery of) the situation talking about it.””

    The line quoted above tells you everything you need to know. The subject is running out of gas in a big way despite the lame speculation. Rodgers needs to say something very soon…..at least that is the hope of this poke at Rodgers. Those who write and talk about it are getting desperate for new material.

  13. Seems to me there will be little or no issue between either Rodgers and Love or LaFleur; however, I don’t suppose Rodgers and Gutekunst/Packer management will sitting around the campfire drinking scotch and singing kumbaya any time soon.

  14. Aaron got McCarthy fired…..is Lafleur next?
    ——
    Mike McCarthy got Mike McCarthy fired. Or is it just a coincidence that their win total more than doubled (when LaFleur took over) with the same QB under helm.

    Try to think for yourself instead of parroting false narratives.

  15. A former Packers backup QB talking about Aaron Rodgers:

    “He’s turned into a brother. I say I love him because I really do. He’s the big brother and teacher I never really had. I ask 10 million questions and get 10 million answers. He’s somebody who’s open-minded enough to understand that I’m still learning. I can ask anything about football, life, and get a real answer.” Pure class!

  16. Like AR or hate AR, you should listen to the Hawk Podcast that you can find in this week’s FMIA column. Very insightful and the false speculation doesn’t bother AR because he has been a victim of it since 2005 from the media.

  17. freefromwhatyouare says:

    A former Packers backup QB talking about Aaron Rodgers: SNIP!

    ****

    Why didn’t Free or some other Packer ‘insiders’ get the scoop about shafting Rodgers BEFORE the draft happened? Inquiring shareholders need to know.

  18. fansince68 says:
    May 5, 2020 at 12:07 am
    freefromwhatyouare says:
    A former Packers backup QB talking about Aaron Rodgers: SNIP!
    ****
    Why didn’t Free or some other Packer ‘insiders’ get the scoop about shafting Rodgers BEFORE the draft happened? Inquiring shareholders need to know.
    ———–
    Well it was lasagna night so his mom made him get off JSOnline earlier than usual.

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