Aaron Rodgers balances diplomacy, candor in discussing Jordan Love pick

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has spoken to the media for the first time since the Packers drafted quarterback Jordan Love in round one. And Rodgers balanced diplomacy and candor in addressing the situation.

“General reaction at first was surprise,” Rodgers said, “like many people. I’m not going to say I was thrilled with the pick.”

But Rodgers made it clear that he respects the fact that the front office did what it believed it had to do.

“Obviously,” Rodgers said, “they thought that [Love] was such a great talent that they needed to go up and get him. . . . It’s what those guys are paid to do, to put together a roster for now and for the future as well.”

Rodgers said he looks forward to working with Love, citing the relationships Rodgers has developed with other backup quarterbacks. He added that Love bears no blame for being drafted by the Packers, and Rodgers pointed out that the two players have similar stories. Neither was heavily recruited out of college, and both have become more than many thought they would be.

Rodgers reiterated that he plans to play into his 40s, and that he’ll control what he can control regarding whether the Packers have a different plan.

“What I can control is how I play and making that decision at some point a very hard one,” Rodgers said. “If there comes a time when I feel like I can play at a high level and my body feels great, there are other guys that have gone on and played elsewhere.”

Asked whether he gets motivated by the apparent effort to replace him before he’s ready to go, Rodgers pointed only to his motivation to play into his 40s. He pointed out the importance of taking care of his body, making sure his legs continue to be reliable, and giving himself the ability to play as long as he can.

Whether that’s in Green Bay or elsewhere remains to be seen. Regardless, Rodgers made it clear that, if the team decides to turn the page before he’s ready to close the book, Rodgers will indeed finish his career in a new uniform.

47 responses to “Aaron Rodgers balances diplomacy, candor in discussing Jordan Love pick

  1. And just like that, the bitter divorce rumors melt away. He is a Packer until the Packers decide he isn’t. Period…

  2. The Packers haven’t drafted a skill player in the first round for 15 years. For all the talk about the Patriots not giving Tom any weapons last year, the Packers elected to deprive Rodgers of weapons for his entire career. I am not a GB fan or a Rodgers fans but I do have to give him props for keeping a stiff upper lip on getting screwed over yet again.

  3. I would LOVE to see Rodgers as a Viking. Seriously. He’s tormented my team for many years, and it would be great to see him in purple. He’s a great QB, although I still hate the Packers.

  4. “Obviously,” Rodgers said, “they thought that [Love] was such a great talent that they needed to go up and get him.”
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    You can just hear the sarcasm dripping off that quote.

  5. Not sure how anyone could find anything wrong with what he said, but I’m sure the usual suspects will try. In my opinion, Rodgers has always and probably will always conduct himself with class. As a fan I appreciate that.

  6. Honestly, political correctness run amok. They did Rogeres no favors. Got him no help. He should have called them out on it. What are they gonna do, fire him?

  7. “I like where we’re at,” Rodgers said of the Packers’ current roster. “What we accomplished last year was pretty amazing. I like where we’re at. As always, we’re expecting those young guys, those rookies, to make that big jump and play some big roles for us.”

    He sure sounds irritated, doesn’t he?

  8. Nice try, packer fans. Nobody is cool with you bringing in your own replacement. Rodgers is gone after this year. Rodgers simply is saying the right thing.

  9. Even QB’s drafted in the first round only work out about half the time and Jordan Love has “project” written all over him. There is a very good chance the Packers have burned their bridges with their franchise QB for nothing.

  10. Not a Packer’s fan but surprised how well Rodgers has handled this mess so far.

  11. the bottom line is $$ . AR cost lots and Love very little . just a matter of time before they make the switch.

  12. It will be interesting to see how Love does if Rodgers gets hurt. That was never really an issue when Favre played and Rodgers was in the wings.

  13. “If there comes a time when I feel like I can play at a high level and my body feels great, there are other guys that have gone on and played elsewhere.”
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    He is already looking to get out

  14. “General reaction at first was surprise,” Rodgers said

    surprised is passive-aggressive for angry

  15. Watch the video and you could cut the tension with a knife! That room must have been cranked up to 100 degrees!

  16. I made a commercial with Aaron for Bose… he was fantastic. Extremely smart and easy going. I hope he plays for as long as he wants at a high level! He deserves it!

  17. purplepridepolysemy says:
    May 15, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Not a Packer’s fan but surprised how well Rodgers has handled this mess so far.
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    What mess? Why???
    No, a complete mess would be wasting numerous high draft picks (Including #1s) on a variety of failed QBs for years, and then letting all of the contracts expire at the same time.
    Causing you to scramble, scrounge and eventually grossly overpay for a middling QB because you had no leverage in negotiations.
    Now, that’s a mess.

  18. Rodgers seems classier than was expected.

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    That’s what three fingers of scotch will do to you!!

  19. How many starting QBs will walk into a press conference and say they’re pissed off at the front office? There aren’t too many Jeff George and Jay Cutler types left in the league.

    I still would be pretty surprised if Rodgers isn’t playing elsewhere in a year or two. Maybe Jordan Love will be good, but he certainly wasn’t rated as a prospect anywhere close to where Rodgers was rated in 2005.

  20. Honestly I don’t understand the Packers. They have had one of the top QBs of the generation on their team and it seems like they have done everything possible to completely waste his talent. Here’s a newsflash when you have a top QB you need to double down on your offense. Take a look at the Chiefs, do you see them saying well with have Mahomes so we don’t need to bring in top receivers. No you overload on offensive talent to take advantage of the short window of time that you get to enjoy a top QB. Because you know what, the odds are stacked against you to get another one for a very long time.

    Look at the hissy fit Brady was having last season about the lack of talent. But at least the Patriots tried over the years to bring in top guys. Packers seem completely happy to waste Rodgers.

  21. As Brett Favre would say – It is what it is!!! I mean why wouldnt AR handle it well – he saw how BF handled it ( very poorly for the years before AR took over). There is no point acting like a d. Actually it would help the team getting this guy up to speed. If the Pack do well – if Love does well then it is a win-win. If AR gets to pull a Brady and go somewhere else – then he will get paid. If Love on his own flops then AR wins. If Love is good but not great then they might get a few picks in year 3. There is nothing but positives for AR and the team. It is even a win for the writers because now they have something to write about and to ask for an interview for a quick quote.

  22. Rodgers is awesome! He will retire a Packer

    So, a wasted first round pick then? because drafting a guy who wont play until 5 years from now seems a bit off

  23. David Colwell says:
    May 15, 2020 at 4:08 pm
    Honestly, political correctness run amok. They did Rogeres no favors. Got him no help. He should have called them out on it. What are they gonna do, fire him?
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    I’m not sure political correctness is what you think it is.

  24. Jordan Love equates to a term insurance policy. You hope you never need it but you’re really glad to have it if you do. If you don’t need it, you cash it out (for draft picks) at the end of the term and buy another.

    Ron Wolf made a living at it. If Ted Thompson would have followed the same formula, the Packers would have been much better off on more than one occasion. Hopefully Brian Gutekunst contines it.

  25. I think they meant recruited much out of high school..which would apply to both. But ARod was projected to go number 1..he slid because no one else was in the market for QBs.Only scouting knock on him was they didn’t think he was mobile qb, which every one was looking for at that time

  26. Again, this is much ado about nothing. Who cares what anyone thinks about what Gutekunst and LeFleur did with THEIR draft picks?
    Rodgers will do what he always does. He’ll show up prepared and in shape to play at a high level.
    I’m going to enlighten those of you who don’t know by describing the job of these people:
    Brian Gutekunst — He is the Packers’ GM and his job is to build the team for the present and future.
    Matt Lefleur — His job is to run the team on the field and make sure everyone is prepared to win on game day.
    Aaron Rodgers — His job is to play QB for the Green Bay Packers.
    That sums it up, folks, and it seems to me that all three of them are doing precisely what they are being paid to do.

  27. Jordan Love is more than insurance policy. He and Gutey are tied together. Love fails and Gutey could be out the door. At any rate, Love is going to get a chance to play with the packers because of this draft pick.
    And Rodgers told you for the first time he would play elsewhere. AR12 is smart enough to see the writing on the wall too that’s why he said it. Before this draft Rodgers always said he wanted to play for only the packers.

  28. Both Rogers and Love grew up in California cowtowns — Rodgers in Chico; Love in Bakersfield. These guys have a lot in common in their stories.

  29. Typical intelligent and honest responses by Rodgers, which is one reason I respect the guy. However, if Packer fans somehow take that as everything is okay with Rodgers and the Pack and that he’ll be joyously singing “In Heaven There Is No Beer” with Packer management at Lambeau, they truly are viewing the world through green and gold glasses.

  30. Even though Aaron finished the season mostly healthy and in the NFC Championship,… his play looked a bit lackluster at times. Perhaps Jordan Love lurking in the background, maybe Rodgers gets that competitive edge back. A kick in the pants so to say,……

  31. If Green Bay decides to part with Rodgers and take a chance on Love, Dallas should immediately sign Rodgers, whatever the cost. He has never lost a game at AT&T Stadium.

  32. Rodgers, 36, last signed an extension with Green Bay in August 2018. He is signed through the 2023 season, when he will turn 40 that December. According to Spotrac, the four-year deal has a total value of $133 million, with a total guarantee of $98.7 million, including $79.2 million guaranteed at signing.May 1, 2020

    That is the answer to the question, why did the Packers draft Jordan Love. In 15 seasons the Packers have paid Rodgers $219,364,529 dollars by the time his current contract ends he will have been paid $313,914,529. So how much should they pay a 40 year old QB when he comes back to re-up?

    It’s about the bottom line, the Packers will not pay Rodgers another dime.

  33. What did you expect him to say? He’s getting paid millions regardless of what anybody thinks. I don’t blame the Packers one bit if they think Love is their guy. Rodgers will be there for 2 years minimum and more if he plays lights out. If his skills diminish and/or Love shows he’s a quality QB, maybe Rodgers will be elsewhere in 3 years. That’s life in the NFL and if GMs don’t plan that way they finish drafting in the top 10 year after year.

  34. Rodgers will play into his fortys only if his body lets him and his skills dont diminish.lets wait and see where he stands health wise and skills wise in a 2-3 years.Love could turn out to be a Godsend pick by the Packers by then,another fifteen year leader of the Pack who makes other GMs wonder why they didnt draft him first.

  35. A lot of people are saying Rodgers needs more weapons. And those same people are saying, Rodgers play has declined.
    There is not one QB in the NFL that can play on a high level every year, without having high quality weapons around him.
    Think about it, Rodgers has a pro bowl receiver in Adams, a above average RB, a below average number 2 receiver, a below
    average slot receiver, and a below average TE. You bring in any QB, and he’ll look average. Love may have lots of talent, but
    he’ll learn very quickly that he needs help to elevate his talents just like Rodgers. The NFL is a team sport, and you need lots of talent around
    the QB to be successful. The Patriots talent level dropped last year and so did their QB performance. Duh.
    They keep saying the NFL is a QB driven league, well they need to feed that QB weapons to keep up with Brees and Mahomes.
    Kirk Cousins had about the same numbers as Rodgers did last year. Rodgers really had only 1 receiver to throw to last year in Adams.
    Cousins had 3 Pro Bowl receivers to throw to. If I was a Viking fan, I wouldn’t pound my chest about Cousins/Rodgers comparison.

  36. bunners1 says:
    May 16, 2020 at 7:46 am
    What did you expect him to say? He’s getting paid millions regardless of what anybody thinks. I don’t blame the Packers one bit if they think Love is their guy. Rodgers will be there for 2 years minimum and more if he plays lights out. If his skills diminish and/or Love shows he’s a quality QB, maybe Rodgers will be elsewhere in 3 years. That’s life in the NFL and if GMs don’t plan that way they finish drafting in the top 10 year after year.

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    Finally, a post which has common sense and thought in it. You are absolutely right. Does anyone think Aaron Rodgers cares what they say? Does anyone think that Brian Gutekunst and Matt Lefleur care what they say?
    The answers are they couldn’t give a hoot what anyone thinks or says. They are all professionals paid to do a job and they are doing it the way they see fit. That’s all that matters. Aaron Rodgers doesn’t have to play another snap to be a shoo in for the Hall Of Fame. Brian Gutekunst and Matt LeFleur took the Packers to the NFC title game in their very first year. I’d say that’s pretty darned good.
    Incidentally, for those of you who don’t know — Brian Gutekunst has been with the Packers for over 20 years. So it’s not like he fell off the boat and they handed him this job. The guy is a good football man and he clearly knows what he wants to do.

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