David Bakhtiari insists Aaron Rodgers has “still got his wheels”

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Packers veterans may or may not have been upset about the team trading up for quarterback Jordan Love. They almost assuredly were surprised.

That was Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari‘s reaction.

“I mean, I’m indifferent,” Bakhtiari said of the Packers using the 26th overall choice on the Utah State quarterback. “I think my goal throughout my career is always to not let my emotions get the best of me in the business setting. Yeah, I know we do play a game, but it’s a business at the end of the day. I was more shocked that they traded up, but how I feel about the pick doesn’t really matter because I’m not in charge of building of the roster. Whatever my point is, my job is to protect the quarterback and open up holes in the run game and do my job and make sure I’m out there on Sundays. I try to do that to the best of my ability and control what I can control.”

Bakhtiari has spent the past seven seasons protecting Aaron Rodgers, and Bakhtiari is among those who has been training with Rodgers “for awhile” this offseason.

Rodgers always plays with a raging fire and a chip on his shoulder, and the team’s drafting of Love likely only stokes that fire and adds to that chip.

“We were out there running around today on our conditioning day, and the guy’s still got his wheels,” Bakhtiari said. “I’m proud of him on that end. We still compete. I know that fire still burns in him deep. He’s still, in his own way, makes sure he tries and win in every facet. He’s the most competitive person I’ve met. So I always expect the most out of him, because I know he can deliver on that end.”

12 responses to “David Bakhtiari insists Aaron Rodgers has “still got his wheels”

  1. I think I’d enjoy watching Rodgers and Brady play ping pong against each other, maybe 3 out of 5 to win. I’ve read over the years that each is the most competitive person many other players have ever been around. The fireworks at the end of the fifth game would most likely be quite interesting.

  2. Love > Rodgers…..

    Packers 6-10, if theyre lucky…. time for Mr Rodgers to find a new neighborhood.

  3. But when he continually cheats and seeks free plays, he could play until he’s 50. Wheels only are needed if the OL is awful – and the last couple of years he has needed wheels.

  4. Both must feel so incredibly blessed to live in the relative tranquility of Green Bay in these trying times.

  5. Rodgers still has his inflated ego as well, and he and the rest of Packer nation are never going to accept the FACT he’s nothing more than Brett Favre 2.0….Go look at the stats and come back and argue otherwise if you want, but you’ll LOSE THAT ARGUMENT if you’re being truthful. They have almost identical statistics in practically every category including the most one Superbowl wins. It’s almost scary they’re so close. The only difference is Brett was a more likable person…End of Story

  6. The biggest difference among all NFCN teams and their expectations for success remains to be Aaron Rodgers. Nothing has changed.

  7. lesepi says:
    June 9, 2020 at 4:11 pm
    But when he continually cheats and seeks free plays, he could play until he’s 50. Wheels only are needed if the OL is awful – and the last couple of years he has needed wheels.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    You’re a resident of Bizarro World, I presume?

  8. 3percenter4life says:
    June 9, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    They have almost identical statistics in practically every category …. It’s almost scary they’re so close.

    +++++

    In twenty NFL seasons Brett Favre threw less than 13 interceptions twice (1991, 2009).

    In fifteen NFL seasons Aaron Rodgers never threw more than 13 interceptions. Far from identical.

  9. For most of his career Rodgers has scrambled for about 20 first downs per season. Last season he only had 9.

    I think his wheels are gone and wish he would dump the ball to the backs more often.

  10. Yes everyone was surprised the Packers actually traded up for love. And it’s nice when someone admits Rodgers needs motivation like the Packers drafting love. Thanks for being honest.

  11. Some people don’t “need” motivation, they’re simply always motivated. Aaron Rodgers is a person like that. I admire motivated people and I’ve known many and they’re easy to recognize. That’s how anyone becomes the best at what they do. You have to be motivated.

    Still, there are others out there that mock motivated people. They do it to salvage their own self-worth by comparison. Experts have written books on the subject.

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