Matt LaFleur: No guarantees, but I see Aaron Rodgers here for a really long time

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In late May, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said that the team’s decision to select quarterback Jordan Love in the first round this year came about because Love was the best player on the team’s board and not because they wanted to start the clock on replacing Aaron Rodgers.

While that may be the case, Rodgers said earlier that month that “there are other guys that have gone on and played elsewhere” when asked about his long-term future in Green Bay. LaFleur spoke to reporters again on Sunday and reiterated that his view is that Rodgers will not be leaving Green Bay anytime soon.

“Right now, most importantly, Aaron’s our quarterback and I see him here for a really long time,” LaFleur said, via Matt Schneidman of TheAthletic.com. “However long that is, I don’t think anybody knows. Nothing’s guaranteed in this league. But I feel so lucky to be able to work with him on a daily basis and I don’t see that changing for a really long time.”

Rodgers is currently signed through the 2023 season, which would be the fourth year of Love’s rookie contract. It would seem prudent to have some idea about what Love can do ahead of a decision about exercising a team option for the 2024 season, so there’s sure to be more to come on the quarterback front in Green Bay.

26 responses to “Matt LaFleur: No guarantees, but I see Aaron Rodgers here for a really long time

  1. If they decide Love can play, then this will be Rodgers last year in Green Bay.

  2. Rodgers is no longer in his prime but he’s. still top five and playing at a pretty high level. idont see the Pack pushing him out the door anytumesoon especially for someone unproven….

  3. Green Bay is in a very envious position, having a first ballot Hall of Famer, and still one of the top signal callers in the game, locked up for the next 4 years.
    All the while, smartly looking for a successor to his throne.

    So many teams wait until the franchise has bottomed out and the cupboard is bare before frantically spending picks and treasure in every direction in the hopes of landing another leader.

    Hopefully, with time, Jordan Love is able to study behind one of the best to ever lace ‘em up, and develop into a franchise QB.
    The kid has a ton of potential, athletic with a lively arm, but that doesn’t necessarily guarantee success.
    Obviously, a lot will depend on his heart, work ethic, and overall desire to compete and progress at football’s highest level.

    If Love turns out to be less than the guy they are currently looking for, at least GB began this search early enough to still go in to another direction.
    This is the time to be looking for that leader who’ll carry them throughout the next decade.

  4. No reason to upset any apple cart here — Aaron rode the pine for three years while Brett was undisputed #1. That puts us out to 2023 before this even becomes an issue. For now, Jordan Love is a rookie who has to establish he can play at an NFL all-star level — no small feat — kind of in the “many are called few are chosen” universe.

  5. This all depends on Love. We’ve seen Rogers drop off significantly at points over the last few years, and can reasonably expect developments in that same direction in the years ahead, probably sooner than later. If Love is a world beater than they will bite the bullet and Rogers goes where ever he wants.

  6. Jordan Love has not played a down in the NFL and people are pushing Rogers out SMH

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

  8. if LaFleur is being honest then the Packer just wasted a first round pick. Its like LaFleur is trying to be as dopey as the Packer fan base

  9. Coach speak for Gone in after this season or next. I wish Jordan Love the best but since we traded up to focus on Rebuilding the team instead of improving a Super Bowl Contender, Love will need minimum 2 Super Bowls for this not to be a wasted pick. If they win one while he’s backup, then I would gladly accept that I was wrong, yet he would need to personally win one himself. Do you replace a Hall of Famer with just a guy? Will he be Majkowski/Dickey level or a Hall of Famer. Anything less than a HoF is a wasted pick for the Packers.

  10. Wow, it is just like the Farve thing all over again. The exact same thing was said about Farve when they drafted Aaron. Aaron will be playing in the AFC next year.

  11. I think LaFleur got into the tequilla Rodgers needed to drink when he saw the Packers draft Love.

  12. Wafflestomp says:
    August 2, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    So many teams wait until the franchise has bottomed out and the cupboard is bare before frantically spending picks and treasure in every direction in the hopes of landing another leader.
    ~~~~~~~
    Band-Aids. Teams throw draft picks and wild contracts at the Sam Bradfords and Kirk Cousins of the world. It’s a waste of time and laughable.
    Thankfully the Packers are taking a measured, systematic approach. Smart football, run by smart people.

  13. Last week Packer fans were saying Zimmer was lying about cook reporting to camp and now they are eating up LaFleur talking about Rodgers staying in green bay for a long time. Can any fan base be any more wrong? 🤡

  14. Rodgers is a top 5 QB now, and at worst will be a top 10 QB 4 years from now. Smart teams plan ahead on the QB front when necessary and draft to develop a championship roster during the time that HOF QB can still play. They don’t jump the gun a year or two early in attempt to emulate their mentor and lose any cap advantage they could have had down the road with a cheap starting QB. Realistic fans recognize that fact. And yes I fully realize my favorite team couldn’t draft a starting QB correctly if they had the #1 pick and the choice of Deshaun Watson or Pat Mahomes – so there.

  15. jac1216 says:
    August 2, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    Wow, it is just like the Farve thing all over again. The exact same thing was said about Farve when they drafted Aaron.

    +++++

    And Favre* started the next 48 games for the Green Bay Packers.

  16. cheeseisfattening says:
    August 2, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    Can any fan base be any more wrong?

    +++++

    Well Vikings fans have been claiming their favorite team have been relevant Super Bowl contenders for most of the Zimmer era.

    So Yes.

  17. Not sure why this comment means anything other than Rodgers might be gone after 2 more years when you see – no guarantees.
    The new head coach trades up to draft a QB in the 1st round. That QB (Love) is Lafleur’s guy. LaFleur had stories that he doesn’t like how Rodgers holds the ball too long for his offense which effects the timing, he has his new guy Love that will run it exactly how he wants it done.Rodgers is 37-38, I agree with those that say 2 more years which obviously isn’t a really long time.The draft told NFL fans the packers are looking to the near future.

  18. It’s interesting that his contract and Cousins’ expire around the same time…

  19. Frazier28/7 says:
    August 3, 2020 at 9:27 am

    It’s interesting that his contract and Cousins’ expire around the same time…////

    I am not a fan of Cousins but I would not want the sensitive one (Rodgers) on the Vikings.
    Skol

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