Packers fans have reason to be mad at everyone

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The battle between the Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers has lingered privately for months. It became public five days ago, the apparent result of a calculated effort by Rodgers and his camp to exact revenge for last year’s drafting of Jordan Love on the same day it happened — the first day of the draft.

None of this was accidental. Consider 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan’s quote to Rich Eisen from Monday.

“[T]he exact truth is I don’t want to wake up the next day on Friday and see Aaron Rodgers, one of the best quarterbacks in this league, traded without doing any due diligence on him,” Shanahan said regarding the decision to contact Packers coach Matt LaFleur about a potential trade for Rodgers.

This means that someone made the 49ers think there was a reason to explore a potential trade. So they did. Then, the next day, it was leaked that they had. And that became the first domino in a cascade of them that began to fall on Thursday.

Rodgers is too smart to have not planned it. He wanted the 49ers to call. He wanted word to get out that they had called. He wanted the report from ESPN regarding his dissatisfaction with the team to emerge. He wanted all of it.

He wanted it because he’s still pissed off about the fact that the Packers packaged a first-round pick and a fourth-round pick to move up in round one last year to get quarterback Jordan Love without even giving Rodgers a head’s up.

Packers fans should be mad about that, too. Green Bay had a team that went 13-3 in 2019. Instead of using the first- and fourth-round picks on players who could have helped the team get to the Super Bowl and win it in 2020, they invested those selections on someone whose contributions last year was nothing. Ideally, his contributions this year will also be nothing.

That doesn’t make Rodgers blameless in this. He has created a distraction for the organization throughout the offseason, necessitating at least three trips by one or more of the team’s brain trust to California in an effort to unruffle his feathers — trips that to date have failed to achieve the desired effect. Although the specific dates of the flights from Wisconsin to California aren’t known, coach Matt LaFleur, G.M. Brian Gutekunst, and CEO Mark Murphy surely had better things to do than spend a day traveling back and forth and trying to say whatever needs to be said or do whatever needs to be done to make Rodgers want to remain with the team.

Then, even if the team knew last week’s stunning turn possibly was coming but called his bluff, Rodgers threw a cow patty into the cheese whiz just as the draft was getting ready to begin.

“I’m a lifelong scout, and we work all year for these three days,” Gutekunst told Peter King in the aftermath of the weekend uproar caused by Rodgers. “We couldn’t let this distract us from the task at hand.”

Maybe it distracted them, maybe it didn’t. Regardless, Rodgers created a clear and obvious potential distraction by strategically choosing the first day of the draft to unleash hell on the front office. Packers fans definitely should be pissed off that he tried to knock Gutekunst and his staff wobbly during their three most critical days of the year.

And if the notion that Rodgers wants out wasn’t enough of a mess for the quarterback to make, next came the report — sourced to his camp — that Rodgers wants Gutekunst to be fired. Again, Gutekunst quite possibly wasn’t distracted by that news, at all. But why even risk having the guy who’s running the draft losing focus for even a second, when he otherwise should be locked in on making good decisions about whether to trade up, trade down, use a pick, and if so on which player?

The Packers continue to publicly avoid inflaming the situation with Rodgers while privately holding firm. Will he come out and say he wants out? Will he take a scorched earth approach and risk alienating fans, some of whom already are regarding him differently than they did?

If the Packers don’t trade Rodgers, will he find a way to declare victory and retreat, claiming that he’ll play for the Packers because of the fans, his teammates, and the coaching staff?

Whatever happens, Rodgers clearly has a plan, and he undoubtedly has more moves to make in order to get what he wants. The fact that some of those moves already have potentially undermined team business should be enough to make fans upset with both sides in this avoidable fiasco.

That said, the simple reality for Rodgers is that the team will be playing football far longer than Rodgers will be alive. When push comes to shove, the fans will side with the team — even if the fans are as mad at the team as they are with the player.

52 responses to “Packers fans have reason to be mad at everyone

  1. Thought it was interesting that AJHawk was quoted, the day after attending the Kentucky Derby with Rodgers, that he thought Rodgers would just retire. I may be a fan of an opposing team, but I hope that doesn’t happen.

  2. Packer fans are alright. If Rodgers holds out or retires he loses all kinds of money and the packers hold his rights. And we have a 1st round pick with tons of talent waiting to play if / when needed.

  3. ‘Everyone’ is right. They should be mad at the media too. Ambulance chasers.

  4. As a lifelong Packer fan, I dont get the issue with them drafting a QB in the first. Gutey had a then 36 year old quarterback who was coming off one of his worst seasons. Whether Love is the right guy or not, we will see. Ive always been huge defender of ARod when he has acted like a diva before, but Im OK with them doing whatever here. Whether it be trading him to get value or just making him sit. Im tired of it. Just like with Favre. And I think alot of the Packer faithful have had it as well.

  5. Nobody knows what is true or not true, until Rodgers speaks up. What’s he waiting for? If he wanted everyone’s attention, he’s got it. Well? Speak up!

  6. I would be mad at the coach who said that super bowls aren’t important! 🤔

  7. I’m mad at all our coaches who haven’t been able to win the big prize in sixty seasons!

  8. purpleguy says:
    May 4, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    Thought it was interesting that AJHawk was quoted, the day after attending the Kentucky Derby with Rodgers, that he thought Rodgers would just retire.
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    No, that’s completely false.
    In fact, AJ Hawk said that he felt there was a zero percent chance that Rodgers retires.

    Just like the reporter in these articles who breathlessly maintains that Rodgers want Brian Gutenkunst fired.
    Hawk was steadfast in saying that claim was complete garbage. His words.
    But I suppose reporting a valid statement like that wouldn’t supply enough clicks. Huh?

    There are definitely issues to work through here and obviously these things will be addressed and resolved one way or another.
    But the shear amount of false and misleading information and claims are mind boggling.
    Unfortunately, that’s what today’s media has become.

  9. ariani1985- He didn’t say that Super Bowls don’t matter. He was talking about Rodgers being a great QB and made it clear his lack of SBs didn’t matter ie that he only has one. He was paying Rodgers a compliment.

  10. Imagine if Rodgers played for someone like George Halas, Paul Brown, or Vince Lombardi when they ran their teams. They would have said “It’s been nice having you here, Aaron, but good luck in your future.”

  11. Rodgers claims he wants the team to make a SB run, yet is also demanding a new contract with Mahomes money which will engulf the salary cap to the point where they can’t afford a SB team.

    Tom Brady ALWAYS left money on the table for stars to be signed as teammates which got him 7 rings. Probably not a coincidence…

  12. vincespowersweep says:
    May 4, 2021 at 1:07 pm
    As a lifelong Packer fan, I dont get the issue with them drafting a QB in the first. Gutey had a then 36 year old quarterback who was coming off one of his worst seasons.
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    Lifelong Packer fan that doesn’t know his team desperately needed a WR and not a QB? Lifelong Packer fan that doesn’t know when Love was drafted that his team actually was coming off a 13-3 season, and made it to the NFCCG? Yep, sounds about right.

  13. stellarperformance says:
    May 4, 2021 at 1:16 pm
    Nobody knows what is true or not true, until Rodgers speaks up. What’s he waiting for? If he wanted everyone’s attention, he’s got it. Well? Speak up!
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    Dude, you know all this is true. Even if the only words Rodgers ever speaks, after signing a huge extension with the Packers, is; “I always wanted to stay here”, you know what’s going down right now is true. You know it.

  14. stellarperformance says:
    May 4, 2021 at 1:16 pm
    Nobody knows what is true or not true, until Rodgers speaks up. What’s he waiting for? If he wanted everyone’s attention, he’s got it. Well? Speak up!
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    His silence is deafening!

  15. Mad? Nah. I’m just getting apathetic.

    It was amazing as a teen in the early 90s as the team burst onto the scene. SB XXXII was crushing. The later Favre years were frustrating. They always seemed to be 1 or 2 players away. And thats really the story today, also. They’re missing something.

    .. but, other than the Patriots, and 90s Cowboys, thats been the case with a number of really good teams over the last 30 years.

    With Rodgers, without him, I don’t see this team as a legit Title team.

    Same broken record. IF the HOF QB has a career year, MAYBE they win it. Period, end of story, IMO.

    If Rodgers is gone…. let the healing begin.

  16. Gee, Rodgers was unhappy with the 2020 draft because they didn’t give him a new toy? He had just gone 13-3. Then in 2020, he went 13-3 again, having the best offense in the league! I think he’s got enough weapons. The Packers didn’t make it to the Super Bowl this year because in the critical championship game, the defense couldn’t stop the big play — just like they couldn’t stop it all year long. If I were Rodgers, I would want a couple of big defensive tackles jamming up the middle of the field so I didn’t HAVE to score on every drive. Tom Brady doesn’t seem to mind that the Buccaneers drafted a quarterback… Maybe somebody needs to grow up!

  17. When Rodgers decided he really wanted the Jeopardy hosting gig, he made this desire plain by talking about it HIMSELF, not through proxies. But with all this smoke about Green Bay, he maintains his silence. Does he even know what he wants, or is it just a fit of pique? If he wants to make his intentions known, he should SPEAK UP HIMSELF. Until then, he is trying to maintain “plausible deniability.”

  18. The one thing that so many news outlets are missing is this years cap restructure. Of course Aaron didn’t like the Love pick, but AR decided to ball out instead of whining about it.
    Then with the reduced cap Aaron KNEW they would come calling and want to re-structure his deal. This was the opportunity to get that job security his extension lacked and he didn’t know he needed back in 2018.
    But instead of being given that security through another extension, the front office said “naw, we’re good bro” then went on to restructure everybody else around him.
    This is why he pissed. Not because of a rookie QB, but because even after having winning the MVP, Gutey still won’t commit to him past next year.

  19. “But why even risk having the guy who’s running the draft losing focus for even a second, when he otherwise should be locked in on making good decisions about whether to trade up, trade down, use a pick, and if so on which player?”

    If you think he’s done a terrible job drafting and want him out this seems like a perfectly logical thing to do.

  20. Tom Brady ALWAYS left money on the table for stars to be signed as teammates which got him 7 rings.
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    WRONG

    wrong
    wrong
    wrong

    2010, demanded a top dollar contract

    Last year, 4th highest player in football

  21. the Packers drafted Jordan Love last year because they were looking for a quality backup QB that could win some games if Aaron Rodgers missed some games. Everyone realizes that AR is always the first choice over any other QB on the Packers.

  22. The executives at Jeopardy are watching this. I wonder how this is helping his cause there? It shows he’s stubborn and vindictive. Not good traits for a game show host.

  23. Not a Packers fan, Rogers is an immature jerk. Green Bay was Very Stupid not to tell Rogers they were drafting a qb.

  24. Packer fans are alright. If Rodgers holds out or retires he loses all kinds of money and the packers hold his rights. And we have a 1st round pick with tons of talent waiting to play if / when needed.
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    I’m not alright with this at all.

    This has been a wildly successful run the last 30 years. The envy of most of the teams in the NFL. And frankly, it saved the franchise. They could not have sustained the path they were on in the 70s and 80s.

    But what will the legacy be if they kicked TWO Titans of this League in the stones on their way out the door? Especially if Love can’t carry the torch.

  25. The article is 831 words long. The TL:DR version:

    Rodgers plays games. He played us.

  26. Some of this strikes me as revisionist history.

    Remember this time a year ago, Rodgers was coming off a down season and was headed into his age-37 season with people whispering he could be in decline. He looked horrible in the playoff loss to the 49ers and was missing open receivers all game.

    He had been clashing with coaches about audibles and the offensive system in his first year under a new coach. He has been injured several times in recent years, with those injuries tanking Green Bay’s seasons because they didn’t have a competent backup.

    Why wouldn’t they draft a quarterback given all of that? They need to protect themselves in case Rodgers reaches a point where he can’t get it done anymore, and they need to protect themselves from an injury to one player turning their season into a lost year.

  27. I still can’t beieve Green Bay didn’t make the draft day trade. Rodgers has been a passive aggressive problem for them for a while now. His constant whining about GB drafting a QB is just selfish. I can remember at least 2 seasons being ruined by Rodgers being injured & GB not having a decent back-up QB. The windfall they could’ve gotten from SF probably would’ve been huge. I get that Rodgers is a HOF QB and all but with his age, pouting & salary they should’ve let him go elsewhere. He has become what Favre was at the end of his tenure in GB. It is definitely time to move on from both sides.

  28. Rodgers has been acting like this his entire career. The only ones who feel different about him now are cheese eaters.

  29. A smart front office would give their starting QB a heads up before the draft if the might draft a QB if the board falls right

  30. TB @ 25 million per is tied with Myles Garrett as the 15th highest paid player, no idea where you came up with 4th highest , who is… Aaron Rodgers @ 33.5 per- oy the irony! 😉

  31. This spat is getting more press than Kevin McCarthy whining about Liz Cheney not literally mouthing the party line.

    At least The Big Lie in this case isn’t that the Packers really won the NFCCG.

  32. He has become what Favre was at the end of his tenure in GB.
    ==========

    None of Ted Thompsons moves worked out in 2005, and the team bottomed out big time. 2005 and 2006 were pretty poor years for Favre, so I don’t really blame him for griping that the team should have been better at that stage of his career.

    I’d really like to know if the Packers told Rodgers they would trade him. Or talked to him about trading him. That is the deciding factor in this for me.

    If they did tell him they would move him, I don’t blame him a bit for the draft proceedings.

  33. I’ve never been “mad” in my life. Disappointed at times, and that is rare and lasts about 34 seconds, and I am back moving forward towards the next goal in life.

    You just can’t live in that negative way..make way for the positive day.

    As far as the Packers go…never waver on loyalty and passion. Again, disappointed at times, but always about the team, the franchise and moving forward in a positive direction. The journey to the mountain top means more than the gold at the top.

    Also, never just a fan of one player, always about the team. Support J-Love and Aaron 100% now and will when the J-Love era starts. Just like every other player that has ever played for the Packers.

    #OneTeamOneNation

    #PackerNation!✊

  34. At least The Big Lie in this case isn’t that the Packers really won the NFCCG.

  35. Packer fans who refer to the GM as “Gutey” and who are so over Aaron by now probably haven’t fully accepted the likely longterm post-Rodgers future of Green Bay scratching and clawing for a shot at a Wild Card. I don’t claim to be an expert on Jordan Love, but is there evidence that he’s better than Justin Fields or even Kellen Mond? Also, keep in mind that defenses are catching up to LaFleur’s Kyle Shanahan offense. That’s why K.S. is aiming on evolving his system and beefing it up with Trey Lance and Trey Sermon, for better for worse.

  36. TB @ 25 million per is tied with Myles Garrett as the 15th highest paid player
    ==========

    Last year = 2020

  37. He’s mad for being stuck with a lazy coach, a feeble GM, and a feckless CEO for the majority of his career. The new regime comes in, and he realized getting to the Super Bowl was not their main objective.

  38. I don’t think Rodgers is this Machiavellian strategist, the draft requires every second of 100% of a persons attention, or that Packers brass have no time to spare in the off season for a private jet to CA.

    There’s some interesting drama playing out, but these nuances seem overblown.

  39. Nobody but Rodgers and the Packers actually know what the issues are. Was it the Love pick? Was it Jordy? Does he want more money? Does he want somebody fired, guaranteed money, long term deal? What? Say it out loud. Then, when we tell you to shut up, we’ll at least know the reason why.

  40. I’m mad at rodgers, he signed a contract, he can’t take competition, grow up.

  41. Well, Florio, the operative question, for which no one knows the answer, is what DOES Rodgers want!?

    Rodgers and the Packers should remember the words of the famous philosophers, Jagger & Richards, “You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometime, you just might find, you get what you need.”

  42. mackcarrington says:
    May 4, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    Imagine if Rodgers played for someone like George Halas, Paul Brown, or Vince Lombardi when they ran their teams. They would have said “It’s been nice having you here, Aaron, but good luck in your future.”
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    I CAN imagine playing for anyone of those legends, and being hugely successful doing it.
    What I can’t imagine is Halas, Brown, or Lombardi being stupid enough to move up and draft a guy in the first round that couldn’t even manage to make a single game day active roster in his entire rookie season. It would never have happened!

  43. mackcarrington,
    I meant to say; I CAN imagine RODGERS playing for any of those legends.

  44. What WR that did anything was there for GB in the first last year? So to say that picking a WR would have helped GB get to the Super Bowl is silly. The fact that Rodgers is such a bitch when it comes to his needing to trust receivers makes the claim that a WR would have helped anything just plain stupid. Rodgers is a great QB, but is anybody really worth all of his drama? Force him to play or retire. He’s not going to want to pay back the almost $30 million he would owe for walking away, so he would have to come back with his tail between his legs. He needs to be humbled a bit.

  45. Packers fans have been gradually resigning themselves to an eventual Rodgers trade for the past year, ever since Love was drafted. The hope was that it would not be until at least after the ’21 season, and preferably after ’22, and that Green Bay would get a worthwhile return when they moved him.

    That’s where a lot of the fan anger is right now. Rodgers is apparently doing everything in his power to make it a buyer’s market for his services–to make it clear to everyone that the Packers have no choice but to move him, that they have no leverage, and thus to ensure that they get as little for him in return as possible.

    Asking for, even forcing a trade is one thing. Sabotaging your old team on your way out the door is another. If you thought fans’ rage over Favre manipulating his way to the Vikings was bad…just wait.

  46. Imagine if Rodgers played for someone like George Halas, Paul Brown, or Vince Lombardi when they ran their teams.
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    I picture him with Belichick, winning about a dozen Titles and ripping off something epic, like a 40-game win streak.

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