Matt LaFleur: We want Aaron Rodgers back in the worst way

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Packers head coach Matt LaFleur met with the media as the team started rookie minicamp on Friday and those who have been following the NFL the last couple of weeks won’t be surprised to learn that a veteran quarterback was a topic of conversation.

Aaron Rodgers‘ reported displeasure with the Packers and desire to play elsewhere became a headline just before the draft. The Packers have said they won’t trade Rodgers, but there’s been no sign that he’s planning to report for offseason work or anything else with the team.

On Friday, LaFleur said that the impasse has not changed the team’s view of Rodgers and that they’ll continue trying to find a way to get back together with their longtime starter.

“We still obviously feel the same way,” LaFleur said, via Tom Pelissero of NFL Media. “We want him back in the worst way. I know he knows that. And we’ll continue to work at it each and every day.”

LaFleur and others in the Packers organization have commented on Rodgers multiple times, but Rodgers hasn’t had anything to say publicly about where things stand with the team.

74 responses to “Matt LaFleur: We want Aaron Rodgers back in the worst way

  1. Well no kiddding….What would the Packers be without him?..Not that good. Maybe the Packers should have thought of that before the last 2 drafts. That is the problem and it might be too late.

  2. ‘If Brady can just show up on a new team and win a Super Bowl, imagine what the greatest QB of all time could do.’

    -Aaron Rodgers exact thought.

  3. Of course he wants him back. Without him the Packers go 4-13 and he and the GM get fired. I can’t believe they didn’t think about that before this mess started.

  4. Of course they want him back, otherwise they will have to turn to Love or Bortels and end up with a losing record.

  5. Speak for yourself. He told other players he wasn’t coming back hoping to get them to change teams. What is worse than internal sabotage? Trade him and make the Hershall Walker trade the 2nd most lopsided trade ever.

  6. Okay now the Packers begging for forgiveness is getting just down right embarrassing. Time to move along and get what you can for him.
    Things will never be the same in Rodgers eyes.

  7. You were seen cheering and high-fiving after trading up and drafting Rodger’s replacement a year ago, and you didn’t even give him a heads up. This is just getting sad.

  8. Have some dignity Matt, you are embarrassing yourself. Let Aaron walk, I heard he’s happy with his new “love”.

  9. Aaron wins!
    He finally got what he wanted.
    In effect, the head coach has publicly gotten down on his knees and begged Rodgers to come back.
    Rodgers is going to let this stew for a little bit and in the next week or so, he’s going to issue a statement saying all is well & he was never going anywhere. And by the way, what was all the fuss about?

  10. Based on what I see, Packers are going about getting him back in the WORST way.

  11. Starting to think there is too much risk for Rodgers to go to Denver and start over. They could be under .500 in that division. I hate the idea he’ll hold the Packers hostage with his contract demands and I’m now torn between giving in and giving the Packers a chance to win another Super Bowl or taking our chances with Love and not being weighted down with Rodgers contract and dead money when he’s gone.

  12. There is little question that Rodgers’ best opportunity to win in the near future is in Green Bay. Clarity will come after June 1, once his trade demand/threat could possibly be enacted by the Packers with the least amount of damage. Once the Packers still don’t budge after June 1, his options are lessened and he will be more motivated to come to terms with Green Bay.

  13. Well duh! Who would you rather have (unless you’re Gute) – the NFL MVP, a guy who “has a long way to go”, or a guy who couldn’t get over in Jacksonville because he was mediocre at best?

  14. Don’t give in to his demands… let him sit at home and pout, or go host Jeopardy. He isn’t worth the money he’s asking for. 11-8 playoff record, and if we take away his 1 Superbowl year he’s 7-8…7-8? That’s not worth $40 million a year. Mahomes only has 1 playoff loss…Big Ben is 13-9…I won’t even bring up Brady…Rodgers is overrated

  15. Packers: Stop groveling. It’s a business. Rodgers: Stop with the grudges. Everybody makes mistakes. Feelings get hurt in business transactions. Sometimes mistakes are made. If holding an unidentified grudge is a strategic business action, it’s not a very effective one. Rodgers needs to deal with the Packers or verbalize his intentions.

  16. Actions speak louder than words, they did pick up 2 new qb’s in the last year. A heads up before the draft last year would have went a long ways.

  17. I would agree they are showing they want him in the worst way possible.

    We want you, but we don’t want to extend your guaranteed money past this year (after you just won league MVP), we don’t want to draft any weapons for you (no higher than a 3rd-round receiver), we traded up to draft a 1st-round QB instead. And with a Super Bowl berth on the line, we take the ball out of your hands and hope for the best.

    That has to be the “worst way” they can show him they want him.

  18. ‘If Brady can just show up on a new team and win a Super Bowl, imagine what the greatest QB of all time could do.’

    -Aaron Rodgers exact thought.
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________

    If Rodgers was the greatest of all time, he would win with what he’s got……you know, like Brady did 6 times when he was in NE. Did NE ever draft a WR in the first round to help Brady? Yes – in 20 years they drafted N’Keal Harry, who is a bust 2 years into his career. Rodgers can consistently get the Packers deep in the playoffs, but doesn’t have the leadership or mental skills to get past there. Its not the Packers drafting that’s the problem.

  19. This is just embarrassing at this point, coach please get some guts and dignity.

  20. It was all hype for the draft,to keep football n front of sports news.See…..the right timing

  21. Well, when you want something back, that means you don’t have it.

    Aaron Rodgers’ career in Green Bay is over.

  22. It’s like breaking up with a girl who can’t accept the fact she was dumped.

  23. This is Organizational Incompetence at its finest. Head Coach & GM will be gone someday because of this.

  24. Jordan Love is just sitting awkwardly in the corner through all of this, being the giant elephant in the room

  25. Lafluer, why? Rodgers is a malcontent. He also isn’t that good.

  26. Play for the millions you signed for with no gun at your head, #12. Do that “team leader” thing you’ve heard about.

  27. Way to go Matt, showing yourself and the Packers up like that. To quote ‘The Godfather’? NEVER let anyone know what you’re thinking!

  28. Translation, after seeing what Love has, he looks to be a bust with little NFL talent and really poor pick by the GM. So if Aaron doesn’t come back I will lose many games and get fired.

  29. This isn’t a story again until June, when Rodgers knows a trade is more realistic.

    Until then, we wait

  30. I dont think he`s coming back! Sorry Packers fans,You guys better hope and pray that Jordan Love is all of that!!!

  31. I dont think he will ever be satisfied playing for the Packers time to dump him.

  32. Rodgers wants a WR. Pack last ten drafts (first round) have been ALL DEFENSIVE PLAYERS except for LOVE.

  33. Lafleur’s right: the way they want Rodgers, which suggests to Rodgers that they don’t want him, is the “worst way” to want him.

  34. Rogers is trying to force the big contract from the Pack. With long term commitment from Green Bay, Rogers comes off as the winner in this dispute, and the Packers basically admit drafting Love was a mistake. Florio has been using this website to guide Rogers. Without Rogers the Pack are about a 5 win team next season.

  35. Why would you want him back in the worst way?

    Why wouldn’t you want him back in the best way?

  36. If Jordan Love was lighting it up there wouldn’t be all this hoopla. They would have traded A-Rod for a slew of picks before the draft.

  37. Worst way means trading up to draft his replacement and refusing to commit past 2021?

  38. You know that scene in Swingers when John Favreau’s character keeps leaving awkward messages on the girl’s machine…

  39. Be careful what you wish for.

    Rodgers may be the current MVP, but he is officially poison. He’s an employee who thinks he is an owner. Deshaun Watson thought the same thing.

  40. Step one: trade Love
    Step two: extend the MVP QB tree years
    Step three: Rodgers and Pack Mgmt group hug
    Step four: win SB

  41. If that were true then you would’ve drafted a receiver in the 1st round.

  42. Aaron, you gonna give up $47,000,000.00 to not show up. Call you, show me your cards.

  43. SeeYouNextTuesday says:
    May 14, 2021 at 2:05 pm
    ‘If Brady can just show up on a new team and win a Super Bowl, imagine what the greatest QB of all time could do.’

    -Aaron Rodgers exact thought.
    ————————————————————————————————
    That was a 7-9 Bucs team where Jamie’s Winston single handedly lost 4 of the games through his NFL record setting interception season.

  44. LaFleur doesn’t call the shots in Green Bay. The decision to move on from Rodgers was made when the team traded up in the first round to draft a QB, despite the fact that the team was hurting in other areas. Then Rodgers went out and had an MVP season, and the team is squirming to try to put the toothpaste back inside the tube. It’s not pretty. Rodgers doesn’t run the draft either, but he was on the receiving end of a kick to the groin by the team. Someone in the organization should be man enough and come out and take the heat off everyone else. I’m not 100% sure how the Packers function as an organization, but if this were any other team that had an owner, they would have cleaned house by now.

  45. Of course our head coach wants Rodgers back. He’s seen Love in practice. Without Rodgers we’re totally screwed. How long can a run of dumb luck QBs go? The law of averages hits eventually.

  46. I know facts are overrated…but please forgive me.

    The Packers have won 67% of the regular season games Rodgers has played in. They have been to the playoffs all but 3 times since he has been the full time starter. The have been to the NFC championship game 5 times in his career including 4 of the last 7 (where Rodgers is 0-4 if we care about such things). Oh yeah…there is a Super Bowl ring in there as well.

    Clearly no other quarterback has been so poorly treated….so deprived of good “weapons”…so victimized by inefficient draft strategies as this one has.

    With him or without him….I remain a Packer fan for the very simple (and verifiable) reason that they give their fans a realistic belief it their year far more often than not. Chicago? Minnesota? Detroit? You there?

  47. blessedunliketherest says:
    May 14, 2021 at 2:54 pm
    ‘If Brady can just show up on a new team and win a Super Bowl, imagine what the greatest QB of all time could do.’

    -Aaron Rodgers exact thought.
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________

    If Rodgers was the greatest of all time, he would win with what he’s got……you know, like Brady did 6 times when he was in NE. Did NE ever draft a WR in the first round to help Brady? Yes – in 20 years they drafted N’Keal Harry, who is a bust 2 years into his career. Rodgers can consistently get the Packers deep in the playoffs, but doesn’t have the leadership or mental skills to get past there. Its not the Packers drafting that’s the problem.

    zzzzzzzzzzzz

    Brady is the goat….
    When Brady won all his rings, I would like to know what the defense was ranked. We know when his defenses aren’t up to par, he loses, ie 2007, 2017. When Rodgers had a good defense he won it all. In Rodgers playoff loses, the defense gave up an avg of 33 pts

  48. dklink04 says:
    May 14, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    I know facts are overrated…but please forgive me.

    The Packers have won 67% of the regular season games Rodgers has played in. They have been to the playoffs all but 3 times since he has been the full time starter. The have been to the NFC championship game 5 times in his career including 4 of the last 7 (where Rodgers is 0-4 if we care about such things). Oh yeah…there is a Super Bowl ring in there as well.

    Clearly no other quarterback has been so poorly treated….so deprived of good “weapons”…so victimized by inefficient draft strategies as this one has.

    With him or without him….I remain a Packer fan for the very simple (and verifiable) reason that they give their fans a realistic belief it their year far more often than not. Chicago? Minnesota? Detroit? You there?
    ////////////////////////
    Well, Chicago, Minnesota, and Detroit’s fans are about to get a realistic belief this season.

  49. Let’s see how “great of a coach” lafleur is with a stiff at quarterback.

  50. I’m sure he does. I feel bad for LaFleur. He’s a halfways decent coach being hurt by the perennial incompetence of the Packer front office.

  51. blessedunliketherest says:
    May 14, 2021 at 2:54 pm
    ‘If Brady can just show up on a new team and win a Super Bowl, imagine what the greatest QB of all time could do.’

    ******************************
    Rogers wasn’t even the best #12 on the field in the NFC Championship game last year. Brady is simply the best qb to ever play the position. Erins a drama queen.

  52. “ Matt LaFleur: We want Aaron Rodgers back in the worst way”

    **************************

    That is a well crafted sentence that can interpreted a couple of ways….

  53. But the problem Matt LaFluer, is Aaron Rodgers wants out in the worst way.

  54. Kicking the FG was insult upon the injury of drafting Love in the first. It is foolhardy to demean these elite QBs this way. Optimize your future HOFer, don’t get cute about it.

  55. “ Matt LaFleur: We want Aaron Rodgers back in the worst way”
    ~~~~~~~~
    Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words.
    If LaFleur really meant it, he would have responded the way Pete Carroll did for Russell Wilson.
    Proper management would have yielded more than one SB for the Packers under the best GB QB since Starr.
    Yes. It really is that simple.

  56. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    May 14, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    Play for the millions you signed for with no gun at your head, #12. Do that “team leader” thing you’ve heard about.

    ——————————————————————-

    NFL owners and GMs treat contracts they sign like a Kleenex in allergy season. But god forbid a player should excel at their profession enough so that they have the same kind of leverage and dare to use it. Are you equally outraged every time a player with a signed contract get’s cut? If not, why the double standard?

  57. giants58 says:
    May 14, 2021 at 2:47 pm
    Should have gone for the touchdown and not the field goal Matt

    Should have scored on the first three tries or ran on the third try A-Aron

  58. Aaron Rodgers has made over 240 million from the Packers you would think there would be some room for loyalty to organization.

  59. Rodgers is without a doubt the biggest man (man is still a mayybe) BABY!

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