Alex Smith calls Packers’ treatment of Aaron Rodgers “inexcusable”

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In 2005, the 49ers had the No. 1 overall choice and selected Alex Smith over Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers became the 24th overall choice of the Packers.

Smith retired this offseason after eight seasons with the 49ers, five with the Chiefs and three with the Washington Football Team. Rodgers may or may not play a 17th season with the Packers in 2021.

Rodgers and the Packers are in a kerfuffle. The star quarterback went on ESPN on Monday and cited a difference in “philosophy” and noted that some in the Packers organization have forgotten it’s “about the people.”

Smith makes clear he is firmly in Rodgers’ corner.

It’s inexcusable,” Smith said on The Herd with Colin Cowherd when asked about the Packers’ treatment of Rodgers.

Smith characterized the Packers’ decision not to inform Rodgers they were trading up to select Jordan Love in the first round in 2020 as insulting.

“It’s about the people, and it is, and Aaron’s been there that long,” Smith said. “And I don’t think it was the fact that they drafted Jordan Love in the first round. I think the fact, how do you have a guy like Aaron, and you don’t go make sure beforehand you aren’t going out of your way to make sure that he knows that he’s loved, that they want him there. That we may be taking a quarterback in the first round, we want to make sure you’re OK with it.”

18 responses to “Alex Smith calls Packers’ treatment of Aaron Rodgers “inexcusable”

  1. To how fair both sides look really bad. Gutekunst looks like he is over his head and grovelling does not help.
    Rodgers continues his love affair with himself, which is the only “people” he really cares about, and his gutless passive aggressiveness.

  2. Wow.

    No team needs to tell anyone anything about any positon.

    These Millennials are brutal.

  3. What was inexcusable is not getting a player to help the team NOW, after you make it to the NFC Championship game. This is not about being a ‘millennial’, this is about being stupid and not trying to win when you have a 1st ballot HOF QB! Cheeseheads are stupid, Rodgers is right.

  4. Rodgers should have ran the ball in for a TD. Then there would have been no field goal controversy.

  5. Rodgers and the Packers are in a kerfuffle. The star quarterback went on ESPN on Monday and cited a difference in “philosophy” and noted that some in the Packers organization have forgotten it’s “about the people.”
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    NOPE, WRONG ANSWER, it’s ALL ABOUT THE TEAM!

  6. Alex Smith sure has a lot of negative things to say since being cut.
    Before he only spoke positive.

  7. Inexcusable? Give me a freakin’ break. The Packers surrounded Rodgers with a Top Ten defense and enough offensive talent for a No.1 ranking. If Rodgers has no issue with drafting Love (his words,) and it’s not about the money and prestige of being the highest paid (it’s been offered,) then what the hell is it? The people? What does that even mean? The NFL is the equivalent of a Fortune 500 company. The executives managing an operation of that nature have no guarantees. None. It’s dog-eat-dog. Rodgers wants unicorns and rainbows. Good luck with that. If Rodgers wants a say in Operations and Management he must accept a proportionate amount of risk. Otherwise, do your high-paying job and stop telling others how to do theirs. Either say exactly what is bothering you and what it would take to remedy same, or stay away from media interviews. Stop talking in speculative, mysterious circles. If he wants his managerial acumen to be respected, he has to demonstrate an ability for it and he ain’t doing it. I believe Rodgers will play for the Packers this year. Why wouldn’t he? This team can compete with the best and he is among the best and this may be his last and best chance to do great things. I will support him if and when he returns, and I will support the Packers 100% if he does not. Enough already.

  8. Remembering how Vince Lombardi left the room while negotiating the salary of his All-Pro Center, then came back and told the guy’s agent that he was negotiating with the wrong team because Ringo had just been traded. I wonder what all these bruised egos would have thought about that?

  9. How’s this for “inexcusable treatment?” Aaron Rodgers signed a 4 year, $134,000,000 contract with the Green Bay Packers, including a $57,500,000 signing bonus, $98,700,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $33,500,000. Now THAT’S mistreating someone. Aaron Rodgers is a diva who lacks any semblance of integrity.

  10. Alex Smith has earned the right to have his opinion respected on pretty much any football matter. I tend to agree with him and those who rightly point out that the Packers have mismanaged two straight HOF QB’s careers. One Super Bowl victory each for Favre and Rodgers is criminal.

  11. Alex comes across a having a really nice personality. He should try out as host of Jeopardy. People will relate to him better than some of the other stiffs trying out for the job.

  12. “and you don’t go make sure beforehand you aren’t going out of your way to make sure that he knows that he’s loved, that they want him there.”
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    They probably thought the gigantic paychecks were evidence enough they loved him. Drafting Jordan Love was was dumb because it was a huge reach and because a first rounder could have immediately helped them in other areas but it’s still the front office’s call to make. Where does the “letting Rodgers know he’s loved” end? Could they have taken a defensive player without telling him ahead of time or would that also have been some sort of betrayal because he wanted a new receiver? Can they do trades and free agent signing without getting his stamp of approval or is that also disrespectful?

  13. Alex is right.

    It’s not about Rodgers being a diva nor is it about money. It’s about simple respect and trust. They blindsided their franchise HOF QB which speaks volumes about how they value players as people. The Packers seem to see players only as commodities…as tools. Without Rodgers, they wouldn’t have been perennial contenders the last several years, period. They should respect him and his contributions to the team enough to tell him they were drafting a QB in the first round. It’s really the only decent thing to do.

  14. A couple things have happened since the Packers traded up in the first round to draft Rodgers’ replacement. First, Aaron went out and had an MVP season. Replacing a first ballot HOF QB while he’s still winning MVP’s might not go over well. Second, Tom Brady moved on from New England and took a team that hadn’t won a playoff game in 18 years, and led them to a world championship. Ouch. Having Aaron win a Lombardi with another team might not go over well, either. So their plan kind of went off the tracks. I guess another thing is what if Jordan Love becomes a big disappointment, while Rodgers is still playing at a high level with a different team. I mean, the whole front office would be unemployed.

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