Alex Smith: Aaron Rodgers deserves a level of communication and respect beyond the average player

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Alex Smith and Aaron Rodgers have one thing in common: Both were first-round picks in the 2005 draft.

They have something else in common. Both think the Packers are doing Rodgers a little dirty.

Smith, who has called Green Bay’s treatment of Rodgers “inexcusable,” elaborated on his position in a recent interview with USA Today.

“Clearly it’s not an ideal situation and not what it should be,” Smith said of Rodgers. “I think he’s due a certain level of communication and certain level of respect beyond the average player. And I don’t think that’s asking a whole lot just to communicate. . . .Clearly that didn’t happen over the last couple years.”

Smith, who played for three teams (he was traded twice) and umpteen coordinators, recognizes that Rodgers deserves consideration for his loyalty and commitment to the Packers.

“Here’s a guy who’s given 16 years to an organization, he’s been through a lot of changes there as well, he’s coming off maybe one of the greatest quarterback seasons ever, still playing at an incredibly high level,” Smith said. “You rewind to a year ago and all the talk was: ‘Is Aaron done? Is he on the decline? Yada yada yada.’ He played right through that. They’ve been on the doorstep of the Super Bowl the last couple years. So I think it’s hard. . . . The way people have been treated, he’s come out and said as much. So I think that’s important in any business — not just football, but in any business and especially team sport, it’s important how you treat people. Really, I think it hasn’t been ideal there. Hopefully they can get it figured out.”

It’s still unclear what it will take to figure it out. If it were easy, it already would be figured out.

The clock is ticking toward a resolution. Yes, Rodgers could opt out by next Friday and save more than $20 million. No, it’s not likely that Rodgers will do it. Regardless, no one knows what he plans to do. And many sense that he likes it that way.

26 responses to “Alex Smith: Aaron Rodgers deserves a level of communication and respect beyond the average player

  1. Nobody yet knows what’s going on. Packers “leak” stuff just as infrequently as Rodgers “leaks” stuff. It would be pretty silly if they’re waiting to see who blinks first.

    I do not agree the Packers are under any obligation to run important long-term decisions past anybody outside the front office. Rodgers is paid well to do his job and he does it well. Stick with what you know.

  2. And he gets treated a bit differently to a point than most – most definetly. But he is not going to get to pick the roster. Gutey does that and he has built one of the best rosters in the NFL. If Aaron is upset about having the most pro-bowlers on his roster – then so be it, makes no sense whatsoever.

    Luckily for the Packers and us fans, Gutey has the phenomneal foresight to see Rodgers love for the game has dwindled and made a point to have a 1st round backup in place if Rodgers had a meltdown like he is having now.

  3. Bingo. The guy has been a consistently great performer at his job, and so many other teams would love to have him. That warrants at least some basic courtesy and communication.

  4. Sorry, Alex, I admire your courage and guts. You’ve been a really good quarterback for a long time and quite honestly never got the respect YOU deserved.

    But Aaron Rodgers doesn’t deserve one thing more. He’s gotten paid handsomely for his work and the Packers have bent over backwards–ridiculously so–to please him.

    All he has to do is show up to training camp and potentially have a shot at the Super Bowl.

    Is that too much to ask?

    Anything more he wants is not going to happen and an adult would realize that and show up for work.

  5. The beauty of the situation is that both the Packers and Rodgers have handled it poorly.

  6. The Packers organization has shown Aaron Rodgers nothing but respect since drafting him.
    They reworked his throwing mechanics and improved his footwork during his first three seasons developing him into a viable NFL QB.
    They then focused solely on Rodgers being the starter in the 2008 season, even sticking with him despite his Hall of Fame predecessor trying to force his way back on the team.

    The organization followed that up by ripping up his rookie deal and signing the 4-4 starter to an extension that paid him 4th overall in the NFL, right behind Carson Palmer, Ben Roethlisberger and Payton Manning.
    The Packers have continued throughout his career to keep him paid in the upper echelon of NFL salaries.

    That’s respect, as just about any professional athlete will tell you.
    Stop with this nonsense already.

  7. It a 2-way street. He also needs to lead by example and not constantly bait the media – to feed his narcissistic tendencies. His press conference at the end of the playoffs last year set the table for all of this – it could’ve easily been prevented.

  8. Smith just provided some insight on how these multi millionaires assume the need to be worshipped. Pathetic that making $35 million isn’t enough!!

  9. Huge mess up by the front office to trade up for a project QB that just lead the NCAA in INTs. Gute came in to get this roster over the top, not to tear it down and build around a QB that wasn’t that good at a low level school. His drafts have been mediocre at best and now has divided the locker room and jettison the best player he will ever see. Good job Gute. You managed to tear the franchise with one moronic move.

  10. Right. Aaron Rodgers is just an employee like everyone else. Meanwhile nobody bats an eye when Brady asks for and gets priority input/access. Is he not rank and file too?

  11. As a life-long Vikings fan, I have no love lost for anything Green Bay. That said, I respect Rodgers’ ability and what he’s done for GB. Yes, he’s been quite handsomely rewarded financially. That aside, I think management could have given him better supporting players on offense and some on defense.
    While no player should be given the power to choose or veto personnel, they could have at least given the guy a heads-up and met with him beforehand to share their plans and listen to his concerns. To completely go radio silence and let him find out by watching the draft on TV is a bit of a slap in the face, in my opinion.
    Kirk Cousins isn’t at Rodgers’ as a QB, but the Vikings’ management at least told him ahead of time what their plans were. It’s called communication and goes a long way to avoid misunderstandings and chapped butts.

  12. “Huge mess up by the front office to trade up for a project QB that just lead the NCAA in INTs. Gute came in to get this roster over the top, not to tear it down and build around a QB that wasn’t that good at a low level school. His drafts have been mediocre at best and now has divided the locker room and jettison the best player he will ever see. Good job Gute. You managed to tear the franchise with one moronic move.”

    Hey Bucky, the Packers have a bevy of All-Pro and Pro Bowl players. With Rodgers they are poised for a Super Bowl run. If you look at the drafts and the current roster you would be hard pressed to find any evidence that Gute has wrecked the roster.
    Love is certainly no worse than all the heralded QB’s coming out this year, plus a year with the offense already under his belt.

    Don Hutson retired, Bart Starr retired, Brett Favre retired and Aaron Rodgers has played 16 seasons. It’s time to realize the Packers front office is not to blame and quite possibly your hero is.

    Packer fan since 1961.

  13. Bagging on Rodgers is just the fad now, and like anything else on the net, the sheep fall in line…even Packer fans. I don’t get it. When the star qb is begging the FO to draft a wide receiver and they desperately reach for his replacement (without even telling him) instead, that creates friction. That’s poor management and poor communication and Rodger’s salary is completely inconsequential in this. If you don’t understand how that, nothing I can say will help.

  14. Headline should really read like this – Aaron Rodgers: Alex Smith ‘deserves a level of communication and respect beyond the average player,’ but Rodgers is too full of himself to give credit to another QB.

  15. Players play, coaches coach, owners own, in this case mark Murphy, he signed a contract, shut up, play or retire, loser Smith can go pound sand

  16. I’ve never heard it explained plausibly exactly why Rodgers dropped like a stone to No.26 when he was drafted. I do know this; The Packers had many other needs at that time and they already had Brett Favre. They still didn’t buy into whatever was influencing 25 other teams. They had faith in him…..and time to give him. It’s a business. They tried to do it again. Coming from the big-business sector myself, I am fully on the side of the Packers. It wasn’t Brett’s business to know they were taking Rodgers, courtesy or not. These players are being shown gratitude on immeasurable scales from all directions due to the Packers. It’a two way street…..and right now Rodgers is jeopardizing his bronze statue outside of Lambeau. That’s the way it works. Favre figured it out.

  17. What most fail to realize is it takes a team to win. Drafting 3 studs in defense does as much food for a QB as drafting 3 studs on offense. Aaron could be showing his true colors here. And that would be a sad mistake if he keeps this up. The Packers’ brass and a bevy of college scouts know more (in Woody Harrelson’s immortal words) in their whole heads about personnel than Aaron does in his little pinky.

    You wanna play Aaron, then play. You wanna pout, then know your decision will reflect upon your character for years to come. It’s your call.

  18. “They’ve been on the doorstep of the super bowl”. And yet, the Packers traded away a first round pick and a fourth rounder to move up in the first round to draft a QB, and Rodgers goes out and wins the MVP. Being on the doorstep means you’re only a player away, yet the Packers used those picks on a QB. The fact that nobody in the front office has been fired, pretty much proves the top guy, Mark Murphy, made the decision to separate from Aaron Rodgers. This little charade that’s going on is a sad attempt to save face. Not fooling Alex Smith. Not fooling Mike Holmgren. Who are they fooling? I understand the Packers don’t have an owner, like the other 31 teams. I don’t know who Mark Murphy answers to. Maybe it’s time for a change. Hey, Alex Smith could be available. He probably knows a lot more about how to run an organization than Murphy.

  19. I don’t read any of the comments here, but I sent Mark Murphy some Twitter stuff with some loser with no life at all, pretending to be a Packers fan on countless accounts. Trying and failing to make Packers look bad. Posting both negative and positive comments about the Packers. Mental illness is real.

    Mark agreed the material I sent him was one person and pathetic at best. He told me he has actually received very little negative feedback. The fans have said they love both Aaron and the franchise. The sentiment has been that they will always support the G on the helmet no matter what. Players come and go. The G will always be there.

    Aaron has notified Matt Lafleur on what he plans to do on July 27th. Either way it goes, Matt knows. Matt has confidence in both Aaron and J-Love. This is the same sentiment real Packers fans have and will have.



  20. Nothing to do with salary or communication. Rodgers is not going to just go along and be part of the plan to replace him. Packer fans who have Rodgers framed picture up on their walls don’t even understand this. Dopey.

  21. Rodgers has very little control of this. He’s under contract through 2023. His options include doing something else outside of football. Any know-it-all’s that portend to know differently and think their opinions need to be heard, are nothing more than immature troublemakers and are humored primarily by themselves.

  22. To all that think Rodgers should have been informed that the Pack was going to draft Love or argue the Pack is one or two players away from a Lombardi I have a question:

    Do you think Rodgers would have put up the season he did without the Pack giving him a shove in the back by drafting Love?

    If the answer is YES then why didn’t he do it before now?

    The last few years Aaron has looked very average only putting up 25TDs in 2018 and 26 in 2019(those are the kind of numbers you’d expect out of a mediocre QB, not one of the top 5 QBs) and now he puts up 45TD’s in 2020, looked to me like Aaron needed that push drafting Love gave him, he was starting to get very complacent for the kind of coin he’s getting. I think it was totally the right move by the Pack and Rodgers performance last season compared to the previous 3ys proves it!

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