Matt LaFleur: We’re hopeful Aaron Rodgers will be back in 2022

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After the Packers’ postseason run came to a quick end with Sunday’s loss to the 49ers, quarterback Aaron Rodgers told reporters that he plans to take a little time before deciding what he’d like to do for the next step of his career.

Head coach Matt LaFleur also said that night that Green Bay would be crazy to not want Rodgers back given his high level of performance.

To that end, LaFleur said Monday that he and Rodgers had a lengthy exit meeting on Monday. While the head coach said he’d keep the specifics of that conversation private, LaFleur also made it clear that he’s willing to do whatever he can to keep Rodgers in the fold for 2022.

“I sat down and talked to Aaron today for quite some time. I think we’re all a little numb to the situation right now,” LaFleur said in his press conference. “But we’re hopeful that he’ll be back next year, obviously. I mean, this guy has done so much for such a long period of time for this organization, for this city, for this team. And so, I want to be respectful of his process — whatever he needs to go through to make the best decision for himself. And certainly, we would love for him to be a Packer and be a Packer until the day he decides to retire.”

LaFleur noted that wasn’t just his personal feeling about the quarterback, saying G.M. Brian Gutekunst, team president Mark Murphy and director of football operations Russ Ball are all on the same page in wanting Rodgers to come back.

“There is no debate,” LaFleur said.

Whatever Rodgers decides to do will have plenty of implications for the quarterback and the Packers for 2022 and beyond. Rodgers indicated he’ll make a decision on whatever that is before free agency starts in March.

45 responses to “Matt LaFleur: We’re hopeful Aaron Rodgers will be back in 2022

  1. Uhmmm yeah, without Rogers green bay is a 2 win team.. cap hell and the talent cupboards are bare.

  2. He had the same look on his face Saturday night that Favre did the night of his last game as a Packer. If you can’t stand the cold anymore time to get out of GB.

  3. Time for the Packers to rebuild. Aaron Rodgers can’t even put up more than 10 points on the 49ers after having 2 weeks off and a snowy advantage over Jimmy G who had never even played in a cold weather game before. That’s pathetic.

  4. 2-3 win team without him. Favre and Rodgers, similar to P. Manning, Marino, etc show how great quarterbacks make mediocre rosters appear way better than they are. Then they play more well rounded teams in the playoffs and get exposed.

  5. A lot of people/teams hoping these days, Bucs hope Brady comes back, Saints hope Payton comes back and now the Pack hope Rodgers comes back.

  6. Yeah keep him around so he can make the whole season about himself, and then fail again in the playoffs.
    -Rams fans

  7. With the salary cap position it will take a magician to keep him and Adams together. Many good players will then be gone.

  8. This team has won 13 games each season over the last 3 years, they had the #1 seed in 2020 and 2021 and still could make it to the Super Bowl.

    How is next year going to be any different? It’s highly unlikely all of the stars will align again for the Packers next year. Between roster turnover, injuries, coaching changes, improved teams, schedule, it’s very unlikely you will win 13 games again next season.

    Everything was lined up for a Super Bowl run over the last few years and I think that window of opportunity is closing shut. When you have the best record and the #1 seed with the league MVP and cannot win your conference, I don’t know what else that core group of players can accomplish.

    Starting building up your defense and make another run in a few years.

  9. LaFleur comes off as really pathetic here. For Rodgers to pull the stunts he did in the off season and then wet the bed on Saturday, I’d trade him and get whatever you can for him. GB isn’t winning another Super Bowl with him as their QB.

  10. If he’s smart he will, I mean the vikings are going to be crappy, the bears too, lions will get better, so for at least the next three years we could take the division.

  11. First he wants to arm wrestle Tom Brady to see who replaces Jimmy G for a few seasons before they retire.

  12. I was at a restaurant on Saturday night in Seattle. Not exactly a 49er town to say the least. Yet the whole restuarnat was cheering against Green Bay. The place eruted when that kick was blocked. So yes, please bring back Aaron Rodgers

  13. Green Bay does not believe in science or math only having 10 players on field for game losing field goal.
    You have been cancelled Aaron.
    Just another Bum.
    Face it, the Niners own you Aaron, the playoffs own you.

  14. I hope so too. Everyone in the country was a 49er fan on Saturday night because of rodgers. All the online comments were fun and funny.
    comment from Saturday night: Exultation at Aaron Rodgers and the Packers elimination from the playoffs HAS united the country

  15. So management how is that power play against your MVP quarterback working out for you? He and Adams are gone

  16. Would have gotten a lot more for aaron if he was traded last year when he did not want to go back.

  17. codylaws says:
    January 24, 2022 at 6:44 pm
    It’s time for Packer fans rooting for Vikings.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    I can drift that way. I require four people to be gone; Zimmer, Cousins, Barr, and Cook. One down, three to go.

  18. LeFleur better hope ARodg comes back. He will be exposed for the fraud that he is as a coach if he doesn’t.

  19. Lafleur deserves a lot of blame too. The talent is there in GB but you cant fix the special teams ? Three points the rest of the game ? Too many wins to fail with the home-field.

  20. Everyone outside of GB can’t stand Rodgers. Even many in GB have turned on him because they see him for what he truly is, a good QB that chokes in the playoffs. His personality has gotten to many as well, they realize that he is a egotistical, self centered, entitled jerk that only cares about himself. The sport will be better when he just goes away.

  21. I think you have to go back to Ty Cobb to find such a great player and such a horrible human being occupying the same body.

  22. It has now become an annual event in January that LaFluer’s Packers get beat and he sits there with tears in his eyes taking the blame for the loss. Good grief I am getting tired of this. Maybe if they get rid of Rodgers we won’t have to see this anymore.

  23. MLF wants him back no doubt and for good reason. The rest of the NFC North doesn’t as he’s owned them for years. The North Division is a frickin mess and Rodgers would once again dominate again for years.

  24. The Packers FO is terrified of the perception they wanted Rodgers out if he wins a ring with another team. They won’t trade him.

  25. I think Rodgers is a damn good QB. I don’t much care for his drama queen/diva antics tho. If he wants traded, IMO I believe Pittsburgh would be a great fit. Big Ben played horrible this past season, they made the playoffs anyway. Appears the Steelers are a QB away from being serious contenders.

  26. Why Matt why??? Rodgers may have a winning record in the regular season but not only does he have a losing record in the post season, he has a losing personality to match as well. The team will never succeed until they realize it’s is better to lose with a winner than to win with a loser.

  27. This might sound silly, but what if the 49ers all the way back in 2005, saw Aaron Rodgers for what he is – an extremely talented passer who lacks leadership capabilities and the ability to play well in the clutch? And… they said ‘no thanks’. Hell, Alex Smith has played 36 less games in his career than Aaron Rodgers, and still has more 4th quarter comebacks than the Diva does. What’s that tell you?

  28. Life-long fan, season ticket holder. Just, no, please. He’s easily the best regular season QB I think I’ve ever watched, been blessed to watch it. But as it stands, his ego doesn’t match his results when the season is on the line. No, he doesn’t throw seasons away, the way Favre did, not even close. But, he also doesn’t get it done, when it needs to get done. Can’t put it any other way.

    Time to move on. If that means a few seasons of suck, oh well. I survived the 80’s, been a while, but nothing new. I say move on. Hypothetical, but if say, the Raiders offer Carr and two 1st rd picks or something similar for Rodgers, I do that trade in a heartbeat.

  29. This might sound silly, but what if the 49ers all the way back in 2005, saw Aaron Rodgers for what he is – an extremely talented passer who lacks leadership capabilities and the ability to play well in the clutch? And… they said ‘no thanks’
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    Maybe playing for his hometown/childhood team would have driven that out of him?

    Maybe being rushed into action for a horrid side show franchise at the time would have humbled him?

    Maybe coaches like Harbaugh and Shanahan would have been able to reign him in, as Holmgren did with Favre.

    Too many variables.

  30. It has now become an annual event in January that LaFluer’s Packers get beat and he sits there with tears in his eyes taking the blame for the loss. Good grief I am getting tired of this. Maybe if they get rid of Rodgers we won’t have to see this anymore.
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    You’re exactly right.

    LaFleur won’t be in the Playoffs, and it won’t take long for him to wind up on the bread line.

  31. bunners1 says:
    January 24, 2022 at 9:49 pm
    MLF wants him back no doubt and for good reason. The rest of the NFC North doesn’t as he’s owned them for years. The North Division is a frickin mess and Rodgers would once again dominate again for years.

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    And every year it will be deja vu all over again. The Packers beating down on the rest of the NFC North, then going into the playoffs overconfident, facing superior teams, and exiting with a whimper and a thud. Is the pain of dealing with Rodgers’ shennanigans worth it?

  32. Time for the Packers to rebuild. Aaron Rodgers can’t even put up more than 10 points on the 49ers after having 2 weeks off and a snowy advantage over Jimmy G who had never even played in a cold weather game before. That’s pathetic.
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    I’m sure you watched Super Bowl LII ?

    Tell me about the 3 points Brady put up through 51 minutes. No tds, 1 INT, 71 rating.

    In ideal, controlled conditions, inside a dome.

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