Matt LaFleur “absolutely” would want Aaron Rodgers back in 2023

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The Packers have reached their bye week with a 5-8 record, which puts them in third place in the NFC North.

It’s a spot most did not expect Green Bay to be in entering Week 14, especially considering quarterback Aaron Rodgers was coming off back-to-back MVP awards.

But as Rodgers was leaving the playing field in Chicago on Sunday, he saluted the crowd — essentially saying “goodbye” just in case it was the last time he plays there.

So on Monday, head coach Matt LaFleur was asked if he would want Rodgers as the team’s quarterback in 2023, should Rodgers want to return. The reporter didn’t fully finish the question before LaFleur began his response.

“Yeah, absolutely. Of course,” LaFleur said in his press conference. “But, you guys know how I feel. I have a hard time looking past the L.A. Rams [in Week 15] right now. And, obviously, this week is going to be great to kind of dig into ourselves and look at the film critically in every phase and try to challenge our guys in different areas that we can improve. But, then the focus will turn to the L.A. Rams.

“So that’s where my mind is right now. But yeah, absolutely.”

As a follow-up, LaFleur was asked how he would assess Rodgers’ season so far.

“I think we’ve got a great problem in terms of when you have confidence in multiple people,” LaFleur said, presumably referring to Rodgers and Jordan Love. “You’d rather have that. I do think, just thinking about expectations, and certainly people expect — we all expect — a certain level from him every time and especially when you’re coming off back-to-back MVP seasons. I think you’ve got to be realistic about the situation, too, in terms of, you’re losing almost your entire receiving corps and there’s a lot of new pieces around ya. There’s going to be a learning curve to that. Not to make excuses, it is what it is.

“We always expect and want to play that perfect game each and every time we go out on the field. So, I think collectively, everybody’s got to be better, starting with myself. I just think expectations are a funny thing to try to manage. But, certainly, I think as an offense, I think we are showing improvement over the last few games — in terms of just a little bit more consistency. And I still think there’s a handful of snaps that you look back at yesterday and you’re like, we should be better there. Some missed opportunities where maybe you’re not down 19-10 or whatever it was in the fourth quarter. So, I just think it’s a collective effort with everybody.”

Rodgers, who turned 39 last week, has completed 64.3 percent of his passes this season for 2,864 yards with 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

30 responses to “Matt LaFleur “absolutely” would want Aaron Rodgers back in 2023

  1. Let’s see, we lost our QB coach, our OC, and 3 of our 4 top receivers, one of whom is arguably the best in the league. On top of that we lost our two best lbs and starting safety. On top of all that, Joe Barry.

    Rodgers is good, but that’s a steep hill to climb.

  2. Love Rodgers he is great but I think it’s time to move on and hand the keys to Jordan Love . Greenbay had a great history of developing qbs . From Farve to Rodgers and hopefully Love . Time will tell .

  3. Salary Cap goes up some $15 million next year,… over $220 mil.
    Shouldn’t be a problem even with Rodgers huge cap hit.

  4. Please let both Lafleur and Rodgers be back again next year. Let’s run this clown show back another year

  5. Rodgers gets a guaranteed $58.3 million dollar next year. That’s almost 25% of the entire budget

  6. Rodgers is playing in Green Bay next year and the following year. He will retire in 2024. Love will be gone, Green Bay is not resigning love and take on another 10-15 million contract.

  7. If they liked Jordan Love, they would have traded Rodgers for three first round picks. I’d love to know what the plan was when they drafted him. If everything has gone according to plan, I must be in the wrong universe. When they traded a first round pick and another pick to move up in the first round to draft Love, they were perhaps one player away, and they already had an MVP QB. You wonders why Rodgers has gone bonkers. I probably would too.

  8. Sure he wants him back. Without Aaron, LaFluer will be exposed as a lousy coach, which he is. As a Bears fan I respect the heck out of Rodgers, he is terrific, but without Aaron LaFluer will be gone in two years.

  9. Sure, sure, whatever you say Matt. I’m sure Lafleur loves being neutered repeatedly by Rodgers.

  10. The problem this year has never been the receivers. Rodgers has had a broken thumb and has been off for several weeks.

  11. Trade Rodgers to Denver for Russell Wilson. Wilson gets to return to Wisconsin where he went to school and the Broncos hired Nathaniel Hackett in order to bring Rodgers to Denver

  12. Rodgers gets a guaranteed $58.3 million dollar next year. That’s almost 25% of the entire budget
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    His cap number is $31.6~mil

    14% of the Packers cap. 10th among QBs presently.

  13. Close to 60 million buckaroos Rodgers is getting next year. Everyone in Wisconsin knows Rodgers isn’t going anywhere. Could be time to get a new coach though.

  14. pkrlvr says:
    December 5, 2022 at 5:16 pm
    Let’s see, we lost our QB coach, our OC, and 3 of our 4 top receivers, one of whom is arguably the best in the league. On top of that we lost our two best lbs and starting safety. On top of all that, Joe Barry.

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    This happens to teams every season. Most make adjustments, some don’t.

  15. rastadavid says:
    December 5, 2022 at 8:28 pm
    Trade Rodgers to Denver for Russell Wilson. Wilson gets to return to Wisconsin where he went to school and the Broncos hired Nathaniel Hackett in order to bring Rodgers to Denver
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    Maybe if GB wants to throw in a couple picks.

    You don’t trade away a first ballot HOF QB in his prime without compensation.

  16. You don’t trade away a first ballot HOF QB in his prime without compensation
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    In his prime? Not from where I’m standing. There’s been many games this season old Aaron has been way off. Just flat out not good.

  17. Lot of people forget the same regime within GB that jettisoned one of the most popular athletes of all time in favor of Rodgers in 2008 is still running the organization. The deal was, we went with you and we own you, you’re not going anywhere. He returned the favor by signing one of the most ridiculously expensive nonsensical contracts of all time for a QB his age, setting GB back by years, possibly decades. This organization is a mess.

  18. pkrlvr says:
    December 5, 2022 at 5:16 pm
    Let’s see, we lost our QB coach, our OC, and 3 of our 4 top receivers, one of whom is arguably the best in the league. On top of that we lost our two best lbs and starting safety. On top of all that, Joe Barry.

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    Because no other teams ever lose players to free agency, trades, or injuries, or lose coaches to other teams. Got it. Smells like excuses to me

  19. In his prime? Not from where I’m standing. There’s been many games this season old Aaron has been way off. Just flat out not good.
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    I know, right? Some guys just can’t play Pro football with a broken thumb and torn ligaments. Rodgers will be back and the Packers have already said they’re gonna pick up Love’s 5th year option. Love will look back and be happy that he got to hold the clipboard, learn and keep healthy when he’s playing to 40. Sorry to disappoint so many…

  20. harryhands09 says:
    December 5, 2022 at 11:42 pm

    You don’t trade away a first ballot HOF QB in his prime without compensation
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    In his prime? Not from where I’m standing. There’s been many games this season old Aaron has been way off. Just flat out not good.

    ^^^^^^^^^

    A broken thumb on your four-time MVP throwing hand has a way of doing that. Surgery will be required.

  21. Please let both Lafleur and Rodgers be back again next year. Let’s run this clown show back another year
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    Winningest new coach in history of NFL but yeah, sure.

  22. Because no other teams ever lose players to free agency, trades, or injuries
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    So you’ve seen a lot of teams lose their entire receiving corp and the QB still have an MVP season? I would like an example, because last I checked, qb’s and receivers were pretty dependant on each other.

  23. He returned the favor by signing one of the most ridiculously expensive nonsensical contracts of all time for a QB his age, setting GB back by years, possibly decades. This organization is a mess.
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    If the contract ‘sets the Packers back years’, thats Rodgers fault?

    Why did the Packers offer the contract if it was SO rediculous?

  24. So the reason he’s not been very good is because he has a broken thumb? If that’s true then Lafleur is a coward…Love should’ve been playing. There’s no way he could’ve been worse than how Rodgers was playing. Rodgers should’ve set himself…if not a good coach would’ve pulled him.

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