It’s crazy to think that in a few short months, the Detroit Lions may actually deploy the top quarterback in the NFC North Division.
It was only a month ago when things seemed to boil over regarding the Jeopardy fanatic Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Well, I should add, it’s been about a month since the news broke. The marriage between the two appeared to be strained quite some time ago.
Many will point to when the Green Bay Packers traded up to select Rodgers’ eventual replacement in Jordan Love with the 26th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Consequently, Love was less than impressive during his rookie season and found himself as the Packer’s quarterback during his rookie season buried behind Rodgers and now Detroit Lions backup quarterback Tim Boyle.
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The fact is, I assume this issue has been a brewing one over the past couple of seasons. The Packers seem to rely on Rodgers to pace the offense and make the players around him better, and serviceable complimentary players to the elite ones like Aaron Jones and Davante Adams.
Behind the reigning league MVP, the Packers led the league in scoring offense averaging a whopping 31.5 points per game and second only to the Kansas City Chiefs 393.8 yards per game.
Green Bay often uses its first-round draft choices on the defensive side of the ball, knowing Rodgers can elevate others.
If history indeed repeats itself, and like Brett Favre, if Rodgers refuses to return to Green Bay, that makes Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff the division’s top signal-caller.
Goff, at 26-years old, certainly has a higher ceiling and has achieved more already in his career than the likes of Kirk Cousins or Andy Dalton. The wildcard is Chicago’s rookie signal-caller Justin Fields. Fields, yet unproven, does have a tremendous ceiling and may become a thorn in the side of Detroit Lions fans for years to come.
Recently in an article published by the New York Post, NBC’s Mike Tirico shared his thoughts surrounding the Rodgers dilemma;
"“I think they saw Tom Brady go somewhere and the people around him were placed there to maximize success, and said, ‘Look, that can be me.’ In both situations, that’s been some of the issue around both teams,” Tirico said about Green Bay and Seattle.“The people around Aaron Rodgers… maybe they wanted to be in that mode. And maybe it hit home because it happened in their backyard,” he added.“If I had to capsulate my read on it, and this is not paraphrasing Aaron, it’s not one thing — it’s many things,” he said about Rodgers’ issues in Green Bay. “I don’t necessarily think it’s a money thing… I think the respect term internally is part of that.“I don’t think the way things have played out over the last few years with the organization… let’s draft, develop and do things without splashy free agents… it’s been done one way for about 30 years… Is it the best way to win with a star quarterback and not put things together and make a run for it?“That might not be the best situation for Aaron Rodgers at this point in his career. I think those are the seeds that have bubbled and developed over the past how many months.”"
I understand some franchises won’t rush to accommodate all of their player’s demands, but would it have killed the organization to at least meet him halfway?
Rodgers, as expected, was absent from the first day of Packers OTA’s, and his head coach Matt LaFleur hopes to get the future first-ballot Hall Of Fame quarterback back into a Packers uniform, but I wouldn’t hold my breath at this point if I were a Packers’ fan.
Rodgers finished his MVP-winning 2020 season totaling 4,299 passing yards and 48 touchdown passes to just five interceptions leading Green Bay to a 13-3 record.