As the gap between Aaron Rodgers and Packers widens, head coach Matt LaFleur keeps hopes of reconciliation alive | Pro football


JASON WILDE For the official journal

GREEN BAY – Matt LaFleur isn’t quite sure what he can do to fix this whole mess, but the Green Bay Packers head coach has vowed on Saturday night to try it.

One day when Yahoo! Sports reported that reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers has told the team he will not return as long as Brian Gutekunst is the general manager, and team chairman / CEO Mark Murphy has publicly acknowledged there is a “problem” between the team and the quarterback, LaFleur sounded as if the man were trapped in the middle.

LaFleur and Rodgers have managed to forge a close working relationship and friendship over the past two seasons – even after Rodgers ‘relationship with his previous head coach, Mike McCarthy, turned sour – and it doesn’t seem like Rodgers’ accident with the organization has anything to do with it. . to do with the coach, who, like Gutekunst and Murphy, had flown to the west coast earlier off-season to talk to Rodgers.

‘I know the reports out there. I mean, this guy is our quarterback, he’s the leader of our team, and I want nothing more than to see him back in a Packer uniform, ” LaFleur said in a Zoom call after the three-day NFL draft came to an end. .

“We’ve had a lot of great performances over the past two years – two consecutive NFC Championship games. I know the seasons didn’t end the way we wanted, but in my eyes he’s the best he’s ever done. I don’t care (don’t make) Super Bowls or whatever. We want him back here. “

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