LaFleur was clear in his desire that Rodgers, the reigning NFL MVP, return to the Packers squad in 2021. He joins team chairman Mark Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst, both of whom expressed support for having Rodgers after reports emerged that the star was not satisfied with the team.
LaFleur “can’t fathom Rodgers” not in Green Bay
LaFleur said he wants to do everything he can to get Rodgers, 37, back. It’s Rodgers who reportedly doesn’t want to come back.
“Yes, I know, and I can’t even get my brain to that spot right now,” LaFleur said Saturday after the final round of the 2021 NFL. design, via ESPN. “So I want to do everything I can to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
“I can’t fathom it [him] not be in Green Bay, “he added.” That’s where my thoughts are. Not only do I love the player, but I also love the person. I love working with him on a daily basis; I think we all do – from the players in that locker room to the coaching staff. Again, I don’t even want to let my mind go there. “
LaFleur, in his third season as Packers’ head coach, continued:
“I will always be hopeful and optimistic, and we will certainly always welcome him with open arms,” said LaFleur via ESPN. “He knows exactly how not only myself, but also our staff and our players feel about him. Like I said before, I just can’t imagine he’s not in a Green Bay Packer uniform.”
Rodgers reportedly doesn’t want to play under GM
The quarterback don’t want to come back with Gutekunst in the mix, Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reported on Saturday. A source in Rodgers’ camp told Robinson that a reconciliation may not be possible if Guntekunst stays with the team and that Murphy is aware of it.
Guntekunst responded to that report via ESPN on Saturday after the concept.
“You know, Aaron didn’t say anything like that to me and certainly didn’t say anything in public,” he said. “So I think it’s a little unfair to say that to him. But listen, you certainly don’t like hearing those things; but at the same time, it’s kind of part of playing in the National Football League. But no, nothing was communicated to me directly. “
For his part, Rodgers declined to speak to NBC while attending the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. His only comments were that he told NBC’s Mike Tirico that he was “disappointed that news has come out of this rift with the Packers.”
Murphy wrote in his monthly column on the Packers website that it is a problem they have “been working on for several months” and that they “will continue to be committed to Aaron in 2021 and beyond.”
Where does the Rodgers saga leave Jordan Love?
The Packers drafted quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 draft as a succession plan for their Super Bowl-winning leader. Rodgers said he was not “thrilled” with the choice, and proved he could still play on the field at an elite level with an MVP season.
LaFleur said he spoke to Love and told him not to focus on all the noise.
“You can’t concentrate on that. You have to focus on yourself”, LaFleur said, via ESPN. “And I know you think it’s cliché, but he has to be the best version of him, and he has to do everything he can to make sure he knows the expectations, knows the standards that we have developed in that position. that he works hard. “
Love is currently the lone quarterback in Packers’ virtual offseason program. It’s unclear if Rodgers will attend voluntary training sessions, which he has done regularly in the past.
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