Speaking with media on Sunday, Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur threw his full support behind quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
LaFleur said, “Aaron is our quarterback and I see him here for a really long time.”
For what it’s worth, many people are having a hard time believing there is any truth to this statement. Some referenced the Arizona Cardinals saying Josh Rosen is “our guy” before drafting Kyler Murray and trading Rosen to Miami.
It’s not hard to understand why fans aren’t taking this comment seriously.
Packers traded up to draft Rodgers’ replacement, Jordan Love
Back in April, the Packers shocked the NFL community when they traded up in the first round to draft Utah product Jordan Love.
It was a stunning move because Green Bay was widely expected to use its first-round pick to acquire a receiver. The offense needed a boost in a big way, and Rodgers is still well in his prime as one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks.
So is the guy he replaced, Packers legend Brett Favre, who predicted Rodgers will finish his career with a different team. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone in the NFL who thinks Rodgers will be in Green Bay “for a really long time.”
Stats show Aaron Rodgers is still elite
Since becoming a full-time starter for the Packers back in 2008, Rodgers has consistently been one of the NFL’s top passers. He rarely makes game-breaking mistakes, as his 84 interceptions in 181 career games clearly show.
The past two seasons, Rodgers has passed for 8,444 yards with 51 touchdowns and just six interceptions. That’s absolutely elite production.
So, if Love had never been drafted it’s easy to see the Packers hanging onto Rodgers until he is ready to retire. But now that they’ve expended a first-round pick, trading up to do it, for another quarterback, that’s a hard sell.
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Author: Jesse Reed