In the recent offseason, the Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers have been through a lot of turmoil and uncertainty. The reigning NFL MVP wasn’t sure he wanted to return to the only franchise he’s played for since his 2005 draft, citing “philosophical differences” with the way the team was run.
Fast forward to Week 8. The Packers are 7-1 and have a league-high seven-game winning streak. They achieved this despite a string of injuries that would decimate many teams and leave them uncompetitive. Rodgers doesn’t play quite at the off-chart level he was a year ago, but he’s still one of the best quarterbacks in the league.
So, around the middle of the season, where are things between Rodgers and the Packers?
Upon his return, Rodgers said he wanted “a seat at the table” when it came to important personnel decisions. One move he requested was the return of wide receiver Randall Cobb who general manager Brian Gutekunst bought out in a trade with Houston.
In eight games, Cobb had 17 catches for 194 yards and four touchdowns. While these aren’t Pro Bowl numbers, Cobb is the team’s fourth receiver when everyone is healthy. He was successful in the clutch as well, with two key touchdowns against Arizona in Week 8, while 13 of his 17 catches resulted in early tries.
The Packers also demonstrated their willingness to go all-in for a championship this year in what many compare to the season “The Last Dance” that Michael Jordan had in his final year with the Bulls, which has them. seen winning an NBA title.
The Packers improved their roster even as injuries were occurring, trading for punter Corey Bojorquez and adding free agents like Jaylon Smith, Whitney Merciless, Rasul Douglas and De’Vondre Campbell who all contributed to the team’s success.
Rodgers seems to be enjoying this season. Speaking on Pat McAfee’s show last week, Rodgers said the Packers have “a great coaching staff that I love and I’m still in Green Bay and having the best time of my life.” “.
He also added: “Life is all about perspective and I count the blessings I have in life daily and I have so much gratitude for these moments and for the fact that I am 37 years old I still play. , I still play at a high level and still have fun times every week, including on this show.
Then, after the Packers’ spectacular win in Arizona, Rodgers said, “That’s why I love this team.” He also said: “It’s a disjointed team. It’s a tough, physical and serious team. I’m so proud of our guys. Without our defensive coordinator MVS the league’s top receiver Davante Adams Allen Lazard our handyman for these guys to come out and play the way they did I’m so proud of them I’m so proud of the line and seeing our defense finish the game the way it did, on the road, against a great football team, that’s what it is.
Then he congratulated the Packers fans who showed up in Arizona on Thursday night. “It’s amazing how much green and gold there is here. Our fans were so loud and they came. We love them. I love this soccer team, I’m having so much fun with these guys, and I’m going to go out there and celebrate now.
While this interview came just minutes after a dramatic victory, Rodgers certainly didn’t sound like someone who was eager to get out of Green Bay once the season was over.
Obviously, how the season unfolds will have a big effect on what Rodgers wants to do in the future. If the Packers win the Super Bowl, it could impact his decision. If the team is floundering down the home stretch, it might discourage them from staying.
Rodgers has some big advantages here in Green Bay. He has a coach he enjoys working with and a talented team who have overcome significant injuries to a multitude of Pro Bowl players to keep winning. He also has arguably the best receiver in football at Davante Adams who would love to continue working with him if he were to stay with the Packers.
We know money was never the issue that caused a riff between the Packers and their franchise quarterback. It’s something the team can work out with him.
For now, it looks like Rodgers ‘relationship with the Packers’ organization has improved since he chose to return to the squad just before training camp started. What happens in the second half of the season will help determine where Rodgers will play in 2022.