Packers fans, not to mention the organization, have had quite the offseason. Starting on draft night, a bombshell report revealed the existence of a rift between reigning MVP, Aaron Rodgers, and the Packers front office.
The report alleged that Rodgers was growing unhappy with his lack of roster input. Generally speaking, he had been shut out of many such decisions, the release of WR Jake Kumerow, for instance. As a result, frustration began to mount and the MVP wanted to take more control of his future. Rodgers had witnessed how the Packers treated his predecessor when his career was waning. Brett Favre had been traded to the Jets in 2009 after 16 years under center, without a second thought.
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Without a doubt, the delicate balance in Green Bay will be the main topic of almost every broadcast throughout the season. So, as fans, we should take advice from the MVP himself.
This Packers team is arguably one of the best in Rodgers’ tenure as a starter. Davante Adams, surehanded rising star Allen Lazard, speedster Marquez Valdez-Scantling and returning favorite, Randall Cobb make up the meat of the WR room. Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon are set to be one of the best one-two punches in the league.
Coming off a breakout year, Robert Tonyan is set to take on a large role in the offense, with mentor and captain, Marcedes Lewis by his side. The offense can’t be run without the linemen, and do the Packers have a line. Elgton Jenkins, Billy Turner, and Royce Newman, the last of whom made an incredible impression during training camp. Not to mention that, hopefully, they’ll soon be joined by David Bakhtiari, the longtime anchor of the line.
Defensively, the Packers have only improved. Darnell Savage is quickly coming into his own in the free safety spot. Jaire Alexander is cementing himself as one of the best corners in the league. Not to mention Adrian Amos, Za’Darious and Preston Smith, Kenny Clark, and rookie Eric Stokes Jr.
Many in the media are viewing this season as the last dance for this iteration of the Packers. In part, that is true. Rodgers and the front office struck a tentative deal that keeps the MVP in Green Bay while giving him control over his own fate after this year. The wait-and-see mentality that both sides adopted almost ended in his retirement. However, Rodgers and Co. want to run it back.
Remember, this team was one win away from the Super Bowl last season. As previously mentioned, the front office has only improved the roster and is keeping the organization in title contention.
Bleeding Green & Gold
Aaron Rodgers has left an incredible mark on the history of Green Bay. He has reiterated his love for the city, and fans several times over the years and reaffirmed it again this offseason. Rodgers is the epitome of what a Green Bay Packer is, and what it means. He deserves to be treated like it. Over his illustrious career, he has racked up the following accolades;
Super Bowl XLV Champion and MVP
3x NFL Most Valuable Player (2011, 2014, 2020)
3x First-Team All-Pro (2011, 2014, 2020)
Second Team All-Pro (2012)
9x Pro Bowler (2009, 2011, 2012, 2014-2016, 2018-2020)
3x NFL Passer Rating Leader (2011, 2012, 2020)
2x NFL Passing Touchdowns Leader (2016, 2020)
NFL Completion Percentage Leader (2020)
NFL 2010’s All-Decade Team
Future of the Packers
With kickoff fast approaching, all eyes are on the team, and how it will perform. “18 weeks to convince Aaron to stay.” “Is the Packers’ reign over the NFC North coming to an end?” That will be the narrative, at least.
Remember that, as a fanbase, we have been blessed with nearly three decades of stability at the quarterback position. That we’ve seen incredible displays like Favre’s Monday Night game vs the Raiders, shortly after his father’s passing and the many, many heroics of Aaron Rodgers’ hail mary passes throughout the years. As the season goes on, I’d like you to promise me one thing.
Enjoy the ride.