Packers’ Aaron Rodgers Downplays Comments

Maybe Aaron Rodgers got caught up in the moment. In an interview on Tuesday, the Packers quarterback downplayed the significance of his post-NFC title game comments.

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I don’t think that there’s any reason that I wouldn’t be back. But there’s not many absolutes in this business,” Rodgers told Pat McAfee (Twitter link via NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero). “It’s a slow week.”

After a devastating loss to the Bucs, Rodgers said that his future is “uncertain,” indicating that the 37-year-old might not be with the Packers in 2021. Now, Packers fans can calm down, at least a little bit. The expected 2020 MVP anticipates staying put in Green Bay to pursue yet another Super Bowl ring.

We’re not idiots,” said Packers CEO Mark Murphy earlier in the day. “Aaron Rodgers will be back, he’s our leader.”

Bringing Rodgers back could require a new contract, one that would put him in the same tier as Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, Russell Wilson, and Ben Roethlisberger. As it stands, Rodgers is earning roughly as much as Rams quarterback Jared Goff, who could potentially lose his starting job in 2021.

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  1. arty!

    I’m amused how teams want a ‘face of the franchise’ (preferably a QB) yet want that face to have zero say in how to get better. Texans asked Watson for his input, then ignored it. Rodgers wanted extra firepower only to have them draft his replacement. Actually Mr. Murphy, you are an idiot.

    • Seriously, imagine a WR in the first round or anyone on defense instead of a QB that won’t see the field for two more years, who is no guarantee, who they potentially could have drafted in the second round (Hurts was the only QB selected between GB’s 1st rounder and their 2nd rounder). I sort of understand the reasoning behind the pick but at the same time, Rodgers has not declined in any way and is possibly the best he’s ever been. No need to draft his successor.

      • stubby66

        Wide receiver isn’t going to help if defense doesn’t stop the other team or get turnovers

        • I mean I said “WR or anyone on defense” so I’m not sure what else to say.

        • king beas

          Defense got 3 turnovers in the second half of the NFC championship a wr would’ve helped turn those into points

          • ghostoforsillo

            Didn’t that equate to only 6 points too? I’d say they need help on the offensive side of the ball. How many drops did MVS and AL have in the NFC Championship?

    • bdpecore

      Unless you were there, how do you know for certain Rodgers was pushing for the Packers to draft a WR in the first round? There has been nothing written about him demanding any personnel moves from management. It’s all been pure speculation

  2. Yep it is

    He probably back walked those comments knowing he might get traded somewhere the team and media would hold him accountable. He folded like a plastic bag or like an Aaron Rodgers. Get over yourself already CRY BABY.

    • kyredsox17

      Yeah that’s it. You are on top of things. He really needed to “back walk” those vicious comments…Folded like a plastic bag? That’s literally never been said in the history of the English language.

      • roswell6vika

        Since no one elected you as an authority on the English language, your words hold as much water as . . . A PLASTIC BAG

        • kyredsox17

          PERFECT use of plastic bag. I’d still like one of these famous Aaron Rodgers back walks I keep hearing all about though.

        • Ak185

          Ummm…you can definitely put water into a plastic bag…so if it’s a big bag…his words could hold a water….

          Good luck folding it, though…

  3. Yep it is

    One other thing Aaron it is only a slow week for you as you AGAIN PACK YOUR LOCKER UP after under performing yet AGAIN.

    • fathead0507

      Ha. He didn’t underperform .. his defense did AGAIN.. his last 3 games he’s been eliminated from playoffs in the defense gave up 31,37,44 .. but yea it’s always the QB fault

      • Try again. His “underperforming” D picked off Brady 3 times in the 2nd half alone and they only respond with a FG??? Twice they went three and out. If we can give Rodgers credit for wind it’s about time we call him out for losses.

        • The D still gave up 31 points, though. And two of Brady’s picks had a similar effect to punting.

          • Bucs got 14 points off two turnovers. Pack got 3 points off three turnovers. No matter how you spin it, that’s not acceptable.

      • Lou Evil Slugger

        He has no one to blame but himself. He could’ve easily run it in for a TD but instead he chose to throw an ill advised pass across his body into the ground where his reciever had to come back out of the End Zone and dive for it. He didn’t have a defender within 10 yards of him, why not run it?

        • Ak185

          Plenty of people could be blamed, including Rodgers. But considering the fact that he threw 3 touchdowns, I’d say that he deserves less blame than some others.

          The defense gave up a few bad plays, but they mostly played alright. The receivers, however, played poorly, as did the offensive line (mostly in terms of run blocking, but that’s to be expected against the Bucs, especially with Vea and an only above average back in Jones).

          The Packers’ receivers and running backs aren’t bad necessarily, but none of them outside of Adams are consistent enough playmakers to give Rodgers much help against a really good defense. The Packers have been forced to work off the run game all year because their receivers cannot break press or tight man coverage quickly enough when the defense can commit to the pass. Rodgers either had little to throw to or little time to let it go by the time the defense produced those interceptions. The drop on the two point conversion on their line TD did not help either, as St. Brown was open in the flat on the latter drive and Rodgers obviously did not trust him with the crucial conversion catch.

          My point is that the Packers’ receivers are only as good as Rodgers can elevate them. Most of the year that was enough. However, they are not good enough, outside of Adams, to make plays on their own against a good defense. That’s why they lost-unlike their opponents, whose receivers can break coverage on their own and bail out their quarterback if he needs it, or make a tough catch on a bad pass.

        • Packerz No Matter What

          Lou watch the play again, he gets killed by the LB at about the 3 if he runs. Also Kevin King would like to argue with you about who is to blame.

          • ghostoforsillo

            No way Rodgers makes it into the end zone. That LB was going to get him. He said it yesterday on PMI.

            • Even if he doesn’t make it to the end zone, he still would have gotten close enough that the coach would have certainly gone for the TD on a 4th and 2 instead of kicking a FG on a 4th and 9. He could have also ran for a few yards on the play before that instead of making a zero-percent chance throw.

              There were also several key plays where Rodgers completely missed the fact that he had wide open receivers because he was so damned focused on Adams that he didn’t even bother to check the rest of the field. I’m not blaming Rodgers entirely here, but he played a part in this loss and for some reason he’s not taking any blame and the most of the media is giving him a free pass. Kevin King, Aaron Jones, Matt LaFleur, Mike Pettine, the referees, and Aaron Rodgers all made significant mistakes in that game. Rodgers does NOT deserve a free pass here!

  4. roswell6vika

    This seems like a comedy sketch run-through for SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE; I mean, SERIOUSLY MARK MURPHY ? As others before me said , “actually, Mark, you brainiacs are ! “ Did Aaron Rogers select a QB instead of a wide receiver ? Nyet, Mark (Idiot) Murphy, Nyet.

  5. giannisandyelich123

    He’ll be back but he meant “I see Tom choose his team with great receivers and a really good defense while the only good players I play with we get lucky in the draft. I see players like Jamal Adams and Dashon Watson(soon) refuse to play and get traded to better options. I just want the fan base to not be blindsided if I choose this route”.

    • compassrose

      Maybe Rodgers can go to TB next year I hear their QB is getting old.

      If Brady retires and Rodgers gets traded there and doesn’t make the SB next year who will he and you apologists blame it on?

      • Ak185

        As long as we’re allowed to construct hypothetical scenarios to incriminate people who have different opinions, I suppose we should do one for Brady going to Green Bay and playing with those receivers. In that scenario, he misses the playoffs and you get to be the apologist. See? This is a silly method of argument.

          • Ak185

            …which was still better than many QBs have had for their’s. Moss, Welker, Branch, Amendola, and Edelman all were very good players when they were there. And at tight end he had possibly the most unstoppable pass-catcher at that position ever. Hernandez was great for a couple of years, too. People act like Brady’s never had a good receiver because that’s what everyone else says, and then downplay it when you give them names. Every great QB has had at least one great receiver, and New England’s strength has always been in scheme and coaching anyway, which is superior to most other teams’.

    • Giants51 –
      No he does not. He’s just a drama queen. If you paid ANY attention to the rest of the season, Rodgers was 100% happy with the coaching and direction of the team…ALL YEAR LONG. Now you think he wants out because of one bad game? You’re a fool, just like the media that’s trying soooooo hard to push this narrative just to have something to talk about.

  6. chitowninwi

    Erin Rodgers is just a finger pointer , nothing has ever, ever been her fault, just blame the defense she must have been on the rag

  7. crosseyedlemon

    If the Packers are convinced that Jordan Love was a solid investment then it would only make sense for them to unload Rodgers while his stock is still high and collect a very nice return. If Rodgers were to suffer a significant injury his stock would drop just as Cam Newton’s did and they would get next to nothing for him.

    • rondon

      I would agree with you except Cam Newton at his best, was still not in the same league as Rodgers. As a Bear’s fan, I can’t stand the guy for obvious reasons, but a QB like that is what got the billionaire owners those unreal TV contracts. I don’t think there’s an owner in the league (in need of a QB) who wouldn’t mortgage the farm to get him.

      • crosseyedlemon

        I’m not trying to make a comparison between Rodgers and Newton but simply pointing out how quickly that MVP status can evaporate if a player gets injured. Rodgers may have a couple of good years left but if he doesn’t the Packers lose out on an excellent chance to reap some good returns for him right now.

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