That's right: It's time to embrace the heir apparent. Is this QB out of Utah State talented? Absolutely. And we talk to insiders on how things went south between Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
Incredible article. As a Packers fan I both am excited about the prospect of Jordan Love being legit, but also dying to have Rodgers win a SB with the Packers. I fell in love with the player and how HE dealt with Favre situation, he was so easy to root for and when he became who he is - it was so incredibly satisfying. It's a shame that has gotten this ugly, because he had all the pieces to make this a truly special story.
Great article , this is why I subscribed . I feel bad for pack fans. I definitely get their fear. We lived it in Buffalo without a QB . I would try and trade him for a giant haul . GB has 32 years with one of the top QBs to ever play ( Rodgers and Favre) . They should strike now , coming off two 13 and 3 records , very good team in addition to having a great QB. add a bunch of pieces .
The biggest question I have after reading this piece is why haven't we seen more reporting like this elsewhere? Excellent work and worth the subscription.
I subscribed today just so I could read this article. The perspective (with real, named sources) is unrivaled at this point of this story. I'm so impressed. It's not even that it all makes sense, and that I agree with most of what Tyler writes. It's that it is thoughtful and well researched (unlike the vast majority of what we're hearing). It's not mean, it's not hurtful, it's just a much-needed look at another very important piece of this story.
Honestly, if the Packers Management Team has confidence in themselves they are bold and trade Rodgers for a haul, have faith they made, and can make, Love into something. Then they go out and use those picks and all the talent they already have beat Rodgers in this game the only way they can -- by winning a couple of Super Bowls without him. That would be the best way to stick it to him.
Whenever the time comes that Rodgers leaves (whether it's retirement, trade, etc.), can you imagine the grenades he's going to be lobbing at the Packers management, prior coaches, and teammates he didn't get along with? I would imagine there's a book publisher that's willing to pay a crapload of money for him to write a book including that stuff.
Wow, great article Tyler!
It hit home on what really needs to happen in GB. Trade Rodgers while you have a partner that might be willing to give a king’s ransom for him.
This is phenomenal work TD
Great piece. I love Rodgers as a player, but we all know he is stubborn and self-important. I enjoyed seeing him on the McAfee show, but even there you could see his inflated sense of self. Yeah, he's smart, but the smartest people know that they don't know everything. Not this guy.
I have let up a little on the situation since I learned Shefter dropped the bomb, not Rodgers. But that doesn't mean it's not his camp releasing all this stuff, a little at a time, to build the tension throughout the offseason. It's childish, and you're right, you can't bow to some stunt like this when your GM IS ACTUALLY GOOD. Gutey's one flaw is his lack of communication with Rodgers-- something Murphy was brought in to improve, btw. But what would communication do when Rodgers is against the decision? Maybe the relationship would be even worse had he been given a chance to argue his side and Gute still made the decisions he made.
At this point I just want some resolution. Yeah, I would rather have Rodgers on the team than not. But not if it means sacrificing what is best for the Packers.
GOOD SHIT TYLER
If the niners’ proposal didn’t get it done, I don’t think there is a tenable package that would. Any picks will be a year-plus out, I don’t see an on-the level trade lake a Russell Wilson happening - do you? Also, who wants to bet the farm on 37, injury prone and temperamental - even with the MVP title. So what are the options? I think June 1 comes and it’s still in the air.
You raised the “bad precedent” this morning, Gutenkunst isn’t going. If that’s the sticking point, then it’s a Cold War stalemate.
What. A. Read.
Unbelievable in-depth stuff here Ty.
Need to book a happy hour to discuss all of this and more.
The one issue I have with Rodgers is, he is always griping about the Pack never giving him any talent to play with . How would you like to be team mates with a guy like that . Basically saying , the only reason we win is because of me. He is great , but .
I'm a new subscriber who appreciates long-form journalism like this. Great piece! It reads like a novel. Curious to know whether you'd ever review outside submissions from independent writers. Keep up the great work!
Let Rodgers retire. Make it clear that he is welcome to come back and lead the team, but the Front Office is not all getting fired. End of discussion. It sounds like the players know he is a d***. If he does not come back, they know why. And if he does come back, other players will have to help police him. The disruption to the culture to let a super-high-paid player leave on an ego trip or get people fired is not worth a few draft picks. Let him retire if that is his choice. He seems to have major issues.