Anyone else think Aaron Rodgers is a whiny b*#^??
Can someone please explain why a professional athlete making $20+ million can commandeer all the speaking oxygen in a room by letting certain NFL "Insiders" say he's "insulted" and his feelings are hurt? And the release of said "tensions" just happen to coincide with the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft....
Come on now, really?
Look, by every measurable statistic Aaron Rodgers is and will go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks to play football in the NFL. No question or debate about it. He's going to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame a handful of years after he decides to retire.
But where we are today with him--or his agent leaking to Adam Schefter that he doesn't want to play for the Green Bay Packers anymore just smells bad.
Rodgers says he's mad because the team hasn't drafted players to "support" him, he doesn't have the voice he wants in decisions and he's still mad at the team for drafting project QB Jordan Love in the first round during the 2020 draft. Oh, and he apparently doesn't like GM Brian Gutekunst either.
Before getting into the whole "passive/aggressiveness" of this issue--let's tackle the "Airing of the Grievances".
---Not giving him the weapons to win: Well, the Packers were in the NFC Championship game in 2020. Davante Adams by all accounts is one of the NFL's best wide receivers. Aaron Jones ran for well over 1,000 yards.
---Decisions: Sorry, I don't believe ANY NFL player should be allowed to dictate draft or free agent choices. Would it hurt for management to ask if said player liked or wanted to play with someone---yeah, sure they should. No argument there.
--Jordan Love: Well, while the idea of drafting a guy with potential to be a replacement, nobody really believed Love was going to step in and take Rodgers job in the near future. Was it smart to "trade up" in the 2020 first round to get Love? No, probably not. But I, nor you, nor even Rodgers has to answer for that bizarre decision.
And...if you're going to throw a temper tantrum about drafting Love, why wait until now to do it instead of the PREVIOUS year, when it actually happened?
--Gutekunst: Yeah, Love was a dumb decision. But the guy clearly has a plan with all the defensive players the Packers have picked the past few years. When you have a Rodgers, you don't have to prioritize the offense. As for his relationship with his star player. There's nothing in the rules that says they have to get along. Rodgers belittling the guy in group texts and idea chats with others is well, kinda cheap and demeaning.
What's disconcerting to me about all of this is the way Rodgers is going about things. Maybe I'm in the minority, but he is coming across like a whiny bitch and its totally un-necessary.
Plain and simple. If he's REALLY that offended by all of these things, retire. Walk away. It's not like Rodgers is hurting for money. It's also not like he won't find work. Dude wants BADLY to be the new host of Jeopardy. Go for it. Who says you still have to play football? What else is left for you to accomplish? It's not like you haven't ever won a Super Bowl.
There's nothing wrong with or demeaning by Rodgers walking away. He doesn't need to play until he's 50-years old. He's got other interests.
I think maybe the non-stop national talk circuit conversation of "where" he'll land or "who's the best trade partner" might be the part that irritates me. Stop speculating and filling time over the same damn conversation please.
Speaking of trades--who's going to fork-over a king's ransom for a guy who may play another 2/3 seasons before moving on? He's already let others say for him he'd play on the west coast, but where? Denver? It's not like he'll make them a Super Bowl contender. IT's also not like the Broncos won't kill there depth if it costs multiple draft picks and/or players.
Same for the Raiders. Sure, there's some talent in Vegas, but how much of it would have to go back the other way to Green Bay?
Chargers? Nope, see Herbert, Justin. Rams? They just sold their souls for Matt Stafford.
Arizona has 24-year old Kyler Murray and Seattle has Russ. Who's left west of the Mississippi? Anyone?
Listen, I've never walked a mile in Aaron Rodgers shoes and maybe all the things he's saying (though not on the record) to everyone who will "anonymously" quote him are true and not the narcissistic ravings of someone who is throwing a temper tantrum until he gets what he wants.
But I have my doubts.
Unfortunately we're probably already past the point of no return. Rodgers keeps having messages passed along that he'll never play for the Packers again. Which means if he caves in he's going to look even worse than he does now.
The Packers, naw, I'm not letting them off the hook. I don't know the internal conversations, but find it hard to believe they've had a communication breakdown with their best player. So much so that said player is passively bashing you through "NFL Insiders".
There's a whole other topic here about said "Insiders" but that's another conversation for another day.
If you think I'm an idiot and Rodgers is right, well, we can agree to disagree. My issue isn't so much with him wanting to leave as much as its about the way he's going about it.
I don't pretend to understand a world where multi-millionaires can make a scene to change the rules of something they agreed to without actually coming out and publicly saying it. But I feel that way about lots of things, not just this.