Aaron Rodgers’ trite grievances, eye-roll inducing drama will soon be Jets’ problem as Packers bid farewell
It’s not often that parting with a gifted player is addition by subtraction, but it’s hard not to feel like the Green Bay Packers walking away from Aaron Rodgers will be just that.
As unbearable as Rogers is in the safe space provided by friends Pat McAfee and AJ Hawke on the McAfee show of the same name, is he even worse behind closed doors?
For about an hour on Wednesday afternoon, Rogers sang his familiar song, the song of an arrogant narcissist complaining about how disrespectful the franchise is, which he’s kept in limbo for the past couple of years with his “maybe I will, maybe I” . – there will be no retirement swings. The same franchise wants to pay him $60 million for the 2023 season.
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Barely 10 minutes into his performance with McAfee and Hawk, after he revealed some details about his much-discussed dark retreat, Rogers proceeded to list grievances, lamenting that the Packers front office, who had chosen him in 2005, is not the same front office that had the audacity to put together the Jordan Love project they hoped would be his replacement in 2020.
He called the people who are no longer there, and the people who are there now, who obviously didn’t understand that King Aaron’s ego is above everything in Green Bay, to hell with the quarterback succession plan.
It was like an Oscar winner reading from a required note card while clutching his gold-plated figurine, which is fitting because Rogers is nothing short of a drama.
This is not new for Rogers. He’s been Baron Bellace since finishing 24th overall in the draft, which was so devastating to his psyche that he reminded everyone, anywhere, of what a terrible injustice it was at the time, and remains for nearly two decades.
Not to mention Joe Montana, who won four Super Bowls, was selected in the third round, and Tom Brady, who won six Super Bowls with one team and added a seventh in his first year with a new team, was sixth. round pick and watched as six quarterbacks were picked before him.
Rogers watched alone.
Which coincidentally equals the number of Super Bowl rings he has.
That’s who he is. That’s who he was for a long time.
Crown Prince of Complaints. Duke of accusations.
Top-level quarterbacks are demanding of their teammates and, in many ways, franchise leaders; no one says they don’t exist. The difference is that most elite quarterbacks keep their frustrations behind closed doors and work to strengthen their teammates, even if they knock them down in practice or in the heat of the game. Good leaders know that they cannot succeed alone.
However, Lord Lambo has shown time and time again that in his quest to support himself, he will place the blame on everyone else. He is known for his brutality towards young recipients, plucking last year’s harvest in front of reporters during training camp. Later last season, on the McAfee show, he mused that perhaps some teammates should cut their reps because they weren’t playing properly.
The Packers have apparently done a lot over the years to appease Rodgers, and for all of his insistence on Wednesday that he loves the franchise and its fans, he just couldn’t help but tell McAfee and Hawke, ” You’ve got the aging face of a franchise that needs to be done right now,” even though he told them earlier in an interview that he’s “90 percent” sure he stopped playing a few weeks ago.
But now he’s annoyed that the Packers didn’t trade him fast enough.
Rodgers will become a problem for the Jets once they agree to Green Bay’s trading demands (although stating that he wants to play for New York is debatable that he gave the Packers any influence). There was report on Monday that the future Meadowlands monarch was already playing the role of general manager, asking for receivers and underhand finishes he would like to see signed by the team. (In an interview with McAfee, Rogers denied making such demands.)
The Jets have some strong young wide receivers on the roster, but they’re too attached to Rodgers to back down now and have reportedly signed Allen Lazard to a four-year deal to try to appease him. Wouldn’t a great quarterback be able to work with rookies instead of being comfortable with older and probably more responsive colleagues?
At some point, the Jets will forfeit several draft picks, accept Rodgers’ contract, and sign some of his chosen pass catchers. Will it pay off with an appearance in the postseason? AFC Championship? Super Bowl?
Will he blow up in spectacular fashion, especially after the infamous sensitive Rogers is exposed to the New York media? Will he play at least two seasons before he decides to retire?
With the reigning NFL Drama Don, it’s impossible to predict how this will all play out. Whatever the case, the Packers would no longer try to calm him down.