Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and head coach Matt LaFleur are in the first year of their working relationship, so obviously, they have some things to work through.
So far this preseason, that’s been evident.
Rodgers was critical of some of the Packers’ recent practice decisions and made his thoughts known to the media.
“We bring a team in — I understand the point of it — but I don’t think doing live special teams drills are very smart,” Rodgers said. “I think the PA (players association) is going to look at that, for sure. Kickoff, especially, is one of the most dangerous plays in football, and that’s why they’ve tweaked different things over the years.”
“To do close to a live kickoff drill, I don’t think is the best use of inter-squad practices.”
Many have taken quotes like this and interpreted them as Rodgers having a bad relationship with his head coach.
The quarterback attempted to shoot that down, though.
“It’s fake news, John. That’s the media cycle these days. Unfortunately the media, other than obviously yourself, there’s a lack of integrity,” he told former teammate John Kuhn.
Aaron Rodgers asked by John Kuhn about “outside noise about the relationship between you and Coach LaFleur”:
“It’s fake news, John. That’s the media cycle these days. Unfortunately the media, other than obviously yourself, there’s a lack of integrity.
Rodgers’ full answer: pic.twitter.com/8qoqWDWzi7
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) August 9, 2019
Fake news or not, it’s obvious that Rodgers and LaFleur aren’t 100 percent on the same page. Perhaps that is to be expected in Year 1, but for Green Bay to be successful, that’s likely going to have to change.