Brett Favre has weighed in on the Green Bay Packers new head coach, Matt LaFleur, and the kind of freedom he needs to give his star quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers said earlier this month that he's one of a few NFL quarterbacks that can run a great two-minute/hurry-up offense without any assistance from the sideline. He also needs to be able to audible out of plays at the line of scrimmage.
He's probably right about that, too.
Still, the Packers new head coach wants to work through things with his star quarterback, at least at first.
Favre says that LaFleur needs to let Rodgers "play his game."
"Aaron will be fine. I think that the thing is he needs to remain the same. And I don't have to give him any advice. You know, he'll handle it well. The question is, how will they handle it with him? And obviously, that's very important. I mean, there's more to the team than Aaron but we all have to admit that when he's playing and playing well, which generally when he's playing he is playing well, you don't want to change what's working. There's other factors that you have to work on," Favre told the Milwaukee Sentinel Journal.
"So I think you let him play his game and not disturb that very much. And it's going to be interesting to see if that happens."
LaFluer had addressed his evolving relationship with Rodgers while speaking to NFL.com.
"Aaron and I have had some good talks, and we're going to have to talk a lot more—and one thing we have to work through is the audible thing. We're running a system I first picked up while working with Kyle (Shanahan) in Houston a decade ago, and we've never really had a quarterback who's had complete freedom to change plays at the line, because that's not really the way the offense is set up. But, I mean, this is Aaron Rodgers. He's had a lot of freedom to make those calls, and deservedly so. Now, how do we reconcile that, and get to a place where we put him in the best position to succeed?" he told Mike Silver.
Regardless of where the relationship stands at the moment, the Packers are clearly starting in a good place. You'll have a tough time finding a better quarterback to work through things better than Rodgers.