Aaron Rodgers is Wrong

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I know I'm a little late to this party, but most of the media I've seen around this Aaron Rodgers v. Green Bay front office drama has been on the side of Rodgers. I don't think this is right and I'm going to tell you why. Just to be clear I do not have a dog in this fight, this is just my opinion as a spectator of this whole debacle.

This whole debate started to heat up on draft night when Aaron shocked the world and expressed his discontent once again with the Packers organization. One would assume it was an attempt by Rodgers to force a draft night trade where either he was traded or the Packers acquired some more weapons for him. Neither scenario ended up happening and the Packers took Eric Stokes CB at 29 and Center Josh Myers at 62. They would draft WR Amari Rodgers in the third round however. The draft passed with little additional drama and all seemed to calm down a little until Aaron went on ESPN this past week and did an interview with Kenny Mayne. You can watch the full thing below if you haven't seen it already.

For the first time in his career Rodgers did not show up for voluntary OTAs. For the reigning MVP and a guy who has been in the league for 15+ years now I'm not going to overthink this one too much. Midway through the interview Rodgers starts talking about how the people (players) are the ones who form the culture and foundation of an organization, not management. That's a big statement being made by a person who's supposed to be the leader and tone setter of the Packers organization currently on national TV bashing said organization and undermining the culture. He then goes on to say all of this tension has nothing to do with the draft picks *cough* Jordan Love *cough*, but rather has to do with philosophical differences. I'm calling bullshit. Aaron Rodgers is a notoriously petty individual. Once he feels he has been wronged, even in the slightest, he is done with you. This is what happened to GM Brian Gutekunst the second he picked Jordan Love in last years draft.

The Packers took Jordan Love with the 26th pick in last years draft. I will side with Aaron here because this was a truly head scratching pick. The Packers were clear SB contenders and needed pieces that could contribute right away. So to go out and pick a project QB with your first pick is baffling. But what it did was send a message to Aaron that his time is numbered. Not because he is aging or because his production is declining (MVP winner last season), but because he hasn't delivered. Rodgers has been one of the best QBs in the NFL for 12 years now, his offensive line is consistently one of the best in football, he's had excellent receivers year in and year out, solid RB corps, and good enough defenses to win. Yet he has 1 SB and a 1-3 record in NFC Championship games to show for it. The organization did the same thing to Favre when he got to this point in his career. The results weren't being delivered anymore and they moved on. Rodgers contract expires after this season and he knows the Packers aren't bringing him back. He's simply trying to make it look like he's leaving on his own terms for the sake of his legacy.

In my opinion Rodgers has little to complain about here. Outside of the questionable Love pick, last years draft class by the Packers was a solid one. Dillon turned the backfield into a three headed monster and will contribute heavily this coming season with Williams gone. TE Josiah Deguara looked to be a solid pick before an ACL tear ended his season before it really started, and 6th round pick OL Jon Runyan was solid when he filled in for injured teammates. The rest of the team is well put together. Robert Tonyan turned into a TD machine. Davante Adams is the best receiver in the game. The Oline is one of the best in football when healthy, the defense is top 10 in the league, and Matt Lafleur is one of the hottest young coaches in the game. The defense picked off Tom Brady 3 times in the NFC Championship game last year and the offense failed to capitalize on it. Rodgers could've ran in the game tying TD as well but elected to throw an incompletion late in the game. Instead of going on media tours and creating drama, I believe Aaron should focus on building the culture within the organization that he says it's missing, and take advantage of what will likely be his last season with this roster and organization. Maybe he can finally get himself that second ring.