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It Doesn't Seem Like Matt LaFleur is Going to Concede to Giving Aaron Rodgers More Freedom

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - JANUARY 09: Matt LaFleur speaks during a press conference to be introduced as head coach of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on January 09, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Stacy Revere

It's mid-June and we already have Aaron Rodgers' first passive-aggressive slight directed at first-year head coach Matt LaFleur. The two-time MVP came out on Sunday and claimed that he isn't thrilled with the amount of control the former Kyle Shanahan understudy is giving him at the line of scrimmage in his new offense.

But the former Rams and Titans offensive coordinator isn't going to capitulate to giving the Green Bay Packers gunslinger more flexibility at the line of scrimmage. LaFleur admirably defended the system he's been studying for over a decade, claiming that his offense isn't set up to allow a QB to have "complete freedom" to change plays.

Perhaps the most telling piece of LaFleur's response to Rodgers' criticism was the very last sentence, when he offered up the following question: "Now, how do we reconcile that, and get to a place where we put him in the best position to succeed?"

Mr. LaFleur, that is the question we've been asking ourselves since your appointment as head coach in early January.

In essence, Rodgers -- a seven-time Pro-Bowler, Super Bowl Champ, and future first-ballot Hall of Famer -- wants to utilize his all-time great line of scrimmage intelligence to exploit defenses. And LaFleur, a first-year head coach who only has one year experience at running an offense, wants him to buy into his proven system that doesn't necessarily permit play-calling at the LOS.

Got it.

To say that the new couple in Green Bay has A LOT to discuss ahead of training camp wouldn't even begin to describe the dilemma. Talk about a clash of conflicting opinions.