The Green Bay Packers made a bold hiring in the form of Matt LaFleur as the team's new head coach. The Kyle Shanahan disciple will now look to bring the Packers offense to the modern era.
Plenty of Packers players have praised the new scheme at OTA's, but one important piece of the offense doesn't sound too thrilled. That piece...is quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
When asked about his role in LaFleur's offense by NFL Media's Mike Silver, Rodgers did mention some positives about the use of offensive formations under LaFleur. Yet, Rodgers quipped that he would like some more freedom at the line of scrimmage.
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"I don’t think you want me to turn off 11 years” said Rodgers “There’s stuff that not many people in the league can do at the line. That’s not a humble brag. That’s just a fact.”
There's a little over a month to go until training camp, and there's already a disagreement between Rodgers and LaFleur.
NFL fans around the world know about Rodgers' continuous rift with former head coach Mike McCarthy, in regards to their beliefs on how the Green Bay offense should have been run. Rodgers won the battle, as McCarthy was shown the door after two consecutive seasons without a playoff berth.
Matt LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers will have to find common ground during the Packers' offensive transition and there could be rough patches. https://t.co/AMZJz2KH8W— JSOnline - Packers (@js_packers) June 16, 2019
There's so much time for Rodgers to dissect the new playbook instead of being steadfast in his previous ways. As the NFL evolves, players must adapt in order to succeed.
If you look at LaFleur's track record, he led Matt Ryan and Jared Goff to career seasons as the quarterbacks coach with the Atlanta Falcons and offensive coordinator with the Los Angeles Rams. Rodgers is a superior talent to both.
Look, there are always going to be growing pains between a star player and a new head coach, that's nothing new. LaFleur could very well build the NFL's next offensive powerhouse with the Green Bay Packers, but in order for him to do so, he needs Rodgers to buy in.