GREEN BAY, Wis. — It’s not just Matt LaFleur who desires Aaron Rodgers back as the Green Bay Packers quarterback next season. The coach stated it’s consentaneous amongst the company’s leading decision-makers, too.
While LaFleur stated after the 13-10 loss Saturday to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC divisional playoff round that “we’d be crazy not to want him back here,” it was unclear if he was speaking just for himself or likewise on behalf of group president Mark Murphy, basic supervisor Brian Gutekunst and director of football operations Russ Ball.
“Every conversation that I’ve been involved in with Gutey and Russ and Mark, we’re all on the same page there,” LaFleur stated Monday. “There’s no debate.”
LaFleur dealt with a range of topics — from the early playoff exit to the prepare for repairing their unique groups to restoring Davante Adams to the health of All-Pro left take on David Bakhtiari — however a big part of his 43-minute press conference to conclude the season was invested in Rodgers’ future with the Packers. LaFleur stated he consulted with Rodgers on Monday, and although he would not expose any information from that discussion, he stated he will not hurry the QB into a choice.
“I want to be respectful of his process,” LaFleur stated. “Whatever he needs to go through to make the best decision for himself, and certainly we would love for him to be a Packer and be a Packer to the day he decides to retire.”
The huge what-if, nevertheless, is what if Rodgers does not wish to bet the Packers once again, does not wish to retire and wishes to bet another group?
“I haven’t even been part of any of those discussions, nor have I — like I said last year — allowed my mind to kind of get to that point,” LaFleur stated. “I just want to do everything in our power to try to get him back here and making sure he’s comfortable with the direction of our football team, and confident that we can continue to have success here, and try to find a way to get us kind of over that hump so we can reach further and further and further.”
A go back to the Packers would probably need an agreement restructuring or extension for Rodgers to minimize his cap number. But considered that they are $44.8 million over their forecasted cap for the 2022 season, it may be tough to keep crucial gamers, consisting of Adams — who is set to be a totally free representative.
That’s no doubt why Rodgers stated Saturday he does not wish to belong to a restore at this phase of his profession.
“There’s no plan for a rebuild,” LaFleur stated. “You get this close, obviously win a lot of football games, and we know in order for there not to be that, he’s gotta be a part of this thing. I don’t think that’s anybody’s intention.”
The Packers might utilize the franchise tag on Adams however provided their salary-cap scenario, that may not be a possibility.
“[Adams is] another guy that we’re hopeful we can come to an agreement with,” stated LaFleur, who noted he’s currently consulted with the star wideout. “I told him that he’s definitely earned the respect of not only his teammates but all of his coaches as well, and I think everybody in this organization.”
As for Bakhtiari, LaFleur stated there are no long-lasting issues about the All-Pro left take on’s surgically fixed knee. Bakhtiari missed out on more than a year following a torn ACL prior to he went back to play 27 snaps in the regular-season ending, which at the time was deemed a warmup for the postseason.
But Bakhtiari did not play in the loss to the 49ers.
“The opinions we’ve gotten from not only our docs but other docs as well is that structurally, everything looks good,” LaFleur stated. “But until we get there, until we work through this, I don’t think anybody truly knows. Everybody responds to these injuries a little bit differently. Unfortunately, in his case, it just has taken longer than it typically does.”
LaFleur likewise stated Monday he has actually not made any choices about modifications on his training personnel, consisting of with unique groups organizer Maurice Drayton.
The Packers had a hard time on unique groups all season, ranking 31st in ESPN’s FPI, and ended up being the first string in 33 years to have both a punt and basket obstructed in the very same championship game. However, LaFleur mentioned maybe requiring to utilize more seasoned gamers on unique groups — an indication that he may not believe the issue was training and plan problems.
“We have not gotten involved with any part of that process, with any of our coaches, just trying to, we’ve got to look at everything, man,” LaFleur stated. “We’ve got to look at everything and if we feel like we can improve in certain areas then we’ll make tough decisions. But we’re not even close to, remotely close to getting into that at this point in time.”
Rodgers did not talk to press reporters on Monday, when gamers held their exit interviews, however that is not uncommon. He is anticipated to make a minimum of another of his routine looks on “The Pat McAfee Show” on Tuesday.