The Green Bay Packers were at the receiving end of one of the most honest press conferences in NFL history.
For a little over half an hour, quarterback Aaron Rodgers poured his heart out and fielded questions from the media.
He finally shared his side of the story after months of staying silent.
The reigning league MVP cleared the air regarding speculations about playing for another team or considering retirement.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) July 28, 2021
But throughout his exchange with reporters, he sounded like an employee with a laundry list of grievances.
First, he wanted to be more involved in conversations regarding free agency, both for players with expiring contracts and those that the Packers are trying to acquire.
Rodgers stressed that he doesn’t have to get the final say, but instead be involved with these talks.
He believes that he has a ton of valuable information to share after being with the Packers for 17 years and being the starter for 14.
The one-time Super Bowl champion cares about the organization that he would like to help them beyond his splendid on-field performances.
To make it clear, he wants to be part of conversations regarding his ability to do his job.
Second, he also points out how the front office lowballed or let high-character players go.
Finally, he also fired a shot at media people who put out stories when there’s not enough content available.
But now that everyone knows his side, Rodgers and the Packers organization will be able to bury the hatchet once the 2021 NFL season starts.
After all, much is at stake for their upcoming campaign.
Playing For A Championship
Amidst the drama, it’s easy to forget that the Packers are legitimate title contenders.
They had the best record in the NFC and went all the way to the conference title game last year.
Unfortunately, they fell at home at the hands of eventual Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Packers had the chance to inch even closer in the dying minutes of the game.
But in a controversial move, the team opted for a field goal and time ran out on them.
Leaving that nightmare behind, Green Bay’s explosive offensive core remains intact.
Rodgers is still at the helm, while Davante Adams is arguably the best wide receiver in the league.
— Kyle Malzhan (@KyleMalzhan) August 8, 2021
It won’t be surprising to see them again in the NFC Championship Game.
Yet they must neglect their differences for that to happen.
Rodgers mentioned in the press conference that he will devote his effort to this season and make decisions at the end of the year.
A focused quarterback of Rodgers’ caliber spells doom for the rest of the league.
Once he is in line, the rest of the team will follow.
When they start to rack up victories, all complaints will be forgotten.
Like they say, winning cures all issues that beset a franchise.
That’s what the Packers front office is hoping.
However, anything less of a Super Bowl victory will revive the controversy.
By that time, all the drama suppressed during the season will become ghosts that will haunt them again.