Rodgers, LaFleur Have "Pretty Good" Relationship

Former Packers great LeRoy Butler shared his perspective on Aaron Rodgers' relationship with new head coach Matt LaFleur

Tiki and Tierney
August 07, 2019 - 7:55 pm

From audibles to joint practices, Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur don’t always see eye-to-eye, clearly. But overall, how is their relationship?

“Actually, it’s pretty good,” former Packers great LeRoy Butler said on Tiki & Tierney. “It’s like two people going through divorces and they’re getting remarried. You got to find out your ups and downs, what you can say, what you can’t say. The kids or the step-kids are the players in the locker room. They’re looking to see how the new stepmom is going to be. Is she going to change the furniture around? But at the end of the day, you still have the same last name.”

Rodgers completed 62.3 percent of his passes for 4,442 yards, 27 touchdowns and two interceptions last season. Perhaps the best quarterback in football, he would like freedom at the line of scrimmage.

“I understand what Aaron Rodgers is trying to say,” Butler said. “At first, it came out he wanted to audible a little bit more, and Matt Lafleur may not want him to do that. But you got to get the concept of the offense, which he does. If you look at most quarterbacks, they all want to put up these gaudy numbers – 400 yards a week, three touchdowns. That’s what Aaron is used to. He may have to maybe do (things) a little bit different: handoff a little bit more, play-action, getting guys involved other than Davante Adams and things of that nature. 

“But for the most part, Aaron is 35, Matt LaFleur is 39 – they’re going to get along,” Butler continued. “I’m 51 years old. I have nothing in common with a guy 28 years old. I hang with guys 50 years old because they can understand what I’m going through. So they understand each other. They just got to find a common ground.”

Click below to listen to Butler’s interview in its entirety.