Green: Rodgers-LaFleur Relationship Will Work Out

Green Bay's offense remains a work in progress, but Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur are going to be fine, Trent Green says

Reiter Than You
October 03, 2019 - 9:03 am
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The relationship between Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur was a highly discussed topic of conversation this past offseason, as the two reportedly didn’t see eye-to-eye about audibles and freedom at the line of scrimmage, among other things.

Well, one month into the season, the Packers are 3-1 and atop the NFC North.

“Because of the reputation that Aaron Rodgers has and how smart of a quarterback he is, the system that he had been in for such a long time, you see what went on in the offseason,” former NFL quarterback Trent Green said on Reiter Than You. “Some of the comments that were made: How’s it going to fit? Is Matt LaFleur going to be flexible? Is Aaron going to be flexible? How’s it all going to work? Then they start winning football games, and a lot of that talk goes away.”

Still, the offense remains a work in progress. The Packers rank 20th in the league in yards and 17th in scoring (21.3 points per game). Rodgers got off to a slow start, but is coming off a 422-yard, two-touchdown effort against the Eagles, albeit in a losing effort. 

“I anticipate that this relationship will work out,” Green said. “I can’t see why they wouldn’t want the relationship – both parties, both LaFleur and Rodgers would want it to work for the team’s success. I don’t think Aaron wants to get into some kind of battle.”

Indeed, Rodgers, who turns 36 in December, likely wants to enjoy the last few years of his prime, ideally in Green Bay.

“I’m speaking for him, but I can’t imagine he would want to end his career by trying to go somewhere else if it doesn’t work out in Green Bay,” Green said. “He’s been an anchor there in Green Bay since Favre left. Why not make it all work? If you keep winning football games, everybody’s fine. But I can’t see any reason why you would think that this relationship wouldn’t work moving forward.”

The Packers play the Cowboys (3-1) in Dallas this Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET. Both teams are coming off a loss.