Poppinga: Rodgers Was "Bored" With Mike McCarthy

Aaron Rodgers needed "a breath of fresh air," former teammate Brady Poppinga says, and he got one with Matt LaFleur

Reiter Than You
October 18, 2019 - 9:20 am

After missing the playoffs in back-to-back seasons, the Green Bay Packers needed a change. That change came in the form of Matt LaFleur – and it’s working.

Aaron Rodgers isn’t putting up eye-popping stats, but the Packers (5-1) are winning games, and in the end, that’s all that matters.

“There was no question that he was getting bored with Mike McCarthy, not only with the relationship, but with the offense,” Brady Poppinga on Reiter Than You, referring to Rodgers. “He had been in the exact same offense, basically running the exact same concepts, for over a decade. Just imagine that. Imagine every time you go to the OTAs or minicamps and training camps, that’s three times you’re getting installed that exact same information. He’s been going through 30 different installs, plus all the games. You could see that the Packers, mostly Aaron Rodgers, needed a breath of fresh air. He got it and look what happens: things have been going well for him.”

Rodgers has completed 62.6 percent of his passes for 1,590 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions in six games. The Packers are 3-0 in the division, having beaten the Vikings (4-2), Bears (3-2), and Lions (2-2-1).

Ultimately, who is Green Bay’s biggest threat in the NFC North?

Poppinga says Detroit.

“If they finish out games, they’re in control of everything,” he said. “They’ve played tough. They’ve showed tremendous progress offensively. I’ve loved what Darrell Bevell has done with that offense. You complement that with a tough defense, they’re by far, I believe, the biggest threat.”

The Packers host the Raiders (3-2) this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.