A.J. Hawk: Rodgers, LaFleur Will Play Out Great

Former Packers LB Discusses LaFleur-Rodgers Dyanmic

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September 04, 2019 - 2:44 am
Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur

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A lot has been made of the relationship between Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his new head coach Matt LaFleur. It could end up to be much to do about nothing once the season gets rolling and Rodgers and the Packers win some games.

"I think it's going to play out great. I really do. And we'll probably get a little taste of that Thursday night against an unbelievable defense," former Packers linebacker and SiriusXM NFL Radio host A.J. Hawk said on CBS Sports Radio's Reiter Than You. "It's going to be a huge test for them in Matt LaFleur's first game. I think it's overblown. Aaron is so good that every single thing that is said or done around him just becomes a story. LaFleur kind of brought it on himself though. He's the one that started talking about audibles and what the system has had in the past and the quarterback usually can't just get to anything and then Aaron had the rebuttal in the public and now it seems like everything is cool. LaFleur said of course he has freedom at the line of scrimmage. I had a feeling it would be fine. I think it's going to be a great relationship. I know LaFleur wants to win. He's super competitive. He knows how lucky he is to have Aaron Rodgers as a quarterback."

While they both will need to work together to make it all work, it may have been overblown. 

"I think they both probably compromise a little bit and they're going to feel it out. I don't know if they are going to have any growing pains. I don't think that's going to be the case," Hawk said. "I think they're gonna hit the ground running and be fine. What will be fun to watch is let's say Aaron throws an interception or they go three and out is going to be watching the cameras, like seven thousand cameras honed in on Aaron coming to the sidelines and chatting with LaFleur. 

While Green Bay isn't exactly a big city, they live and breathe Packers football. 

"There's guys on the practice squad that have radio shows that are getting free cars. You have car deals with practice squad guys," Hawk said. "That doesn't happen everywhere else. It's a special place. Everything there is magnified when it comes to the media. There's so many beat writers and so many people that live and breathe everything Packers. They'll ask you anything. It's not like it's some crazy, brutal media group because they're not going to back down from anything. I think just the getting used to having so much attention on every single little decision is going to be something that he is going to have to deal with. I'm sure he has already started to deal with that a little bit.

"It's not like that everywhere else. There's other NFL cities where there's so many other things going on. They love their team but there's a lot of other stuff happening. It's not like every single person's eyeballs are checking out what the Wednesday practice looks like at OTAs. That's what it is in Green Bay and that's why it's a special place. But if you're the head coach I can understand how it would be a bit frustrating dealing with the media."