A.J. Hawk: Anybody Could Coach Aaron Rodgers

There's a perception that Rodgers is a difficult player to coach. Well, he's not, A.J. Hawk says

Reiter Than You
December 14, 2018 - 8:36 am

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The Green Bay Packers (5-7-1) will hire their next head coach this offseason, and it could be any number of candidates, from Josh Daniels to John DeFilippo to Adam Gase to Lincoln Riley and beyond.

Former Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk doesn’t know who it will be, but he does think just about any coach would enjoy working with Aaron Rodgers.

“I can’t give you exact names of who the right guy is,” Hawk said on Reiter Than You. “Obviously the hot thing right now is these young hot-shot play callers that seem to really work wonders with quarterbacks and with offenses. Look no further than the Chicago Bears. Look at the turnaround they have made. Obviously a huge part of that is Khalil Mack and how amazing that defense has played, but Mitch Trubisky has definitely looked better in year two with (Matt) Nagy as the head coach.”

The Bears have gone from 5-11 to 9-4 and are closing in on their first NFC North crown since 2010. The Packers, meanwhile, will likely miss the playoffs in back-to-back years for the first time since 2005-06. 

“I don’t know exactly what would be the right fit, but it’s not like Aaron is a tough guy to coach,” Hawk said. “That’s the funny thing. People are always trying to say, ‘What kind of guy could coach him?’ Anybody could coach him. He’ll get along great with somebody that cares about football and wants to be there and has a passion for offense. That could be a defensive coach, whoever it is – bring him in. Whether it’s one of these young up-and-comers that comes in as the head coach and he’s the offensive guy, if he’s calling plays, or if it’s a defensive coach – who is that offensive play-caller? That’s the most important position on any football team at any level. I think that’s the most important thing.”

The Packers play the Bears in Chicago on Sunday. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.