The Green Bay Packers continue to struggle to navigate through the troubling dilemma around Aaron Rodgers. The reigning NFL MVP is sticking firm to his stance for wanting out of Green Bay. Recently retired quarterback Alex Smith has provided the perfect response regarding the friction-filled matter.
Aaron Rodgers remains at odds with the Packers
After repeatedly airing unwavering commitment to the Packers throughout last season, Rodgers finally hit a breaking point.
The 37-year-old privately voiced to the organization that he wants out after 16 seasons. Since then, the Packers have attempted to conduct damage control, stating that the relationship remains amendable.
Meanwhile, Rodgers hasn’t budged from his firm stance as he feels there is a strong disconnect with the front office. With that in mind, one of his former colleagues may have perfectly pinpointed the overlaying issues.
Alex Smith’s 1-word response perfectly sums up Aaron Rodgers’ situation with the Packers
As the saga around Rodgers continues, uncertainty lays thick in Green Bay.
During an interview on FS1’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd on Wednesday, former NFL quarterback Alex Smith voiced his frustrations with the Packers’ mishandling of drafting Jordan Love without informing their star quarterback.
“It’s inexcusable,” Smith said via The New York Post. “It’s absolutely inexcusable, I think. How they ever got to this point, I mean Aaron has been there sixteen years, what he’s given to that organization.
“I don’t think it was the fact that they drafted Jordan Love in the first round, I think the fact, how do you have a guy like Aaron and you don’t go make sure beforehand you aren’t going out of your way to make sure that he knows that he’s loved, that they want him there? That we may be taking a quarterback in the first round, we want to make sure you’re okay with it.”
Rodgers has repeatedly voiced that he holds no issues with Love, but it’s clear his friction lies with the front office. He had no clue that the Packers would go that route. Smith voiced that the Kansas City Chiefs kept him informed regarding selecting a quarterback in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft that wound up being Patrick Mahomes.
“That was something that was talked about throughout the draft process, not just by coach (Andy) Reid,” Smith said. “Everybody involved in the personnel department. And I’m talking multiple times. ‘Hey this really might be something we’re doing, are you okay with it? This is going to be the situation.’”
The Chiefs may have taken his eventual successor, but the franchise kept him in the loop through the entire process. Meanwhile, the Packers left Rodgers out to dry to react like everyone else to the selection.
Packers must face the stark reality
The Packers hold full responsibility for placing the organization in a tough spot.
Green Bay took Love in last year’s draft with the notion that he could become Rodgers’ eventual successor. The 37-year-old’s production dipped in 2019, but his tremendous play that earned him the 2020 MVP award shifted those presumptive plans.
The Packers now must work through a situation that has become muddy due to missteps. Rodgers isn’t upset with the selection, but rather the lack of communication. It adds to the many questionable decisions that the front office has made over the last few years.
All those factors pushed the future Hall of Famer to a breaking point. He sees a change of scenery giving him control of the next chapter of his career and greater organizational transparency.
Time will tell whether Green Bay will ascertain that Rodgers needs a new start elsewhere.