Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre is fueling toxic propaganda that Aaron Rodgers is on his way out, but after the destructive relationship between the two quarterbacks, can we trust his words?
In 2005, Brett Favre was the starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers when the front office drafted Cal-Berkley quarterback Aaron Rodgers with the No. 24 Overall selection in the 2005 NFL Draft. At the time Green Bay drafted the California product, Favre led the Packers to a 10-6 record in 2004 season completing 346 passes out of 450 attempts (64.1 CMP%) for 4,088 yards, 30 TDs, and 17 INTs. Despite reaching the 4,000 yard mark for the first time in five years at 35-years old, his mystical ability to be a clutch performer had begun to subside, and his final years were upon of him. The selection of Rodgers was insurance for the future so that the Packers could continue their success even after his eventual retirement. Favre however, refused to oblige to the plan and instead neglected the young quarterback. His hatred extended to the eventual move where Brett Favre would sign with the Minnesota Vikings for the sole purpose of playing Rodgers twice a year.
Back to the Future
The selection of Jordan Love was jaw-dropping because, rather than drafting a wide receiver in the 1st Round for the first time in Aaron Rodgers’ career, the team acquired his future replacement. Heading into the weekend, an interview with Rodgers about the potential selection of a quarterback early in the draft featured the veteran quarterback being “okay” with the selection, stating that he would beat him out of the QB1 spot every year. It is no argument that Rodgers is on the “back-nine” of his career as he will be 36-years old in 2020. Having Love on the bench for 2-3 years gives him time to develop his skills while also learning from a generational talent. Not to mention, now second-year head coach Matt LeFleur has a hand-picked quarterback that he can develop. Addressing the current drama, strong-safety Adrian Amos stated on Twitter, “we must’ve went 4-12 last year”, based on the reactions on the state of the team. This is the same team that went 13-3 with a rookie head coach and three undrafted wide-receivers in the starting lineup that made it to the NFC Championship, but hey, these guys are the experts right?
[King] of Petty
Aaron Rodgers has earned a reputation for having a very passive-aggressive behavior that is often on full display during games featuring his famous expressionless demeanor. Many reporters have used this as an incentive that he was the cause of HC Mike McCarthy’s departure in Green Bay. It should be clear that statistically, McCarthy was losing his touch as an offensive guru and began to display his reliance on Rodgers’ talent towards the end of his tenure. From 2007-12, the Packers ranked in the top 10 every year except 2011. From 2013-18, the Packers ranked in the top 10 twice (per pro-football-reference). The petty relationship between Rodgers and McCarthy transpired when the head coach drafted Alex Smith over Rodgers in the 2005 NFL Draft when he was the 49ers’ offensive coordinator. For people to say that Rodgers was the reason that Mike McCarthy was fired is blasphemy. Every quarterback eventually has a breakup with a coach, as seen between Tom Brady and Bill Belichek in New England. Before everyone starts believing that Rodgers despises the front office, head coach Matt LeFleur, or even rookie Jordan Love, wait until he says it for himself, not analysts who are merely agents of chaos.
One day, quarterback Aaron Rodgers will retire and Jordan Love will become the starter. Despite Aaron not being contractually obligated to take Love under his wing, however, he will avoid neglecting Love and will willingly mentor the rookie because, at the end of the day, Favre is the same person who neglected the young quarterback and seldom exchanged words with him. He is the same person who was argued to have spread rumors about the young gun. He is the same person who signed with Minnesota just to play against Rodgers twice a year. When Favre just so happens to be the ‘best friend and trusted confidante’ today, we’re expected to believe him when he says Rodgers will finish his career elsewhere? After the relationship that has been on display between Rodgers and Favre since the mid-2000s, nobody should believe a word Favre says about how Rodgers feels because he has been waiting for this exact moment so that he can destroy Aaron Rodgers’ legacy in Green Bay.