Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur has underlined that he will do everything he can to ensure starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers stays in Green Bay. This week, the reports surfaced that Rodgers is unhappy with the Packers and that he does not want to return to the team.
"Yeah, I know, and I can't even take my brain to that spot right now," LaFleur said Saturday following the conclusion of the NFL draft. "So I just want to do everything in my power to ensure that doesn't happen."
Rodgers, who was drafted in 2005, has spent his entire career with the Packers. "I can't fathom [him] not being in Green Bay," the Packers coach added later. "That's where my mind's at. I don't only love the player, but I love the person.
I love working with him on a daily basis; I think we all do -- from the players in that locker room to the coaching staff. Again, I don't even want to let my mind go there."
LeFleur optimistic Rodgers stays in Green Bay
"I'll always remain hopeful and optimistic, and certainly, we'll always welcome him back with open arms," LaFleur said.
"He knows exactly how not only myself but our staff and our players feel about him. Like I said before, I just can't imagine him not being in a Green Bay Packer uniform." The Packers selected quarterback Jordan Love in the 2020 NFL draft.
"I've talked to Jordan, and I told him, you know, there's a lot of noise out there," LaFleur said. "You can't focus on that. You've got to focus on yourself. And I know you guys think it's cliché, but he's got to be the best version of him, and he's got to do everything in his power to make sure he knows the expectations, the standards which we've developed at that position.
I know he's working hard." Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst would be glad to hear from Rodgers. "Quite frankly, I think over the past three years that I've been doing this, I've always welcomed that input," Gutekunst said.
"I think he has such an experience in this league that that input would always be something vitally important to me, if he's willing to give it. That's not new. That's not unique." The reports said that Rodgers would not return to Green Bay unless Gutekunst is fired.
"You know, Aaron hasn't said anything like that to me and certainly hasn't said anything publicly," Gutekunst said in response to that report. "So, I think it's a little unfair to put that on him.
But listen, you certainly don't like to hear those things; but at the same time, it's kind of part of the gig in the National Football League. But no, nothing's been communicated directly to me."