The Aaron Rodgers to the Denver Broncos are heating up after the Broncos hired former Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett as their new head coach. Rodgers' unhappiness in Green Bay is well-documented as many believe this is the year Rodgers leaves the Packers for the first time in his career.
Last year, Rodgers said of Hackett: "I hope he doesn't go anywhere. Unless I do." Those comments resurfaced after the Broncos hired Hackett. After the divisional round loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Rodgers made it clear he feels he can still play at a high level.
"I'm still super competitive, still know I can play at a high level, so it's going to be a tough decision," Rodgers said during a 17-minute session with reporters after the game. "I have a lot of things to weigh in the coming weeks.
But man, just so much gratitude for this city and this organization and such a long, long career here that I'm proud of and really thankful for all the men and women that work here, the men I've gotten to cross paths with, coaches and players over the years."
The Packers want Rodgers back
"Certainly we want him back here," Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said. "I think we'd be crazy not to want him back here. He's going to be the two-time MVP. This guy does so much for our football team, not only what you guys see on Sunday's or every game day, but what he does in that locker room, how he leads.
I know what he puts into this thing, and certainly I'm extremely disappointed in that we couldn't get over the hump for not only him, but for everybody in that locker room." The Packers scored just 10 points against the 49ers and Rodgers took the blame.
"I didn't have a great night tonight," said Rodgers, who was 20-of-29 for 286 yards and was sacked a season-high five times. "They did a good job of kind of getting me off the spot, and a better job of taking away some of the quick game we got going last time we played them.
I missed a couple reads. I probably should have taken a couple hole-shot chances a couple times. Obviously, if I hit Allen [Lazard] on that deep in on the last drive, that probably gets us out to about midfield and then we're a couple first downs away from being in field-goal range."