The Green Bay Packers are all in on securing Aaron Rodgers for another year as they have hired Tom Clements as their quarterback coach. Clements was with the Packers from 2006 to 2016 and Rodgers credited Clements for helping him early in his career.
Rodgers became one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history and the Packers have managed to convince Clements to come out of retirement and join the team once again. "I'm thankful, deeply thankful, to guys like Joe Philbin and Tom Clements and Alex Van Pelt, who've helped me understand that facet of leadership and being a quarterback," Rodgers said last month.
He also referenced Clements late in the regular season when talking about a ball he threw to Davante Adams early in the Week 17 game against the Vikings. "I learned from Tom Clements, we always had three mortal sins [as] the quarterback: Don't throw late down the middle, don't make any blind throws and no premeditated decisions," Rodgers said.
"And so with all apologies to Tom and his excellent training over the years, I kind of had a premeditated decision to throw it to Davante on that play."
Rodgers still weighing his options
Rodgers has yet to decide whether or not to return to the Packers for the 2022 season.
After winning the NFL MVP award, Rodgers discussed his future. "I think you've got to take some of the emotion out of it and then kind of lean into understanding what it takes to revamp and feel like what's the best place," Rodgers said.
"The best decision for me moving forward -- not really place -- more just what does it feel like to commit to a season if that's what I want to do? The good thing is I still feel like my body is in a good place."
There is not any type of tension between Rodgers and the Packers anymore but the quarterback could still decide to change teams for the first time in his career. "There was obviously some things that were voiced in the offseason, privately between him and myself, and I'm just thankful for the response," Rodgers said Thursday of Gutekunst.
"There was a lot of things that were done to make me feel really special and important, to the present, the past and the future of the franchise. And I've got to say that Russ and Brian especially had a big hand in that. And it didn't go unnoticed."