Aaron Rodgers’ absence brings 6-word response from Packers HC Matt LaFleur
The Green Bay Packers were one game away from reaching the Super Bowl before losing to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Months later, the ongoing drama regarding franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been confusing and frustrating for all parties. On Tuesday, the Packers started mandatory minicamps, and Rodgers was not in attendance, as expected.
Packers head coach Matt LaFleur gave a simple, yet frustrating, response regarding Rodgers’ absence, according to Kevin Patra of NFL.com.
“It is what it is, man.”
Rather vague, but LaFleur surely sounds frustrated with the situation, and the Packers and Rodgers could surely use some clarity as camps progress further. LaFleur also added that it is “team business” when asked if the absence was excused or not.
Rodgers has been rumored to be on the trade market, with the Denver Broncos remaining the most likely option. If Rodgers does leave, Jordan Love would more than likely be thrust into the starting role, and that will surely hurt the Packers’ immediate chances of making another deep playoff run in the NFC.
Rodgers can officially be declared a holdout after missing the first mandatory camp of the offseason, and it doesn’t seem like he shows up anytime soon — if at all. The situation regarding Rodgers and the Packers will be one that we should continue to monitor going forward.