Packers coach Matt LaFleur speaks out on his relationship with Aaron Rodgers after drafting Jordan Love
Both Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers and incoming rookie signal-caller Jordan Love share a very important thing in common: Getting drafted during a veteran gunslinger’s current tenure starting for the historic Wisconsin NFL franchise.
Rodgers was once selected in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft while three-time league MVP Brett Favre roamed the backfield for the Packers; in April, Green Bay selected Utah State’s Jordan Love with the 26th overall pick in the 2020 draft.
According to rising second-year Packers head coach Matt LaFleur, there is no issue between one of the NFL’s current brightest players at his position, Rodgers, and himself (per ESPN Wisconsin radio, via ESPN’s Rob Demovsky):
“We talk four times a week whenever we get those opportunities to meet in those individual meetings, and I feel really good about where we’re at. We both understand that this is a business. When that whole thing went down it was just one of those situations where there were a couple of guys, targets that had just previously been picked and Jordan was the next guy on the board.”
The Packers, in fact, moved up in the draft last month, trading with the Miami Dolphins to select Love at No. 26, which further cast skepticism on the pick given the present day needs for Rodgers and Green Bay’s team. The Packers finished, for all intents and purposes, second in the conference, finding themselves defeated by the eventual Super Bowl LIV losers San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game in January.
Despite the prodding and speculation about how Rodgers must feel with Love on the team, both players, according to LaFleur, understand the “business” aspect of the league and the relationship between coach and quarterback is on solid ground.