On Tuesday, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers gave his season-ending press conference.
I snagged a few highlights from it with some of my own commentary. For a complete transcript or recap, check out any of the major Packers news sites shortly.
“I am settling in, slowly, to the unfortunate offseason.” – Rodgers has said that you earn your pay during the regular season and carve out your legacy in the postseason. Despite having a Super Bowl win and MVP under his belt (no pun intended), Rodgers knows that continued lackluster performances by the team in the postseason will create questions about his ability to help the Packers return to another.
(On quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo): “It was fun to see his personality come out a little more this year as we continued to become closer.” - as Jason Hirschhorn of Acme Packing Co remarked on twitter, this sure sounds like Rodgers expects McAdoo to land a job elsewhere. McAdoo is said to be interviewing for the Cleveland Browns head coaching vacancy.
“My legacy as a teammate is helping out the young players.” – more “leadership speak” from Rodgers
(On liking the band Explosions in the Sky): “Amazing music.” – never heard of them
“Every time I see Randall, I can’t help but smile/think about Chicago game.” – Rodgers has remarked, on a few occasions, how the most important thing to him about his time in the NFL are the moments on the field with his teammates. This is one he won’t soon forget.
“This is one of my proudest years I’ve ever been part of. Proud to be a Green Bay Packer.” – most athletes like to think that their most recent work is their best. Rodgers missed half of this season so from that standpoint, it’s significant that he says this. He is likely proud of the team’s continued fight and ability to get a huge win to secure the North and earn another home playoff game.
“Collarbone is feeling good. I just had 2 games instead of 17 in a row to wear on me. This is going to be an important offseason for me.” Set “high expectations” for physical conditioning.” – Rodgers admitted that he had to work a bit harder last offseason to get into shape for 2013. Age will do that to anyone. The good news is that his collarbone should continue to heal and he leaves no concerns about his readiness for 2014.
“I know that Ted and Mike are going to bring back the players that they think can help us win.” – this is an already-developing story with as many unrestricted free agents as the Packers have. Many questions have already arisen about who will be back and who will play elsewhere. Rodgers has been known to lobby for players that he likes and thinks can help the offense.
“I think this is the end of a window and the beginning of a new one. This is the year when we can open up a window that can last for four or five years. It looks really bright.” – this single comment motivated me to write this post. Probably the most telling thing Rodgers said all day. While it’s hard to know exactly what he means, it is clear that change of some sort is coming to Green Bay. Whether that is a coaching change, player changes or both, I expect more to be different from this year to next than any recent offseason. Perhaps since 2005 when Ted Thompson stepped in as general manager.
“My contract runs for 6 more years. I expect to be playing at a high level for all six of those years and see what happens.” – I’m not sure whether Rodgers said this on his own or if he was asked about his future, but this sort of reminded me of around 2002/2003 when Brett Favre started dealing with constant questions about how much longer he would play. It’s way too early to be having that conversation about Rodgers and at the level at which he is playing. For at least the next six years, the Packers should be contenders in the NFC.
(On ‘Super TV work’ which I assume means his favorite sportscasters?) “It depends on who is doing the game. If it’s NBC, possibly. Probably not FOX.” – Does this mean Rodgers goes back and watches the same FOX broadcasts that most of us do and could he possibly be specifically pointing at Joe Buck and Troy Aikman? I say that in jest, but only partially.
We will hear more from Rodgers as the offseason continues. Head coach Mike McCarthy should be speaking to the media at some point soon and we will have some notes on that here as well.
Jason Perone is an independent sports blogger writing about the Packers on AllGreenBayPackers.comFollow Jason Perone: