Green Bay Packers are 'disgusted' with Aaron Rodgers and ready to move on

Green Bay Packers are ‘disgusted’ with Aaron Rodgers and ready to move on

Aaron Rodgers has been a Green Bay Packer for 18 seasons — longer than anyone in franchise history.

According to a report, however, there will be no 19e season.

Bob McGinn, member of the Pro Football writers wing Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, told the GoLongTD Podcast that the Packers are “disgusted” with Rodgers and that the veteran quarterback will wear a different uniform in 2023.

“At the moment, I’m convinced – based on my own instincts and knowing the NFL and knowing what happens after all these losses and discussions with someone who has direct knowledge of this organization, internal Packers debates – that they’re done with Rodgers,” McGinn told host Tyler Dunne. “That’s the way it is right now, he’s not coming back. They’re disgusted with him and they’re done with him and “They’re moving on. It’s going to involve money and a business partner and all kinds of things. But I’m totally convinced he’s not going to be their starting quarterback this year.”

Rodgers just finished what is arguably his worst season since becoming a starter in 2008.

His quarterback rating (91.1) was the lowest in that era and his yards per completion (6.8) were his second lowest. Rodgers’ 1.53 touchdowns per game and passing yards (3,695) were also the lowest of his career, as he played a full season.

Rodgers skipped most of the team’s practices last offseason, and an offense with a revamped wide-receiver group never started.

The Packers finished 17e in total violation and 17e in passing offense. Green Bay also placed 14e in points per game (21.8), finished 8-9 overall and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2018.

Rodgers also continued a disturbing trend of disappearing in big moments and “up for grabs” games.

Rodgers hasn’t led Green Bay to a Super Bowl since the 2010 season and has been outplayed in the playoffs countless times. But its performance at the critical moment continues to deteriorate.

Green Bay’s season ended after losing at home for three consecutive years. In the fourth quarter of those games, Rodgers went a combined 10 of 24 for just 83 yards with one interception and no touchdowns. That works out to an abysmal passer rating of 33.9.

In a Week 18 home loss to Detroit this year, Rodgers was just 2 of 6 in the fourth quarter for 12 yards with one interception, no touchdowns and a miniscule 2.8 passer rating. That’s right — 2.8.

“They don’t see Rodgers as a really hard working guy anymore,” McGinn said on the podcast. “They see a guy who – when he reported this year – his body was not supposedly ‘tight’ and strong like he was. They see a guy who missed the offseason last year. … It’s finish. He’s a guy that’s hard to get over.

Another reason McGinn thinks the Packers are “done” with Rodgers is the emergence of Jordan Love.

Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst traded in the first round of the 2020 draft and used 26e global choice on love. Now, after sitting behind Rodgers for three years, many in the organization believe Love, 24, is ready and has star potential.

Love played in four games in 2022 and finished the year 14 of 21 for 195 yards, one touchdown, no interceptions and a 112.2 quarterback rating.

Love was exceptional in a loss to Philadelphia in November after replacing an injured Rodgers (ribs). Love was pushed into action in the fourth quarter and went 6 of 9 for 113 yards and had a quarterback rating of 146.8. He led the Packers to 10 points on his two drives.

Rodgers is expected to make $59.5 million in 2023 and $49.3 million in 2024. Green Bay would face significant salary caps if he trades Rodgers or retires.

But McGinn thinks the Packers are ready for the challenges of Rodgers’ trade and will soon move on from the veteran quarterback.

“They love Jordan Love,” McGinn said. “They think he’s second to come now. They’ve seen enough of him in training for three years to believe he looks like Rodgers 2.0. That’s where this organization is coming from right now. They have turned the page, as they did for Favre in June and July, those months of summer 2008 and I don’t see that changing.

“Even if Rodgers comes back to get that $59m back, I think he’s the replacement. He might try to ruin the whole operation. But he knows that’s not going to happen and he’ll accept a trade somewhere. “He knows he can’t live with this, with the Packers fans and everybody. It’s love’s turn. The organization is heading in this direction. And that’s the way it is. It’s everyone, I’m told. It’s Murphy. It’s LaFleur. It’s Gutekunst. It’s the whole shooting match. They’ve moved on.

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