Matt LaFleur, Aaron Rodgers agree QB’s playing style won’t change
Aaron Rodgers will be working under a new head coach as the Green Bay Packers’ starting quarterback for the first time in his career after partnering with Mike McCarthy for 13 seasons. However, neither Rodgers nor new Packers head coach Matt LaFleur believe his trademark style of play will suffer under the new system.
Rodgers is renowned for his improvisational skills and the ability to turn nothing into something thanks to his intelligence, rocket arm and ability to work inside a collapsing pocket or escape it. While Rodgers acknowledges it will take time to adapt to LaFleur’s new system, the veteran expects his approach to quarterbacking to remain unchanged.
“I don’t think so, I really don’t,” Rodgers told ESPN. “The offense will look a little different, for sure. There’s more motions and different formations than we’ve had in years past, but no. Look, if I could have it my way, I wouldn’t have to scramble or move. But I have instincts ingrained in me from years of doing it. And if I get in those situations, that’s what I do. And until my legs fail me, it’s an asset to the offense.”
LaFleur, meanwhile, has no inclination to force Rodgers to stop doing what made him among the top quarterbacks ever to play in the NFL.
“He’s played the game with a certain style for his whole career, and he’s done it at a pretty high level,” LaFleur said. “I think just some of the things that he’s been able to really enhance within our offense has been a lot of fun to watch. You saw that off-schedule play that he made down in the red zone. He made another one to Jake Kumerow where I didn’t anticipate the ball going where it went, but that’s where it went and it was a touchdown. We never want to take that playmaker away from him.”
The deteriorating Rodgers-McCarthy relationship reached a point of no return late last season. While it remains to be seen how things will go with LaFleur, it appears both involved parties are eager to make their partnership thrive.