NFL Hall of Famer and former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre decided he wanted to weigh in new head coach, Matt LaFleur, and the kind of freedom he needs to give his star quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.
Favre spoke to reporters during the American Family Insurance Championship golf tournament and he believes LaFleur needs to let Aaron just do his thing.
Via James Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
“Aaron will be fine. I think that the thing is he needs to remain the same. And I don’t have to give him any advice. You know, he’ll handle it well. The question is, how will they handle it with him? And obviously, that’s very important. I mean, there’s more to the team than Aaron but we all have to admit that when he’s playing and playing well, which generally when he’s playing he is playing well, you don’t want to change what’s working. There’s other factors that you have to work on.
“So I think you let him play his game and not disturb that very much. And it’s going to be interesting to see if that happens.”
The head coach spoke to Michael Silver of NFL.com and addressed his evolving relationship with Rodgers:
“Aaron and I have had some good talks, and we’re going to have to talk a lot more—and one thing we have to work through is the audible thing. We’re running a system I first picked up while working with Kyle (Shanahan) in Houston a decade ago, and we’ve never really had a quarterback who’s had complete freedom to change plays at the line, because that’s not really the way the offense is set up. But, I mean, this is Aaron Rodgers. He’s had a lot of freedom to make those calls, and deservedly so. Now, how do we reconcile that, and get to a place where we put him in the best position to succeed?”
Rodgers had a very publicized and strained relationship with Mike McCarthy, so starting off on the right foot is very important for both sides.