Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says all those Zoom sessions in this odd offseason enhanced his comfort level with the crime and his working relationship with second-year trainer Matt LaFleur.
Rodgers expects to demonstrate the advantages of these discussions when the Packers open the year Sunday in Minnesota.
“The Zoom meetings this offseason, I believe, really helped our relationship to advance to where we are hashtag #FriendGoals,” Rodgers quipped Wednesday.
Rodgers explained that he and LaFleur began to know each other better last time whilst assisting Green Bay win the NFC North and then get to the conference championship match.
LaFleur had shot over for Mike McCarthy, who’d coached Green Bay during Rodgers’ tenure as the Packers’ starting quarterback.
“It was definitely going to be a work in progress when you have men from different kinds of systems and backgrounds, but I actually felt like the communicating with us was so powerful,” Rodgers said. “It was very nonstop. We’d have discussions early in the afternoon and also a great deal of discussions late at night about things we had been considering — him asking my opinion about things, me sort of bouncing things from him and attempting to determine where he had been coming out.”
Rodgers explained the Zoom sessions throughout the Packers’ virtual offseason since the”desert rose” that left his working relationship with LaFleur, offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy more powerful than ever.
“We only spent many hours just talking,” Rodgers said. “I think that it was fantastic for us to actually kind of sense into this, get some power in the grounding of our friendship and our working relationship. I believe that it’s actually changed the way we have type of play and therefore are communication things.
“I believe Matt’s undoubtedly more comfortable in his second year. That is normal. Any direction position you are always going to find out and also likely be most crucial of yourself between years two and one. I believe he is very comfortable and describing things very, really nicely. He has been super inventive that this offseason, this training camp”
The Packers did not do much during the offseason to improve a getting group that lacks recognized actors beyond three-time Pro Bowl choice Davante Adams. They exchanged in the first round to take Utah State quarterback Jordan Love, a movement which complicates Rodgers’ hopes of completing his career in Green Bay.
But this has not seemed to affect Rodgers’ mindset as he has ready for this particular pandemic-altered season.
“He has been a positive effect on everyone with this football team,” LaFleur said a week. “I can not talk enough how important he’s clearly to this soccer team and only the energy he brings, everyone feeds from. He has been amazing, and it has been a great deal of fun to be around.”
Rodgers has assembled his Hall of Fame-caliber livelihood by controlling those divisional matchups.
The Packers have gone 47-18-1 in matches Rodgers has played against NFC North teams (18-5 against Chicago, 15-5 against Detroit and 14-8-1 against Minnesota). This includes a perfect 6-0 record this past year.
Opposing coaches are familiar with Rodgers’ history of success within this branch. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer gets a glimpse each time he sees the Packers on movie and also sees Rodgers scramble away from defenders and toss under strain with pinpoint precision
“A number of the plays that he makes take away your breath,” Zimmer said. “It is sort of like seeing Barry Sanders run the football.”
Minnesota’s defense took a hit Wednesday as defensive end Danielle Hunter was put on injured reserve. Rodgers also will soon be facing another kind of Minnesota secondary.
The Vikings substituted their top three cornerbacks from last year, allowing Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander depart as free agents. Mike Hughes and Holton Hill have obtained over the top two areas, with rookies Jeff Gladney and Cameron Dantzler also in line for important functions. All six cornerbacks on the roster are 23 years old or even younger.
However, the biggest gap Sunday is from the racks. As opposed to coping with this particular raucous audience that normally gives the Vikings such a home-field benefit, Rodgers will be enjoying a match facing no lovers for the first time in over two decades.
“I had been running the memory card and considering the last time that I played a game of soccer with no bunch,” Rodgers said. “I would have to return to my sophomore year, which could be 1999 we played Grant High School in Sacramento on a Saturday morning without the lovers. It has been, what was , 21 years because that’s occurred. So that is going to be quite strange.”
AP Professional Football Writer Dave Campbell at Minneapolis contributed to this report.
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