The Stars of the Packers’ ‘Last Dance’.

As the 2021 Green Bay Packers get ready for their 'Last Dance', who will play the starring roles?

Finally, we have reached the end of a torturous offseason, and all the drama surrounding a certain reigning MVP quarterback has subsided, at least for now.

The end result? As Aaron Rodgers and his partner in crime Davante Adams alluded to on their Instagram accounts, an apparent ‘Last Dance’ scenario in Green Bay.

The Packers have brought almost the entire team back, seemingly for one last run at a title, so let’s take a look at who is playing who as Rodgers and his team hope to emulate the 1998 Chicago Bulls.

Michael Jordan- Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers and Jordan are remarkably similar in so many ways.

First and foremost, they are both arguably the best ever at what they do. Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time and Rodgers is probably the finest thrower of a football.

What these two also share is an unrivalled competitive mentality.

Jordan was notorious for pushing his teammates when they didn’t want to be pushed, and he took any instance of disrespect, whether it be real or perceived, extremely personally.

Rodgers is no different, as he constantly finds reasons to fuel his fire and propel him to further greatness.

Of course, Jordan frequently butted heads with the Bulls front office, just as Rodgers has done this offseason.

And just like Jordan in ’98, it appears that the 2021 season will be Rodgers’ last in green and gold.

Scottie Pippen- Davante Adams

You could argue that Randall Cobb should be the answer here, as Rodgers’ trusted old friend who will likely leave Green Bay after this year, but since Adams has anointed himself as Pippen, who am I to argue?

In truth though, Adams fits the bill due to his enormous role on the team.

Adams is one of, if not the best at his position in the NFL and just as Pippen brought fluidity and rhythm to the 90’s Bulls, Adams does the same for the Packers as a consistent chain-mover and point-scorer.

And like Pippen in ’98, Adams has his own contract issue to work through with Packers management, although with nowhere near as much bad blood involved.

This is where Adams and Pippen differ, because it feels probable that Adams will eventually get a new deal and be a Packer for years to come.

Phil Jackson- Matt LaFleur

Jackson and LaFleur have more in common than just being the coach of their respective teams.

Of course, Jackson was a much older man than LaFleur during their own ‘Last Dance’ runs, but the positive impact of their arrivals is similar.

Prior to Jackson’s time in Chicago, the Bulls attack had been based around MJ needing to be… well, MJ, in order for the team to be successful.

When Jackson came in, installing the triangle offense and a more team-oriented style of play, Jordan resisted, but it ultimately benefitted him, removing some pressure and taking his game to another level.

This is reminiscent of the Packers during the latter stages of the Mike McCarthy era, when Rodgers had to be Superman every week and put the team on his back.

The change of scheme ushered in by LaFleur, placing a little more emphasis on the run game and providing Rodgers with easier throws in the passing game, has returned the Packers’ QB to MVP form and taken Green Bay from a middling team to a Super Bowl contender once again.

Jerry Krause- Brian Gutekunst

At least if you listen to Rodgers…

The comparison is an obvious one, since Gutekunst is the GM and has a frayed relationship with his star player, but I think the Krause moniker is harsh on Gute.

Firstly, Jerry Krause was a far more cantankerous character, falling out with players and coaches left and right, and often putting his foot in his mouth in the media due to his need to emphasise his own role in the Bulls’ dynasty.

Gutekunst has never done anything of the sort, at least publicly, and constantly heaps praise on his players and coaching staff.

You could argue that like Krause, Gutekunst has attempted to look towards the future with the drafting of Jordan Love, rather than focussing on the present and his current QB.

But in the case of Gute, that is nowhere near as egregious of a decision.

Jerry Krause wanted to break up a basketball dynasty which had won five NBA championships in seven years, and deny them the opportunity to try for a sixth.

On the other hand, the Packers have won one Super Bowl in the Rodgers era. Let’s not pretend this Packers team have earned the same benefit of the doubt that the 90’s Bulls did.

People seem to forget that the reason Gutekunst drafted Love was that Rodgers had appeared to be in decline for two or three seasons, not to mention his significant injury history.

Gutekunst must take blame for his part in the Rodgers saga which has led to a summer of discontent, but for the most part, the Packers’ GM has simply done his job in building a roster that has won a ton of games, whilst still looking out for the long-term interests of the Green Bay Packers.

Dennis Rodman- Jaire Alexander

This was tough, because frankly, no-one is Dennis Rodman.

His eccentric personality is exactly the opposite of what Gutekunst has tried to fill his locker room with, but if someone has to be Rodman, it’s Jaire Alexander.

Rodman was a singular defensive force for Chicago, and Alexander’s ability to absolutely shut down his opponents is equally as valuable to Green Bay.

Alexander also brings personality and swagger in abundance to the Packers’ defence, without any of the off-field distractions, which is a perfect combination.

John Paxson/Steve Kerr- Mason Crosby

Every great team needs role players. It’s something that Matt LaFleur has mentioned regularly during his time as head coach.

The art of embracing your role was perfected by Paxson and Kerr. Unheralded and understated, these two simply went about their business with no fuss and made the most of their opportunities when they came.

Mason Crosby will never be the star of the Packers, but he has been the dictionary definition of reliable, and has always recovered from any setbacks he has encountered.

Paxson and Kerr delivered when they were needed most, each draining a crucial game-winning shot during their respective playoff runs to etch their names into Chicago Bulls history.

Green Bay’s long-time kicker has the same clutch gene, walking off multiple games in recent seasons, most notably the 51-yarder against Dallas in the 2016 playoffs.

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Mark Oldacres is a sports writer from Birmingham, England and a Green Bay Packers fan. You can follow him on twitter at @Marko7LW

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NickPerry's picture

July 29, 2021 at 06:52 am

....Sorry double post

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NickPerry's picture

July 29, 2021 at 06:51 am

First of all I don't agree with this "Last Dance" stuff. No offense to the author but those teams were CHAMPIONSHIP teams and in no way is Rodgers Michael Jordan. Personally I think Rodgers needs to GET to the dance in the first place, before calling it the Last Dance...

One last thing...Had Michael Jordan had 3 shots at the basket for 8 feet out my guess is he doesn't throw up 3 air balls.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

July 29, 2021 at 08:01 am

Yep, if Jordan had won 1 title well before all the other teammates and nothing after then there is no The Last Dance on Netflix and Rodgers and Adams are sifting through office memes for material.

Next please.

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ricky's picture

July 29, 2021 at 10:54 am

Thank you. It's time to put all this "Last Dance" nonsense to rest. You did a terrific job of summing up my thoughts, so obviously an astute and very intelligent post.

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NickPerry's picture

July 30, 2021 at 05:43 am

LOL...Well thank you Ricky.

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HarlanHuckleby's picture

July 29, 2021 at 06:59 am

On the point that Jordan clashed with the front office, it’s important to remember that later when Jordan got the chance to run his own show he did not display good front office aptitude and instincts. Obviously Rodgers is his own person but it is a good cautionary tale for Gutey and Murphy to toe the line between considering Rodgers input without appeasing him at every turn.

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Coldworld's picture

July 29, 2021 at 09:44 am

If they had heard yesterday’s speech before, I think we can see why they picked the least evil option and emphasized that input isn’t decision making.

I now suspect that he’s been listened to all along. Based upon what he said I can see why that input was not followed. Simple as that. That is to the credit of the FO based on Rodgers’ utterances yesterday.

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Bearmeat's picture

July 29, 2021 at 07:11 am

The current Packers QB is a diva without the gravitas and achievement to back it up. The “Last dance” crap they put out was just that - crap.

I’m already over this drama and the year is just starting. These kind of questions will not cease. Rodgers’ will hold nothing back in pressers - making the team look bad. It won’t end well.

Can’t wait for March of 22: Trade Rodgers. Franchise Davante. Cut Cobb.

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murf7777's picture

July 29, 2021 at 09:40 am

Bearmeat…..let’s hope we have the right to trade Rodgers at year end. Contract details are still not signed as of yesterday. I’ve seen reports supporting he is a FA at season end and others that state after 2022 season.

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greengold's picture

July 29, 2021 at 11:45 am

Reflected a lot on what happened yesterday, watched the presser stuff this morning, and I have to agree this wasn't all a bunch of daisies for the team. His commentaries were cutting, and maybe some were deservedly so. Regardless, this was not a great look going into the season. I don't know that airing dirty laundry like that instills confidence, and I found his tact detrimental on some levels.

Whatever. Might be best to shake it off and let it play out, hoping for the best for the Packers. I was frustrated immensely with the Bucks the last 3 years, and chose a different mindset this season, one that is much the same. Stay confident. Low key. See what they do.

We really are right there. We can win this.

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Johnblood27's picture

July 29, 2021 at 07:29 am

Bakhtiari = Rodman.

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mnbadger's picture

July 29, 2021 at 01:00 pm

Did Bill Laimbeer ever play for the Bulls? If so, that's Bakh. If not, JB27 may have nailed it. Rodman defended he glass, DBakh defends his qb. GPG!

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stockholder's picture

July 29, 2021 at 07:41 am

I don't go along with the last dance or their comparisons. This isn't fantasy football. Hype is involved to much. The journey to be the best is why we watch it. Don't take the fun away. Nothing is better then two teams slugging it out. Playing together takes everyone.

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Savage57's picture

July 29, 2021 at 07:42 am

The Last Dance comparison might be applicable if it was Brady and the Patriots we were talking about, but we're not.

1 ring in 13 years and a .200 winning percentage in not league, but conference championships, makes it nothing but a false equivalency inflated with ego and drama. I like AR, love watching him play, but as Chris Rock might say, "Cut the shit".

Most highly successful NFL QB's become divas. It seems to be an occupational hazard.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

July 29, 2021 at 08:02 am

*Packer != *Bull

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Swisch's picture

July 29, 2021 at 08:43 am

I'm sincerely hoping that fans here can help me with some recent Packers history.
In his press conference, Aaron Rodgers tried to portray himself as a champion of past Packers who have given their all for the team but then found themselves discarded by a cold-hearted front office.
However, didn't most of his examples happen before the time of the current front office?
Hasn't this front office done well in bringing back the likes of Kenny Clarke, Bakh, and Aaron Jones?
Didn't this front office do a lot to revive the sagging career of Aaron Rodgers with its decisions about coaches and players, as well as its overall culture?
Is Aaron Rodgers taking too much credit for his MVP season -- even as he takes up a huge share of the salary cap -- especially after coming up short in the playoffs once again?
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Rodgers may be trying to find the noble cause that justifies his bailing out on teammates and fans.
Maybe he has a valid point that should be taken with genuine concern, but maybe most of this is him trying to find excuses for self-absorption.
I'm trying to be fair to both sides, and am open to being wrong.
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What bothers me is that Rodgers has portrayed the front office as a heartless villain with which he can only have a professional relationship, not positive personal feelings.
Unless Rodgers is really on target with this narrative, it seems he is being really unfair.
Also, he didn't seem all that excited to be back with the Packers during his press conference.
Perhaps on my part this is much ado about very little, but I'm concerned about Rodgers as a source of discord that drags down the team.
I'm rooting for him to be a true leader that unifies the Packers for a great run this season, but my doubts about him are growing and my patience is wearing thin. I don't know how much of that is me and how much of that is Rodgers.
I'm glad for well-meaning responses.

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Irish_Cheesehead's picture

July 29, 2021 at 09:03 am

Murphy was hired in '07 or '08 I believe, so he was there when a lot of those players were released. Same with Gute, although he wasn't GM for most of that time. Gute started as a college scout with the Packers in the late 90s. He was promoted to director of player personnel in 2016

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jurp's picture

July 29, 2021 at 09:23 am

After this off-season I won't believe a word Rodgers says about anything. He always did speak in platitudes anyway ("Team victory." "Tremendous effort." "Not happy with our [rarely "my"] performance"), like someone out of 'Bull Durham', so mostly just meaningless piffle.

Rodgers will always do and say whatever is best for Rodgers, and now that he has a bee up his ass about the Packers it looks like he'll try to passive-aggressively trash the team whenever he can.

I disagree that having him on the team guarantees a legitimate SB run - I think his presence will be corrosive and the team will implode late in the season. But - and this is the important part to Rodgers - HIS STATS will still be great, and his behavior will force the team to trade him for (in a perfect AR world) peanuts.

I would have much rather have started the Love Era this year than next year.

I'd appreciate it if someone will remind me of this post in January, if I'm wrong and we make the SB. :)

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Since'61's picture

July 29, 2021 at 10:58 am

Jurp and other who continue to knock Rodgers for his performance in NFCCGs should take the time to read the research I provided below if your concerned about Rodgers not giving his best effort to the Packers now that he is going to play in the 2021 season. Especially important is comparing the Packers defensive and special teams stats with those of the Patriots during the last decade.

If you look at the stats below, you’ll see that there’s a very uncomplicated and clear history of surrounding the Packers’ offense with mediocre defense and incomprehensibly bad special teams.

In the last decade, the good-in-all-three-phases (New England Patriots-style) Packers team we all dreamed about never materialized. So, if you are one of the Packers fans who call Rodgers a diva, maybe turn your focus to the front office and see if they’ll acknowledge the failures and complacency of the last decade in the two phases of the game Aaron doesn’t control.

According to Pro Football Reference…

The Packers fielded a defense that finished 19th or worse five times in the last decade.
The Packers fielded a defense that finished 14th or worse six times in the last decade.
The Packers fielded a defense that finished 13th or worse seven times in the last
decade.
The Packers fielded a defense that finished 21st or worse four times in the last decade.
The Packers fielded only one top-10 defense (ninth in 2019) in the last decade.
The Packers rush defense finished 14th or worse nine times in the last decade.
The Packers rush defense finished 17th or worse seven times in the last decade.
The Packers rush defense finished 21st or worse five times in the last decade.
The Packers only had one top-10 rush defense in the last decade (eighth in 2016).
The Packers’ pass defense has been a top-10 unit only twice in the last 10 years.
The Packers’ pass defense has finished 23rd or worse four times in the last decade.
For perspective, Tom Brady has had a top-10 defense nine out of the last 10 years, including six top-eight defenses and two first-overall defenses.

Also, for perspective: Eight out of the last 10 Super Bowl winners have had a top-10 defense or better. Six out of the last 10 Super Bowl winners have had a top-seven defense.

Four out of the last 10 Super Bowl winners have had a top-four defense. Again, the Packers have had only one top-10 defense in the last 10 years.

The special teams rankings below are from Dallas Morning News’ Rick Gosselin’s NFL Special Teams Rankings, a highly regarded, comprehensive ranking system for special teams that features 22 data points.

The Packers’ special teams ranked 26th or worse five times in the last decade.
The Packers’ special teams ranked 16th or worse eight times.
The Packers’ special teams ranked in the top 10 zero times in the last decade.
The Packers’ special teams ranked dead last two times in the last decade.
Special teams stats below are from Pro-Football-Reference.com:

The Packers’ kick-and-punt-return units ranked 15th or worse 10 times in the last
decade.
The Packers’ kick-and-punt-return units ranked 21st or worse eight times in the last decade.
The Packers’ kick-and-punt-return units ranked 25th or worse four times in the last decade.
The Packers’ kick-and-punt-return units ranked 27th or worse three times in the last decade.
When Rodgers played at his most elite levels, the other two phases just weren’t good enough.

In 2011, Rodgers’ first MVP season:

The Packers’ offense finished first.
The Packers’ team defense finished 19th.
The Packers’ rush defense finished 14th.
The Packers’ pass defense finished 32nd.
The Packers’ special teams ranked 13th in the Gosselin Ranks.
The kick-and-punt-return units finished 29th.
In 2014, Rodgers’ second MVP season:

The Packers’ offense finished first.
The Packers’ defense ranked 14th.
The Packers’ rush defense ranked 23rd.
The Packers’ passing defense ranked 10th.
The Packers’ special teams ranked 32nd (dead last) in the Gosselin ranks.
The Packers’ kick-and-punt-return units finished 27th.
In 2020, Rodgers third MVP season:

The Packers’ offense finished first.
The Packers’ defense finished 13th.
The Packers’ rushing defense finished 14th.
The Packers’ passing defense finished seventh.
The Packers’ special teams ranked 29th in the Gosselin ranks.
The Packers kick-and-punt-return units finished 30th.
I don’t feel great about calling attention to the negative. After all, the hallmark of any Packers fan experience is the unity we feel when cheering on our green and gold. And I’m most certainly not implying that the team itself has been bad the last decade. They’ve won seven out of the last 10 NFC North titles and have appeared in 17 playoff games in a decade.

The sum of their parts has made them a very competitive team. But as history reflects on the Rodgers era, the answer to why they didn’t win more than one championship will undoubtedly focus on not building highly competitive special teams and defense around their prolific offense.

Imagine the Packer glory that could have come had Rodgers, like Brady, had a few top-five defenses and a few top-10 special teams units. It could have been magic.

As I've posted many time previously, if you put Rodgers on the Pats he has the 6 rings instead of Brady.

My point is that all of this off season nonsense is just that, nonsense. I'm confident that Rodgers will give us everything that he has during the 2021 season just as he has since 2008. Rodgers gets the blame because he's the Qb and because no one is willing to take the time to research and look at the facts. We can blame Rodgers salary cap but the Packers gave him that contract after the 2018 season and we still signed the Smiths and Amos and numerous other lower salaried FAs. So Rodgers salary has not always been the issue. IIRC, TT left money in the Salary Cap account every season while he was GM. Maybe had he spent some of that money we would have more than one SB during the Rodgers era. So from Rodgers point of view we haven't built enough of team on defense and STs while simultaneously letting some very good players walk in FA. There are two sides to where we're at with Rodgers but we don't need to worry about his commitment to winning. We may need to worried about our defense and our STs yet again. But I hope not. Long post but hopefully worth it. Thanks, Since '61

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13TimeChamps's picture

July 29, 2021 at 02:47 pm

Man....you must have a lot of free time!! Lol

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Since'61's picture

July 29, 2021 at 03:50 pm

13Times, not really that much time. 2 of the guys I hired for my research team several years before I retired researched this information for me. They’re both Fantasy Football guys so they’re really into the stats, data etc.

They still send me weekly company reports and I still
ask them to do various projects like dig up data on the Packers if I don’t have the time or don’t have it already.

Good stuff to share on the blog. Thanks, Since ‘61

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Coldworld's picture

July 29, 2021 at 09:59 am

TT was notorious for keeping his own. That said, that ceased mostly once he thought they were heading to decline. All good GMs know that you can’t overpay for former abilities. Generally the Packers have kept there own.

Woodson was a mistake, Peppers maybe by a year, but if I recall they came when, with hindsight, TT was not in daily control. Russ Ball was increasingly the one and he did let Hayward and a couple escape. Cobb was let go because he really didn’t perform up to his second contract and was increasingly unhealthy. At and after this time the senior FO personnel left for other franchises. Gute has generally been more like TT.

So yes, other than Murphy, who was supposedly not focused on football (his excuse for the late term roster collapse), these were decisions made by others and the idea that the Packers discard players callously is baseless when you look at the league. If anything we retained our own talent more often and for longer than most during this era, with a few mistakes (which happen). Ironically, we got Peppers initially when Chicago arbitrarily decided he was done.

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Swisch's picture

July 29, 2021 at 11:28 am

Thanks to you, Coldworld, and all the others for your comments. I welcome more.
Is it fair to say that Brian Gutekunst began a new era for the Packers when he became GM in 2018?
Would this be the main guy with whom Rodgers would be dealing with since then?
How accurate would it be to blame Gutekunst for player personnel moves before 2018?
Since 2018, hasn't he brought back Clark and Bakh and Jones -- and even a somewhat shaky Aaron Rodgers in 2018 with some $79 million guaranteed?
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I could be wrong, but it seems Gutekunst has been a great leader for the Packers who has set a good tone for the team as far as winning games and treating people.
I would think Rodgers would be grateful for Gutekunst reviving his career along with the fortunes of the team -- with a lot of credit also going to head coach Matt LaFleur as a gutsy hiring by Gute who has quickly led the team to excellence.
All seemed well and good with the Packers until Rodgers realized that Gutekunst wasn't going to guarantee that Rodgers would be retained after this season.
It's not as though Rodgers offered to take a smaller salary in recognition of his advancing years with heightened risk of declining performance and injury -- not to mention his apparent reputation for stubborn resistance to coaching.
(By the way, but relevantly, I wonder how many of these other veteran Packers of the past were willing to take enough of a pay cut to really reflect these considerations of age for the good of all the rest of the players, as well as the fans who are essential to the support of the Packers.)
Instead of quietly dedicating himself to this upcoming season to make the best of things for teammates and fans -- as well as enhancing his future with either the Packers or another team -- Rodgers chose to go on a prolonged pout for all the public to see.
Whatever the timing of Adam Schefter's reporting, it seems he was right on the button about Rodger's being unhappy with the Packers.
I want to be truly fair to Aaron Rodgers, but maybe it is mostly all about him even to this day. I hope not, and that he comes through for all who care about the Packers.
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I'm glad for other fans to help me sort this all out with various observations and opinions.
I'm trying to let go of this Rodgers melodrama, but first I'd like to get more of it sorted out, HIs press conference didn't seem satisfying for being able to move ahead as a fan as of yet.

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Irish_Cheesehead's picture

July 29, 2021 at 09:08 am

Sometimes there's a lot of wisdom in silence, but not a lot of wisdom in snarky Instagram posts.

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Coldworld's picture

July 29, 2021 at 10:01 am

Does it count as silence if one has others speak in one’s stead? Seems pretty clear that he did that based on recent events and his own demeanor.

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greengold's picture

July 29, 2021 at 10:56 am

After a day reflecting on it, I agree there appears to be some troubled waters, with both the player and the FO. This was a total mess, and I cannot believe Schefter did what he did on draft day without AR's knowledge. I mean, would he do THAT without his blessing, knowledge or encouragement? Completely dis the NFL MVP?

No.

There are always two sides to every story. TGR nailed it. Rewatching the presser, wow, that was a little much. Passive aggressive narcissism on full display, calculated to the max. A slap in the face of the team, while at the same time adding wide sweeping support from the players on the team.

I'll add, I don't begrudge him wanting to contribute his thoughts on what might work best in given situations. I do think he's earned that to some extent. I just thought it counterproductive to make all of that so public, and it might flip on him if he doesn't deliver.

"They come here to play with me."

Maybe on some level, but players come here for a legit shot with a legendary organization as well. The Green Bay Packers will be here long after Aaron Rodgers is gone.

My gut told me yesterday to just let it all go. What's happening could turn out special. I'll hope for that, and all the best for this team. Maybe this was a positive airing of his thoughts that could be a catalyst in helping this team win it all. It's possible. There's so much we don't know.

On those kinds of contributions Aaron spoke of, I remember talking with Charles Woodson about the Marshawn Lynch situation, when Ted wouldn't sign him. He felt much the same as what Aaron spoke to yesterday. I felt we should have signed Lynch too, and we probably would have 2 more trophies in the case.

This has been a wild experience. I'm going to put it all aside, just watch what happens and hope they achieve their goals. Took the same course this year with the Bucks. We are literally right there. We can do this.

GPG

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JohnnyLogan's picture

July 29, 2021 at 09:55 am

Giannis brought lightness and happiness to the Wisconsin fan base with his incredible winning performance, and then followed that up with a press conference that was born of an old man's wisdom. He thanked the people he needed to but his humility was what stood out. He said he re-signed with the Bucks because this was home and he didn't want to just join a superteam. He wanted to win with his guys. That was his drive, his goal.

Different circumstances no doubt, but compare that to Rodgers press conference. He too was given a great contract a few years ago to win with the home team. And he's played well. But he hasn't won a championship in over a decade, yet he acts as if he has. He won an MVP, not the same.

In his championship game, Giannis took over. The team was struggling, and he became superman; 20 points in the 3rd quarter, incredible blocks, a whirling dervish of might and resolve, even hit 17 of 19 free throws prevailing over one of his few weaknesses.

Rodgers?... although he outplayed Brady in the championship game, in the end, he not only didn't come through it almost looked like he choked. The defense stiffened and gave him the ball 3 times and he did nothing. He wants us to forget that and only remember his MVP. My feeling has always been this nightmare he created for the fans and himself was somewhat predicated on his wanting to squelch the conversation about his performance.

Rodgers presser has sent a cloud over the sunshine that Giannis brought to Wisconsin. I had thought, or hoped, that with a seemingly win/win outcome to his mindless revolt, he might temper his pique. He didn't. Rodgers is still bitter, entitled, and in all honesty, still hasn't made his case.

He wasn't respected? He was told he'd be traded and wasn't? Kumerow was let go against his wishes? He wasn't given a guarantee that he'd be the Packer QB for as long as he wanted to be? What exactly was done that would cause him to start kicking his legs like a kid whose dog ate his dessert?

Rodgers isn't Jordan and never will be, but Giannis might be. And even if he never wins another title it's hard to imagine Giannis going on an ego-driven crusade blaming everyone and the ball boy for his failings.

This season, every time Rodgers throws a TD to Adams, there's the sense that they're smiling not only because they scored, but also because they're sticking it to the Packers, showing them and us what we will be losing. I hope I'm wrong but that press conference was anything but encouraging.

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CheesyTex's picture

July 29, 2021 at 10:37 am

Johnny -- "I hope I'm wrong, but...". I hope you're wrong, too, but "prescient" is the word that came to mind as I read your post.

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July 29, 2021 at 03:11 pm

Clarity is possible with multiple perspectives.

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greengold's picture

July 29, 2021 at 11:25 am

This really is what it is... so many unknowns. Turned out to be a batshit crazy offseason with all of Packer nation not knowing fully which way was up. I'm not one bit happy with all this airing of dirty laundry, but maybe we've learned some things, about both the player and the team. All we can do is hope for the best, sit back, and watch it happen.

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Swisch's picture

July 29, 2021 at 01:42 pm

Excellent piece, JohnnyLogan.
The guarded excitement fans had with Rodgers coming back to the Packers was quickly dampened by Rodgers' seemingly sly and self-serving press conference.
Instead of saying something like both sides could learn and grow from this experience -- now let's unify to go get that Super Bowl -- Rodgers portrayed the front office as the heartless villain discarding its best players over the years without appreciation.
Rodgers just had to stick it to the front office, while at the same time not expressing any contrition that he may have acted at all badly in his toying with teammates and fans.
I highly doubt the front office is the evil regime as presented by Rodgers; I suspect Rodgers is a sneak who is both delusional and deceitful in some unknown ratio.
With a great opportunity to be humble about himself, or at least gracious toward the organization, Rodgers was petty and petulant.
It doesn't mean this season is necessarily ruined, and that Rodgers won't step up as a leader -- but it sure diminishes the enthusiasm of his return, and is cause for significant concern.
From a guy with only one Super Bowl -- and that more than a decade ago -- one hopes that he might rise above his self-absorption to rally all of those who are pulling for the Packers, including the front office.
To get over the top in such a competitive league as the NFL, it seems everyone associated with a team has to pull together.

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Alberta_Packer's picture

July 29, 2021 at 11:50 am

I am not reminded at all by A. Rodgers and Davante Adams as Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen in "The Last Dance." That's wishful thinking on their part. More apt - "Thelma and Louise."

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Swisch's picture

July 29, 2021 at 11:38 am

:-)
I didn't see, "Thelma and Louise," but they did drive themselves off a cliff, didn't they?
Or at least one of them did. We have to be careful about who is at the steering wheel.
Maybe if we as fans are supportive of Rodgers, but without blindly buying into all of his claims, then we can help somewhat in drawing him to positive directions.

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Alberta_Packer's picture

July 29, 2021 at 11:59 am

Yes Swisch, they did drive themselves off the cliff - not unlike Rodgers 'driving' himself out of Green Bay - along with Adams demanding a $27m/yr. contract

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mnbadger's picture

July 29, 2021 at 01:06 pm

Al_Pkr, that's an awesome comparison. Maybe a little mean, but you nailed it. GPG!

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Thegravedigger's picture

July 29, 2021 at 10:48 am

hey. at least the dude was honest. i thought it was awesome. he didnt bs. EVERYBODY bullshits in press conferences. he did not. i get that everybody is sick of this shit. but half of the shit the everybody is sick of is the media talking about it. im sick of the medie talking about rodgers. im sick of shefter dropping his horse shit repeatedly. the media has really hyped all this shit up alot. and what did it turn out to be?? nothing. yeah, hes frustrated, because hes what makes it go, and he wants to be treated differently than like the spencer havners or the will redmonds of the world. because he is different. hes been there longer than most the front office. Even andy dalton was asked how he felt about them drafting fields. hes the reason the packers are what they are. and he made a stink and look what happened? cobb came back. thats pretty awesome in my opinion. so lets just see wtf happens before we all condemn rodgers and the packers before it begins.

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greengold's picture

July 29, 2021 at 11:21 am

Rock solid, gravedigger. There's so much going on we don't and will never know about. He's back with one of his favorite WRs. Let's see what they do and hope for the best. As we've seen, a lot can change.

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Packers0808's picture

July 29, 2021 at 11:00 am

Sounds a lot like Trump and Rodgers are somewhat the same both need IDOLTARY!

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fastmoving's picture

July 29, 2021 at 11:33 am

But you have to give AR that he is 10 times smarter than the orange Coward. 15x times stronger and he does not hate America.
AR is really good in something, maybe the best ever as the fat criminal has nothing to show for in that regard.....

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Packers0808's picture

July 29, 2021 at 11:37 am

True no arguments here!

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Demon's picture

July 30, 2021 at 11:08 am

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Since'61's picture

July 29, 2021 at 09:10 pm

Absolutely correct fast-moving. Comparing Rodgers and the Orange is like comparing Hyperion (Rodgers) to a Satyr (DJT). Thanks, Since '61

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fastmoving's picture

July 29, 2021 at 11:30 am

MJ was way better when it really counts, in the play offs. I like AR but he never is the MJ of football, not even close. I dont know what MJ meant for players around the world and he won 6 titles as everyone had just one goal in beating the Bulls.
And the worst thing of it all is that AR thinks so highly of himself.......MJ never did that and speaks just with his play. Other than that I doubt if its a good thing to be that way just as you lost a big game. Again.....

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