Written By: Jameson White
At the beginning of January, the Green Bay Packers released quarterback’s coach Alex Van Pelt. The coaching change did not sit well with All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Chicago Tribune said earlier this week. “My quarterback coach didn’t get retained; I thought that was an interesting change – really without consulting me. There’s a close connection between quarterback and quarterback coach. And that was an interesting decision.” The words of Rodgers are pretty clear; he and the Green Bay Packers were not on the same page with this change in coaching.
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From Aaron Rodgers’ perspective, he has all the right in the world to be upset by this firing. He is undoubtedly the best player that the Packers have on their roster and one of the premier players in the entire NFL. He is also one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, as he has made miraculous throws, had many tricks up his sleeve and allowed Green Bay to win games they probably shouldn’t have.
The Packers do not have the talent on their team to win a Super Bowl anytime soon. Aaron Rodgers is the only reason that Green Bay can contend year in and year out, and the Packers let go of the coach closest to their star quarterback; Aaron Rodgers needs to demand a trade from the Green Bay Packers.
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With the contract that Alex Smith just received from the Washington Redskins, it shows just how severely the Packers underpay Rodgers. In Alex Smith’s new contract extension, it is worth $94 million over the next four years. Aaron Rodgers’ current contract is a five-year deal worth $110 million. Based on yearly average, Alex Smith is being paid over a million dollars more per year than Aaron Rodgers.
These numbers are entirely ludacris. Nine playoff wins with Rodgers; two with Smith. Two MVP seasons for Rodgers; zero for Smith. One Super Bowl victory for Rodgers; zero for Smith. Aaron Rodgers, between the two, is the quarterback who has thrown for more touchdowns and yards, rushed for more yards, has more career wins, a higher completion percentage, a higher quarterback rating, and has not ever been considered an average quarterback.
Aaron Rodgers has always been an outstanding player, but throughout the course of his career, he has created disconnected relationships between himself and those around him. He does not talk to former wide receivers Greg Jennings and Donald Driver, as they publicly questioned his leadership ability, as Jennings said “A lot of times when you have a guy who creates that spotlight for himself and establishes that, it becomes so-and-so and the team,” according to Sports Illustrated. He also never had a good relationship with Brett Favre, which is strange, considering that most young quarterbacks could learn a thing or two from a future Hall of Famer.
It is a strange thought for many to think about Aaron Rodgers in a different uniform. However, the Packers do not seem to be utilizing one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time to win more Super Bowls. This is a serious situation for Rodgers, as he is another year older and late into his athletic prime, and it may be time for him to take his talents elsewhere with a change of scenery. He would be considered an upgrade at the quarterback position for 30 other teams in the NFL; there are also numerous teams who would field a decent team around him, while also making number 12 the highest paid player in NFL history. Aaron Charles Rodgers, it is time to demand a trade.