Aaron Rodgers says his relationship with Green Bay Packers GM Brian Gutekunst is 'a work in progress'

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers talked about how vital it was to remain in contact with Jordan Love throughout his offseason absence from the Green Bay Packers, mentioned he and coach Matt LaFleur have picked up the place they left off final yr and revealed that receiver Randall Cobb moved in with him after final week’s commerce.

Yet when it got here to normal supervisor Brian Gutekunst — a person he is identified longer than any of the aforementioned — he known as their relationship a “work in progress, for sure.”

Gutekunst and the Packers’ entrance workplace took the brunt when Rodgers lastly aired his grievances upon his return to the staff final week. Per week into coaching camp, Rodgers and Gutekunst have been seen not less than as soon as speaking throughout observe for a number of minutes.

“Relationships aren’t formed in a matter of a couple days,” Rodgers mentioned Wednesday of Gutekunst, who has been the GM since 2018 and on the Packers scouting employees since 1998. “There’s time where the respect grows and the communication follows. I think the greatest relationships that you have with your friends and loved ones involved conversation and flow. You can not talk to a close friend for a few months and pick up right where you left off. There’s no break in communication, there’s no forced conversations or you’ve got to hit this person up because it’s on your to-do list that day.

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“It’s all about desirous to have these conversations and desirous to be in dialog like that, and we have had a pair conversations they usually’ve been optimistic conversations.”

While Rodgers skipped the entire offseason program, Love served as QB1. It was a role Rodgers played during offseasons when he was Brett Favre’s backup and the Packers would allow Favre to skip offseason work.

But in those cases, Rodgers knew Favre would come back to play — at least until Favre retired (and then unretired) in 2008. Rodgers said those experiences with and without Favre “formed the route of my profession” and called the three seasons he served as a backup “an vital time of progress for me.”

In this case, no one really knew what Rodgers would do.

Rodgers said he tried to put himself in Love’s shoes.

“And then I simply reached out; I reached out numerous occasions [to] verify on him [and] see how he is doing,” Rodgers said. “I did not maintain issues from him. I let him know the place I used to be at mentally and what I used to be fascinated with. And hopefully he appreciated that.

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“I just felt that’s what I would want in that situation, just to hear from the guy. And also, there’s a love and an appreciation and a friendship there, just like it was with me and Brett. So I wanted to make sure I checked in with him and let him know I was thinking about him.”

From the start, Rodgers mentioned his beef with the Packers was nothing private in opposition to Love. All indications confirmed he has taken his mentorship significantly.

“I have a lot of respect and love for Jordan, and I understand it’s got to be tough what he went through,” Rodgers mentioned. “I went through it for two years in the offseason, going in ’06 and ’07, I was the guy the entire offseason, going through quarterback school, going through most of the OTAs, taking all the reps, and then here comes Favrey coming back — and obviously I’m back on the bench. Thankfully I went through that, and I can understand a little bit about what he’s going through, so I just try to keep that in mind the entire time.”

LaFleur mentioned final week that he, offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and passing recreation coordinator Luke Getsy must get Rodgers caught up on what adjustments they made to the offense, and Rodgers believes it is gone easily.

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“There’s always things I want to veto, but I’ve learned to pick my battles,” Rodgers mentioned. “The great thing about Matt and I’s relationship and having Hack and Getsy in there is the lines of communication are fantastic. We’re always talking through things, and I think we’re just understanding each other’s personalities a little bit.”

It seems to have picked up proper the place it left off with Rodgers’ MVP play from final yr. He was sharp from the start of camp regardless of not having receivers to throw to whereas understanding at dwelling in Southern California — he mentioned he truly threw to some NBA gamers, together with Davion Mitchell and Al Harrington, who work out at his fitness center — to nobody’s shock.

“Nah, nah. I mean, it’s Aaron Rodgers,” Packers receiver Allen Lazard mentioned. “He’s not a quarterback; he’s a professional thrower of the ball.”

He’s additionally knowledgeable host, not less than till Cobb’s household strikes again to Green Bay following final week’s commerce — one which Rodgers orchestrated — from the Houston Texans.

“It’s been fun spending time with him before he moves out of my house and the wife and kids come up,” Rodgers mentioned. “We’ve had a good time talking ball and catching up on life the last week or so.”