I don’t know about you, but every time I check into social media and see Aaron Rodgers sharing pictures, and beat writers sharing tidbits from practice, I can’t help but get a good feeling.
I can’t remember the last time that Rodgers gave off such good vibes during the start of the season. He’s playing loose in year two of Matt LaFleur’s offense and he’s obviously happy to be where he’s at right now.
With the amount of negative media attention Rodgers has garnered in the past few years, it’s good to see the future hall-of-famer happy. Of course, every Packers fan who has a social media knows exactly why it’s good to see him that way.
In 2018 when the Green Bay Packers finished 6-9-1 and posted their worst record since Rodgers took over in 2008, fans could tell Aaron was tired of losing, annoyed with questions and just downright exhausted. After an injury in the season-opener against the Bears, the rest of the season was a downward spiral. You could see it in his face in every post-game press conference that he hated it as much as we did.
Then, Mike McCarthy was fired. Rumors started to swirl about Rodgers being a factor in the decision. That offseason, former teammates Greg Jennings and Jermichael Finley both went on record and said that Rodgers was a bad teammate and not a true leader. Sports talk shows, clickbait news sources and Packers haters ate it up.
When Matt LaFleur was hired as head coach, those same people said that Rodgers wasn’t going to respect LeFleur and the relationship wouldn’t work.
From breaking his collarbone in 2017, a dismal season in 2018, former teammates questioning his character in the offseason, and analysts giving opinions about the relationship with his new coach that was surely destined for doom — it had to be a tough couple years for our guy.
A 13-3 regular season, an NFC North championship and a trip to the NFC Championship game was a good way to put those criticisms to bed.
But those criticisms were quickly brought back to light when Jordan Love was drafted in the first round of the draft. Surely Rodgers wouldn’t accept Love, given that the Packers clearly took him as the eventual successor to Rodgers at the quarterback position.
Love and Tim Boyle have both spoken about how good Aaron has been in the quarterback room — quick to give advice and speak openly to the young guns.
One of my favorite videos, maybe of all time, was posted on August 20 by John Doran. The video shows Rodgers taking time to coach up Love on a drill. Then Rodgers turns around and does the drill to perfection.
Man, people who don’t like Aaron aren’t going to like that one.
In the end, it’s all about QB1, who seems like he’s in the best mood of recent training camp memory. Sporting a handlebar mustache at the start of camp and posing for pictures with the young fellas, his good energy gives me good energy. My good energy translates to unreasonably high expectations.
Super Bowl or bust, baby. Good vibes only. See you there Aaron.