Through seven games, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and head coach Matt LaFleur are serving up a crow buffet.
Let’s wind the clock back only a couple months. Every talking head on the internet, radio and television had been openly wondering and even doubting LaFleur and Rodgers would get along.
The quarterback had to endure attacks from journalists and disgruntled former teammates that he was too hard headed to be coached (despite Rodgers always publicly insisting the opposite) and that he run the offense his way, regardless of what LaFleur asked him to do.
LaFleur, meanwhile, was taking blows about his coaching ability before he even coached a single game. “He’s in over his head!” “He’s not much older than Rodgers, how can he lead him?”
Now, seven weeks into the 2019 season and with Green Bay owning a 6-1 record, Rodgers and LaFleur are getting the last laugh.
The offense took time to gel, as everyone knew it would, but things have come together the past few weeks and on Sunday everyone saw what the new Green Bay offense could be. LaFleur’s play design coupled with Rodgers’ inhuman brain are creating a monster on offense. Rodgers has been playing more on schedule than in recent years, but LaFleur has also been able to infuse the quarterback’s improvisational skills into his offense to create something special.
It’s not LaFleur shoving his offense down Rodgers’ throat nor is it Rodgers imposing his will on a rookie coach.
It’s two men working together to make something that belongs to them both.
Imagine that. Adults putting egos aside to work together to achieve something together for the greater good. What a concept!
In addition to leading the Packers to first place in the NFC North, Rodgers and LaFleur have managed to put a pacifier in the mouth of every intellectual infant who questioned their ability to work together without even speaking to one of them or someone legitimately close to them (attention seeking former teammates don’t count).
The critics are silenced and the Pack is back.
Now onto today’s curds.
Critics poked the sleeping giant that was Rodgers this offseason. They fertilized that chip on his shoulder and when Rodgers plays with a chip on his shoulder, everyone should have seen this start coming.
Not many people thought MVS would suit up on Sunday, much less contribute. He was rotated in and out more than usual, but he put the team on his back and still burned the Raiders for the final touchdown even though it was obvious he wasn’t at full speed.
It might be tempting to sleep on the Kansas City Chiefs without MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes. His surrounding cast should still be keeping the Packers’ defensive coaches awake.
Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine makes the list despite some hiccups the past couple weeks.
As a dog person, I feel obligated to point out the cats only woke the couple by making noise playing with debris from the wall. A dog would have basically dragged the humans from the bed. Just saying.