NFL beat writers must involuntarily lick their chops whenever a new head coach takes over a team with an established quarterback, because every time it happens, local reporters have an entire offseason’s worth of stories already written for them.
“How Will (the coach) Get Along With (the quarterback)?” the headlines ask, offering slight variations depending on the exact scenario in question. We saw this in Green Bay when Mike McCarthy took over in 2006 and we’re seeing it again in 2019 with Matt LaFleur in town.
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, whose story is linked below, is the latest to offer a version of this story, arguing that Matt LaFleur can never truly know how well Aaron Rodgers will take to the offense until the regular season. This, of course, is true! But there’s an air of foreboding to Silverstein’s piece that suggests Rodgers might not even want to get on the same page as his new head coach.
That, also, may be true. But it may not be. And that’s the rub with the stock stories we get in these situations: there’s no way to know right now how things will turn out. We have to wait and see.
Unfortunately for writers, “wait and see” is a hard story to sell, and so speculation, unanswerable questions, and conjecture is what we’re left with.
Silverstein: Aaron Rodgers has yet to put his stamp on Packers’ new offense | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
It’s going to be a while until we can really see how Aaron Rodgers is taking to Matt LaFleur’s system, but once we get to that point, we’ll know pretty quickly.
Tom Oates: Play of Packers’ backup quarterbacks a red flag so far in offseason | Wisconsin State Journal
Meanwhile, questions abound behind Aaron Rodgers.
ESPN names one long-tenured Packers player who could be cut. I don’t want to give it away, but here’s a couple hints: he’s a kicker and he’s currently in competition for his job and he went to Colorado and he was drafted in 2007.
Get excited about Jaire Alexander’s sophomore season. He certainly is.
If I found out that I’d accidentally spent an entire flight sitting very close to a snake, I might accidentally kill that snake or accidentally run away through the airport. I’m not sure which. Maybe one and then the other?