It was only a matter of time. Let’s face it: Brett Favre wasn’t going to stay quiet for very long about the parallels between his experience 15 years ago and his successor, Aaron Rodgers, heading down a similar path. The Green Bay Packers’ selection of Jordan Love in the first round of last week’s 2020 NFL Draft is not the end of the book on Rodgers, but it at least appears to be the start of the last act of the play.
And Favre, for his part, seems to at least want a brief appearance on stage.
This week, Favre spoke out, discussing some of the similarities between his situation and Rodgers’, while going on to discuss what Aaron may or may not be feeling and Favre’s own read on the situation. The question with Favre now is how much of Rodgers’ feelings is he actually privy to versus how much is he speculating?
Those are questions we may never get the answers to, considering that Rodgers holds his cards close to the vest. He did break his social media silence on Thursday with an Instagram post that included the hashtags #chillvibes and #relax — the latter likely being a reference to his famous “R-E-L-A-X” quote from several years ago.
So if Rodgers is steaming over the Love pick, he won’t show it publicly. And why would he? He’ll still be the quarterback of the Packers for at least two more years regardless.
Brett Favre says he thinks Aaron Rodgers won't finish career with Packers | ESPN
Favre spoke on the Rich Eisen show saying that he expects Rodgers to move on. Evidently Rodgers reached out to talk to Favre, but whether Favre is communicating Aaron's actual sentiments or projecting what he thinks QB12 is thinking is unclear.
Why Aaron Rodgers won't be leaving anytime soon | Packersnews.com
Remember that the financial situation around Rodgers' contract means that the Packers cannot feasibly move him until after the 2021 season -- that's two more years. Realistically though, Rodgers' deal was due for a renegotiation before 2021 anyway, as his cap hit balloons from $21.6 million in 2020 to $36.4 million the following year.
Cliff's High Five: Packers’ most inspirational draft stories | Packers.com
Who are the five best Packers to be drafted in the 200s? Bart Starr was the 200th pick exactly in his draft, so he obviously becomes number one, but there are three other stalwart offensive linemen and a receiver with a dazzling smile who are on this list as well.
New Packers RB A.J. Dillon was a destroyer of stacked boxes | Packers Wire
Dillon was similar to Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor in that he consistently ran against eight- and nine-man boxes and had great success, averaging more than five yards per carry. He should see much less of that in Green Bay, with defenses likely keeping both safeties back to defend against Aaron Rodgers.
By One Metric, Packers’ Draft Wasn’t So Bad | SI.com
SIS' total points actually felt that the Packers did a decent job both filling needs and getting solid value for their picks, putting them around the middle of the pack.
The unique strength program that got Jordan Love and Jordyn Brooks into Round 1 – The Athletic
Love's strength coach for three years helped him build up from a skinny, awkward 180-pound freshman to a 225-pound NFL-ready player.
Finally, let’s reflect back on the greatness that was John Madden as a color commentator. Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk explains him beautifully here:
John Madden was the perfect broadcaster because he took his job very seriously in the sense that he was always well-prepared, but he did not take himself seriously at all and remembered that first and foremost viewers just want to enjoy the game. https://t.co/5WNgf3dkMo— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) May 1, 2020