Aaron Rodgers Says He'd Approach Change Talk With Jordan Love With "An Open Mind"

Aaron Rodgers Says He’d Approach Change Talk With Jordan Love With “An Open Mind”

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Aaron Rodgers knows the possibility is looming, perhaps soon after next week’s recess, that he will step aside and watch Jordan Love complete this 2022 season.

The four-time MVP quarterback hopes it doesn’t come to that. Rodgers said his desire is to win the final five games, which could leave the possibility of sneaking into an NFC playoff seed, albeit unlikely.

Other than that, Rodgers said, he understands the Packers may want to see more of their 2020 first-round pick.

“Look, I’d like to finish the season,” Rodgers said, “but I understand it’s a business and there’s a lot of older guys playing a decent amount, and they might want to see some older guys. young people play. I hope we don’t have to have this conversation, but if this conversation happens, I will approach it with an open mind, without bitterness or resentment. Obviously, as I said, I want to win , and we don’t need to have these conversations.

“But I understand that if we don’t, it’s a possibility to have that conversation.”

Love played his most important snaps this season Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles, completing 6 of 9 passes for 113 yards, a touchdown and a 146.8 rating. It was by far his best performance as a pro, a significant improvement from his only career start last season at Kansas City.

The Packers have made it clear that a quarterback change will not happen this week. Rodgers has repeatedly said he’s playing for “pride,” even though the playoffs are a remote possibility. When asked if Rodgers would be his quarterback on Sunday in Chicago, coach Matt LaFleur answered emphatically with one word, “Yes.”

Asked if he could benefit from the rest, given his significant injuries with a broken thumb and ribs, he declined to say they were fractured, Rodgers referred to the uncertainty of his future . Although it seems unlikely that he will retire with his contract owed $59 million guaranteed next season, the Packers could trade him.

“It’s an assumption,” Rodgers said of the rest for next season, “that this place won’t be different next year. So I think that’s part of the conversation.

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Aaron Rodgers is under pressure from Javon Hargrave of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Aaron Rodgers is under pressure from Javon Hargrave of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Rodgers has no doubts that he will be able to play on Sunday.

Although he didn’t practice on Wednesday, he said his ribs felt much better than he might have expected coming out in the fourth quarter in Philadelphia. Rodgers’ initial concern was damage to internal organs, he said. When the scans of his ribs came back positive, that was all the information he needed to start planning to play this week.

At the team’s training facility, Rodgers said, he threw soccer balls. He did rehabilitation in the team pool and said his ribs felt fine. Rodgers said he’ll “probably” wear extra padding on Sunday to protect his ribs, something he hasn’t done since college.

“I’m not sure I want to start now,” Rodgers said, “but I’ll probably have something to cover.”

Rodgers said he doesn’t need to practice this week to play on Sunday. He played in games without a week of practice before, last season last against the Seattle Seahawks, when he couldn’t be with the team all week before the game after contracting COVID- 19. The Packers won that game 17-0.

Of course, it’s a very different team from last year. A team that could be looking for young players in need of short-term development. For now, Rodgers said, he intends to do everything he can to play, starting with winning.

“I think I can definitely go out on Sunday and be okay,” Rodgers said. “I’ve done it in the past, but I’d like to test it tomorrow or Friday, see where I’m at and just get out there and sweat a bit. The way I feel, the way I’ve progressed from Monday to Tuesday and Tuesday to today, makes me confident that I can go out and train tomorrow without really being restricted. There will definitely be pain, but nothing that I can’t handle. So I’m really encouraged by how I feel.

This article originally appeared on Green Bay Press-Gazette: Aaron Rodgers reportedly stepping down for Jordan Love to play 2022 season

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