Rodgers, Packers ready to move forward after offseason controversy

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GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – DECEMBER 30: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before a game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on December 30, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

How has Aaron Rodgers’ offseason been?

“It was a great offseason,” Rodgers said in his first group media session of the Packers offseason workouts Wednesday. 

“A lot of fun, a lot of travel, it was a little too long though.”

Too long because Green Bay once again failed to make the playoffs, and probably too long because of the controversy stemming from a scathing Bleacher Report article released recently which shed a negative light on former Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy and Rodgers.

Rodgers mostly stood by his ESPN radio interview comments from earlier this week on Wednesday, but said it has been nice hearing positive things this week as well.

“I’ve heard from you know, 100 former teammates and coaches, current teammates and coaches and that’s fun,” Rodgers said. “Especially from some of the guys who I haven’t heard from in a while checking in and encouraging you, so that’s great. This game is all about relationships.”

It’s clear Rodgers has good relationships with many of his current teammates.

“I think you’ve heard from all the people who are relevant at this point and you know, actually matter,” WR Davante Adams said. “The people who played with him and played with him recently and have those good relationships with him. I think that it’s been pretty uniform as far as how we feel about him.”

With the Packers offseason program well underway, Rodgers seems reinvigorated with new head coach Matt LaFleur and learning a new offense.

“He’s an energetic guy,” Rodgers said of LaFleur. “He’s really intelligent. “He’s a good communicator. He’s creative. It’s exciting right now because it’s different. I’ve been in the same system for 14 years and knew that inside and out, and now I have a new challenge.”

That challenge includes contending right away according to Rodgers, who says Green Bay doesn’t need a grace period even with a first time head coach leading the way.

“We have a veteran quarterback, veteran offensive linemen,” Rodgers said. “We signed some big free agents for us, especially three on defense. There’s an expectation living and playing here that you’re going to compete for championships, and I think we all expect to do that.”

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