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Trouble, or paradise, at Camp?

Is Rodgers-LaFleur working?

August 12, 2019 - 4:25 pm

Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur. LaFleur and Rodgers. Head coach and quarterback. Veteran gunslinger and young-gun play caller. 

The relationship between the two -- however you refer to them -- is one that is still being established. Much was made of Rodgers' seeming disregard for former head man Mike McCarthy's play calling. LaFleur was brought in with the hope that a new, innovative offense could wrangle-in the prolific passer. Now, nearly three weeks into LaFleur's first Green Bay training camp, Rodgers has started taking things off script...again. 

As Peter King penned at Pro Football Talk, such an off-script adjustment occurred during Packers' Family Night. One play was called as an inside run to the left. Rodgers, after reading the defense, changed the call...to outside run to the right. Doesn't sound like a big deal, right? Expect for one thing: the coaching staff hadn't yet installed the language for making such a decision. Rodgers, apparently, has already installed the playbook on his own before the coaching staff could walk him through it. 

You'll have to decide on your own if that's a sign of trouble or impressive. After knowing one football language for the entirety of his pro career, having that confident of a handle on things in a new football language is a startling indicator of the football IQ that No. 12 brings to the table. 

With a quarterback that smart and experienced and a head coach full of fresh ideas, the sky is the limit for the Packers' offense. If the two leaders can work and grow together as equals, partners, in Titletown and not adversaries. 

“From a play-caller’s mentality, I’ve always viewed that (quarterback and play caller) relationship as more of a partnership, because he plays the toughest position in all of sports, and you want to always be sure he’s comfortable with all that’s going on." LaFleur told King. "I know if he’s confident with what’s going on, the 10 guys in the huddle are going to be comfortable with what’s going on.”

For now, both men seem as hungry to excel as they do willing to push each other.