Packers Morning Buzz: Matt LaFleur has 'enjoyed every second' with Aaron Rodgers
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
We'll start with new Packers head coach Matt LaFleur telling Albert Breer of The MMQB that he doesn't know all that went on between his predecessor Mike McCarthy and quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and doesn't really want to know.
LaFleur planned to go into this job with no preconceived notions. And he isn’t taking any from the firestorm of the last few weeks, sparked by an extensive, biting story by Bleacher Report’s Tyler Dunne.
“Honestly, I haven’t put a whole lot of thought into that,” he says. “I wasn’t here, so I don’t know what happened. And quite frankly, I don’t really care what happened. All I care about is how we move forward as a football team. All I care about is the partnership that we’re forming, how that goes, and our communication. That’s all I really care about.”
LaFleur tells Breer what his first week of working with Rodgers was like:
“You have to develop relationships with everyone in that building. But when it comes to Aaron, it’s so critical, because I’m the play-caller. And so anytime you’re the play-caller, you better have a relationship with that quarterback. I do believe this, and I’ve said it from Day One—it’s a partnership.
“And I’ll tell you what, I don’t care what’s been said, I’ve spent a week with him, and I’ve really enjoyed every second of it.”
You can read more about LaFleur's conversation with Breer here:
Tiger Wood's thrilling Masters victory, his 15th major title but first in 11 years after overcoming a series of injuries and other setbacks, captivated tight end Jimmy Graham and some other current and former Packers:
Green Bay lands in the middle of the pack in The MMQB's 1-to-32 ranking of each team's wide receiver position. Conor Orr writes:
17. Green Bay Packers ($18.1 / $181.3 million)
Davante Adams, Geronimo Allison, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown
A unit full of interesting developmental players. Aaron Rodgers has a lot to do with pulling them up early, but the Packers could use a little more juice here.
You can check out the complete rankings here:
The Packers got a good turnout for their local prospects pro day:
Specialists JK Scott and Hunter Bradley want to justify Brian Gutekunst's faith in drafting them last year:
Forrest Gregg was a first-ballot Hall of Fame tackle under Vince Lombardi and later coached the Packers:
Former teammates say Gregg earned their respect:
The accolades keep pouring in for Gregg:
This highlight reel shows just how good Gregg was:
Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari expects Rodgers to respond with a vengeance in 2019, writes Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal:
A comparison of careers between Rodgers and Russell Wilson:
The "Good Morning Football" crew asks which player will enter the 2019 season with the biggest chip on his shoulder (and surprisingly, it's not necessarily Rodgers):
In this re-do of the 2018 draft's first round via The MMQB, the Packers stay put at No. 14 (rather than trading down with the Saints) and somehow wind up with Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith:
An often-told but nonetheless fascinating account:
When Jordy Nelson was targeted, he usually came up with the ball:
A big off-the-field loss for Packers fans who have visited Lambeau Field's Atrium:
And finally: Soccer aficionado Bryan Bulaga improvises his Sunday morning TV viewing setup:
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