The Facts: The first snippet emerged on Friday, and it wasn’t a great look for a franchise QB with a propensity for passive-aggressive commentary. The full story has now landed, and it’s clear that both HC Matt LaFleur and Rodgers currently don’t see eye-to-eye regarding the issue of audibles, and that they’re not bashful about publicly discussing it. “Aaron and I have had some good talks, and we’re going to have to talk a lot more -- and one thing we have to work through is the audible thing,” LaFleur told Mike Silver of NFL Media.
Diehards Line:However they do it, it’s clear that Rodgers wants more control than the offense currently gives him. Here’s the full version of the quote that made a stir over the weekend. “It’s a conversation in progress,” Rodgers told Silver. “I don’t think you want to ask me to turn off 11 years [of recognizing defenses]. We have a number of ‘check with mes’ and line-of-scrimmage stuff. It’s just the other stuff that really not many people in this league can do. That’s not like a humble brag or anything; that’s just a fact. There aren’t many people that can do at the line of scrimmage what I’ve done over the years. I mean, obviously, Tommy [Brady] can do it, no doubt. Peyton [Manning] could do it. Drew [Brees] can do it. [Patrick] Mahomes will be able to do it. Ben [Roethlisberger] has called the two-minute for years. There are a few of us who’ve just done it. It’s kind of second nature. And that’s just the icing on the cake for what I can do in this offense.” As PFT's Mike Florio suggests, the real question is whether LaFleur wants his cake to be iced. LaFleur’s system has two plays and one or the other is used. Rodgers would like to have the freedom to broaden that menu. The challenge for LaFleur will be to get Rodgers to buy in to the approach, and then to perhaps exercise some discretion when it’s time to go through his reads. To make it work, both men will have to be adaptable to get through some schematic challenges that won't be easily navigated.