The current situation between the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers is clearly a mess.
But will it damage their hopes of winning a Super Bowl this year, even if Rodgers returns and plays for the Packers this season?
Former NFL quarterback and ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky believes so. When speaking about the situation, he said he doesn’t believe Rodgers will sit out this season, but also spoke about the team’s championship hopes even if he does return.
“I think their season is ruined no matter what when it comes to championships because of this situation,” Orlovsky said. “Because if he comes back, this isn’t a good situation. This isn’t a healthy situation. And obviously if he’s not there, this is a significantly less football team when it comes to their championship run.”
Orlovsky makes some good points. There’s no doubt this isn’t a good situation for the Packers or Rodgers, and if he shows up to training camp, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s resolved.
That said, there’s another side to it. If Rodgers commits to playing for the Packers in 2021, he will have a point to prove just as he did last season. He also doesn’t seem to have a problem with the coaching staff, quite the opposite in fact.
So if Rodgers does show up to play, and is there for the full training camp, there’s every chance he’ll be able to build on his MVP season and again show the front office the mistake they made by drafting a quarterback in the first round.
But at this stage, who knows? We don’t even know whether Rodgers will be playing for the Packers this season or whether his holdout will continue through training camp. If Rodgers does miss the start of training camp, it could be problematic for the regular season. For the Packers to build on last year, they need their starting QB there throughout camp, whether that’s Rodgers or Jordan Love.