Aaron Rodgers has delivered some memorable messages to Green Bay Packers fans over the years.
After the team's 1-2 start in 2014, he told everyone to relax. Rodgers was right. The Packers went 11-2 from that point on, beat the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round, and should have defeated the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game.
Two years later, Rodgers said the Packers could run the table and win their final six games despite losing four in a row. Nobody believed him. We should have. Green Bay went 6-0 to end the regular season, eliminated the New York Giants and Cowboys, and reached the NFC title game.
Rodgers is no longer starting at QB for the Packers, but he is watching. After Green Bay's ugly loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday Night Football, Rodgers delivered another timely message to Packers fans.
Aaron Rodgers tells Packers fans to R-E-L-A-X after loss to Raiders in Week 5
Rodgers spoke about the Packers' loss to the Raiders during his weekly appearance on the "Pat McAfee Show."
Packers fans are understandably frustrated and concerned with the team's declining performances of late. Still, Rodgers reassured everyone about Jordan Love after his no-touchdown, three-interception game.
"I would just say to the Packers fans: Just take some deep breaths. Trust this kid. He's a great kid. He cares about it. He's going to be around for a while and they're going to get it fixed," said Rodgers.
Rodgers has been in Love's shoes and knows there will be ups and downs.
"There's going to be growing pains. I had growing pains in my first year starting, my fourth year, just like him. He's going to be just fine. He's a great kid. They've got a young team. They've had some injuries. Aaron Jones has been out the last few weeks -- he's a dynamic player -- Christian [Watson] has been out and just came back this last week."
The Packers started 2-3 in Rodgers' first year as a starter. He had completed 103 of 163 passes for 1,274 yards, nine touchdowns, and four interceptions in the opening five games. Love has gone 90 of 162 for 1,083 yards, eight touchdowns, and six interceptions.
Rodgers had better numbers, but he also had a more experienced receiving corps, including 33-year-old Donald Driver coming off a 1,000-yard season and third-year Greg Jennings, who had 920 yards and 12 touchdowns the year before.
There's definitely a reason for Packers fans to have concerns with Love's performances, but the team will take the entire year to evaluate his play. Maybe, like Rodgers, Love overcomes the up-and-down start and becomes the Packers' long-term QB1.