Things have changed significantly since Clay Matthews last played for the Green Bay Packers.
Matthews' entire Packers career came during the Aaron Rodgers era. Those Packers teams were consistently in contention, in large part due to the play of them both.
Rodgers was the most important player for the Packers, but Matthews was a close second often in his career, and certainly the MVP of the defense for many years.
Matthews played a vital role in the Packers' most recent Super Bowl victory in the 2010 season.
After leaving Green Bay in 2019, he spent one season with the Los Angeles Rams before stepping away from football. He is a Packers legend and one of the team's all-time great pass rushers.
Matthews was asked about what has been a fascinating offseason in Green Bay.
Clay Matthews gives his take on Jordan Love, Aaron Rodgers departure
Matthews was asked about his former team in a recent interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio.
With Jordan Love replacing an all-time great at quarterback, the million-dollar question is how well this Packers team will play in 2023.
"I'm kind of on a wait-and-see approach, and I know Packers fans have had it so good, especially from the transition from Favre to Rodgers," said Matthews. "So now I'm assuming many are probably thinking it's just going to be hunky-dory for the next 15+ years, but I'm kind of on a wait-and-see approach."
It sure would be incredible if Love became the third straight Hall-of-Fame quarterback in Green Bay.
Love followed a similar path to Rodgers. The Packers selected him in the first round despite having an MVP quarterback on the roster, just as when they drafted Rodgers. Also like Rodgers, Love had to wait three seasons as a backup before finally getting his opportunity.
Rodgers' time in Green Bay ended with a trade to the New York Jets, just as it did for Brett Favre.
Matthews said he is "excited" for Rodgers.
"I have to say, after my 10 years when I wasn't re-signed in Green Bay, I went to LA and it's a breath of fresh air. You go somewhere new. It's a little uncomfortable. You have to prove yourself again," said Matthews.
"Ultimately, I'm pulling for him. I'm pulling for the Packers. But I'm on a wait-and-see approach to see how they do."
Matthews is a franchise legend. Despite finishing his career with the Rams, he will forever be a Packer. He helped bring a Lombardi Trophy to Green Bay and had a Hall-of-Fame career.
It's great to hear him speak so positively about the Packers and Rodgers ahead of the 2023 season.