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It was solely two off-seasons in the past when virtually everybody who follows the NFL appeared skeptical the LaFleur/Rodgers pairing might work.
Right here was Rodgers, then age 35, purportedly previous his prime, surlier than ever, distracted by personal-life relationships, and troublesome to take care of after the membership had simply fired its head coach since 2006, Mike McCarthy, with whom Rodgers more and more clashed. Rodgers had been a winner in solely 10 of his final 23 begins.
And right here was the baby-faced LaFleur, solely 4 years older than Rodgers, in his first head-coaching job anyplace — after mentoring for a lot of the decade below Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay.
The Packers’ dominant low season narrative in 2019 was how within the hell this LaFleur/Rodgers pairing wouldn’t finish in catastrophe.
How might the at all times well mannered, seemingly small-ego LaFleur management and, when required, stand as much as the set-in-his-ways, extremely opinionated, rebellious Rodgers?
How would Rodgers do what he was informed, after routinely ignoring performs despatched in by McCarthy, reportedly for years?
On the primary day of coaching camp in 2019, LaFleur vs. Rodgers was all everybody talked about. But already, as every man tried to precise to the press afterward, the 2 already had been getting alongside reasonably fabulously.
“Him and I are pals,” Rodgers mentioned. “That’s the primary a part of a relationship. Our on-the-field relationship is one which grows over time. He hasn’t known as a play for me in a sport state of affairs but, so there’s a course of, of feeling snug when the play is available in, of him trusting me and me trusting him … He actually appreciates open dialog, concepts and creativity. It’s been an important relationship, an important begin to it.”