The biggest shock of the 2020 NFL Draft came when the Green Bay Packers not only traded up, but did so to select Utah State quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The decision was a startling one considering the team’s current quarterback is Aaron Rodgers and is amongst the league’s best.
Green Bay, who was coming off an NFC Championship Game berth were expected to heavily go offense in the draft, specifically addressing the WR position in hopes of getting over the hurdle in the remaining years of Rodgers’ career.
But that wasn’t the case and the team instead opted to start preparation for life after Rodgers and according to Bob McGinn of The Athletic, the move to draft Love was Packers HC Matt LaFleur’s “power move” who was growing tired of Rodgers’ act.
Per the report:
“Public niceties aside, my sense is Lafleur, fresh from a terrific 13-3 baptismal season, simply had enough of Rodgers’ act and wanted to change the narrative. With a first-round talent on the roster, the Packers would gain leverage with their imperial quarterback and his passive-aggressive style,” the report read. “If the Packers do indeed want to become a running team next season, they surely wouldn’t want Rodgers rocking the boat and becoming even more difficult to coach.”
Rodgers is entering his 15th season in the NFL and is coming off a season where he threw for 4,002 yards and 26 touchdowns, while throwing just four interceptions in 2019.
LaFleur is entering his second season as the team’s head coach.