Why is it different this time?

It sure seems like 2008 all over again at 1265 Lombardi Ave. The Packers are coming off another playoff disappointment with a future Hall of Fame quarterback who looked dialed out the whole game. In 2008 the Packers made it clear that they no longer cared if Brett Favre came back and gently nudged him into retirement. Favre did retire and the Packers moved on to Aaron Rodgers. Now the shoe is on the other foot.

Rodgers’ play against the San Francisco 49ers was an embarrassment for the now four time MVP. When you need an MVP to be MVP, Rodgers has not fit the bill. He had chance after chance to put the game away against the 49ers but his conservative, stat building style once again got in the way. Favre threw a ton of interceptions but his team was pretty much in the hunt for the Super Bowl every year, just like it is with Rodgers. It would have been cool to have in-game betting back then. Favre’s odds to throw a touchdown or interception would probably be pretty close. Learn more about Sports Interaction sportsbooks and how you can bet during games.

Packers all in this time

One difference is by 2008 Rodgers had already sat behind Favre for three seasons. Present day Jordan Love has only two years under his belt and one was the COVID year that really hindered his development. Maybe the Packers think Love is not the answer or he needs another year of tutelage behind Rodgers. One would assume Love would be the man should Rodgers retire, but it’s not set in stone.

It is clear the Packers brass is going all in to get Rodgers to come back for one more year at least. Bringing former mentor Tom Clements back assuredly means Rodgers will follow. I can’t see any reason why Clements would come out of retirement except to work with Rodgers. I’m sure it hurt Rodgers to lose Nathaniel Hackett and Luke Getsy. But promoting Adam Stenavich to offensive coordinator I would think came with his approval.

It looks like the Packers are still sold on Rodgers being the best bet to get another Super Bowl win. Right or wrong, it’s status quo in Green Bay.

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