Brian Gutekunst Will Listen To Aaron Rodgers
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is supposedly dissatisfied with his lack of input into the front office’s decisions. Specifically, we know Rodgers wasn’t terribly comfortable with the decision to let quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt leave. Nor was he comfortable with GM Brian Gutekunst’s decision to cut receiver Jordy Nelson.
Gutekunst spoke to the media on Monday, which, much to his credit, is something former general manager Ted Thompson rarely did.
During that session, Gutekunst addressed the Rodgers’ issue, in essentially saying he hasn’t addressed it.
“To be honest with you, I’ve been kind of all consumed with the draft thing, so I haven’t had really hardly any discussions with any of our players since we’ve kind of started,” Gutekunst said, via video posted by packersnews.com. “I welcome them. As far as [Rodgers], I’ve certainly have seen what’s been reported. Nobody’s voiced any frustrations to me or anything like that. I’m always one to listen to any of our coaches, players or scouts. Ultimately, at the end of the day, it’s my job to focus on the task at hand, which is make decisions for the Green Bay Packers on our roster. But I’ve always felt I was a good listener. I’ve listened a lot the last couple of weeks and I’ll continue to do so.”
I wouldn’t say we expected otherwise and even though the Packers have roster holes that they may not be able to fix, we are overall impressed with what Gutekunst has done, thus far. Primarily, the fact that he actually delved into free agency is an upgrade over Thompson. The fact that he’s forthcoming about anything is an upgrade over Thompson.
Will he, should he talk to Rodgers to see if there’s any concern? Even though Rodgers has echoed the refrain that players play, coaches coach and yada, yada, yada… Elaine. That answer has to be yes. You only have a franchise player like this if you’re lucky. While he shouldn’t be in the personnel business, he should be content.
So at some point, Gutekunst should have a conversation with the guy. There’s plenty of offseason left for that to happen, though.