While the Packers fan base may have it easier than some others, it has still been a rollercoaster ride this previous offseason and the past few years for that matter. The team has a new GM since 2018 in Brian Gutekunst and a new head coach in 2019 in Matt LaFleur. Plus, all the questionable roster moves in between that writers here and users in the comments section often discuss. Meanwhile, the giant elephant in the room — that is the sunset of Aaron Rodgers’ career with the team — lingers.
The Rodgers situation seems to have settled down a bit, and in the process, things are obviously looking much better for the team. Sports Betting Dime has the Packers listed at +1300 to win Super Bowl LVI. This is an improvement compared to when news broke out that Rodgers was reportedly unhappy about playing for the Packers back in May where the team’s odds to win were listed at +2000.
Never a fan of playing in the preseason, Rodgers is not likely to play at all until week 1. In fact, 30 Packer players sat out the first week of preseason against the Houston Texans so it is still a ways off until it’s safe to assume that the performance we saw from the team last year will continue and carry over into the 2021 season.
Rodgers sticking around another season may be enough to convince the oddsmakers, but most Packer fans should be wondering just which Aaron Rodgers we are going to get. It would be foolish to think that no animosity remains between Rodgers and the team brass. Coming off an MVP season, it wouldn’t be fair to hold it against Rodgers if his performance did slip just a bit compared to last year. But, after seeing what Brady did last season, Rodgers’ itch for at least one last NFL championship for hanging it up. Hopefully, we will get to see him do it in green and gold; instead of after he has moved on to another team.
Assuming we get a 100% Aaron Rodgers this season, the odds of a Packers NFL Championship are the highest they have been in recent years. That is not to say it all rests on him if it doesn’t happen, but he obviously does hold a lot of influence over the situation. Not just as a QB, but as a QB that, let’s be honest, is highly intelligent, but also highly emotionally sensitive.