Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers took a not-so-subtle shot at Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur.
If you thought the Aaron Rodgers drama was dying down, it most definitely is not.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback is AWOL at minicamp, the first move in what appears to be a very long standoff, but the wounds are deeper than just recent events. Rodgers demanding a trade on the first night of the NFL Draft is the culmination of a decade in Green Bay that he feels was wasted by people who don’t know how to make the right decision.
That was personified — and amplified — in the NFC Championship Game when Packers head coach Matt LaFleur elected not to go for what would have likely been a game-winning touchdown on fourth down with just minutes left in the game.
Green Bay kicked a field goal and gave the ball back to Tom Brady and the Buccaneers who simply ran out the clock as they punched their ticket to Super Bowl 55.
The decision was seen as a final straw in the tumultuous Packers-Rodgers relationship, the latest in a long line of bad decisions outside of his control that has held the future Hall of Fame quarterback from attaining more glory.
Five months later, Rodgers is still so bitter about it that he’s willing to accept being trolled by Brady in order to take a shot at his head coach and organization.
Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady take a shot at Matt LaFleur
In a trash-talking interview that doubled as a commercial for the upcoming golfing match between Brady, Rodgers, Phil Mickelson, and Bryson Dechambeau, Brady used talk of the Fairway to troll Rodgers for not going for it on fourth-down in the NFC Championship Game.
“I do think you have a partner that would probably have liked to go for it a little more often than he has in the past,” Brady said. “I’m glad you’re encouraging him to go for it when it’s on the line.”
Rodgers, without missing a beat, caught the hot potato of a troll and fired it in the direction of Matt LaFluer.
“I usually don’t get the option,” Rodgers said, knowing exactly what he was doing.
The pettiness Rodgers has is so effortless that you can’t help but respect it a little bit.
If you listen closely, it also sounds like another victory lap by Brady around those he left in New England.
“I know the pain,” Brady says in response to Rodgers.
This could simply be knowing the pain of falling a game short of the Super Bowl berth. But Brady rarely fell short as often as Rodgers has, and it’s been no secret that the rigors of The Patriot Way is being cast in a different light now that Brady experienced instant success outside of it.
Rodgers is attempting to do what Brady was able to do a year ago, albeit in a far more gory way. The Patriots elected to let Brady walk in free agency, a decision that led to him signing with the Buccaneers and winning a Super Bowl. Rodgers is trying to force his way to a new team to try and replicate the success Brady had and to stick it to everyone in Green Bay he clearly has great disdain for.