Competitive fire has Aaron Rodgers back for Year 17


General Manager Brian Gutekunst and Head Coach Matt LaFleur both expressed their excitement about Rodgers’ return when addressing the media prior to Wednesday’s practice.

After prepping Love in the No. 1 spot during the offseason program, LaFleur said he, offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy have been busy getting Rodgers up to speed on some of the playbook changes.

LaFleur, in a joking tone, said he endured a few restless nights wondering whether Rodgers would return for a 17th season in Green Bay but the ultimate goal of a championship quickly came back into focus after Rodgers’ return to the building.

“I think you’re always prepared for the possibilities and you’re always planning and thinking about either scenario because we were, quite frankly, very unsure,” LaFleur said. “You have to have plans for whatever would happen and I’m just really happy that he’s back in the building, he’s part of this football team because with him we feel like the sky’s the limit.”

Now back in Green Bay, Rodgers said he’s enjoyed reconnecting with teammates, trainers and the equipment staff this week, and was emphatic in saying he’s “all-in” on helping the 2021 Packers win a Super Bowl.

“I love my teammates. I love the city. I love my coaches,” Rodgers said. “It is a lot of fun to be back here, and like I said, I’m competitive and I realize the type of team that’s in place here. It’s a team that has a lot of talent on it. It’s been close the last couple years, so I’m definitely excited about this season.”