Colin Cowherd Drops Honest Assessment on Aaron Rodgers’ New York Jets Move and Green Bay Packers Issue: “It Wasn’t for Money”

Published 01/23/2024, 11:27 PM EST

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NFL expert Colin Cowherd breaks down the reasons behind Aaron Rodgers shifting from his long-time team to the New York Jets last year. After spending 18 seasons with the Gren Bay Packers, A-Rod decided to part ways and join the New York Jets this season. The Super Bowl champion had an illustrious career with the Packs notching 475 TDs with just 105 interceptions.

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The veteran started his journey with his former side in 2005 and became the first-choice QB in 2008. A-Rod never looked back and took his team to a Super Bowl win against the Steelers in 2011. He has played 22 playoff games till now and gained a ton of experience. He had everything with the Packs, so what was the motive behind choosing the Jets?

In his recent show ‘The Herd with Colin Cowherd’, Cowherd addressed the concern, “We know Aaron didn’t leave for fame, he was already famous. We know he wasn’t tired of Green Bay because of money, He was rich.” Cowherd further added, “He wasn’t going to New York for power either. It wasn’t power, it wasn’t for money, it wasn’t for fame.

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He then shed light on the real reason behind A-Rod’s unhappiness in Green Bay, “He viewed Green Bay at some level often passively, aggressively taking shots at the front office.” The media personality soon commented about his perspective on how Rodgers potentially looked at Green Bay, “He (Rodgers) viewed these guys didn’t quite get me, they’re a little bit of an obstacle.”

Cowherd came again to this point later on in the conversation, commenting “He (A-Rod) viewed Green Bay as a bit of an obstacle to his success.” However, right after some discussion surrounding the current situation of the Packers, he concluded in contradiction, “He was the obstacle.” He recalled a statement by A-Rod’s coach, “Aaron is out of successful plays, more of a jazz musician going to his own beat.” This viewpoint was initiated from a conversation surrounding Jordan Love and his contribution to the side.

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Cowherd noted that 65% of the teams win if they score first and said, “They (Packs) became the best first quarter team in the league since week 9.” He admired Love for his 1 quarter performance: a rating of 108 and no picks during that phase of the game. After that, he stated A-Rod’s last year 1 quarter rating, “20 points lower at 88, three 1 quarter picks.”

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Cowherd chose Love over A-Rod as a starting QB due to the performance he displayed this season, “Jordan Love was significantly better first quarter quarterback this year than Aaron Rodgers, the Hall of Famer was last year.” He solidified his stance with the use of stats, remarking, “The Packers had only four turnovers in the entire first half, the scripted half, lowest in the league and that’s a first-year starting quarterback and the youngest roster in the NFL.”

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He further compared this situation again to A-Rod, who had 13 turnovers last year. He applauded Green Bay for becoming the best first-quarter team and churning out great playoff performance even without Rodgers this year. He further admired Love for his abilities as a player and a mentee, highlighting “Allowing himself to be coached, allowing himself to be guided, Jordan Love did not view Matt LaFleur as an obstacle but as an assistant to his success.”

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Do you agree with Cowherd’s take on the A-Rod shift? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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