“Rodgers Wasn’t Playing Like this Under Mike McCarthy”- Analyst Singles Out Packers Coach For Special Praise

Published 09/22/2020, 1:09 PM EDT
Sep 20, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) talks with head coach Matt LaFleur during the third quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


After two weeks of the 2020 NFL season, the Green Bay Packers find themselves on a 2-0 run. The Packers started their campaign with a statement 43-34 win over their NFC North rivals, Minnesota Vikings. This weekend, they outplayed another NFC North team in the form of the Matthew Stafford-led Detroit Lions by a 42-21 scoreline.

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Aaron Rodgers was the star in Week One, throwing for 364 yards and completing four passing TDs. Week Two saw running back Aaron Jones grabbing headlines for his stunning display at the Lambeau Field.

The third-year RB rushed for 168 yards and had two rushing TDs on 18 carries. He also led the stats in receiving yards for the Packers with 68 and one receiving TD on four receptions.

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But there’s one man who has not been given the recognition he deserves for these displays. It’s Green Bay’s Head Coach, Matt LaFleur.

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On the latest installment of GMFB, host Peter Schrager raved on about the significant rise of the Packers over the course of the last couple of years. He pointed out that one of the most underrated aspects of their return to dominance was the youthful headman, Matt LaFleur.

“Can I say something, quietly, in a whisper? Because the football mafia might come after me and say I’m not allowed to give him credit. Matt LaFleur is a pretty good coach. Matt LaFleur is 16-4 as an NFL Head Coach and he is 8-0 in the NFC North…

“He’s got Aaron Rodgers, but guess what Rodgers wasn’t playing like this under Mike McCarthy,” Schrager said on the show.

Sep 20, 2020; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers running back Aaron Jones celebrate following an early third quarter touchdown against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, September 20, 2020, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Mandatory Credit: William Glasheen/Appleton Post-Crescsent-USA TODAY NETWORK

LaFleur is only in his second full season as Head Coach in the league and still remains undefeated in the NFC North. Matt has worked hard to transform the Packers into one of the most ‘complete’ teams in the NFL.

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Of course, having a prodigious quarterback in the form of Aaron Rodgers certainly serves as a bonus.

The Wisconsin-based franchise are slated to go toe to toe against the reigning NFC South Champions, New Orleans Saints, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in Week Three.

Following that, they host the hurting Atlanta Falcons at the Lambeau Field a week later. If they maintain their unbeaten streak, the Packers will confirm their spot in the Playoffs by Week Ten of the 2020 NFL season.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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