NFL Analyst Calls Aaron Rodgers-Green Bay Packers Feud ‘Unnecessary’ and ‘Unprecedented’

Published 05/07/2021, 11:15 AM EDT
Jan 16, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks to pass in the first quarter during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports


Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are yet to resolve their issues. After years of disappointment in the Playoffs, lack of appreciation, and poor communication, Rodgers wants to leave Green Bay.

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The decision shocked very few people, as the animosity had been building for quite some time. However, one NFL analyst has decreed the entire situation as unnecessary and unprecedented.

NFL analyst Michael Smith was a guest on the Rich Eisen Show. He spoke about the ‘beef’ between Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

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However, he took umbrage with the term ‘beef’, because he doesn’t think this situation merits that word. He compared this situation to the impossible burger because no MVP in the history of the NFL has ever switched teams.

Jan 24, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during the first quarter in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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“We’ve just got to continue to unpack this Aaron Rodgers so-called beef. I mean, Biggie once rapped ‘what’s beef?. This is not beef, this is a turkey burger for me, this is an impossible burger, this is Beyond Meat, which I love…This is unprecedented for a reason, and there’s a reason why no MVP has ever changed teams.”

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Smith added that usually, an MVP earns that award because of his own performances along with the system that is around him. Therefore, if a player wins MVP, one can assume that he is in a good setting and can find success.

This is why this entire situation is ludicrous to him. Given the results on the field, there is little reason for Rodgers to leave, and all of this can be avoided, according to Smith.

“Because typically the situation is good and beneficial for both parties to have been good enough to be MVP. The team doesn’t want to get rid of you and typically you don’t want to leave that situation. So this is the most unnecessary, along with unprecedented, standoff that I can remember.”

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Will Aaron Rodgers end up leaving Green Bay? The situation continues to worsen with each passing day. And neither side is giving in to the other’s demands.

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Given how important Rodgers has been for the Green Bay Packers over the last decade, there is no reason for the Packers to not address his issues. However, that bridge may have already been burnt by the reigning MVP.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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