You might not have known, but the Green Bay Packers’ new head coach Matt LeFleur has never watched an Aaron Rodgers interview.
Even though Rodgers had been accused of disrespecting Las Vegas in an interview he gave to the New York Times in April, he now apologises – and last night Rodgers allowed LeFleur to watch the entire session – something he has also done since agreeing to return to his hometown team.
LeFleur was reportedly close to hiring Rodgers before being persuaded to take the Green Bay head coach job.
But when LeFleur watched the interview, he was left staggered by what he found.
“I really didn’t see anything,” LeFleur said in a media briefing on Monday.
“I had a screening [screening] at some point yesterday morning. I hadn’t seen it until I got here and walked into the meeting room and the other coaches and I were all kinda standing around talking and getting a feel and going through various things.
“I mean, you had to pull some hairs out and all that stuff. [Rodgers] actually did a really good job. There was a lot that was factually accurate and he talked very candidly. But at the same time he also had a lot of opinions that I would have liked to have heard a little bit more. I would have liked to have maybe heard what he thought about the defensive side of the ball in particular as well.”
The Packers quarterback admits he could have handled his response to the interview better, but he was adamant he wanted to lead the team into the Super Bowl once again, and was desperate to leave nothing to chance.
It’s a shame that LeFleur will not have the chance to watch another interview in future. Even if he did have a ready made video of his interview with Rodgers, some potential early signs of discontent could have been masked – like Rodgers’ agreement to watch the interview.