Matt LaFleur on Aaron Rodgers wanting to simplify offense: 'I don't know what that means'

It doesn't seem that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and head coach Matt LaFleur are on the same page right now.

After Sunday's 27-10 drubbing at the hands of the New York Jets, Rodgers was asked what the flailing Packers offense needs to get better. His answer? Simplify everything.

LaFleur didn't appear to agree when he was asked about Rodgers wanting to simplify the offense on Monday.

"I don't know what that means. We talked about it. Any time there's a lack of execution... to me, it's about digging at the details of what we're doing. Because I think you could see that, and it falls on everybody. Certainly, again it always starts with us as coaches, trying to do a better job of getting guys to understand all the little intricacies, because I think that's really what separates a lot of plays in this league. It really doesn't matter what we do schematically. If we don't block better, it's hard to do anything. And I think that was really the No. 1 issue yesterday."

LaFleur and Rodgers aren't that far apart, honestly. The simple mistakes Rodgers is talking about are execution mistakes. The difference is that LaFleur wants to "dig" into those mistakes and fix them. Rodgers appears to want to reduce the degree of difficulty so no mistakes are made. Those are definitely two different ways of fixing this problem. One assumes that the players on the team have the ability to fix their mistakes, and the other assumes they don't have the ability to do that.

We have no idea if Rodgers was really saying that the Packers offense is not talented enough to execute LaFleur's offense, but we do know this: Rodgers believes he's played a relatively small role in the consistent crumbling of the offense. He said on Sunday that he needed to raise his level just a "tick" for Green Bay to win the last few games.

We'll have to wait until next week — the Packers, 3-3, face the 2-4 Commanders — to see if Rodgers can turn it on like he used to. If he can, Green Bay should start winning immediately, since Rodgers apparently thinks that little "tick" is what the Packers need to find success.

Sep 18, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur talks with quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) in between quarters against the Chicago Bears during their football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
Packers head coach Matt LaFleur and quarterback Aaron Rodgers have two very different ways of fixing the team's offensive issues. (Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)