Matt LaFleur on coping with stress over Aaron Rodgers’ holdout: ‘I drank a lot of wine’


After months of hostility, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers appear to have finally put away their swords, reuniting for what many expect to be the 37-year-old’s final season in cheese country. Things may be going smoothly now with Rodgers back at Packers training camp, but boy was it a bumpy road to get here. Speaking with reporters Wednesday, coach Matt LaFleur said he didn’t lose any sleep over the Rodgers saga—mostly because of how much wine he drank.

Finding liquid relief in a bottle of red or a chilled glass of Sauvignon blanc is one way to cope with your franchise quarterback going AWOL all offseason. Luckily for both LaFleur’s liver and wellbeing, Rodgers ended his holdout Tuesday when he arrived at camp donning a t-shirt featuring Dundler Mifflin accountant and chili enthusiast Kevin Malone from The Office, a show the reigning NFL MVP once cameoed on.

Though LaFleur’s decision to kick a field goal with the Packers trailing by a touchdown late in January’s conference championship loss to Tampa Bay was widely criticized, many could relate to his liberal alcohol consumption amid the most stressful offseason of his career.

In other Green Bay news, Wednesday the Packers announced the return of veteran slot receiver Randall Cobb, who the team acquired in a trade with Houston. Cobb, who spent his first eight seasons as a Packer, corralled 38 passes for 441 yards and three touchdowns on 48 targets last year. A toe injury cost him the final six games of 2020.

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