Aaron Rodgers loves that the Jaguars are letting Blake Bortles sit and learn a year
Today when Aaron Rodgers was asked about being a rookie quarterback in the NFL, he supported the Jacksonville Jaguars and Blake Bortles. He quickly defended the decision and said it was the right thing to do. He also said a guy like Jimmy Garoppolo with a few years could be very dominant.
“What they are doing has a lot of merit,” Rodgers told Dan Pompei, writing for SportonEarth.com. “Some of these guys who are going to bad teams are expected to play well right away. It’s hard to do that. I’ve seen a couple guys able to do it. (Ben) Roethlisberger was able to do it. He had a team kind of around him. (Joe) Flacco had some success early but he had a team kind of in place. You go to a place that has some pieces and you can have some success early. But if you go to a team that doesn’t have the pieces … it can really mess with your confidence.”
Rodgers famously sat behind Brett Favre for three seasons after being a first-round pick. Of course, the Packers, coming off a 10-6 season, had the luxury of a franchise stalwart in front of the rookie. Rodgers believes his education behind Favre gave him an opportunity to grow into the NFL.
“You look at a guy like (Jimmy) Garoppolo,” Rodgers said. “He’s in a good spot with the Patriots. If he can wait two, three, four years that will make him more ready to play right away. When you see other quarterbacks who might have to play quickly like (Teddy) Bridgewater potentially in Minnesota and Johnny (Manziel) in Cleveland, who knows if their teams are ready enough to complement their skills?”