Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has spoken out about his decision to sign with the New York Jets, crediting the team’s new offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett as a major factor in his choice.
After the end of the long-awaited trade saga, Aaron finally got traded to Gang Green for the No. 13, No. 42 (second round), and No. 207 (sixth round) picks in the 2023 NFL Draft, marking an end of 18 years tenure with the franchise and the 10-time Pro Bowler arrived at the Jets facility after the trade, draped in franchise gear and aviator sunglasses and received a warm welcome from the Jets owner Woody Johnson and coach Robert Saleh as he walked through the doors at Florham Park.
— Woody Johnson (@woodyjohnson4) April 26, 2023
Aaron Rodgers joined the Jets to reunite with the offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett
The Jets new QB Aaron Rodgers opened up to the media on Wednesday after listing his name on the team’s roster and had high praises for the coach Robert Saleh for his leadership and coaching style.
“They smoked us last year, so I knew they had a good team. We got to practice against them a couple years ago, and I got to know Robert a little bit more. I’ve always loved what he’s all about. We played him in San Fran a few times, mostly they got the best of us. But I liked the way that he was leading, his coaching style,” he stated.
The four-time MVP later credited the Jets offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett as a major reason to consider joining the franchise as the veteran used to share a brotherly bond with him when Hackett was the offensive coordinator in Green Bay.
“A big reason I’m here, I got to mention, is Nathaniel Hackett. Hackett and I became really close friends for three years in Green Bay. I love him like a brother, and I believe in him. I’m really happy to be back working with him again”, Aaron added.
Hackett joined the Denver Broncos last season as the head coach after spending three seasons with the Packers, albeit he failed to prove his leadership as the Broncos recorded the worst performance in the AFC West, leading them to fire him before the season ended and later he joined the Jets in January as an offensive coordinator.
With Hackett and Rodgers now leading the charge, the Jets are poised to make a serious push for the playoffs and potentially even a Super Bowl championship. Fans are eagerly anticipating the start of the upcoming NFL season to see what this new-look Jets team can accomplish.