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ARLINGTON, Texas — All the people who keep waiting for Aaron Rodgers to look like his old self need to relax. There’s still plenty of time for the Pro Bowl quarterback to find his rhythm in the offense of first-year head coach Matt LaFleur. In fact, it’s starting to look like folks should pay more attention to what’s happening around the star signal-caller. He suddenly has the type of supporting cast that makes the Packers’ future seem so much brighter.
Everybody knew the Green Bay defense was vastly improved before the Packers’ 34-24 win over Dallas on Sunday. We then learned that the Packers’ backfield has some legitimate juice as well, as running back Aaron Jones ran for 107 yards and four touchdowns against the Cowboys, while adding another 75 receiving yards on seven receptions. However, the real revelation in Dallas was a simple comment Rodgers gave to a question about the success Green Bay has enjoyed after improving to 4-1. To put it simply, he’s got the kind of help around him that he’s long wanted.
“We’re just a more connected team this year,” Rodgers said. “We enjoy each other more. We like each other a little more. We hang out with each other. The locker room is a raucous environment, whether it’s on a Monday or right after a big win. I think guys really play for each other and we have that chemistry — maybe because of the leadership that we have — that we’ve been lacking the last couple of years.”
That last sentence may be taken as a dig at former Packers coach Mike McCarthy. It could just be an attempt to give LaFleur a little love, as Rodgers knows full well how much scrutiny has hovered around the relationship with his new head coach. The reality is that i
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