"With a franchise quarterback and a guy as good as Aaron -- you don't treat all the players the same," Holmgren said. "You have a line that no one crosses, but I would call him in and say, 'Look, we're going to do this. This is how it's going to affect you.'"
"'We've got to get ready for when you retire. We've got to kind of think of the franchise. But, nothing's going to happen now. You're the man. You're the guy.'"
Holmgren says he believes that would have resolved issues ... and even if it didn't, he says he would've found other ways to fix it.
Of course, Mike acknowledges back in his day he never really had to have conversations like these -- saying when he was with San Francisco, they never told Joe Montana about bringing in Steve Young.
Holmgren, though, explained, "It's a different world now. It's a different world."
For their part, the Packers say they're confident the issues with Rodgers will be fixed in time for the 2021 season ... with GM Brian Gutekunst saying just days ago, "I do think he'll play for us again."