They are known as 'America’s team', which is ironic considering everyone who doesn’t support them hates them! But what does the upcoming season look…
The first question is: will Aaron Rodgers be back?
The Packers are trying everything, at least from a coaching standpoint, to improve the team by hiring former Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia as a special team coordinator as well as Rodgers’s favourite quarterback coach, Tom Clements.
Considering that coach Clements was retired, it doesn’t look like he came out of retirement to coach Jordan Love. I think he will be back for a couple more seasons, but as all we know, Rodgers can be unpredictable in times.
But what is predictable is his shortcomings in the playoffs. We saw this especially last year, when he had a very good defence to support him and also had the advantage – “the colder the better” as per his own words – of playing at home.
And why do we have this kind of shortcoming lately?
As a Green Bay fan who’s watched the vast majority of Packers games for the last seven or eight years, I can say there is a trend that arises seemingly every year but particularly in the last seasons, and that is a lack of patience from Rodgers. Yes, he might have impressive numbers and incredible throws, but what do they count for if the offence is not progressing with almost every throw or after one or two unproductive drives, if he starts to throw the ball away, if he tries to find Davante Adams even when he has double coverage – like the last playoff game. he’s creating a bit of a stressful environment.
…tough one to watch back. Rodgers will be sick with himself when he sees it on the film. Ugh. pic.twitter.com/caI79hZIbV
— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) January 23, 2022
It gives me the impression that he wants to win the game with ten or 15 throws, score on every drive and get out of the field. Which quarterback doesn’t want that?
But in a team sport and especially in American football you have to spend time on the field as the offence so you can give a breather to the defence. If the defence play major minutes, they will end up giving up points, with good examples being the Ravens and Browns games, in which they let both teams back into the game.
It seems that a pattern has been created that they might get away with during the regular season but that is fatal in the playoffs. Of course part of the blame lies with coach Matt LaFleur, who doesn’t want to run the ball and supports this type of hero ball even when it is obvious that it’s not working.
Hopefully with the return of coach Clements this habit will be improved and Rodgers will help the team win another Super Bowl, because that’s the only thing that matters. Individual awards and beating your main rivals – owning the Bears – is great, but when you play at Green Bay you should have only one goal: winning titles.