Aaron Rodgers silently sat on the Packers bench within the waning seconds of one other NFC Championship Sport loss trying like a person in the hunt for solutions. If he was searching for the individuals who run the Packers, he ought to search elsewhere. They’ve achieved nothing however fail him time after time, particularly this 12 months.
Through the offseason, Packers normal supervisor Brian Gutekunst made the indefensible determination to draft quarterback Jordan Love within the first spherical, which upset Rodgers. Gutekunst may have picked a large receiver like Tee Higgins or Chase Claypool, who would have helped immensely within the Packers’ 31-26 loss to the Bucs. As a substitute he went with a mission quarterback who hasn’t impressed anyone.
You understand who may testify to first-round picks being useful? Bucs quarterback Tom Brady, who benefited significantly from Tampa Bay deciding on beginning proper deal with Tristan Wirfs within the first spherical of the 2020 draft. Wirfs allowed one sack on the season and was referred to as for less than three penalties. He paved the best way on Leonard Fournette’s 20-yard landing that gave the Bucs a 14-7 lead within the first half in opposition to the Packers on Sunday.
On the finish of the season, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur made the indefensible determination to kick a subject objective on fourth down and objective from Tampa Bay’s eight-yard line with 2:05 left within the NFC Championship Sport. The Packers trailed by eight and as a substitute of trusting Rodgers to try to rating a landing, he went for 3 and kicked the ball again to Brady. The Packers by no means received the ball again after that.
LaFleur can say he had religion in his protection to get a cease, but when that is the case then go for it fourth down and belief your protection to get the cease with the Bucs backed up in opposition to their very own finish zone.
These confounding determination by coaches and entrance workplace members are nothing new to Rodgers. The Packers have not drafted a large receiver within the first or second spherical since 2014 and have by no means secured an in-season commerce that helped Rodgers get again to his second Tremendous Bowl. Even this 12 months, after disrespecting Rodgers by selecting Love, they opted in opposition to buying and selling for a large receiver regardless of that being their greatest weak spot on offense behind Davante Adams.
As for the teaching, Mike McCarthy was no much less confounding than LaFleur. He was a horrible clock supervisor and received far too conservative when the Packers had leads. The obvious instance of that was within the 2014 NFC Championship when the Packers constructed a 12-point lead early within the fourth after which had two three-and-outs as they tried to expire the clock. With simply greater than two minutes to go, they gave up two touchdowns 44 seconds aside and misplaced to the Seahawks 28-22 in additional time.
Aaron Rodgers has achieved rather a lot with just a little in his time in Inexperienced Bay. Sadly, he hasn’t gotten a lot assist alongside the best way. Now 37, you surprise what number of extra possibilities he’ll get to win a second Tremendous Bowl. Even when he does get extra, one wonders if the teaching and participant personnel might be sufficient to recover from the hump. Historical past suggests the reply is not any. That is on Inexperienced Bay.