It’s not all on Rodgers

It’s easy to criticize him for the drama he’s caused the last few off-seasons in Green Bay.

And the Packers are reportedly disgusted with it.

But honestly, Aaron Rodgers should probably be disgusted with them as well.

That organization has done plenty to waste some of his best years.

Two years ago, Rodgers led the Packers to NFL’s best record with 13 wins. Rodgers completed 68.9 percent of his passes for 4,115 yards with 37 touchdowns and a 111.9 passer rating. He had just four picks.

Yet, they lost to San Francisco in the playoffs due to a horrendous performance by their special teams, which were bad all year, and the head coach did nothing to fix it. Before that season, they fired the special teams coach after the unit struggled in 2020, but promoted the assistant special teams coach to replace him. Who fires a guy who heads a bad unit, and promotes his assistant to replace him? The replacement lasted one year and was the overlord of the 2021 special team’s disaster that led to their early playoff exit.

This past season, with a 39-year-old QB, coming off an MVP season, they trade Davante Adams, and go with a young receiving corps with two raw draft picks – Romeo Doubs and Christian Watson – in major roles.

If you have an older franchise QB, and you want to take advantage of him late in his career, why would you go so young at receiver in such a pivotal year?

You can go back over the years and see plenty of things Rodgers should be pissed at.

Like the former GM, the late Ted Thompson, being philosophically against spending big money in free agency. That led to some wasted years.

The discontent cuts both ways, and rightfully so.


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