The Green Bay Packers season started with optimism all over the place, as is the case with most teams going into an NFL Season. That optimism was met with a 5-2 start with a balanced offense, and a defense that appeared to be improving.
Since that time everything that has been possible to go wrong for the Packers, has, and now they sit at 5-6-1 and look to be a long shot to get to the playoffs.
So where have things gone wrong? What changes need to be made?
We will start with the offense
First of all, the biggest loss, by far was the loss of Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers broke his collarbone on the first possession of a Nov. 4 matchup against the Chicago Bears. The Packers would go on to lose that game, and the from that moment forward looked bleak. The Packers have long employed the philosophy and mindset of “next man up” under Mike McCarthy. It has been met with success as they have overcome so many injuries each of the last two seasons, but as I wrote a few weeks ago, next man up does not apply when it is the franchise quarterback. That has definitely been the case in the Packers season. Rodgers went down, and they have not won a game since. They were embarrassed by the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions. Combined with another loss to the New York Giants, and a tie with the Minnesota Vikings, the promising season has now turned sour. The Packers have scored a total of 76 points in the last four games, an average of under 20 points per game. Read more... (1467 words, estimated 5:52 mins reading time)