The Final Act:
The Green Bay Packers season will mercifully be coming to an end this Sunday in Detroit. The team has been constantly hexed with bad, Packer luck, from the beginning of the season until now. Injuries, poor chemistry on offense and defense, and poor play have all been contributing factors to the downfall of the Packers season.
To the untrained eye, this season got away from the Packers when Aaron Rodgers injured his collarbone after a 4-1 start to their season. In reality, this season got away from the Packers three seasons ago in Seattle, after the Packers historically squandered a trip to the Super Bowl. From the time of the collapse in Seattle onward, the Packers have done very little to improve their team and make the appropriate changes within the organization that are necessary to move on from such a catastrophic loss such as that one.
Instead of making wholesale changes after the collapse in Seattle, the Packers decided to stay the course with the same nucleus of players and coaches, which is an understandable and rational move to make. However, the problem that remains is, in the time that has passed from the collapse in Seattle until week 17 in the 2017 season, the Green Bay Packers have not improved their team. (We complain about the same Packer Problems every week) This offseason, the Packers tried to improve their team, but they ended up striking out on their most notable addition, Martellus Bennett, and have not yet found a long-term replacement for TJ Lang. (Jahri Evans is an older player on a 1 year deal)
With each passing year, the Packers move farther and farther away from being a Super Bowl contender. Year after year we see Ted Thompson spend money like it is coming out of his own pocket, letting player after player walk away in free agency only to see them have success with other organizations (Julius Peppers, Micah Hyde, Casey Heyward, TJ Lang and others).
Unfortunately, it took Aaron Rodgers broken collarbone to expose all of the weaknesses on the Packers roster, as well as in the Packers coaching staff and management. It is clear that last season’s magical ride to the NFC Championship game along with most of the other successes the Packers have seen in recent years, is solely because of Aaron Rodgers.
When these deficiencies have continually mounted throughout the three years since the NFC Championship game collapse in Seattle and yearly improvements are almost nonexistent it is fair to say that a reconstruction of the roster, and an overhaul of the coaching staff and front office is in order.
Reasons for Changing the Culture in Green Bay:
It is truly hard for me to call for Mike McCarthy’s job because he has had such a successful tenure in Green Bay but I feel that his message along with the organizational message to the players is just getting old, stale, and has become ineffective.
Ted Thompson has also seen a largely successful tenure in a small market, where it is imperative to build a Superbowl winning team through the draft. However, his last few seasons have seen him spend his limited resources on free agents that have not worked out and has seen him produce only a limited amount of successful home-grown Packers.
The Packers defense has talented players on the roster but is NOT a talented unit. This shows that there is an apparent disconnect between the players and the philosophy, approach, instruction, and communication. There are too many inconsistencies with the pass rush and the secondary, and as a result, the defensive scheme is always compromised.
How many more seasons will it take of losing playoff games in January or seeing incomplete and deficient 53 man rosters to call for a change to be made in Green Bay
Is a Call for Change in Green Bay in Order? Yes, it is time to overhaul the roster, coaching staff, and management.——————
David Michalski is a recent college graduate from Princeton New Jersey who has been a life long Green Bay Packers fan. Like the great Vince Lombardi, he values God, family, and the Green Bay Packers in that order. You can follow him on twitter at @kilbas27dave