Why this year is not the beginning of the end for Green Bay

The idea that the long-sustained success that the Green Bay Packers have experienced is over with all of the ongoing stressors is a short-sighted outlook that cannot happen from the team’s fan base. Aaron Rodgers has returned (albeit after a power struggle this offseason), Davante Adams looks to be open to remaining with the Packers (provided he received a new deal to reset the market), and the current roster is one of the league’s best – all of these elements work in the favor of them remaining a Super Bowl contender, regardless of what all happens off of the field.

Ever since they selected Rodgers with the 24th selection in the 2005 NFL Draft, Green Bay has been preparing for the future after Brett Favre, something that they chose to address again when they selected Jordan Love in the 2020 draft with the 26th selection. Whether that selection was what upset Rodgers, or the fact that they passed on WR talent, or that he was not told they were selecting a QB early, the fact remains that something that recently transpired caused this power struggle between Rodgers and the front office, leading to a very precarious offseason of ‘will he, won’t he’ scenarios.

With the recent restructuring of Rodgers’ deal to eliminate the final year of his contract (making the 2022 season the final season on his current contract), the writing certainly is being added to the wall as each day goes by, showing just how close the end of his time as this team’s starting QB is. But feeling as though this team lives and dies on the right arm of the former Cal Bear is unfair to the rest of this roster, even when it consistently seems as though it is Rodgers keeping this team in every game.

Outside of Adams, having core pieces like David Bakhtiari, Elgton Jenkins, Aaron Jones, and others on this offense will continue to help it be one of the league’s strongest, surrounding Love with the right targets and right players to help him succeed. Things will not come easy for the rookie, but taking a trip back in time will help you remember that the first season-plus for Rodgers taking the reins certainly was no walk in the park either.

Defensively, this team relies on their star cornerback Jaire Alexander, who will be needing a new contract as well after this upcoming season. Ranking as one of the league’s best perimeter defenders, the former Louisville product loves shutting down star wideouts on a weekly basis, and his preparation in facing Adams every day in practice helps show why he has come so far.

Rashan Gary, Darnell Savage, Eric Stokes, and more are pillars on this defense moving forward, as well as veterans like the Smith Brothers (Preston & Za’Darius) and Adrian Amos. It’s this kind of leadership and seasoning that this team relies on, and they have it in all the right places.

Just because of the uncertainty of Rodgers and his status on this team, does not mean that the Packers are dead in the water and will be a bottom-feeder for the next 10-plus seasons until they find their next star QB. As far as we all know, Love could be that guy, and we already have him on this team and preparing for his time, something that certainly helps in his acclimation from inactive to starter.

Enjoying the 2021 season is what this fanbase needs to do, especially after the rocky offseason that it had. Being on the doorstep of two consecutive Super Bowl appearances, just to fall short both times, leaves a bad taste in our mouths, and rightfully so – but souring on the future prospects of what this team can put out on the gridiron every Sunday means that this team is reliant on one player to do everything when it takes every single player to taste success.

Sit back and enjoy the product this team is going to put out on the field this year, cause that high level of performance and expectations should and need to continue, even when the changing of the QB guard finally does happen.

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Mike Johrendt has been an avid fan of the Packers ever since he can remember. He is now a writer at PackersTalk and you can follow him on Twitter at @MJohrendt23

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