It sounds like there might be some drama in the Green Bay Packers‘ organization and unsurprisingly it involves quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler pointed out this week that some folks in Green Bay aren’t happy with the narrative that the Packers’ young wide receivers are to blame for the team’s offensive struggles this season.
They don’t like that narrative in part because of Rodgers’ decision to skip OTAs. From ESPN: THAT SOME OF THE YOUNG WIDE RECEIVERS HAVE BEEN PAINTED AS SCAPEGOATS FOR THE PACKERS’ PROBLEMS, DESPITE AARON RODGERS‘ ABSENCE DURING OTAS, WHICH ISN’T SITTING WELL WITH SOME THERE. THAT THERE’S FRUSTRATION OVER THE DEFENSE, PARTICULARLY ON THE BACK END, WHERE COMMUNICATION AND GAME PLAN ISSUES HAVE PERSISTED.
You never know how much truth there really is to these reports. But this one isn’t exactly surprising.
Rodgers knew he was going to have a mostly new supporting cast this season. But he chose not to get in as much time as possible with his young wide receivers.
I get that Rodgers is a veteran and a future Hall of Famer. But football is football and the game doesn’t care if you’re a future Hall of Famer — it can humble anyone.
And it certainly seems like Rodgers has been humbled this season. If the Packers are going to salvage the season — and there’s still some slight hope that they can — then everyone has to quit pointing figures.
Instead, they need to find solutions. And that starts with Rodgers. Green Bay didn’t give Rodgers the best roster possible for the team to have success. I think most folks agree there. But at the same time, Rodgers didn’t do his part to make the most of the roster the Packers have.
There’s plenty of blame to go around. But all that matters now is fixing it.