Will Aaron Rodgers help the Packers land safely? Patrick Hughes graphic

Green Bay Packers: Lost without their shepherd


“Shepherd to lost sheep, you got your ears on?”

If you recognize this phrase you probably lived through the tumultuous time of the 1980s era Green Bay Packers.

You also spent a good number of Friday night’s chuckling at the folly of the happenings in Hazzard County. The common thread between the Green Bay Packers and the Dukes of Hazzard during the late 1970s and early 1980s is the foolhardiness that kept fans both distracted and entertained.

Aaron Rodgers has been missed by the Green Bay Packers.

Aaron Rodgers has been missed by the Green Bay Packers.

In almost every episode of the Dukes of Hazzard there would be a commercial break just as the show’s drama was about to climax. There would often be a freeze frame of the Duke Boy’s 1969 Dodge Charger infamously named the “General Lee” suspended in air over a ravine or some other danger.

Narrator Waylon Jennings would dryly say something to the effect of, “Well can the Duke Boys get themselves out this mess?” The show would go to a commercial break as the audience was waiting in anticipation. When the show resumed the General Lee would safely land squeal the tires on a dirt road and the Duke Boy’s yelling “Yee Haw!” would go on to save the day.

On the eve of Thanksgiving the Green Bay Packers of today have Packers Nation suspended in anticipation much like the heroes of Hazzard County. If Waylon Jennings was narrating the 2013 Packers season, now a season on the brink, he would probably, in his baritone voice deadpan, “Well if the Packers can tackle, be assignment-sure and intercept the ball when it hits them in the hands maybe they can wiggle out this jam.”

I don’t know if Uncle Jesse is the right character for Aaron Rodgers to play but he is most certainly the shepherd of the Green Bay Packers. Without him the sheep are lost. Rodgers is of course the leader of the offense, but his presence, or lack thereof also seems to have an effect on the defense.

Without Rodgers behind center the offense has had difficulty getting in the end zone. The passing game has been erratic. A team that at the beginning of the season had started only three different quarterbacks since 1992 will start four different signal callers since Nov. 4. Not to mention they have yet to record a win during that period.

Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Raymond T. Rivard photograph

What is puzzling is the Packers defense in the first eight weeks seemed to be an asset to the team. They were stopping the run, AJ Hawk was having what appeared to be a career season, and as a unit they were getting the job done. Rodgers goes down week nine and the defense seems to have gone to the sidelines with him.

Thanksgiving morning the Packers lineup against the Lions, or as guard Josh Sitton put it the scumbags. Much like the high drama commercial break of the Dukes of Hazzard, Packers Nation is hoping the Green & Gold can go into Detroit and leave shouting Yee Haw!

Because if they can the shepherd might be back with enough time to lead them into the playoffs.


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