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Green Bay Packers: Oh, how the mighty have fallen!

I did a poll back on Nov. 3 of this season, asking you all what everyone thought the Green Bay Packers’ record would be at the end of the regular season.

Nearly 500 of you participated and below were the results.

How will the Packers finish in the regular season this year? 

12-4 (37%, 177 Votes)

13-3 (34%, 163 Votes)

14-2 (16%, 79 Votes)

11-5 (11%, 53 Votes)

Other (2%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 479

The above polled showed 87 percent of us believed we would finish no worse than 12-4.

My how the mighty have fallen!

Of course the poll was taken the day prior to Aaron Rodgers‘ clavicle injury. At that time, the Green Bay machine was flying under the radar, but was also humming.

The running game with Eddie Lacy was starting to gel nicely with the passing game, and Rodgers was checking in and out of runs at the line of scrimmage with precision.

Since that day of the poll, Green Bay has not won a game, now having lost four of five games, and tied a two win Minnesota Vikings team.

The run defense has been a shambles during this horrendous stretch. One can only draw one conclusion. Aaron Rodgers is the NFL MVP by the truest meaning of the award.

With him we were talking Super Bowl up to the day of his injury, now it’s the toilet bowl without him. A good solid team with him, a confused soft team without him.

It is truly shocking as I had thought we had more talent than apparently we do as a team. The Packers are playing reminiscent of (dare I say) the Lindy Infante kiddie corps who defensively stumbled and bumbled their to mediocrity.

Statistics of other players be damned, Rodgers means more to his team (and coach) more so than any other player in the league. If the award was given to the real meaning of the LETTER’s on the award (MVP), Rodgers would win it running away.

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  • Rick Giovengo

    What the Packers are facing right now is a crisis of leadership. As an Organizational Psychologist I get paid to go into organizations and address performance issues; the Packers have huge performance issues. And getting Aaron Rodgers back only solves one aspect of the overall performance issues. I think now there is no denying that Aaron Rodgers has been caring a team that has slowing been cracking
    at the seams. Performance problems are like an old bridge, the bridge just does not collapse, and there are little things that start to break until the entire bridge falls into the water. Currently the Packers are an old bridge that’s cracking.

    The Packer’s performance problems can be traced back to 2011 and have slowing manifest itself into the total collapse into the water; a situation fans are starting to openly see. The leadership is in complete denial about these performance problems – many organizations suffer from similar issues, the disease of denial. It is difficult as a leader to look inside face things that you just do not want to see. Every word out of MM’s mouth are words of denial. If you keep telling yourself everything is OK, you start to believe it.

    But football is a game of performance and action, not words. The Packers defense has been sub-par for two seasons now (I would actually say three, but to be fair…). The Packer organization must start Facing up to the facts (and stats) for they don’t lie – people lie (or deny), facts and stats do not. The Packer organization is going to have to do some real soul-searching if they are going to be a contender with its
    current leadership. I respect the Packers as a team and as an organization, and their views on loyalty, but
    loyalty with no performance does not win games.

    • Davey Miller

      Two words…Joe Philiban. Perhaps he was a larger part of our success than we realized?