For the third consecutive year, the Green Bay Packers failed to reach the NFC title game. With an elite quarterback like Aaron Rodgers at the helm, those results are unacceptable. He can make an average franchise look great.
With arguably the greatest player in the game, the Packers should be a “championship or bust” team. Lately, it doesn’t seem like they are.
Three reoccurring issues have prevented them from making the NFC title game.
3) Pass Protection – The Packers have struggled to protect the franchise in the last three years. He has been sacked an average of 2.7 times per game since they won the Super Bowl in 2010. If he could sit in the pocket for five seconds like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, imagine how unstoppable the Packers offense would be.
2) Safety Help – Ever since Nick Collins went down in 2010, the Green Bay Packers have been embarrassed by big plays. Their cornerbacks have been above par with Harris, Woodson, Williams, and Shields, yet they’ve ranked near the end of the NFL in defending the pass. Ted Thompson has tried to patch up the problem though the draft, but has failed on his recent picks in Jerron McMillian and Morgan Burnett.
1) Injuries – No team has been plagued more by injures in the past three years than the Green Bay Packers. Every year, they lose key players for the season and are forced to rely on second and third string players. Ted Thompson refers to the issue as uncontrollable, which is a poor excuse. How come other NFL teams aren’t consistently at the bottom of the piles with injuries? Possibly the training staff for not providing adequate stretching techniques that prevent injuries?
Either way you look at it, the Packers came up short due to the same issues. Aaron Rodgers’ career is too precious to let reoccurring issues waste another year he has at Lambeau.