The Green Bay Packers are in real trouble after losing four straight, but their poor start to the season may have been prevented had they not made these mistakes.
Nearing the halfway stage of the regular season, the Green Bay Packers have a mountain to climb.
Hopes of retaining their NFC North crown are quickly slipping away, while securing a wild-card berth will take a dramatic turnaround from Matt LaFleur’s team.
It has been a sharp decline for a team that owned the NFC’s top seed the previous two seasons.
While there is plenty of blame to go around, there are a number of major mistakes that have led to the Packers’ struggles.
1. Not paying Davante Adams in 2021
When Green Bay tried to re-sign Davante Adams this past offseason, it was too late.
Instead, we have to rewind to July 2021. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported at the time that contract negotiations between the Packers and Adams had “broken off”.
Rapoport added that “proposals have not acknowledged Adams as the highest paid WR”.
Simply put, the Packers weren’t willing to pay Adams what he deserved. It led to one final dominant season in Green Bay before Adams pushed for a trade to the Las Vegas Raiders.
The trouble here is that Green Bay changed its mind. ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reported in March that the Packers were willing to match the Raiders’ new deal for Adams, but the All-Pro decided he wanted to move on.
The Packers initially decided not to pay their star wide receiver what he deserved. By the time they finally agreed, it was too late.
And just like that, an all-in team had lost one of its star players.