The 2022 season couldn't have gone much worse for the Green Bay Packers.
After deciding to run it back in the offseason, the Packers had Super Bowl expectations. But they ended up with a losing record, failing to even reach the playoffs. To make it even worse, they went on a winning run late in the year, downgrading their draft pick and preventing Jordan Love from earning some valuable reps.
Why did the season go so badly? What went wrong for the Packers?
Let's look at five huge mistakes the Packers made that doomed their 2022 season.
5. Signing Sammy Watkins
After losing Davante Adams in the offseason, the Packers needed to add a veteran receiver. The problem is that they decided to sign Sammy Watkins.
Not only did Watkins struggle to make an impact, but signing him meant the Packers didn't look at other options in free agency or via trade. Imagine they had traded for Brandin Cooks.
Watkins played significant snaps in the games he played in the first half of the season. That eventually changed, and Green Bay moved on from Watkins before the end of the regular season.
Signing Watkins was a bad decision. Not only did he not add much to the offense, but signing him prevented the Packers from making any other veteran additions at receiver.