The grass is always greener on the other side, right? Right? Well, some former Green Bay Packers players playing elsewhere in 2023 are finding out that the grass is not always greener on the other side, even if your bank account is full. A number of former Packers players are failing miserably with their new teams in 2023, quite frankly.
And not just players, either.
Which former Green Bay Packers are wishing they could be back at Lambeau Field? Which players (and maybe coaches) are looking back on their time in Green Bay as "the good old days" and not enjoying their new situations?
Let's take a look at the top five.
5 Packers off to terrible starts in new spots in 2023
1. Nathaniel Hackett
To say the last couple of seasons have been brutal for former Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett would be an extreme understatement.
Hackett was the Green Bay Packers' offensive coordinator from 2019 to 2021 before earning a head coaching gig with the Denver Broncos in 2022. Things went so badly for Hackett in Denver in 2022 that he was fired before the end of his first season with the team, but the New York Jets wasted little time scooping up Hackett as their OC, and that ended up being a precursor to the Jets acquiring Aaron Rodgers.
Unfortunately, an injury to Rodgers early in the first game of the season has been disastrous for the Jets' offense, which ranks:
- 30th in points per game (16.5)
- 31st in yards
- 32nd in first downs
- 30th in passing
- 32nd in time of possession
- 25th in turnovers
- 32nd in third-down efficiency
- 32nd in red zone efficiency
Needless to say, Nathaniel Hackett is coming under fire once again and this season has been a miserable failure so far in New York, where the Jets' offense has just nine touchdowns in eight games leading up to Week 10 of the season.