January 31, 2023

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No help is coming for the Green Bay Packers

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The Green Bay Packers tried. They were really trying to make a move ahead of Tuesday’s close, but they got the idea, as NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt so eloquently put it: bupkus.

After eight games, the Packers got off to their worst start since Jerome Bettis’ last season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. After a 3-1 win into the season, they have lost four games in a row. Even in that ugly 6-9-1 2018 season, where Mike McCarthy got fired mid-season, they haven’t lost that many games in a row.

It’s not like the Packers’ front office is wearing pink BluBlockers this season. They know the defense was underperforming and their pass catchers performed even worse than expected.

Management sought to bolster the broad receiving corps by attempting a trade for formerly Pittsburgh Steelers Chase Claypool. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Packers had offered a second pick, but the Steelers accepted the Chicago Bears’ second-round pick instead.

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Aside from not improving an already underperforming roster, there are reportedly disagreements among the ranks and it has nothing to do with Aaron Rodgers telling Pat McAfee he played great and some of his teammates after the loss to the Washington Commanders should ride some jaws.

The rumble comes from the defensive side of the ball. The Packers defense is currently 20th in the weighted DVOA and some of the players are blaming the coaching staff. ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reported that defensive players are “growingly frustrated” with the play calls and schedule. Joe Barry is in his second season as the Packers’ defensive coordinator, having previously held that title with the Washington Football franchise in 2015 and 2016.

As bad as the Packers’ record is, they still have an outside shot at a playoff spot. They’re in that 3-5 stack with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals, and Chicago Bears. That’s not far behind the 4-4 San Francisco 49ers – who currently have the last wildcard spot – and the Washington Commanders.

A late-season rebound shouldn’t be out of the question. Romeo Doubs showed some improvement with a big touchdown catch on Sunday, and the Packers fought valiantly on the road against arguably the best team in the NFL — the Buffalo Bills.

Sunday is a chance for the Packers to get on track with a game against the Detroit Lions, but for anything to change they will have to accept their reality. No reinforcements are coming apart from injured players who were in the squad at the end of the summer. In defense, judging by Matt LaFluer’s quotes, he doesn’t appear to be in any rush to fire Barry. When asked about possible coaching changes on Monday, he told the media: “Absolutely not.”

Today’s Green Bay Packers will be the Green Bay Packers on January 7, 2023 apart from a few minor additions that will be necessitated by the inevitable injuries that come with football. For this season to change at all, they need to stop complaining about their situation and remember there’s a reason the overwhelming majority of pundits picked them to win their division. Talent is present in this dressing room.

They’re bonded for the rest of this season and better learn to live with it.