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2015 Season

Green Bay Packers’ Biggest Failures of 2015

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Mike McCarthy

The list is long, my friends. And because of that, we’re going to take one last look at the Green Bay Packers’ biggest failures of 2015.

Ultimately, there was just one failure — the failure to win a championship for the fifth consecutive season.

However, there were many lesser failures along the way that led to that end result.

So before we look forward, we’re going to look back once again with the hope that those responsible learned something from their shortcomings and won’t make the same mistakes again.

He certainly has some good years left, but at 32, quarterback Aaron Rodgers is now approaching the back end of his career.

The Packers can’t afford a culmination of screw-ups like they had this past season again.

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Vaden Todd

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  1. guysocke February 11, 2016

    Instead, McCarthy apparently looked at his roster sheet, saw “backup tackle” next to Barclay’s name and said, “Oh, here’s my backup tackle. I have to start him.”

    Pretty sure that is exactly what happened.

    Good article, but I would much prefer to read a Biggest Keys to Winning Super Bowl LI this time next year.

    1. guysocke February 11, 2016

      The Green Bay Packers have given themselves a general manger who is a general manager in title only. Ted Thompson is, in reality, a college scouting director with an office and salary of someone much more important.

      Also, this. Equal parts accurate and unfortunate.

      1. PF4L February 12, 2016

        I had the same thoughts awhile back.

  2. Bobby D February 11, 2016

    Biggest disappointment so far is TT has no intention of taking his bubbly personality and affinity to stick with his “fellas” approach the fuck out of town! Until he does, we’ll be a move or two away from the prize. A non practice squad TE, a non free agent LB, a non blob of shit NT or God forbid a non street ex ping pong player or Australian kangaroo trainer for a punter to replace the piece of shit we’ve tolerated for 2 years. Alas, every year trades or an occasional strategic FA signing just won’t happen on the fruitcake’s watch. What a waste of a HOF qb

    1. PF4L February 12, 2016

      I once thought that TT was the biggest disappointment as you do.

      But now that has shifted to Mark Murphy. TT is only doing what Murphy is allowing him to do. As much, or as little as possible, without question.

      I don’t think it takes genius football intellect to see that there is a pattern of losing. By that, i mean in the post season. I’ve said it before, having Rodgers at QB will get you in the playoffs. So the question is, why doesn’t Murphy see this? It’s almost as if he, and some Packer fans feel that, getting into the post season is enough to call it a great season. When in fact, other teams with true franchise QB’s that don’t get to the Super Bowl, view it as failure.

      So, at the end of the day, when does Mark Murphy realize that this isn’t working? That losing in the post season has become a pattern?

      Does Murphy give Ted another 5 years, of getting to, then losing in the playoffs, before he realizes, that what once was, is now coming to an end because Rodgers is going to retire? Then what happens? Ted and Mark leave and ride off in the sunset after getting to and losing in the playoffs ten straight years? I say bullshit on that, stop the bleeding.

      I’ve had enough of 2 things….Ted’s arrogant, pompous attitude and Murphy’s insistence on letting Ted do his own thing without question or accountability.

      Just getting into the post season with Aaron Rodgers hardly makes these men Hall of Fame worthy, and they should fucking stop acting like it. Ask yourself where these two men would be if Rodgers wasn’t our QB. It’s my contention, they wouldn’t be in Green Bay.

  3. NIC February 11, 2016

    Ahhh the way of the world,the lazy,incompetent fruitcakes have the power and are in charge and we are powerless to do anything about it.

  4. Cheese February 11, 2016

    How about losing to the 1-7 Lions at Lambeau for the first time in 20 some years? Or the fact that we almost got swept by the Lions if it wasn’t for that hail mary that Rodgers pulled out of his ass. Or how about losing to Jay Cutler and the Bears at Lambeau the night of Favre’s number unveilling and quite possibly Bart Starr’s last time ever in Green Bay? Embarrassing is an understatement.

  5. CO Bob February 11, 2016

    ..at least we have a reasonable amount of hope for next year. A lot of teams don’t have any.

  6. Bobby d February 12, 2016

    Unfortunately, I’m old enough to remember what Howdy Doody looked like….that’s who’s overseeing this franchise. Mark Murphy is a bean counter with vanilla bean sized balls. He’s happy as a pig in shit promoting the glory that is the green and gold…selling suites, getting playoff revenue and strutting around with that stupid fucking gap toothed smile of his. Problem is everyone affiliated with this team from McCarthy to AR to the fans like us who sit around every off season since the socially awkward dickwad became GM and think “maybe this year” he’ll wake the fuck up and plug a hole or two get the same old draft and develop bullshit. Murphy either is in love with TT (Teddy not adverse to that scenario) intimidated or both. In any event he’ll never fire him and as long as Abbott and Costello are running the show, it’s close again but no cigar!

  7. David chavez February 12, 2016

    Please fire McCarthy and capers and give someone else a shot with that bunch that should have at LEAST 2 superbowls by now

  8. Deepsky February 12, 2016

    Mark Murphy should mainly be a bean counter, not a football guy. Green Bay has to keep trying to improve the revenue stream. There have been several times in team history the franchise almost collapsed. Heck, back in the early 50s County Stadium was built as a dual purpose venue with the intention of Milwaukee stealing the Packers from Green Bay. Only the fire at Rockwood lodge saved that from happening.

  9. Howard February 12, 2016

    Agree with all those failures. Did I miss something or was there no mention of Lacy. No one can believe Lacy being that far out of condition was nothing other than a failure.

    I now MM should have ran Lacy more. Maybe Lacy was sucking wind so hard Lacy was not able to run more often. I wonder how many more yards Lacy would have produced had he not been carrying that extra weight.

  10. Big B February 12, 2016

    Packers’ Department of Pro Personnel must be filled with cobwebs and a disconnected landline. I thought Eliot Wolf was being groomed to replace TT, but width his background in pro personnel, one wonders how much he has really learned. Nothing happening on that front for years. McCarthy’s post season GI illness that precluded him from commanding the Pro Bowl troops probably arose from self assessment of his coaching this season. Packers, and their fans, deserve better.

  11. stickman February 12, 2016

    I really think the Packers organization is all about the money. They pay 8 or 10 guys good money and the rest are the draft & develop group that allow’s them to bank alot of money each year. I also believe that Mark Murphy is just a front guy, and these decisions go alot higher than Mark Murphy.

  12. Dean February 12, 2016

    Very good analysis of what is really going on.
    Most problems start at the top. TT needs to go and probably take MM with him. Don’t the coaches have to be accountable for such poor decisions? We probably have the best QB in the NFL and they will just let it slip away and not take advantage of it. I suspect Capers is also a close buddy of MM. It may be years before we have someone of Aaron Rodgers caliber again. Wonder if Mark Murphy is aware of the problem and what he is doing about it!!

  13. Shawn February 12, 2016

    Insanity at left tackle and never playing Jeff Janis are most glaring errors.
    When MM gave up play calling, most agreed with it. In fact, most had already been calling for it for years.
    Tough to run a vertical passing game when you never throw the ball vertically.
    TT didn’t really have the money to do shit. The Packers are carrying $6.9 million over to next season. That isn’t shit, especially when you consider that they didn’t know what the final number for Mike Daniels would be until he signed the dotted line. Also, you wanted to keep some money left over for extensions for Neal, Perry or Raji if any of them had big seasons. Since none of them did, we didn’t need it. You don’t know that until the season is over.
    With the way the QB played this year, it wouldn’t have mattered what you did. Blame QB1 for wasting another year of his own career. In fact, sorry, Aaron Rodgers finishing 17th in QBR and leading the 26th ranked passing attack has to be the #1 failure. The rest of this list don’t mean shit compared to that.