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The Green Bay Packers’ Most Difficult Year

Aaron Rodgers face

We’re not going to go over what a disappointing failure the 2015 season was for the Green Bay Packers again.

You know it, we know it, they know it.

A lot of guys contributed to that failure. Chief among them are Ted Thompson, Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy.

They’re certainly not alone and so this should come as no surprise.

Why was it difficult?

Well, certain guys didn’t live up to expectations. Others didn’t perform up to their abilities. We’re not going to go through that list, but we will note that this was the first year the Packers fielded a defense good enough to win them games since the 2010 season.

So, the offense.

And that probably caused a lot of frustration. We know Mike McCarthy was frustrated with good old do-nothing GM Ted Thompson. We know Aaron Rodgers was frustrated with McCarthy. We know Randall Cobb was frustrated with himself.

Logic would tell you the defense was probably frustrated with the offense.

The list goes on.

Defensive back Micah Hyde summed it up perfectly after the season with this comment.

“We won, what, 10 regular-season games this year?” Hyde said. “Won a playoff game. But man, this has been the toughest winning season I’ve ever been a part of. Week in and week out, win or lose was brutal, and I really don’t understand it. I don’t know if it was just the mentality that we should be doing better than what we were or the whole outside world saying we should’ve beat this team by more or stuff like that.”

You would think that because of the obvious dysfunction, the obvious frustration, that something significant would have to change.

And in most organizations, something would.

But these are the Packers.

Status quo is the only answer.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. John Smith February 2, 2016

    All I know is that, every yards the packers picked up this season was a fight just to get…It was that bad..

  2. Nic February 2, 2016

    We the fans make them what they are but this organization acts like they are better then us we don’t deserve logical answers all we get is stonewalled and double talk

  3. rebelgb February 2, 2016

    True Nic. A lot of these coaches and administrators in the Packers organization are from big towns. Most of the have been part of organizations in NFL cities much bigger than Green Bay. It has always been my belief, and certainly MM’s attitude lends credence to it, that many in the Packer marginalization regard Green Bay Packer fans with distaste and contempt. Especially our media people. They consider us small time backward ass hill billies.

    This years team, staff and players included looked and acted like the 2008 Giants.

    Im pessimistic that anything is going to improve much with the current leadership the Packers have and the attitude of some of its top players. But we shall see….

    1. Deepsky February 2, 2016

      I don’t know about McCarthy looking down on the people from Green Bay. He married a woman from Green Bay and spends the off season in Door County.

    2. Shawn February 2, 2016

      Yeah, you should know better considering you know people who worked for the Packers.
      TT and MM are both described as laid back guys who have no problem talking with anyone.

      1. PF4L February 3, 2016

        If laid back describes someone who is terse with the media, and another who doesn’t make himself available to the media. Then yes, they are laid back.

        1. Shawn February 5, 2016

          Media relations 101. See Bill Belichick.

  4. rebelgb February 2, 2016

    Also: Monty I like you, your not bad as a writer, but articles like this are better left to Shawn. The depth you give to articles such as this is about as deep as Obama’s love of the US and its constitution, in other words, not very deep.

    1. MMTTDCSUCK February 3, 2016

      Enjoy FUX “opinion” NEWS much . . .

      1. rebegb February 5, 2016

        Yeah because CNN and MSNBC are bastions of truth. Idiot.

      2. Phatgzus February 5, 2016

        They’re all shit, end of argument.

  5. Ross February 2, 2016

    The talent was there. The execution was not. Penalties, missed tackles, missed blocks, sacks, drops, missed throws, fumbles….this team will be healthier next year (God willing) and absolutely have to execute better if they expect to be enjoying a trip to the next Super Bowl. We do have a high standard in Green Bay, and we have the coaching and players to achieve it. Let’s get on with it.

    1. Savage57 February 3, 2016

      Packers coaching did a piss poor job at adjusting the game plan and play book to the players they were playing, not the ones sitting on the sidelines.

      After the decline in the first 6 games, Denver exposed the soft underbelly of the offense and for the remainder of the season, other teams went for it like hyenas. How many weeks did Packers fans see ‘let’s do more of what’s not working, only harder’.

      That and Rodgers played like shit, and instead of figuring it out, spent a lot of time working on his Peyton Manning “I just shit myself” look while rolling his eyes and calling out someone after any play that didn’t work, and his Jay Cutler “Flatline” expression while sitting on the sidelines and sulking because his offense was playing like shit. Isn’t a WR’s fault when the ball sails 4 yards over his head.

      $22MM a year is supposed to buy a higher level of play than what Rodgers delivered in 2015.

      1. MMTTDCSUCK February 3, 2016

        Some great points Savage 57.

      2. Ross February 3, 2016

        Agreed! Need to see a significant improvement in getting it done from coaches and players alike.

  6. PF4L February 2, 2016

    If we have the coaches and players to achieve it, shouldn’t we have achieved it?

    1. Ross February 2, 2016

      You need to make the distinction between the abilities (which we have) and the execution (which we failed at).

      1. PF4L February 3, 2016

        Isn’t execution coached?

        Nice try though.

        1. Phatgzus February 3, 2016

          No, technique is coached. Execution is the application of ability using technique.

  7. Deepsky February 2, 2016

    About game 10 of the season, I posted something about how right after the season ended I would not be surprised if Rodgers had some surgery for some undisclosed injury. Which is precisely what happened.

    Rodgers, Adams and the offensive line were the main reasons why this year seemed so bad. The offensive line was battered, Rodgers was injured and had the yips and too much was expected of Adams too early in his career.

    Not sure they can fix everything next year as I think there will be a lot of turnover in the off season and I don’t think Nelson is coming back 100%.

  8. ay hombre February 2, 2016

    Monty wrote the other day that the Packers will be one of the Super Bowl favorites for the 51st edition.

    They will be THE favorite. Again. How many years in a row have the Packers been favored to win the Super Bowl and then failed to do so?

    That’s a stat I will, from now on, throw in the face of Mike McCarthy apologists who spew about the winning records and NFC North titles we continue to rack up.

    “The plaque for the alternates is hanging in the women’s restroom.”

    1. Deepsky February 3, 2016

      The Super Bowl preseason favorite rarely wins the Super Bowl. And I am certain the Patriots have been preseason favorites more times than the Packers and didn’t win the Super Bowl.

  9. Howard February 2, 2016

    McCarthy believes there are four things that win you games:
    1. Win the turnover battle.
    2. Red zone scoring efficiency.
    3. 3rd down conversion rate. Only to up the chances in item 4.
    4. The quantity of big plays made and or allowed.

    I believe Rodgers is on board with MM on those 4 items, even though they may disagree on how to get there on items 2 thru 4.

    The loss of Jordy hurt the big play opportunities. It allowed teams to double Cobb. Ty if not injured the majority of the year could have helped in the big play category. Janis would have helped had he played. Adams, R Rodgers, and a hefty Lacy can not consistently make the big plays with there speed or lack thereof.

    Rodgers and MM do not want to turn the ball over, so Rodgers if receivers are not clearly open, holds the ball waiting for that big play. This is were the injured O line and the replacement tackles, Walker and Barclay come in. Rodgers cannot hold the ball long enough to try for the big play. It is a miracle Rodgers was not severely injured this year with the injured O line and the likes of Walker, Barclay, and Sitton as tackles.

    This team if they want to go for the big play need to upgrade at TE, RB, and possibly WR with some speed. An upgrade with backup O lineman who can play tackle is required. If they do not upgrade then they need to get back to a timing pass offense.

    I believe MM and Rodgers believe the big play is the second most (and maybe most) important factor in deciding the outcome of games. That is why the season was so difficult and frustrating for the offense. The personnel and injuries did not allow for the big plays on a consistent basis.

    If MM wants the big plays then TT needs to get more quick twitch playmakers at the skill positions, otherwise another difficult season is to follow.

  10. Shawn February 2, 2016

    A “quick twitch” player? You mean like Davante Adams. Those were the exact words that Rodgers has used to describe him.

    If you want to make big plays, then you have to be willing to throw the football downfield to get those plays, and you have to be somewhat accurate on those throws. For a significant stretch, the only big plays the Packers could make were on screen plays. Eventually, you have to get it downfield.

    I would still suggest that the devastating NFC Championship loss to Seattle hung over this season. And based off the choke-like performance against the Cards, I wouldn’t say the problem is solved.

    1. Howard February 3, 2016

      You can read what I meant by quick twitch when I said ” TE, RB and possibly WR with some speed.” Do you believe Adams, RR, and Lacy or Starks have the kind of speed that requires added attention? I do not. I do believe we have WR’s with speed if they are used or come back healthy, that is why I said possibly WR.

      I know Rodgers detests interception so if a guy cannot get off the line, and gain some separation quickly he will look away. Maybe that is a fault, however I do not want to see a Favre either.

      No one knows unless they have inside info if Rodgers was hurt the majority of the year. I know he hurt his shoulder early in the season, hurt his foot or knee in the first Detroit game, and may have been hurt in the Pittsburg preseason game because of Barclay at tackle. I do agree Rodgers was off in his accuracy last year, and I do believe there is something wrong with this team that they cannot close out the big games. Could be a hangover. Could be conditioning.