The Green Bay Packers’ loss to the Indianapolis Colts certainly was an ugly one. The Packers came into the game as a touchdown favorite. They were playing at home. Their opponent was two games below .500. It should have been an easy win.
And yet, it was a five-point loss that wasn’t even that close.
One of the things they say about winning is it masks a lot of problems. Even if guys aren’t happy about their roles, the play calling, they don’t get along with the coaching staff, they don’t like their teammates, etc., it doesn’t matter. When you’re winning, you can’t help but be happy. Winning is the bottom line and this is a bottom line business.
The Green Bay Packers aren’t winning though. At least not at the clip we and they have grown accustomed to.
Thus, it appears the discontent in the locker room can no longer be masked by winning football.
You had Aaron Rodgers calling out his teammates and their lack of juice during his postgame press conference. Rodgers wasn’t the only one ticked off, however.
The player was most likely defensive end Mike Daniels.
Mike Daniels said it was him who went on the shower-room rant following Sunday’s loss to the Colts. “If it doesn’t piss you off, that’s a problem and I think we have a lot of angry people in here.” When asked how they should respond, Daniels said: “like somebody pissed in your Cheerios.”
You know this can only go one of two ways.
The team — specifically the guys being fingered — will react, start to play better and things will turn around. Alternatively, the internal bickering will continue, the team will implode and the losses will mount.
There has been rumor of strife throughout the Packers organization since last season. Coach Mike McCarthy not on the same page as GM Ted Thompson. Rodgers not on the same page as McCarthy. Rodgers continually passing the blame to his receivers and linemen. The sideline spat between Julius Peppers and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
Nothing has come to the surface this season, but we wouldn’t doubt if it did, which makes the latter possibility all the more real.
It is beginning to appear that the coaches have lost the team and the team has lost faith in the coaching staff. That could make for a long season.