Remember when the Green Bay Packers’ season ended and quarterback Aaron Rodgers said the team needed to “reload?”
It’s debatable whether they did that or not with all the free agents they lost. And Rodgers is now changing his verbiage. On Thursday, when asked about the team’s roster, Rodgers didn’t say the Packers reloaded, he said they rebuilt.
And that’s really a step down from reloading, isn’t it? It’s what the Cleveland Browns perennially do — they rebuild.
“I think we’ve rebuilt a little bit, but we’ve got to see what we’ve got here.”
Rodgers obviously likes some of the players the Packers have signed this offseason. He specifically singled out tight ends Lance Kendricks and Martellus Bennett, along with guard Jahri Evans. However, he also bemoaned the loss of leadership.
“The tough part is, as you get older in this league and you see guys leave — and you have to ask why, a lot. It’s tough to lose veteran leadership — Julius, T.J., Micah, John Kuhn last year. We’ve replaced them — but the leadership part is tough, and I think that’s an undervalued part of our league that we need guys to step up.
“I’m proud of (Pro Bowl safety) Ha Ha (Clinton-Dix), because I think he’s really stepped up and can be one of those guys. … But the exciting thing is, you don’t know. You’re not sure what’s going to happen.”
That sounds like a whole lot of uncertainty from Rodgers. It’s also something we have harped on since the day the Packers axed Charles Woodson — they don’t value veteran leadership enough. Sometimes that comes through on the field.
The Packers constantly expect new leaders to assert themselves. Sometimes those guys are up to the task (Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, seemingly) and sometimes they’re not (Clay Matthews).