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Aaron Rodgers Not Enough to Overcome Panthers

My god, we all had the highest hopes with Aaron Rodgers coming back. That really didn’t matter for the Green Bay Packers.

Rodgers, uncharacteristically, threw three picks and, as usual, the Packers’ defense was not good enough.

AR was rusty to say the least. Mike McCarthy said he was going to unload the playbook for Rodgers and he did. The guy played with no fear. He threw, he took hits and he ran when it was available, without a second thought.

Hats off to QB1 for playing the way he played.

He just shortarmed some shit. That was part of the problem.

Had Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson on that deep ball in the fourth quarter, rather than it being a pick, it might have been a different game. Instead, QB1 underthrew Nelson and it was a pick. Nelson had beaten the coverage and was wide open with a beautifully-thrown ball. Wasn’t happening on this day.

It’s also the truth.

The game wasn’t over yet, however. The suddenly little-used Marwin Evans recovered an onside kick. And we loved the Packers’ odds to tie it up with AR.

But then, Rodgers made the mistake of throwing to Geronimo Allison, who promptly caught the ball and had it punched out.

Game over.

The Packers go home. Their eight-year playoff streak, essentially ended.

So, Ginger Gap Tooth, you’ve always said making the playoffs is good enough. What do you do when the Packers don’t make the playoffs? Make changes?

I completely doubt it. Because you’re a status quo piece of shit so long as you’re making money.

And good for you.

But we deserve better from the team we own, don’t we? Aaron Rodgers deserves better.

If only someone was competent enough to build an actual team around Rodgers…

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. Gort December 17, 2017

    Another loss with blame on the whole organization.
    Packers simply do not have enough talent, on both sides of the ball.
    Packers are essentially a one guy team and they will lose almost every time if he is not very very good.
    Packers were a decent running team when AR was out, but they gave up on that too often today.
    Packers are not disciplined before the snap.
    Even if the emotional miracle had happened this week, a deep playoff run was highly unlikely.
    Changes MUST happen.

  2. daworm December 17, 2017

    9 running plays from mashed potatoes mike, the big guy from Pittsburg…time for some new blood on the coaching staff, both offense and defense…he (the huge one) aint going anywhere so we are stuck with his stubbornness, but even Aikman said time and again how poorly coached the defense looked…retire please..make it look good like it was your decision Capers…

  3. E. Wolf December 17, 2017

    Allow me to propose some music for the mood, although this was actually even more fitting when the injury happened.


    Maybe next year, right? The problem is we have been telling ourselves that for the better part of a decade.

    1. PF4L December 17, 2017

      Thanks for the contribution Edward.

  4. NachoDan December 17, 2017

    “If you look at total sales in the pro shop this season ranks higher than the first two super bowl wins”- Mark Murphy

    1. PF4L December 17, 2017

      LOL…just wait till the sledding hill is open…CHA-CHING!!

  5. Cheese December 17, 2017

    Now that the Packers have lost and their playoff hopes are dead, do they keep Rodgers in and risk further injury? Does Davante Adams have a bullseye painted on his helmet?

    Where is your savior now? I mentioned my friend telling me my lack of faith in the Packers was disturbing because I told him not even Rodgers could save this team. He then went on about how anything can happen and compared this team to the 96′ Packers. I wrote a lengthy reply why that is nonsense but never sent it because he’s a whiner and figured it best just to leave it alone. Instead I’ll post it here.

    Friend posts pic of Rodgers doing the belt after hearing 12 was coming back.

    Me- Sorry, not even Aaron Rodgers can save this team. Without him they can BARELY beat the 0-12 Browns. The defense is trash. So is the O-line. Make the playoffs for what? To get completely embarrassed and risk re-injuring the face of the franchise so McCarthy can brag about being a “highly successful coach” with a nine year playoff streak? Rodgers is the reason management still has their jobs.

    Friend- I find your lack of faith disturbing, they almost lost to Browns but they almost beat the Steelers. I’m not saying things aren’t grim. 1996 they won the Super Bowl and lost to the worst in the league Colts. The NFL defies logic sometimes. Why watch if you’re always going to assume the most logical outcome is the only possible.

    Me- Psshh, same shit different year.

    2011, The team goes 15-1, and then one and done in the playoffs because they have no defense.
    2012, They give up a record breaking 181 rushing yards in a single game, to a quarterback. Yet Capers is still considered a defensive genius somehow?
    2014, 5 minutes away from the Super Bowl with a 12 point lead…. nah forget about it. Let’s have the worst meltdown in franchise history and let Seattle go instead.
    2015, McCarthy absolutely refuses to utilize Janis but when he had no other choice Janis produced. Another miracle hail mary by Rogers kept them in the game and into over time. Defense gives up a giant pass play to Fitzgerald right up the middle, just like the year before. Game over
    2016, 31-0 in the third quarter of the NFCCG against the Falcons. You know what the defensive stat line looked like for that game? Straight zeros across the entire board.

    The Packers are continually unprepared and lose games to teams they are more than capable of beating. That’s why it’s so frustrating. They have tons of potential, but never live up to it. That comes from the top down.

    You can’t cherry pick and compare this team to the 96′ Packers. They had the number one offense and defense in the league, the #1 seed in the NFC, and Desmond Howard. The current Packers need to win out and get help from other teams just to make it to the playoffs. There’s no way they make it to the Super Bowl let alone win it.

    Apparently Rodgers can’t re-injure himself because he has two metal plates in his shoulder, so there’s that. Doesn’t hurt to let him play I guess. My thought was that they were going bring him back before he was 100% and risk his health so they could maybe limp into the playoffs. Which sounds completely idiotic.

    My lack of faith corresponds to what I have seen over the past seven years and this year looks no different. The only thing disturbing is that Rodgers has only been to one Super Bowl his whole career. I never said I wasn’t going to watch, but I’m done pretending that this team is going all the way under the current regime.
    I read somewhere that Rodgers couldn’t reinjure himself because of the metal plates. I don’t know if it was actually true or some BS made up by some journalist. The coaching staff seemed awfully concerned when 12 got tackled. Either way, doesn’t matter anymore. Season is over. Unless Tampa can beat Atlanta, lol.

    1. Ferris December 17, 2017

      Wow is that long, I got as far as playoff hopes are dead.

      1. Ferris December 17, 2017

        OK I skimmed a little more…You’re right the Defense has sucked every year except 2014. McCarthy was the problem in 2014…should have been given an economy coach (no pun) ticket back to Pittsburgh to clean more toilets in his family tavern after that game. But here he is still stinking up the sideline.

    2. icebowl December 18, 2017

      Killer – The GB version…

  6. Cyberstag December 17, 2017

    Murphy is the enabler. He doesn’t give a shit about winning as long as his playground outside of Lambeau is in place. His hands off attitude enables cadaver Ted to have no oversight so as long Murphy is president we are fucked because nothing will change!

  7. Bobby D December 17, 2017

    Old gay Ted has compiled a roster comprised of mostly total garbage! The defense is a fucking joke and has been for years! Clock is ticking on Rodgers and all the Stooges will return next year, with the possible exception of comb over Capers. And with the stupid fucking moves tea bag Ted keeps making, it won’t matter who’s coaching this pile of shit. No hope in sight as long as Howdy Fucking Doody is running the show.

  8. jeff ircink December 17, 2017

    “But we deserve better from the team we own, don’t we? Aaron Rodgers deserves better.
    If only someone was competent enough to build an actual team around Rodgers…”

    i seem to recall basically the same words being uttered when Favre played and he was run out of town and a whole bunch of fans dumped on him. now the shoe’s on the other foot.

    suck it.

    1. PF4L December 17, 2017

      ^^^^Owner of a Jet’s and vikings #4 Jersey, and a still, bitter and broken heart^^^^

      Poor Jeffery…is there anything we can do?

      1. PF4L December 17, 2017

        For anyone thinking Rodgers 3 interceptions is a tragedy?

        Imagine when Favre threw 6 interceptions, in one game. A playoff game!!

  9. PF4L December 17, 2017

    The interception of which you speak happened in the 3rd quarter. Also Nelson wasn’t exactly wide open.

    Rodgers 2nd interception that happened was to a wide open Randall Cobb who got behind the coverage in the 3rd quarter also. Cobb had nothing but daylight and a TD waiting for him.

    On all 3 picks, each one was under thrown, with the Cobb pick badly under thrown. Not exactly the Rodgers were all use to seeing.

    That’s just not like Rodgers, and i still wonder if he was actually ready to go. He got leveled on the 2nd play before his 3rd pick by 315 lb Kawann Short (courtesy of Linsley), and he just didn’t look right.

    1. Kato December 17, 2017

      I don’t think he was ready. He was short arming throws, as if he was somewhat limited in doing full velocity throws down the field. Rarely followed through on throws down the field

      1. Howard December 17, 2017

        Favre, Rodgers, and Hundley have all shown that they bring both feet off the turf when throwing the ball. Not sure if that is taught, but you would have to believe it is not coincidence. That works fine if you have great arm strength and accuracy. To me Rodgers did not have the arm strength from the shoulder injury or the accuracy from lack of reps over the last weeks. It would have been better if Rodgers could have been able to step into more throws. Habits and muscle memory are hard to change to compensate for an injury. The offensive line play did not help, but credit the Panthers also for bringing pressure.

    2. Icebowl December 17, 2017

      He was absolutely not ready…his long throws were either underthrown and/or intercepted.
      Ironically, they had most success running with short pass strategy they used with Hundley…

      Not Even gonna waste time talking about waste of time sieve secondary. McCaffeety and Olsen were invisible to That sorry excuse of pass coverage…..

      Incompetence of management will reach new level if they decide not to keep #12 on sideline for next two weeks… 7-9 record should give TT some early picks to waste.

  10. Kato December 17, 2017

    Rodgers was flat out not good. Let’s not fool ourselves here. It wasn’t just rust, he made poor decisions. That being said, I could tell he wasn’t healthy. And that probably contributed to his day. It seemed like he was short arming a lot of throws.

    This team has been in decline since the 2014 NFC championship game. Which is a shame, because those teams from 2011-2014 may have been able to be more successful in the playoffs since 2015. The defense is an absolute joke. Like, it is worse than 2011 and 2012. They have let key pieces of the offensive line walk. If they pay HHCD this off-season, I am going to lose my shit. Him not making a play on that ball in the end zone, probably helped cost them the game. I get that the safeties jobs got slightly harder because of the injuries to corners and they have had to shade toward the sidelines more to support the corners, but that still isn’t a great excuse.

    The best defensive play I saw was Pipkins making a great open field tackle on Christian McCaffrey on the final play of the first half

    1. Cheese December 17, 2017

      One play HHCD had a ball deflected towards him. What does he do? Ducks and covers his head. Even if it wasn’t catchable you at least try to catch it. Not cower and take cover.

      1. Kato December 18, 2017

        Yeah, that was fucking embarrassing

    2. Howard December 17, 2017

      I’ve said since preseason that when Pipkins gets a chance all he does is make the tackle. What a unique idea in a Capers defense for a tackle football player to be able to tackle. In addition Pipkins has always stayed tight in coverage. No that is not good enough for Whitt and Capers that will get your ass sitting on the bench. You must be 5 yards off your coverage so when the QB overthrows the ball because of the upfront pressure the safety can pick it.

      The team needs to give the young corners a chance in the last two games. Let them show if they have it or not. What is there to lose?

      So if Dix gets hurt in the last two games and can’t play next year the Packers have to pay Dix almost 6 mil. Next year. Does the team continue to make that commitment?

      It sounded to me in MM post game that he is sitting the table for Capers to be gone. Good riddance and now retire TT. One or the other have screwed up big time. No need to try to figure who the problem is lop of both their heads.

  11. Kato December 17, 2017

    PF4L- what are you doing with your super bowl ticket savings? Carrying over into next year? This team is going to really crack down and do what it takes in the off-season. Some savvy FA signings and coaching hires. 18-0 baby!

    1. PF4L December 17, 2017

      I put down a $500 dollar non refundable deposit on the bus for us. Which i guess we could still use, but i’m thinking if all the readers here could contribute $50 to my paypal account, that would help out tremendously.

      Also, my hours were cut in half at Fleet Farm, so things are going to be tight for me. I’m thinking of starting a Go-Fund Me page, to cover my losses and help fund my fight for social equality.

      Plus i got my eye on a sweet ass new fully loaded black 2018 Ford Raptor, which aren’t cheap.

      1. Kato December 17, 2017

        Lol. I would contribute $50 to the bus, as long as we can drink hard on it.

        1. PF4L December 17, 2017

          That’s a problem….i had you pegged to drive the bus.

          1. Kato December 17, 2017

            Oh shit, well, maybe killer can drive? I am sure he is on medication so he can’t consume alcohol. Either that, or maybe Josh Gordon? He is supposed to be sober

          2. PF4L December 17, 2017

            Well…..that’s just a great idea Kato!!!!

            Yea….Lets have lonely boy drive a busload of drunk Packer fans to Minnesota.

            Holy shit Kato!!….you’ve come so far in a short period of time…and now….this shit?

            I can just imagine the article now in the Star Tribune on Feb 5th 2018…….

            Local Minnesota man…slipping away from a supervised family weekend visit from St. Peter State Psychiatric Hospital, was found to be the only survivor in a bus crash carrying Packer fans to the Super Bowl.

            Officials say it looks to be a failed suicide mission on the part of the driver as the bus went through a guard rail off a cliff. The survivor’s family issued a “no comment” statement.

            Good Kato….i got better ways to spend $50 than on my death.

            I’ll feel better with Howard driving.

          3. Kato December 18, 2017

            Lol, good point. Surely there is someone on this board that doesn’t drink, that isn’t a danger to society

      2. Ferris December 17, 2017

        I need that $50 for the lap dances on the bus.

      3. Gort December 17, 2017

        P4FL – is that some sort of acronym for a Nigerian Prince?

  12. Gort December 17, 2017

    AR probably knew his arm strength was a problem. If it were you or me and we knew that our backup had a zero chance to win the game we would do the same. It was a gutsy performance, but NFL football is a team sport and the Packers are not a very good team.

    1. Icebowl December 17, 2017

      Well said….

  13. Kato December 18, 2017

    On a side note, it is interesting that the Seahawks are also in decline, and may not make the playoffs despite having Wilson mostly healthy the entire year.

  14. Kato December 18, 2017

    It is also worth wondering if Adams was on the field instead of Allison if the final score would have been any different. Not that it matters, because they wouldn’t have gone anywhere in the playoffs anyways

  15. Kato December 18, 2017

    Also, if the packers are eliminated tonight, do they shut Rodgers down? And if they do, did we just watch the last game of one the most prolific QB/WR combos in NFL history, Rodgers and Jordy Nelson?