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Aaron Rodgers and the Curse of the Defense

Aaron Rodgers is heading into the twilight of his career. At 36 years old and with the Green Bay Packers drafting Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with our first-round pick during this year’s draft, the Super Bowl XLV MVP could be heading into his final season at Lambeau Field.

Though the star of the past dozen seasons in Green Bay has a contract that runs through until 2023 and proved this past season he is still among the best in the league.

Brett Favre’s replacement may end his career with just one Super Bowl ring, but he’s certainly deserved more. We’re currently back at 25/1 to go all the way in 2021, though that does make us the shortest odds among teams in the North. Anyone fancy backing us at 25/1 should consider using the Betrivers Affiliate Code for best value.

Super Bowl XLV Defense

Unfortunately, Rodgers has never had a supporting cast either side of beating the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium in February 2011. We won 31-25 that day in what has been the only post-season we’ve had any sort of a defense since Rodgers has been at QB.

A secondary that included Charles Woodson, Nick Collins and Tramon Williams. Clay Matthews and A. J. Hawk and BJ Raji at Nose Tackle. We allowed 16 points in the Wild Card win at Philadelphia, 21 in Atlanta and 14 at the Bears in the NFC Championship.

51 in Arizona

In Aaron Rodgers’ first post-season match, the year before, we lost 51-45 in overtime to the Arizona Cardinals. As defending Super Bowl champions, and with a 15-1 record, we were beaten 20-37 by the 9-7 New York Giants.
6 Playoff Appearances on the Bounce

In 2012, we were 24-10 winners at home to the Minnesota Vikings in the Wild Card round before Colin Kaepernick ran us into the ground, guiding the San Francisco 49ers to a 45-31 victory.

A year later, the same opposition, the same result. This time we managed to contain Kaepernick a little better, but were beaten 20-23 all the same, at Lambeau this time.

After a controversial 26-21 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the 2014 Divisional Playoffs, we were beaten 22-28 in overtime by the Seattle Seahawks.

There were signs of improvement the following season, beating the Washington Redskins 35-18 in the Wild Cards, before losing 20-26 in overtime to the Arizona Cardinals.

A similar start to the playoffs occurred in 2016, beating the New York Giants 38-13 but then relied on Rodgers to narrowly see off Dallas 34-31 at Cowboys Stadium in the Divisional round. However, the former California Golden Bears star couldn’t bail out the defense versus the Atlanta Falcons, losing 21-44.

Then there was this past season, Matt LaFleur’s first at the helm. After running away with the first half we managed to hold onto a 28-23 victory in the Divisional round against the Seattle Seahawks, but there was no coming back from a big early deficit in the NFC Conference Championship, ultimately losing 20-37 to the San Francisco 49ers.

The Future?

In terms of this year’s draft, it wasn’t until the fifth round where we took our first defensive player either; Minnesota linebacker Kamal Martin. Before two more defenders were drafted in the seventh round.

 

Dec 8, 2019; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) is tackled by Washington Redskins defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis (98) and linebacker Jon Bostic (53) during the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

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11 Comments

  1. Stephen July 8, 2020

    Whereas other teams have had money to invest in other parts of their teams, the Packers have had their money invested in Aaron Rodgers. Having one of, if not the highest paid quarterback in the league for most of the time span, hasn’t equated into big game wins. The blame is always being placed on not having the necessary people to assist Rodgers. The player only needs to look at his own paycheck, or bathroom mirror to see why he’s watched some awfully talented players cut or let go of for salary cap reasons. It’s easy for him to see who it is that has costed him more wins, he looks at that face every day.

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    1. Cheese July 9, 2020

      This is such a load of crap. Sorry Rodgers actually lived up to his contract and carried this team for years. If you wanna bitch about the salary cap try looking at players that got paid a fortune and didn’t produce for shit. Clay Matthews got paid $14 mil to average about 5 sacks a season his last 4 years in GB. Randall Cobb got paid $10 mil a year to average about 600 yards and 4 TD’s a year and couldn’t even be the #1 guy when Nelson went down. Speaking of Nelson, why not cut your most productive WR who led the league in TD’s to sign Jimmy Graham. Graham, the big name star who got paid a kings ransom to have a total of 5 TD’s in TWO YEARS. And the list goes on…
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      The defense has been such a black hole for draft picks it’s ridiculous. The WR corp outside of Davante is a joke. What UDFA is going to step up and be our saving grace this year? Word is, is that they picked up a kid who got cut by some CFL team and he’s supposed to be the next Julio Jones! I was thinking the next Jarrett Boykin but what do I know.
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      If you want to point fingers point them at the front office. Don’t expect Rodgers to take a pay cut to fund Russ Ball’s idiotic cap management.

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  2. NobodysBurfect July 8, 2020

    “Curse” my ass. Datone Jones, Nick Perry, Jerel Worthy, Clinton Dix, Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins, Josh Jones, Josh Jackson, Rashan Gary…help me out folks because I’m sure I’m forgetting other round 1 or 2 players we pissed away picks on.

    And yeah we did piss away a pick on Gary – glad to hear he has “potential” though. Christ I remember the mouthpieces over at the official website saying how “You don’t take someone in the first round and not expect them to play right away” when they talked about Savage, and then a week later they told us how “development is key – just because someone was taken in the first round doesn’t mean they’re ready to step in right away.”

    Schrodinger’s first round pick – expected to contribute immediately but also needs years to develop in a starter.

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    1. Ferris July 8, 2020

      Kevin King 2nd, Oren Burks and Montravius Adams (3rd rd) look like busts. Worthy and Perry were the same draft too. Ouch.

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      1. Deepsky July 29, 2020

        Kevin King a bust?

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        1. PF4L July 30, 2020

          King isn’t really a bust (2nd round), but he’s in no danger of being voted in as a Pro Bowler…imo.
          It will get tricky with this dude, because they have to decide whether to give him starter money if they decide to give him a 2nd contract. Problem is, they have other players with contracts up at the same time.
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          He might be a cap causality. But he isn’t good enough to lose sleep over it.

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    2. Cheese July 9, 2020

      How about shipping off Micah Hyde and Casey Hayward and watching them go All Pro with other teams? Not that anyone saw that coming but how do you misutilize talent so badly that two players who you think aren’t good enough to make it on your roster go ALL PRO somewhere else?

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  3. PF4L July 12, 2020

    I don’t even know what to say anymore.
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    My give a fuck is rapidly approaching zero.
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    Stay Thirsty

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  4. MMSUCKS July 12, 2020

    The ONLY problem here is Mark Murphy. Get rid of that clueless buffoon and get a president in Green Bay with some vision! TT (The Frugal GM), MM (The Buffoon), Capers would have been gone years before if there was a REAL PRESIDENT in the Packers organization. Allowing all of Green Bays real talent scouts to go and become GM’s elsewhere is another symptom of M. Murphy’s incompetence. Russ Ball? Icing on the cake . . . His ONLY goal was to build a Mecca in Green Bay . . . Not a team! Just a fucking garish, senseless, lifeless, tourist trap that surrounds Lambeau Field . . . Fuck! Get rid of Murphy NOW!

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    1. PF4L July 13, 2020

      I’m all for putting Murphy on blast. Not because i enjoy it, but because it’s deserved.
      It was clear to me, that Murphy just let everyone run their own show, albeit… without accountability.
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      But it seems clear to me, that the onus was on McCarthy concerning Capers performance/employment. As Capers fate was, and should have been, under the umbrella of McCarthy. Capers was under McCarthy’s watch, not Murphy’s.
      Now….you could make the argument that a stronger President would have pressured McCarthy to make a move with Capers.
      But if that’s the case, i would say that McCarthy’s leadership skills are lacking if he needs to be told what to do. Much like i’ve said about the pressure from the board that motivated Murphy to “reassign” Thompson. “Reassign” is a pretty word for not firing someone and keeping them on the payroll. (The Green Bay Packers aren’t in the business of hurting someone’s feelings) Unless of course your a trouble maker and non productive player like Jordy Nelson.
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      The more i think about this fucking team, the more i think what a waste of so many years it has been. All because people couldn’t/wouldn’t do their jobs.
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      I agree with MMSUCKS that Murphy is still a problem. I just don’t know that he’s the only problem. I want to include Gutenkunst in that statement, but i feel like i need to give him more time. Not much more, because next year will be his 4th year. For now…concerning Gute. I won’t go as far as saying he’s the problem. but i haven’t seen much evidence to convince me he’s part of the solution.

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  5. PF4L July 15, 2020

    I have a question if anyone still comes in here…maybe only one or two might have the answer for…but here goes….
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    Dak Prescott will be playing on the Franchise Tag of 31.4 mill. this season.
    If the season doesn’t go, or they shut it down at some point. Is he guaranteed this money?
    I’m also wondering how it works with regular contracts, but with the regular contracts, i’d have to believe there are protections in it for the teams when they miss games? Any thoughts?

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