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Thursday Morning Ramblings: On to the Offseason

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I wish I was opening this, my 50th edition of “Thursday Morning Ramblings,” with a discussion of the Green Bay Packers’ third consecutive advancement to the NFC Championship. But… here we are.

I’ve already grown sick of talking about it, and it’s only been a few days. But the reality is that the Green Bay Packers once again choked away a near-perfect opportunity to get to their first Super Bowl since the 2010 season.

It truly does not get much better than the road the Packers had in front of them. Homefield advantage, a healthy team, an MVP quarterback, the coach of the year, back-to-back postseason meltdowns and embarrassing exits. All of it led up to… this.

I’ll be honest, I never even considered a loss to the 49ers in the Divisional Playoffs a possibility. I was already trying to determine whether the Packers would actually be able to get past Tom Brady and actually make it to the Super Bowl.

Turns out my expectations for the Bucs were a little hasty as well.

This makes the loss to the 49ers all the more heartbreaking. The Packers weren’t even going to have to face the playoff inevitability that is Tom Brady! They already owned the Rams earlier this year with half their team on IR and the other half beat to a pulp right before their late season bye week!

They practically had a red carpet rolled out for them to stroll their way to the Super Bowl and they just completely and utterly blew it. This isn’t the worst loss the Packers have had in the playoffs, not by a longshot, but it might be the most disappointing, the most anticlimactic. Even more than the January 2012 defeat to the Giants.

What does the future hold for this team? I don’t know, and I’m already exhausted by the discourse. I think it’s best for the team to move on from Aaron Rodgers, as I already wrote for CheeseheadTV earlier this week, but apparently Matt LaFleur and the Packers’ brass are all in on bringing him back.

Maybe I’ll care more later this offseason, but right now I just can’t be bothered to give any energy to Rodgers’ future. His personality and his collapses in big moments have worn me out. He can stay, he can go, he can retire. Whatever.

I don’t feel much pain from the loss. I’m just sort of numb to it all at this point. Of course they blew it again.

I love my Packers, and I always will. But right now… I’m just tired, man.

Quick Hits: It’s Over

Here are some random thoughts I have related to the Green Bay Packers as we close off another disappointing season.

  • For all the folks saying “If they move on from Rodgers it’ll be the 70s and 80s all over again,” I say have a little faith in Brian Gutekunst and Matt LaFleur. The organization is in a MUCH more stable position right now than it ever was during that era, and there’s free agency and a salary cap.

 

  • I think the Packers find a way to bring back De’Vondre Campbell, but will say sayonara to Za’Darius Smith. Rasul Douglas will likely only be back if he comes cheaply. I’d not be shocked to see the Packers part ways with Billy Turner. I just… there’s so much cap work to be done. It’s going to be a lot.

 

  • This year, unironically the Packers should take a wide receiver in the first round if there is one in a reasonable position. I’ve not been one of those people the last couple years, but with few under contract for 2022 and Davante Adams’ situation up in the air, this is the year to do it.

 

  • It’s looking like Nathaniel Hackett will be either coaching the Jaguars or Broncos next year. There’s one fairly reliable Jaguars source out there who’s been calling Byron Leftwich to the Jags, though, so take that for what you will. It sure does seem like there’s a lot of smoke in Denver and they very much gave him the star treatment.

 

  • Assuming Hackett does get a head coaching job, I’d expect Matt LaFleur to promote Luke Getsy to Offensive Coordinator.

 

  • There weren’t a whole lot of coordinators and position coaches under Mike McCarthy who went on to receive head coaching interest, so the fact that LaFleur already has Hackett and Getsy getting interviews is a nice feather in his cap.

 

  • The Baseball Hall of Fame voters are a joke.

 

  • Speaking of Hall of Fame, all that has meaning for me now is whether LeRoy Butler gets rightfully inducted this season. Let there at least be some justice in this world!

 

  • Go Bengals.

What’s next for Tim and Game On Wisconsin

As I mentioned before, this is my 50th edition of Thursday Morning Ramblings, and I’m so grateful to everyone who has followed along with me these first two seasons with Game On Wisconsin and elsewhere.

Thursday Morning Ramblings will once again be iced for the offseason, and I’ll be bowing out of any draft content–I just have never been a tape grinder and don’t pay enough attention to college ball to know prospects.

I intend to take a couple weeks off, but after the Super Bowl I’ll be starting up a mailbag column that will feature answers to your questions throughout the offseason. These can be questions about the Packers, football in general, or literally anything else.

Hope you’ll join me when it starts up. Until then… enjoy the postseason, or what’s left of it!

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