As foretold in this space last week, the Packers were going to be in trouble on the road against the clearly superior Cincinnati Bengals. What wasn’t predicted but should have been, given his Napoleonic temperament, was Aaron Rodgers showing up his head coach as Green Bay’s increasingly lost season slipped ever more quickly away in a 34-30 loss.
Rodgers’ prima donna act has chased a lot of people out of town, from Minnesota Vikings greats Brett Favre and Greg Jennings to potential successors like Graham Harrell and Vince Young. Now, with no one left to challenge him on the field, Lil’ A is training his fire on the sidelines and Mike McCarthy.
Now, McCarthy is far from blameless here, as you’d expect from Lindy Infante 2.0. But, when you’ve bent over backwards to acquiesce to your fun-sized signal-caller’s every whim, only to have him berate you on national television, you do feel a measure of sympathy for the man. I understand Rodgers has to blame someone for his multiple turnovers and inability to ever do much of anything in the clutch, but I guess looking in a mirror isn’t an option since he no longer endorses Fox River Valley Mirrors & Venison of Oshkosh.
Packers fans looking for some sort of silver lining received more bad news on Sunday, when San Francisco was dominated again, this time at home by the Indianapolis Colts. Diehards tried to explain away the Pack’s Week 1 debacle by saying that they played a world-class team down to the wire on the road. Well, since laying waste to Green Bay in Week 1, the 49ers have been outscored 56-10. So, congratulations on almost beating another 1-2 team, I guess? Amazing how far and how fast this team has fallen.
This week, the Packers have a much-needed bye week to get healthy, film some more commercials instead of studying their playbooks, and figure out what, exactly, the future holds. In an increasingly lost season, the only thing they can be sure of is “more of the same.”