That’s why this loss this is exactly what Green Bay needs.
Well it’s not the fairy tale we were hoping, Rodgers said. As I lay in that surgery bed eight weeks ago thinking about this moment, I was hoping it would go a little differently. I’m proud of our guys for the way they have played the last few weeks.
They did play well. Backup quarterback Brett Hundley did his best in back-to-back overtime victories to give Rodgers a shot, and Rodgers still has a fantastic group of skill position players with Davante Adams next in line to get paid.
Rodgers is right about one thing. Green Bay will always be in the mix as long as he’s the quarterback, and they’ll always be mentioned among NFC contenders. That’s the power of having 1A-1B at QB. Sunday’s loss, however, means the organization can no longer hide behind playoff appearances to confront the problems keeping them away from the Super Bowl.
Rodgers deserves more. Change is coming, or at least it should be coming.
Your eyes, and the advanced numbers, aren’t lying to you- he is playing poorly. But how much of that is connected to missing important minutes early in the year? We will never know, but past performance suggests it played a role.
Then, there is Ben McLemore. Where JaMychal has had better days, McLemore really hasn’t. He has never posted a net rating better than -8 (he is currently at -14, and that, and this is true, is better than the past two seasons.) He has never posted a PER better than 10.4 (9.1 currently), or a win shares per 48 minutes better than .045 (.02 as of January 8th). One area where he is struggling compared to previous seasons is his three point shooting- he is a 35% shooter from beyond the arc for his career and is, right now, shooting 31.2% from range. Perhaps you chalk that up to the injury and missing camp…and the same could perhaps be said for concepts and a lack of understanding scheme.
But you also can see that, even with McLemore missing camp and never being part of a stable organization, it is possible to say he just isn’t very good, and a big swing and a miss on a contract. They needed to sign Green. They didn’t need McLemore, and his contract is the biggest mistake this front office made this past offseason.