Drama — it’s one word that has been often associated with the Green Bay Packers for a while now.
From Aaron Rodgers throwing shade at his head coach (after a win) back in October, to discussions detailing Rodgers’ beef with higher-ups via stories from ex-teammates, coaches, scouts, and others, to passive-aggressive humblebrag aimed at the new head coach caught our attention. It’s been in front of our faces for a while now, and I’m not sure it’s going away any time soon.
In Jay Glazer’s most recent mailbag at The Athletic, the NFL insider answered a question regarding the issues that surround Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and first-year head coach Matt LaFleur. And if you’re a Packers fan who stumbles across this, Glazer’s answer isn’t what you’re hoping to read.
“I think the noise will continue to get louder and louder now that there is even more of a microscope on it. The Packers brought this drama and attention on themselves over the last year,” Glazer wrote. “I think it will get harder and harder for the team to quiet that noise, unless the Packers are absolutely lights-out on offense.”
It’s wild to think that things could get even worse for the Packers if they get off to a slow start. Green Bay isn’t a place where drama has resided over the years, so to see it pop up and not go away is a bit of a surprise. These issues are usually snuffed out long before they become a national sideshow. And yet, here we are keeping our eyes on the Packers’ dirty laundry.
What makes this whole situation sweeter from the perspective of a Bears fan who loves schadenfreude, all you have to do is look back to the 2018 Bears to realize how offseasons featuring drastic changes can create a clean slate for the players, coaches, and front office. Getting a fresh set of eyes on old problems is one way to get the most out of a situation when things have run its course. Then we have this version of the Packers, whose drama has followed them from the end of last season and into the 2019 calendar year — even with a fresh slate. And to think, it might not be going anywhere for a while unless they get off to a hot start.
Get your popcorn ready, friends. This could be good for Bears fans if it continues to go bad for the Packers.