History has shown us there are two things Aaron Rodgers isn’t particularly good at.
NFC Championship Games and playing general manager.
Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers’ quarterback, is 1-4 lifetime in NFC title games. Rodgers posted a passer rating of 55.4 in the 2010 NFC Championship Game against Chicago and a rating of 55.9 against Seattle in 2014.
In 2016, Rodgers and the offense were stuck in neutral as the Packers fell behind 31-0 in the third quarter. Things weren’t any better in 2019 when Rodgers threw two interceptions and fumbled three times in a 37-20 blowout loss to Chicago.
Rodgers wasn’t much better in 2020, when the Packers fell behind, 28-10, to visiting Tampa Bay. Even after leading a fourth quarter comeback, Rodgers had a chance to run for a late touchdown and pull the Packers within 31-29, but got cold feet and threw incomplete into double coverage.
Now Rodgers — who is likely playing his final season in Green Bay — wants more of a voice in personnel decisions. This idea is almost as ridiculous as his performances ion conference title games.
The Packers appeased Rodgers by trading for over-the-hill wide receiver Randall Cobb — one of the quarterback’s close friends — last month.
On Saturday, Cobb posted a picture of Matthews on his Instagram account with the comment “Sup?” Rodgers then shared the post and wrote “BRING HIM BACK.”
It’s clear, the inmates are inching closer to officially running this asylum. And if Matthews returns, the level of absurdity will have officially hit new heights in Green Bay.
When Rodgers returned to the Packers in July after a tumultuous offseason, he listed 12 players he believed Green Bay’s management team moved on from too quickly. Matthews was one of those 12.
As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein chronicled, Rodgers was off the mark on almost every player.
Matthews was an all-time Packer great and will enter the team’s Hall of Fame one day. But he’s also 35 years old and was out of football in 2020.
A first-round draft pick in 2009, Matthews went to six Pro Bowls during his 10 years in Green Bay. He’s the Packers’ career sack leader (83.5), but after a solid year with the Los Angeles Rams in 2019 (8.0 sacks), no one wanted him last season.
The hierarchy in Green Bay is a jumbled mess right now.
Team president Mark Murphy inserted himself into football decisions in Jan., 2018, when he removed general manager Ted Thompson from that role. Current general manager Brian Gutekunst doesn’t seem to have the power former GMs like Ron Wolf, Mike Sherman and Thompson once did.
Even Russ Ball, Green Bay’s Executive Vice President/ Director of Football Operations, has a voice at the table. And now, Rodgers wants his to be heard with greater frequency.
The Packers gave Cobb to Rodgers last month. That should be the last gift the quarterback receives.
Truthfully, what’s next in Rodgers’ world? Bringing back Ruvell Martin? Brett Goode? Bruce Wilkerson?
As Gutekunst assembles the 53-man roster in the next two weeks, the last thing he needs is advice from a quarterback that wants to reunite with his pals for his “Last Dance.” And if Gutekunst and Green Bay’s management team don’t realize that, they might be following Rodgers out of town sooner than they know.