Davis: "Hard Conversations" Coming For Packers

If the Packers miss the playoffs for a second straight season, changes could be coming, Charles Davis says

Taz and the Moose
November 07, 2018 - 10:38 am

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The Green Bay Packers (3-4-1) are 0-4 on the road this season and are in danger of missing the playoffs for the second straight season.

Are their problems simply talent-related, or is there something else at play?

“I don’t know that they’re just talent-related, but I think they’re going through a transition of talent,” NFL on Fox and NFL Network analyst Charles Davis said on Taz & The Moose. “Who’s bringing it in – it’s a new GM, Brian Gutekunst. How it’s being evaluated – Brian Gutekunst and his staff versus what Ted Thompson did before, even though Gutekunst was a part of that. Everyone has their own ways of doing things, and you adapt to the person in charge, but now that person is in charge. He might not view things the same way.”

Which is why Gutekunst dealt former first-round pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to Washington for a fourth-rounder last week.

“He actually mentioned something about bringing in guys who weren’t up to the task and the number of guys who have been in and out of that locker room that weren’t capable of being at the level he was seeking,” Davis said. “I’m paraphrasing, but that struck me to hear him talk about that. Their thing was, ‘He’s declining as a player.’ I don't know that he’s declined as much as they’re putting out there.”

The Packers may have to go 7-1 in the second half of the season to make the playoffs. If they fall short, changes could be coming.

“Here’s the bottom line,” Davis said. “You’ve got one of the best quarterbacks. You’ve got a generational quarterback. You’ve got a transcendent quarterback. You have one Super Bowl, which is fantastic, but with that quarterback, shouldn’t there be more? That’s what the Packers have to figure out right now. They’re going to struggle to make the playoffs for the second year in a row, and if that happens, I think there will be a very hard conversation about what they’re going to do organizationally going forward.”

The Packers host Miami (5-4) this Sunday 4:25 p.m. ET.