Beuerlein: Rodgers "Not That Guy" To Put On Happy Face

Aaron Rodgers is frustrated – and he isn't hiding it

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November 26, 2018 - 12:42 pm

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Things have gone from bad to worse to dumpster fire in Green Bay this season, as the Packers (4-6-1) have lost four of their last five games, including Sunday’s 24-17 setback in Minnesota. 

The Packers led the Vikings 14-7 with 14:16 left in the second quarter but mustered just three points the rest of the way, as Aaron Rodgers finished with a season-low 198 passing yards.

What’s wrong with No. 12?

“Well, that’s a great question,” CBS Sports Network NFL analyst Steve Beuerlein said on The DA Show. “Obviously it’s a very disappointing story the way this thing has evolved. There’s some deeper problems there. I think Aaron is trying to do the best that he can to keep stoic and keep from really letting on what really is at the root of the problem from his perspective. But he’s just not very good at hiding it. 

“Some of these guys – Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger – they’ll break it down in terms of showing some emotion and being a little bit too honest, but these guys all do have the ability to put on the happy face and kind of play the company-line role and say the things that need to be said to keep things going in the right direction until the problem is corrected. But Aaron is not that guy. He’s obviously frustrated.”

The Packers were one of the most consistent teams in the NFL from 2009-2016, winning a Super Bowl and advancing to the playoffs eight years in a row. Now, however, they are in danger of missing the postseason in back-to-back years for the first time since 2005-06.

“I really do think that there are some deeper issues between he and McCarthy,” Beuerlein said. “The team is so dependent on him playing absolutely phenomenally every week that it’s just too much pressure, even for the guy that we all consider to be the best quarterback playing right now. If you’re expecting him to have that kind of game every single week, it’s just asking too much. He’s cracking a little bit right now. I don’t think there’s any doubt. He’s still Aaron Rodgers. He’ll come back strong at some point. It’s just a matter of when that is and what the exact situation is going to be.”

Why is Rodgers frustrated? Well, he missed most of 2017 with a broken collarbone, and the team has unperformed in 2018. The Packers are 11-15-1 since the start of last season.

“I think it’s over not winning, No. 1,” Beuerlein said of the frustration. “That’s the obvious answer. Even if things aren’t perfect in terms of what they’re doing offensively or if he’s not 100 percent happy with some of the inner workings of the organization, I think if you’re winning, that’s a band-aid and it allows you to keep moving forward and keep things positive. You can put your personal frustrations aside if the Ws are stacking. But when there’s no relief in sight and you’re week-by-week slowly drifting out of the playoff picture, it becomes harder and harder, especially for a guy who has a hard time covering it up when he’s not happy. It’s a challenge.”

Four of the Packers’ six losses have come by one possession. Two – at Rams, at Seahawks – came by a combined five points.

“I really don’t know what the other problems are internally, but there’s obviously a disconnect somewhere,” Beuerlein said. “We’ll probably never know exactly what it is, but you can just tell there’s too many negative vibes that are coming out of that camp right now, and I truly believe that a change is going to come after the season.”

The Packers likely need to run the table to reach the playoffs. To that end, they play four of their last five games against losing teams, including three at home. They host Arizona (2-9) this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.