Packers Should Have Won Another Super Bowl

The Packers won it all in 2010 – and they haven't won it again because of poor team management, Brady Poppinga says

Reiter Than You
August 30, 2018 - 10:10 am

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Aaron Rodgers is perhaps the best quarterback in football, and now he has the money to prove it. The Packers signed their franchise cornerstone to a four-year, $134 million extension, which includes a record $57.5 million signing bonus. 

Was this the right move? In a word: yes. In two words: yes, absolutely.

“They’re going to have to be aggressive with the cap and look at this like, ‘This is a once-in-a-lifetime deal. Are we really going to get another all-time-great, Hall-of-Fame caliber quarterback like when Aaron replaced Brett? Are we going to get that?’” former Packers linebacker Brady Poppinga said on Reiter Than You. “I would go for broke, take advantage of this. Honestly, we should have won one more Super Bowl since 2010. I can’t believe that the Packers haven’t, and I do believe it’s because of the management of the team. They didn’t look at it like that. They looked at it more like, ‘We’re going to stay true to what we’ve done to get it here’ when in fact it’s better to go for it. At the end of the day, you got to win now. Getting another Hall of Fame-caliber guy is very unlikely in the place of Aaron when he does eventually hang them up.”

Since winning the Super Bowl, the Packers have made the playoffs in six of seven seasons and played in two of the last four NFC Championship Games. They missed the postseason last year, this after Rodgers broke his collarbone in Week 6.

“He is one of the best – and I don't think there’s an argument,” Poppinga said. “You look at quarterbacking, and it’s all about two things: taking care of the ball and scoring points. Because guess what? Those are the two biggest factors in determining the game. He does those two things better than anybody’s ever done in the history of the NFL. It’s unbelievable how he takes care of the ball yet he still makes those calculated-risk throws and throwing it into tight coverage – and it pays off for him tremendously. 

“So to me, there’s no argument,” Poppinga continued. “He is either the best or one of the best to have eve played the game. To say he’s overrated, just look at last year what happened to the Packers when he got hurt. Their team went from being a contender – a Super Bowl contender – to one that (missed the playoffs).”