Green Bay Packers "Squandering" Aaron Rodgers

It would be "inexcusable" for the Packers to miss the playoffs, Frank Schwab says, and it appears they will

November 06, 2018 - 8:32 am

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The Green Bay Packers (3-4-1) have arguably the best quarterback in the NFL, but unless they go on a second-half tear, they will miss the playoffs for the second straight season.

“It’s practically inexcusable for them to miss the playoffs,” Yahoo NFL writer Frank Schwab said on Ferrall on the Bench. “They’re going to have to go 7-1 the rest of the way to get to 10 wins. It’s amazing. And I wonder – and I’m being serious when I say this – If the Packers would have lost that Super Bowl and Mike McCarthy wouldn’t have had this never-ending job security because he won one Super Bowl – would Aaron Rodgers have actually won more Super Bowls in his career?”

After winning the Super Bowl in 2010, the Packers made the playoffs in each of the next six seasons but reached the NFC Championship just twice – and lost to the Seahawks and Falcons, respectively.

“Maybe you blow out Mike McCarthy out in 2012, let’s say, and you get Aaron Rodgers a better coach,” Schwab said. “You give him the Kyle Shanahan, Sean McVay, one of those guys – maybe Aaron Rodgers ends up wining multiple Super Bowls. It’s amazing how they’re squandering this guy.”

The Packers went 7-9 last year – mostly without Rodgers, who suffered a broken collarbone against the Vikings. Now Rodgers is back – but you wouldn’t know it by the standings. Green Bay trails both the Bears (5-3) and the Vikings (5-3) in the NFC North.

“This team is not even being competitive,” Schwab said. “They're 3-4-1 with the greatest quarterback on the planet. What are you even doing? I can’t imagine McCarthy is going to survive this if they don’t make the playoffs, and I can’t see this team rallying to make the playoffs. They ain’t going 7-1 in the second half – not the way they’ve played so far.”

Sticking in the NFC, Schwab believes that Sunday’s Saints/Rams thriller was a conference championship preview. The Saints (7-1) beat the Rams (8-1), but can they get the No. 1 seed?

“I think whoever hosts that game is going to win,” Schwab said. “You just can’t beat the Saints in the Superdome. Drew Brees is just so special. I think Mahomes is going to take the MVP this year, and it’s going to stink because Drew Brees deserves an MVP before he retires. Don’t blame me. The one time I voted was 2009. I voted for Brees and he got robbed that year."