If you’d have told Green Bay Packers fans in August their team would have a duplicate record with the Cleveland Browns in December, they’d probably say they’d be stunned the Browns had such a strong season.
Now that December is actually here and both teams have identical records and for all the wrong season.
What’s worse is both teams have head coaching vacancies and somehow the Packers opening is the less desirable of the two.
Does this sound like some version of hell, Packer Nation? It’s not quite as bad as it might sound.
Cleveland has been in the basement of the league for decades and has been able to stockpile a lot of young talent thanks to consistently picking in the top five of the draft. Green Bay has spent most of their time picking in the mid-to-late twenties the past decade, save the past two seasons.
The Packers do still have Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, but he just turned 35 and has fewer years behind him than he does ahead. The Browns have Baker Mayfield, a gifted but raw young signal caller who could take the throne Rodgers currently holds as the NFL’s most gifted signal callers.
There are more factors than the above at play obviously, but the bottom line is the Packers are a victim of their own success in this situation.
What the Packers do have going for them is obviously Rodgers but also a young aggressive general manager in Brian Gutekunst. It’s not a bad job by any means, it’s just Cleveland holds an advantage thanks to their long stretch of poor play.
You can read more on the comparison between two jobs and how Mike McCarthy was allowed some closure in today’s cheese curds.
After being a staple of success and stability for over a decade, the wave of change has swept over Green Bay. Unfortunately sometimes success puts a team are a disadvantage when change finally comes.
The Packers players have a lot on the line these final four games. With their coach now gone, many players will look to prove they’re not one of the reasons for the disappointing season.
Regardless of how it ended, an era is over in Titletown and it was an era that had a Super Bowl title in it. Nostalgia ran rampant throughout Lambeau Field this week.
Despite a 4-7-1 record, the Packers have had some great individual performances.
Somehow “Kentucky Fried Gator” doesn’t have the same ring to it.