Green Bay Packers stunned fans and analysts alike when they traded up and used a first-round pick to secure a quarterback in Jordan Love. It came as a surprise the NFC runners up were expected to draft a wide receiver to help Aaron Rodgers. However, none of the next 8 picks were used to bolster that spot. Colin Cowherd believes that teams communicate what they think about the roster at the drafts. He shared the same on an episode of The Herd.
“Not only did they draft a quarterback. Not only did they draft a running back with their second pick, but then three of their next 4 picks were interior offensive linesmen. They also did not draft a wide receiver and what does it say.”
As per Cowherd, “The new coach is saying we’re not building around Aaron Rodgers, we’re building around a running game.”
It is similar to the San Francisco 49ers who demolished The Packers in last season’s NFC Championship game. He shares Rodgers’ 2019 NFL stats with listeners. “24th in completions, 11th in yards, 10th in touchdowns passes, 12th in QBR.”
This is with Davante Adams and Aaron Jones on his side. It clearly shows that Rodgers is being phased out and is there as the backup plan until the new offensive tactics work seamlessly. He further elaborates why Rodgers may be the problem and cites Russell Wilson and Carson Wentz here who go on making the playoffs.
“Willson and Wentz don’t have anybody nearly as good as Davante Adams. They make everybody better. They make every tight end and every wide receiver work. Wentz last year took deck furniture and lawn chairs to the playoffs.”
He opines that Green Bay thinks Adams is better than any receiver the duo has at Seattle and Philadelphia respectively. The Packers have Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Devin Funchess too. He says, “that’s enough.”
Careful scrutiny of all this can clearly unearth the underlying message. It is that Rodgers’ style of passing is done at Green Bay. Will the 36-year-old notice the signs and demand a trade? Or will he be a team man and hold ‘The Packers’ together as they prepare for a new era of running the football?