‘So Damn Egregious’ – Stephen A Smith SLAMS Green Bay Packers for Letting Aaron Rodgers Down on Multiple Occasions

Published 04/05/2021, 3:25 PM EDT
Jan 24, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during the first quarter in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


Aaron Rodgers has been with the Green Bay Packers for a long time. And after what seemed to be the perfect kickstart in the Super Bowl, Rodgers is yet to reach the stage again. Time after time, the Packers have bowed out of the playoffs, mostly at the NFC championship game. And according to one famous analyst, it is not all Rodgers’ fault.

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Popular NFL analyst Stephen A Smith spoke on First Take about the Aaron RodgersGreen Bay Packers situation. He noted that Rodgers has been let down by the organization and the team on numerous occasions. So much so that Stephen A. couldn’t help but harken back to the times of Dan Marino to think which other QB had been let down this badly.

Jan 24, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass against Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) during the third quarter in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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“The fact of the matter is I could make a legitimate argument. I could challenge anybody to try to come up with a quarterback who has been let down more by his supporting cast over his career than Aaron Rodgers. I want to know who that is. The fact of the matter is that we might have to go back to Dan Marino because he never had a defense for crying out loud.” 

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Smith further added that the Packers have been disappointing Rodgers for a very long time now. In Smith’s mind, not only have the Packers let Rodgers down, but they have asked too much of him. Aaron Rodgers has been asked to carry the load for the Packers all this time and has got nothing in return, even pointing to the ‘egregious’ contract situation that just took place.

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“But you’d be hard-pressed to find somebody let down more by his supporting cast. The Green Bay Packers have not only asked Aaron Rodgers to be great. They’ve asked him to carry a franchise for the better part of his entire career. That’s been the situation he has been dealing with in Green Bay, which is why it’s so damn egregious that they don’t have any guaranteed money for him after giving him. $6.8 million signing bonus.”

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Can the Green Bay Packers find success again? Aaron Rodgers made his frustration clear. And it appears the franchise is trying to make things right. However, the rest of the NFL has strengthened themselves majorly. And the Packers are running out of ways to get better. Their one way out remaining is the NFL draft. If they can draft a solid defensive player, Rodgers may have a better chance at success.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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