Rodgers did everything within his power to hide his team’s problems.
If it weren’t for ‘Number 12’, the Packers would be a three, maybe a four-win team. That’s how important Aaron Rodgers is to their success. For years he was beyond capable of masking all of the issues that the team had across the board. At some point, that bough would break and the cradle would fall.
And it has fallen. Believe me, it has.
Green Bay is entering uncharted territory under Rodgers. Finding the best head coach candidate can make or break their team’s success over the next few years. It’s something that could easily sink the organization and plunge them into the same darkness the Bears experienced for so long.
There are legitimate concerns going forward. The Packers are about to enter a realm of uncertainty, of collapse, even; it just so happens to be timed with the Bear’s ascension.
‘Club Dub’ isn’t enough for these Bears.
As the Bears duel with the San Francisco 49ers today, they promised that winning the division wasn’t good enough; they want more. These Bears are different, no doubt. In their minds, they believe they can succeed where others have failed and go all the way.
Whether or not that happens remains to be seen. As far as I’m concerned, it’s within my nature to not get my hopes up. That way, the disappointment won’t sting so hard.
But perhaps after all these years, that changes. Last Sunday’s victory over Green Bay felt nothing short of cathartic; as if a page had finally been turned. There are no guarantees in the NFL, absolutely none. For all we know, the Packers could magically go back to their winning ways next year.
For now, last Sunday’s emotional triumph meant everything. Where were you, Bears fans? Where were you when the Khalil Mack sacked Aaron Rodgers all the way back to Green Bay? Will you remember and cherish this memory? Do you celebrate that the Chicago Bears are finally back? Everything that transpired on December 16th, 2018 was years in the making.
These feelings, these moments… that’s something that no one, not even the flawless, invincible Aaron Rodgers can take away from you or me.
Not this time.