As we delve into yet another offseason, everybody and anybody has an opinion on how to fix what is wrong with the Packers. Now granted, some are just crazy, but there are some out there that do have merit. Fixing the defense, maybe even changing the coaching staff, and signing some impact free agents are all good ideas, but what I have yet to see, is anyone pinpoint the real problem of this team, which has nothing to do with any of the above ideas.
Think back to the Super Bowl win and the hot start the following season. For Packers fans, those were awesome times. The Packers went an entire year without losing a football game. Great, right? Well, what happened is following the Super Bowl win, and the hot start, these Packers, got, well, quite arrogant. You know what? I'm not going to be polite. Let's just tell it like it is- these Packers had their heads stuck so far up their butts by the time they went into Kansas City in 2011 that they couldn't even see the light of day. What this brought about was three very bad habits which still exist to this day.
The last few years, when these Packers win, it is on talent and second half adjustments alone. Most of you probably agree with me on that. That is no secret to anybody. What frustrates me, is that week after week, I see three very bad habits coming into play. The problem with these Packers is not free agents, personnel changes, or any such things. The problem with these Packers comes down to attitude, effort, and preparation.
As I've watched these Packers play the last few years, I've noticed three things, and if you watch closely enough, you would notice these things as well. They don't take their opponents seriously, they are not prepared for many of the games they play in, and they do not play hard most of the time. Don't believe me? Pick a game from the last several seasons, and watch it closely. Watch the body language of these players. They look lackadaisical, confused, and they don't look like they are taking what they're doing seriously. Honestly, when these Packers take the field, they play like everyone is afraid of them, or should be, and that is a bad miscalculation on their part.
So how do they fix this problem? Honestly I'm not sure, because I'm not sure who to blame. Could the problem be coaches? Maybe. The players? Maybe. The front office? Who knows. Bottom line is, they need to fix this, otherwise these Packers are going to go down in history as the most underachieving team in NFL history.