After being able to keep a core of players together for several years, the past couple of days have been tough on the hearts of Packer Nation.
As sad as it was to see Clay Matthews and Randall Cobb move on, letting them leave was also very necessary.
Both players are no longer their former selves. Matthews has infamously struggled when healthy and even when he was on the field he was often invisible. Cobb had flashes, but he too was not as productive the past few seasons as Davante Adams’ star began to rise.
They were both very popular with fans. and Matthews made THE play of Super Bowl XLV that stunted the Pittsburgh Steelers’ momentum and allowed Green Bay to win their fourth Lombardi Trophy. Cobb was a noted Chicago Bear killer as he scored two game-winning touchdowns against the Packers’ most hated rival. Those are moments fans will never forget.
However had Green Bay brought them back, they’d be doing so based on what they did for the team more than what they can still do and being nostalgic won’t win you a Super Bowl. Same rule applies to bringing back Jordy Nelson. Green Bay is moving forward, not backwards.
This offseason has been all about the Packers coming into the future and part of that means letting go of the past. As bitter of a pill as it is to swallow losing Cobb and Matthews, it was time.
Their legacy in Titletown is secure, but their paths diverged from where Green Bay was headed. May their travels forever be smooth.
You can read more on the tough but correct decision to let the two players walk plus how one of the new free agents could be in for a breakout season in today’s cheese curds.
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