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Cheese Curds, 1/26: Welcome to Aaron Rodgers narrative season

Another NFC Championship game loss means another offseason in narrative jail for Packers fans.

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If the past has shown us anything about how the NFL media world operates, there’s no interview, news release, or press conference that’s going to derail the train that has already begun to build up steam. No matter what anybody says, this is going to be the conversation all offseason, even if Mark Murphy has already said the Packers aren’t moving on from their star quarterback.

Such is the curse of another NFC Championship loss. Not only is the season over, but everyone involved in it — from the executive level down to the most casual of fans — can’t help but be swallowed up in a maelstrom of takes.

Think about how last year’s loss shaped the entire offseason narrative, or even the narrative for much of the 2020 season. The Packers needed weapons, or so the story went, and every action they made in the offseason was evaluated in light of that.

Now, a similar cloud hangs over the Packers’ ensuing offseason. Even if they have no intention of moving on from Aaron Rodgers (or without considering if Rodgers even wants to move on himself), everything they do will be measured against that.

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Regardless of how likely it may or may not be, Rodgers’ exit in Green Bay has numerous ramifications. Rob Demovsky sorts through them here.

Aaron Rodgers’ unsettled Packers future: Trade fits, his legacy, and can he really leave? | The Athletic

Mike Sando offers another perspective on Rodgers’ postgame comments, parsing them within the larger picture of Jordan Love and the Packers’ roster realities.

Conference Championship Quick Reads | Football Outsiders

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How 18 missed opportunities cost the Packers a trip to the Super Bowl | Packers Wire

How did the Packers squander an opportunity to make it to the Super Bowl? Zach Kruse counts the ways.

Maybe analytics told Packers and Bills to kick field goals. Who they were facing should’ve told them something else | Yahoo NFL

Blaming the Packers’ not going for it on 4th down on “the analytics” sure is a take you can have, I guess, but the author arrives at a good point: the Packers gave up control of the ball when they didn’t have to, and lost as a result.