Green Bay Packers fans can’t be happy right now after watching their team suffer a devastating 19-17 loss against the Denver Broncos on Sunday night. Much like the rest of the supporters, Packers icon Mark Tauscher went into Sunday’s contest with a lot of hope as the team looked to bounce back following their bye week.
This loss, however, forced Tauscher to come to terms with the harsh reality Green Bay is facing this season.
Ex-Green Bay Packers OT Drops Bitter Truth After Broncos Loss
Tauscher, who helped the Packers win a Super Bowl title in 2011, did not hold back in his post-game comments following another highly disappointing loss by his beloved team. According to the 46-year-old, it is now time to accept the simple fact that the Packers are far from a top-tier team this season:
“I’m going to start with a question today,” Tauscher said on ESPN’s Green Bay GameNight show (h/t Arthur Weinstein of The Comeback). “Besides the Carolina Panthers, who’s the worst team in the NFL right now?
“Let me put it this way. You can’t distinctly say that it’s not the Green Bay Packers. … The idea that Green Bay is in that mix with the Dallas Cowboys or the Detroit Lions, which maybe we thought after Week 1 or Week 2. Here’s the bottom line. … What we’re realizing is we knew this was a rebuilding year, there were going to be a ton of growing pains, but we’re just not a very good football team.”
Green Bay’s relatively commendable start to the campaign gave fans a lot of hope, which was likely the case for Tauscher as well. Things haven’t been good at all these past weeks, though, which has brought the supporters back down to earth.
Time to Face the Music
Tauscher wasn’t finished. While he did say that Green Bay isn’t the worst team in the NFL right now, the Packers Hall of Famer is ready to accept the fact that they are close to the bottom of the barrel:
“This is a bottom tier NFL football team as we sit here right now,” Tauscher said. “That’s the facts, I didn’t want to acknowledge that right now.
“You just lost and had to scrape to get 17 points against one of the all-time worst NFL defenses through five or six weeks, we’ve ever seen. In that first half, (Denver) looked like the ’85 (Chicago) Bears against our offense.
“We just have to come to grips as Packers fans. It’s going to be a long year. … We’re just not a very good football team right now, and that hasn’t been said in quite a while in Titletown.”
As Tauscher said, this is the daunting reality Packers fans must accept right now. The sooner they are able to come to terms with the fact that they won’t be competitive this year (and perhaps beyond) and that they are in the midst of a rebuilding era, the sooner they will be able to see the silver lining in all this.
Whatever the case may be, it’s going to be a long season ahead for Cheeseheads.
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