The Green Bay Packers decided not to make any moves at the trade deadline. A decision that has come under heavy fire from the fans and media. It was easier to explain in 2019, 2020, and 2021 why Gutekunst stood pat at the trade deadline. The Packers were 7-1, 5-2, and 7-1 in those respective seasons. Gutekunst clearly thought he had enough to make a Super Bowl run in those years. This year Green Bay sits 3-5 and certainly do not look like a Super Bowl Contender. Matt LaFleur was asked about the lack of moves at the trade deadline, his response was what you may expect.
LaFleur Says He Isn’t Focused On Trade Deadline
Matt LaFleur on what he was thinking yesterday as trades were happening:
“I’ll be honest, when I’m up there, it’s what are we doing to put our team in the best position to game plan and put our guys in a spot to execute (at Detroit). LaFleur on what he told the players who may have been hoping for an addition via trade yesterday: “We didn’t even get into that (with the players). Our focus is on Detroit. … If you’re worried about things outside of your control, I think you’re doing everybody a disservice.”
Matt LaFleur also said he and Brian Gutekunst “always talk” but he would not say if he pressed his GM for a trade yesterday: “I was up there game planning and getting ready for Detroit.”
The Packers stood pat on a record-breaking NFL trade deadline day that saw teams across the NFL agree to 10 total trades. Within the NFC North, the Vikings acquired tight end T.J. Hockenson from the Lions while the Bears sent a second-round pick to the Steelers for wide receiver Chase Claypool.
It’s easy to understand why Green Bay fans would be disappointed with the lack of moves. However, it is important to remember that there may be more to fixing this team than just doing one or two trades. We have already seen the Packers reach out to an All-Pro following the trade deadline. We will see if the Packers attempt to make any moves going forward.