The Green Bay Packers could be on the brink of full collapse in 2022. After falling to 3-5, the Packers are in “win now” mode every week. The trade deadline came and went without the Packers making a single move. Many Packers fans were irate over the lack of moves. To make matters worse, every other NFC North team was fairly active at the trade deadline. Packers fans have apparently flooded President Mark Murphy’s inbox regarding the trade deadline. Today, he responded to some of those fans.
Mark Murphy Responds To Criticism Of Fans
In Mark Murphy’s Take Five on November 5th, the Packers’ President started things off with addressing the trade deadline. Here is what he had to say:
We entered this season with high expectations, having won 13 games three years in a row with the league’s two-time reigning MVP on the roster. The start of the season has been disappointing. We’ve lost our last four games (the last time we lost four games in a row was 2016), and struggled in other stretches – losing to the Vikings to start the season and barely beating the Patriots in overtime at home.
It is a long season, though (we have nine games remaining), and things can change quickly in the NFL. I’ve heard from many fans who were disappointed that we were not able to make a trade prior to the trade deadline on Tuesday (thanks, by the way, to those fans who sent emails to MT5 regarding our failure to make a trade that didn’t include swear words and calls for immediate resignations and firings). It was not for lack of trying. Brian Gutenkunst had active discussions about adding players in the weeks leading up to the deadline but ultimately was not able to consummate a deal that made sense to us.
While it is not surprising at this point, it is always disheartening to hear that fans send such vulgar words to the Packers’ front office. It is certainly not just the Packers’ organization that deals with this, every single NFL franchise deals with heavy criticism. It has, unfortunately, become a “norm” at the NFL level. But this begs the question, what can the Packers front office do from here?
Who Can Green Bay Bring In to Help After The Trade Deadline?
With Albert Breer reported the Packers have already been among the teams to have reached out to Odell Beckham Jr. (but the knee is still a question) following the trade deadline. It has been made clear in the past that Odell Beckham Jr. wants to play with Aaron Rodgers. Beckham wanted to be signed by the Packers last year prior to signing with the Rams in L.A. However, after feeling like the Packers weren’t serious about signing him, he went on to play with Matthew Stafford. This year the Rams don’t seem to be offering much for OBJ to come back, so he is looking elsewhere.
Another name that we could keep an eye on still, is WR Brandin Cooks out of Houston. Some Packers fans seemed excited about the uncertainty of Cooks’ future in Houston. Cooks tweeted a cryptic tweet, “He will make my paths straight. Trust, trust, trust him.” This raised plenty of speculation on whether Cooks would finish out his season with the Texans. There would still be multiple hoops for teams to jump through to land Cooks, including waiver order and salary intricacies. Nevertheless, Packers fans have been optimistic about a possible signing.
Going forward the Packers have made it clear they like the talent they have on the team already. Injuries and consistency needs to be on their side and this season could turn around in a heart beat.
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