The Green Bay Packers are done.

After a brutal 15-9 loss to the Detroit Lions, there’s no doubt that Green Bay won’t be making the playoffs this season. Sunday was a must-win game for the Packers and they failed.

Detroit had not given up fewer than 24 points all season. This should’ve been Green Bay’s breakout game.

Instead, the Lions looked like the 85 Bears.

So why are the Packers struggling so badly?

I think there’s an obvious answer.

It’s all on Aaron Rodgers.

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Nov 6, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) catches the snap against the Detroit Lions during the first quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports

And it’s not because he’s washed — you don’t win back-to-back NFL MVP awards and then all of a sudden completely forget how to play quarterback. Sure, he’s getting up there in age and a decline was always inevitable. But not this fast. Not for one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game.

Rodgers’ problem is on the mental side. He doesn’t have that same fire that we’ve seen before. And he’s more worried about pointing fingers than shouldering the blame for the Packers’ offensive struggles.

I know Green Bay lost wide receiver Davante Adams. And they’ve had to shuffle around the offensive line quite a bit. But this offense looks as dreadful as any NFL offense I’ve ever seen. There’s zero excuse for an offense with a defending NFL MVP to look this pedestrian. No one is on the same page. It’s clear that the leadership on the field is lacking.

Maybe Rodgers should just retire. If he can’t be all in — and I don’t care what he says, just watch his play on the field — then he shouldn’t be out there.

Some might say Rodgers deserves more respect. He’s earned that, sure. But I think fans also have to consider all that really matters is the season at hand. And when it comes to the current season, Rodgers is failing miserably.

It’s probably too late at this point in the season to hope for things to change.

And honestly, it’s probably time to start looking at the post-Rodgers era. I can’t see any reason why Green Bay would even want him back in 2023 if this is how he’s going to play.

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