The Green Bay Packers are currently sitting at 5-2 and in first place in the NFC North.
They will be faced with an NFC Championship rematch on Thursday Night Football versus the San Francisco 49ers.
With the trade deadline now behind us, the Green Bay Packers are being heavily criticized in the media.
And rightfully so, might I add.
Last year, the Packers went 13-3, but no one truly feared them as a threat.
They had many holes on both sides of the ball and it showed in their blowout loss to the 49ers.
This year, the same can be said.
The Packers are essentially the same team minus Blake Martinez.
Making a move at the deadline was seen as inevitable until, of course, they didn’t.
Dan Orlovksy Rips Green Bay Packers
ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky was not pleased with the Packers remaining stagnant at the deadline.
Earlier in October, it was reported that the Packers would be looking to make a move for Texans WR Will Fuller.
ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported that the deal ended up not working out due to internal conflicts within Green Bay upper management.
I’m told the Green Bay Packers have discussed trading for Texans’ receiver Will Fuller. However, there’s been a disagreement in Green Bay at the highest levels of the organization over whether or not adding an elite receiver in the short term would be worth the spend.
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) November 3, 2020
Essentially, this means that GM Brian Gutekunst didn’t want Fuller and head coach Matt LeFleur wanted him.
Dan Orlovsky ripped the Packers for making no moves at the deadline (clip below).
In the clip, Orlovsky is quoted saying the following:
“Because there’s no way that Brian Gutekunst, their general manager, watches the same tape that I watch, that you guys watch, that everybody watches and goes, ‘That’s a Super Bowl contending football team.'”
Orlovsky goes on to touch upon the poor defensive play and further expresses his disappointment.
Who Else Could The Packers Have Gone After?
As alluded to earlier, the Packers needed help on both sides of the ball.
There were rumors that the Packers expressed interest in Giants WR, Golden Tate.
I’m not usually trade deadline “Make a trade!” guy, but if I’m the Packers after yesterday, I’m calling on a few WR names today. Among them:
Golden Tate, Alshon Jeffery, Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks, Kenny Stills, and Randall Cobb.
— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) November 2, 2020
Tate, mainly a slot guy, is a dynamic playmaker who could help contribute to this offense that is way too reliant upon WR Davante Adams.
Tate, could have played the role that Randall Cobb played for numerous years in Green Bay.
TE David Njoku was also available for trade.
Defensively, the Packers needed help up front, particularly in the linebacker position.
That much is obvious, especially after the performance against the Vikings, where Dalvin Cook scored 4 touchdowns.
Jets are trading LB Avery Williamson to the Steelers, as @MMehtaNYDN reported.
Trade terms, per source: Jets get Pitt’s 5th-round pick in 2022; Steelers get Williamson and Jets’ 2022 7th-round pick.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 2, 2020
The Steelers, who lost LB Devin Bush, due to injury, made a bold move.
The Packers could have made this same move for probably the same price and fill in a major hole on the defensive side.
No moves at the deadline will once again come to haunt this Packer team in the playoffs.
Rodgers is aging and his championship window is closing.
This organization hasn’t done much to help him solidify another ring for this great franchise.