"Obviously, I’ve got a lot more gray in the beard than I did a few years ago,” Rodgers said. “So, I know that football mortality catches up to everybody, and you never want to lose a season. Especially when you felt great starting the season about our prospects."
Veteran outside linebacker Nick Perry, who was placed on season-ending IR last Saturday, said Friday that he expects to be back with the team next season, despite a hefty contract and the possibility that the team will seek salary-cap relief by cutting him two years into a five-year, $60 million deal he signed in March 2017.
From sending receivers in motion more often and calling more play-action passes and jet sweeps (and even some play-action passes off of jet sweep fakes) to lining up receivers in bunched formations, the Packers’ previously unseen play-calls have been obvious to even the casual football observer.
The Packers couldn't deviate from the script they followed in their previous three road games, dropping a 24-17 decision to the Vikings that left them in serious danger of missing the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
Once again, a fourth-quarter collapse during a road game in which they’d been competitive for the first three quarters did the Packers in on Sunday night, this time in the form of a 24-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings at US Bank Stadium.
A glorious era officially ground to a halt Sunday at wintry Lambeau Field, first with one of the more dismal home losses in Green Bay history, a 20-17 defeat at the hands of the woebegone Arizona Cardinals, then with the Packers taking the unusual step − for them − of firing coach Mike McCarthy with four games to play in the season.