Who Is Devon Modster And Why Golden Bear Nation Should Be Excited

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I had just got home and sat down on the couch, tired from a long day at work and I was thinking about college football, and I had a thought, “Let’s see how Modster’s doing”. I pulled out my Iphone, typed his name in the search bar and what I saw made me get up out of my couch and I just starting jumping and screaming like crazy. Devon Modster is transferring to the University of California Berkeley to play as a Golden Bear. And I cannot begin to say how excited I am to see Modster play under the Blue and Gold. But I bet a lot of Bears fan are going, “Who the hell is this guy?”. Well sit back and relax because I’m about to break down a tale about a quarterback from Mission Viejo, California.

Devon Modster started his football career at Mission Viejo High School where he played as a Diablo his freshman year, but then decided to transfer to Tesoro High School to seek less competition for the starting Quarterback position. I went to high school with this guy, and I can remember a lot of students and teammates that looked up to this guy, because he was humble and was a one of the best athletes on campus. He is considered as one of the best Quarterbacks to play with a Tesoro Titans jersey, behind Rob Picazo who went to Stanford. Modster is a dual threat QB who can run and throw an amazing deep ball with great accuracy. The first time I saw him on tv when he was with the UCLA Bruins, it was during the 2017 Cactus Bowl in Arizona, which now known as the Cheez-It Bowl. Modster stepped in for an injured Josh Rosen who is now a starting QB with the Arizona Cardinals. His performance stole the show in the first half with multiple throws to the top WR for UCLA, Jordan Lasley. He finished the game with a QB rating of 154.1. He threw 2 touchdown passes and threw for 295 yards. For me to see him thrive as a starting QB made my hopes rise because after this performance and with Josh Rosen leaving that year, I knew that Modster would likely be the starting QB. But the next year, UCLA brought in Chip Kelly, the once famed college football coach and guess what, he benched Modster the entire season behind a QB from Michigan who played just decent. So props to Modster for making the decision to transfer out of UCLA.

Nothing can contain the excitement I am feeling, because with Modster transferring to Cal, it is a big deal and the Bears are getting a huge upgrade at QB in Modster. This guy can make great reads and can fit in with Justin Wilcox’s Offensive scheme perfectly. I wrote and article predicting Cal’s odds of being in the top 25 next year, well scratch that, the Bears are guaranteed a top ten 10 in the nation next, and I would bet on it too if I wanted to. The only thing Cal would need to do is figure out a running game next season because Laird would have most likely moved on already, and also get Modster some play maker receivers that can get open, because this guy will get the ball in their hands for sure. I know I might be contradicting what I said about Chase Garbers, and I do still believe in him and his chance will come to be a great quarterback with Cal, but I just hope the Bears utilizes Modster’s talent because he is a beast with the football, and take that from a guy that went to watch a lot of high school football games when he was at my school. Next year I will be watching a lot of Golden Bears football games, because I’m ready to see Devon play in a Golden Bears football jersey and Bears fans, get real crazy because it’s gonna be a wild ride in Berkeley when the 2019 college football season comes.

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5-7-1, What Are The Odds.

After Win Against The Falcons, Where Do The Packers Stand.

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The photo of Josh Jackson blocking a pass to Sanu Jr. basically summarizes the week 13 matchup between the Packers and the Falcons, “Playoff hopes for the Falcons? Nope”. Last Sunday’s intense matchup really showed many of us to things on how the Packers operated under the newly found leadership of Interim Head Coach, Joe Philbin. One, Philbin cannot do replay challenges to save his life. He literally gave up his two chances during the first drive of the game for the Falcons! Second, maybe the Packers have found the spark they were looking for this whole season, but there is still a lot of internal issues this battered team needs to do in order to slide into the playoffs.

The Pack has been kicked and spat in their eyes this entire season, and not just by other teams,but by their own poison. This last game on sunday showed Pack fans that, when used right, the offense for the Packers can make plays and come up with points when its most needed. This game looked very much like the old Packer’s offense that we missed so dearly. Though it wasn’t his best game, Rodgers managed to pull through and manage to come away with a good game. Breeland and Jaire Alexander again thrived and against one of the best wide receiving cores in the league. The Pack still struggled to defend the run and get enough pressure on Matt Ryan, but in the late part of the game, the defense manged to step up and scuttle the offensive attack of the Falcons.

We did see a lot of Rodger’s magic return when he rushed for over 40 yards in the game and was able to get out of the pocket and throw some bombs into the Falcon secondary. But with his spectacular showing, it also opened our eyes to a problem in the Packer’s offense. The line that is meant to protect Rodgers has not been playing to perfection, allowed Rodgers to be sacked multiple times and now the sack numbers on Rodgers is now 39, which is bad. If this team wants to show that they are Super Bowl caliber, the offensive line needs to step up and give Rodger’s a little more time to go through his progressions and especially with the rookie wide receivers. I am also suprised that the Packers didn’t utilize Jake Kumerow enough in Sunday’s matchup, he was on the field for 6 snaps and was not targeted at all. I understand that the rookie wideouts are showing improvement, but Kumerow has been in the league longer than the rooks, so Rodger’s and Joe Philbin should give him more chances to prove that he can be a weapon for the Packers and A-Rod

So, here’s what happens now, the Pack is 5-7-1 and their chances of the Playoffs are hanging by a finger over a cliff, and I don’t say a fingernail because the Falcons would fit better in that spot after their loss to the Packers. So what do you do now, with Joe Philbin at the helm, you win the rest of the games for the season and pray that a lot of teams in the NFL help you out. The Packers schedule for the remainder of the season is very easy, but many would say, “but what about the 9-4 Bears who are on fire on defense”. I’ll tell you why the Bears will lose in week 14. One, the Bears have never won at home against the Packers since 2010, and I believe this is the time for Rodger’s to end their road losing streak. This team has a lot of confidence, especially after the win against the best receiving core in the NFL. After you face the Bears, the Packers will play the Jets in their territory, and that will be a breeze, hopefully. Then they play the Lions at home and the Packers are very good in home games in December and the Lions are still struggling to find their rhythm even with their new head coach, Matt Patricia, who was mentored by Bill Belichick. The Packers can easily beat this team. Why? because the only reason they lost to the Lions in the first place was because Crosby missed 4 field goals and 1 extra point in the previous match and if he had made all of them, the Pack would have been victorious 36-31. So believe that this team can still be a threat, especially if they’ve done it before when they ran the table in 2016 and made it all the way to the NFC Championship. But in order for this to work, the Packers need a plethora of things to happen in order for this final equation to work.

So here’s the scenario, the Packers are still in the hunt for a wildcard spot in the 2018 playoffs. The only way the Packers can get there is if the following teams lose a certain amount of games. Topping this list of, the Vikings, the most important piece of this equation involves the Vikings losing 2-3 of the rest of their games, also another way this could work is if the Seahawks lose the rest of their games, but that seems unlikely because they play the 49ers, Chiefs, and the Cardinals, so the chance of them losing the rest of their games is unlikely. As for the Vikings, their schedule for next three games include the Dolphins, the Bears, and the Lions. With the way it has been going for them and their issues with Kirk Cousins, it would seem very likely that the Vikings will lose against the Bears and the Dolphins. For the other factors, the Redskins, the Panthers, and the Eagles need to lose only one game each. That is a very likely scenario. Redskins are down to their 4th string quarterback in Josh Johnson, who was announced earlier this week as the starter over the veteran Mark Sanchez. Then the Eagles come to LA to play against an angry Rams team who managed to lose against the Bears on Sunday night and Wentz is reported unlikely to play this sunday due to a back injury, so their season will be on the line this sunday, and even if they win, they also have to go throughthe Texans. The Panthers on the other hand, have it the worst, it seems completely unlikely they’ll survive a matchup against the Saints in Monday Night Football, and when they face them again three weeks later. Let me also remind you the Saints recently stole the top seed from Rams after their embarrassing loss against the Bears. At this point in the season, it would seem that the playoff Gods are in favor of the Packers as of right now, which is good, but they’ll need to earn that spot by winning the rest of the games in the 2018 season and figuring out their personal issues. But with all that aside, don’t ever lose hope in the Pack and never count Mr. Aaron Rodgers out.

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What Will It Take For The Angels To Return To Glory In 2018?

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Well, the Angels are a new team, with a new staff, and a new beginning. Mike Scossia has finally stepped down as manager after one of the longest tenures by any manager in the MLB. Now we have a new head honcho, by the name of Brad Ausmus, former Detroit Tigers Manager. You must be wondering, “really?! doesn’t Detroit suck?”. Well yes, but that wasn’t because of bad coaching it was mostly because Detroit really doesn’t have much talent besides Miguel Cabrera. So, what does that mean for the Angels, who have promising young talent, well it means that this young team, with Shohei Ohtani has a bright future, but for this to go right, there has to be many cards that this new management staff needs to play at the right time in order for this team to be a playoff contender.

Pitching for this team is major need. the pitching squad for this Angels team has been one of the most inconsistent pitching in the league since 2010. Billy Eppler needs to a better job at finding suitable pitchers, instead of finding young ones all the time. You’re not gonna just find another Francisco Rodriguez for a long time. This team needs experience and talent, there is a ton of young pitchers that have shown promise and potential in the 2018 season. Guys like Noe Ramirez, and Jaime Barria are some names that have shown glimpses of hope for this pitching squad. Shohei Ohtani and Keynan Middleton are both with injuries and without them, this young group of pitchers has just gotten that weaker. If you want the most out of these young guys, you need to have pitcher who has been in the league for a long time and can be a mentor to all of them and believe me, you will see significant improvement for many years to come.

Batting is a major key to winning games, and the Angels batting is also pretty inconsistent. There are times when the Angels will score 13 points in a games and then completely not score for most others and that’s just a strange trend that has been brought to light in the 2018 season. This team has to be able to hit well and consistently d of this on and off switch during each week. The batting needs definite improvement against lefty pitcher, the Angels ended last season as one of the worst teams against lefty pitchers, and that’s not a good thing  to tell other teams, because they will exploit that weakness no matter what. A lot of the batters for the Angels also seem to just want to bomb the ball all the time and that’s ok….. sometimes. The batters for this team need to understand that just trying to hit the ball through the clouds is not gonna win you games all the time, unless you have a team full of Barry Bonds. Take David Fletcher for example, the guy is a rising stud, not just because he’s good at his position, but because he gets on base a lot of the time and that’s because of his “smart” batting technique in which he can hit the ball where ever he likes to and benefits the team every time.

If the Angels can see these weaknesses and fix them, they can be a championship contender once more in the 2019 season.

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A New Winning Era In Berkeley?

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A Prediction of the Future of Golden Bear Football

The Golden Bears of California is a team that I have personally followed since the Aaron Rodger’s era back in 2004. I have watched numerous seasons over the years and have seen many great players emerge from this football program, and many of those who move to the NFL from Cal have had much success during their professional career. I have watched the many great QBs emerge such as Jared Goff and Davis Webb, who are both on their way to being great or eventually great players. But this article isn’t about history, it’s about the future of this Bear’s program. Ever since Justin Wilcox stepped in for the former coach Sunny Dykes, Wilcox has completely changed the atmosphere in the Golden Bear Nation, and even though it’s been a rocky start, I think there’s a lot to be hopeful for in the forseeable future for this team. I believe that in the next few years we may see the Cal Bears in the top 25, if not top 10 more often than before in the history of this program.

Since Justin Wilcox’s arrival, we’ve seen the transformation of a team with one of the worst defense’s in the nation to having one of the best defenses in the NCAA today, and that’s all thanks to Justin Wilcox’s genius and the work of his staff backing him up. In terms of defensive stats, the Golden Bears have one of the best defenses out there in the PAC-12 and that’s just behind Washington State’s own defense and their impressive secondary. The Golden Bears have a total defense ranking of 16th in the nation, tied 4th in Defensive touchdowns, and are tied with 5th most interceptions out of 129 Division I FBS programs in the country. The Golden Bears also have a rush defense with the ranking of 35th best in the nation, which is not entirely bad, it means that their rush defense is good, but it can be a lot better. Boy this defense has definitely impressed as the 2018 season has progressed and not a lot of people expected the Bear’s defense to be as good as the numbers they’ve put up as of this point. In the game against Gardner Minshew’s previously 9th ranked Washington State Cougars, the Golden Bears managed to keep the Cougar’s score to 19, which was the lowest they had ever scored the entire season, even though they were averaging 36.5 points per game. The Golden Bears even got Jake Browning bench during the Washington University game which the Golden Bears had won and held the Huskies’ score to only 10 points that game. It’s not just any team I’m talking about here though, I’m talking about some of the best teams in the nation the Cal Bear’s defense has managed to keep under a score of 21.  The only thing that I wonder some times with this defense is how they manage to lose against teams with horrible records and lose by 30 or 40 points and still manage to hold back some of the best teams in the nation to a very low score. I guess that’s one for Mr. Wilcox to figure out with his defense. But getting back on track, with the way this Cal Bear’s defense has been handling top 25 teams, it would seem like an early indicator that if this defense can remain strong for the next few years, it will move likely improve and possibly be one of the most dynamic defenses in the whole nation. Even though I say Cal will be in the top 25 for the next few years, I don’t exactly mean they’re gonna get a national championship title, but it’s college football, anything can happen.

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One of the strangest things for this team this year and also adding on from last year, is that I don’t get how we go from having one of the most insane offenses in the nation to having one of the worst in 2018. This Cal Bear’s team is currently on the downside in terms of offensive stats, but there is hope for this beaten and battered squad of Blue and Gold, and when I mean hope, I mean Quarterback Chase Garbers. If the Golden Bears had a better plan for using their QBs, then the season probably would be a lot better, but the past is in the past anyways. But this Golden Bears team has a lot of potential to be a good offense once again, they are just riddled with injuries in the Wide out core, and they don’t exactly have major play makers on their team, except for a select few. Chase Garbers is a freshman quarterback, you know the last the Golden Bear QB that was a starter as a freshman, yes, Jared Goff. It would seem this Cal Bears staff is attempting to redo the same road they took with Jared Goff and putting that plan in accordance with Chase Garbers. If you look at freshman stats of Jared Goff and the stats as of right now for Chase Garbers, they both have very similar stats in comparison to each other. As a freshman, Jared Goff ended his freshman season with a rating of 123.4 and Chase Garbers currently has a 128.9 rating through 12 games. Jared Goff had 18 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, a 60.4% completion percentage, and 3508 passing yards as a freshman. Garbers has 13 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, a completion percentage of 61.9%, and 1221 passing yards as of right now. Though Chase doesn’t have as many passing yards as Goff, he does have way more rushing yards. His rushing totals as of the season being 12 games so far, are 354 rush yards, and 1 touchdown, and remember that he was also sharing downs with the South Carolina transfer, Brandon McIlwain, so his passing and rushing totals are much lower than average QBs. So there’s not much to blame when it comes to Chase Garbers, it means that he has the potential to finish his career with high totals, but the only way that’s gonna happen is if this wide receiver core for Cal can improve or not.

This wide receiver group for Cal has had issues with injuries during the entire 2018 season. Kanwai Noa from Honolulu, Hawaii, one of Cal’s most elite wideouts was injured before the Idaho state game. Noa is in his junior at Berkeley, so his presence will still remain and hopefully his return will greatly impact this Cal Bear’s offense. The Bear’s have not been historically known for producing great wide receivers, but they do have their share of some of the fastest wideouts in the NFL. These lightning fast wideouts include names such as Trevor Davis, and DeSean Jackson. The Receiving core of this Cal Bear’s team has great athletes in Ian Bunting, Vic Wharton III, and the sudden star late in the season, Mo Ways. Mo Ways, during the Colorado game in week 12, has proven that he can be a great target for Chase Garbers. In a an article from Cal Bears Maven, Mo Ways had this to say about his QB, Garbers, “He’s 19 years old and a redshirt freshman and a first-year starter,” Ways said. “He’s grown every week. His confidence has grown. He has ice in his veins. When the game is on the line and we need a big play, he wants the ball in his hands. He doesn’t shy away from the moment”. (Cal Bears Maven). Some nice words from a long time experienced Michigan Transfer WR. Clearly the players around Garbers are supporting him 100% of the way and as his connection with the rest of the team develops, so will his performance in the game. Mo Ways and Ian Bunting, both Michigan transfers who are now in graduate school at Cal, are playing their final college football games as players, and most likely will not be around to play in the coming season. Kanawai Noa and Vic Wharton III, who are still young, will be around next season, so their connection with Garbers will continues to develop for the next few seasons. My tips for Justin Wilcox would be to find some young, dynamic wideouts, and surround Garbers with receivers that he will be comfortable with and wins will come in the many.

Remember Brandon McIlwain? the QB that started a couple of games for Cal, but was eventually benched in exchange for Garbers and threw multiple interceptions per game, well don’t lose hope in this guy, not even a little bit. This guy is a play maker, at times he has his big moments and at most times he takes risks that greatly help out Cal and also greatly poisons Cal’s chances. If you recall some of his Touchdown runs this guy was absolutely dynamic when running the ball and was a major big play creator when in the run. So, as we saw a glimpse in the Colorado game, it would seem that the young transfer from South Carolina could be a potential candidate for being added to the running back or wide receiver position, and if utilize properly, this play maker will most likely succeed at those positions. Who knows, we may see McIlwain become Cal’s top receiver for yards after catch, or most rushing yards per game. He may have failed at the quarterback position, but it doesn’t mean that he can’t be an impact in a good way for this team. If McIlwain can step up to challenge, he may just even replace Patrick Laird when leaves after next season, or even share snaps with the famed running back.

I think there’s been a lot of good decisions, and bad decisions throughout this 2018 season, but there’s a lot of good positives to think about when it comes to this Cal Bears team. They have a lot of good indications and results to convince anyone, hey! we can play with the big boys too. This team will improve, and they’ve mostly shown us already that their defense is competitively one of the most well-rounded ones, especially with Beau Baldwin at the reins. This Cal Bear’s offense has a lot of potential, and if Justin Wilcox plays his cards right and gets the right prospects to come to Cal, I think his winning formula can bring this Cal Bear’s team to a new winning era in Berkeley that may last for many years to come.

What’s Wrong With The Packers In 2018

This is a topic I bet is on the minds of many Green Bay Packers fans as of today and most likely until the end of the regular season. A lot of people could say that it’s all Mike McCarthy’s fault, and that’s an easy conclusion to come to for most fans of sports teams that when a season isn’t going according to plan. I’m here to state the fact that it’s not just coach Mike McCarthy, but it’s an interesting mixture of various reasons that has led to what is now a 4-6-1 record so far. First off, to blame McCarthy is so easy to do and most fans would just simply roll with it as the season goes and it becoming a shared belief, but if you’re a true fan of the Cheeseheads, you would take the time to actually do research and look at the stats and study the game footage from each week so far and see, oh there’s way more factors than I had originally thought of. It’s true, there are way more problems with the team than the coach himself that have attributed to this spiraling season.

Here’s what I can tell you the least, there are way more than just two reasons why this season has been in the dumps so far. So far it has been a wild ride up until week 12. So many close games, so many thrilling, and insane moments. We started off with what seemed to be a horrible start to the Packer’s season when the Bears defense, led by the now hero in Chicago, Khalil Mack. This guy dominated the first-half of play during the game and it seemed relevant that Coach Gruden in Oakland made a huge mistake letting his best D-Lineman leave for the Windy City. Then in what would seem like a repeat of last season with Rodgers being out with a collarbone injury, he was crushed under the might of Khalil Mack and the rookie Roquan Smith late in the second half. Rodgers held his knee and then was carried back to the sideline where we would later leave the field in a cart, which is the single worst thing to see when a key and future hall of fame player leaves the field with an injury. Being carted off is an instant signal that the injured player is most likely not coming back. As the game went on, the Pack looked to previous starting QB of the Browns, DeShone Kizer. His initial start coming in to replace Rodgers was looking good for far during his first drive, up until Khalil Mack came storming in and strip sacked the second year QB out of Notre Dame. Then, it went downhill from there when in an attempt of panic for whatever reason under pressure in the pocket in the ensuing drive, Kizer threw the ball right into the hands of Khalil Mack who returned that ball for a pick six. It had all seemed but over for the game and possibly for the rest of the season, but like a strange light from the heavens, Rodgers comes trotting out, yes trotting, from the main field entrance and seemed all but unscathed and was wearing a helmet! After half time, he came on to the field and with it, an uproar of fans showing much support and relief that their star player was back on the field playing. His performance that game is one of the single greatest performance by a QB with an injured knee I had ever seen, as if Rodgers hadn’t done any else spectacular before.

So the season would seem like a smooth ride to the playoffs from there with the jaw dropping performance orchestrated by the Hero of Green Bay. Soon then, week  2 would come against the Vikings, which would lead to a tie and then after that, things would seem to start to digging itself into the ground. So here’s what my first reason for why the season has being going roughly as it has been so far, it’s bad luck. This team has been riddled with bad luck since week 1 of the season. First it began with Rodger’s knee after being pummeled by the Mack, which would limit his ability to scramble immensely, which is what makes him such a fantastic player as he is, but don’t get me wrong, during that week one game, he seemed perfectly fine with being in the pocket most of the time in the second half. It then went aground again when Clay Matthews was penalized for the most ridiculous call by Refs since the tuck rule, roughing the passer. I mean, I get that the league wants to protect quarterbacks and it was mostly because of Rodger’s injury the previous season, but if you look at the replay from that week 2 game, it’s a textbook hit that even rugby players practice the hit in-game against people with no padding at all. That kind of ruling would make sense to me if the person sacking the quarterback was completely on top of the QB and just using his entire body to crash him into the ground, or doing a hit like the one on Rodger’s from the 2017 season, it would make a lot of sense. But the way the Matthews was driving Cousins down on his rear end, it doesn’t really seem like a cause for major injury on a play like that. The worst part of that penalty was that, at the same time when Matthews was sacking Kirk Cousins, the ball was picked off by the Rookie from Louisville, Jaire Alexander. So the game would’ve been done and over with, with the pick from Alexander, but because of the penalty, it allowed the ball to be given back to the Viking’s offense, and would eventually allow them to take the game to overtime and then led to what was the end of that game, a tie. The bad luck continued with the week 5 performance by Mason Crosby when he missed five attempts, four field goals and one extra point. It is also clearly depicted when the Pack played the LA Rams in week 8. 4th quarter, it’s 29 Rams to 27 Pack, the Rams are kicking off to Ty Montgomery, one the Packer’s most reliable return men. There’s 2:05 on the clock and with this drive late in the 4th would seem ideal for a 2 minute drive that would end with a game winning field goal by the veteran Mason Crosby, a perfect scenario. The ball is kicked high in the air and Ty receives the ball in the end zone. In this case, this very moment, one would most likely just take a simple knee and take it out to the 25 yard line, but for a lame excuse, Ty decided to take it out and the most devastating situation to occur would occur. The reliable return man fumbles the ball and the ball is picked up by the tackler, Ramik Wilson; Thus, allowing the Rams to drive out the clock and would end the game in the worst possible fashion for the Pack. Most of the games this season that were lost have all resulted in pretty close games and it’s just demoralizing for a team when they lose a close game, I would know personally, having played a lot of team sports my whole life. You work so hard to win a game and to only come so close is just that bad compared to losing big time.

So we’ve discussed one big reason, but there are still plenty of other reasons for why the Packer’s season has gone so far in the a hole. So far, if you haven’t noticed, is becoming a record season for our famed QB, in both a good and bad way. The good way is that he has only thrown one interception throughout the whole season so far as a starter this entire season and that one interception came when the ball was tipped by the receiver and then picked off by a free safety. The bad way is that Rodger’s is having one of the worst seasons in terms of passing completions and percentages. As of this moment, his passing completion percentage is lowest it’s been since his second year in the NFL. This is mostly due to the many throw aways during the game and the team’s situation with injuries at the wide receiver core. The Pack have a major issue with moving the ball down the field and it’s a blend of the fault being on the injuries and the O-line as well. His inability to stay mobile because of his knee injury and the O-line breaking down within seconds of the ball being snapped had caused Rodgers to throw away the ball multiple times, and he is on a record-setting pace, which is really bad. Have you also noticed that Rodger’s accuracy and consistency is a bit off at times? If you take a look at the week 12 game in the second meeting agianst the Vikings, there were many times when Davante Adams was open in front of the Xavier Rhodes during fade routes and Rodger’s just simply overthrew his number one receiver a multitude of times. Even during simple screen plays, there have been times when he threw the ball in the wrong spot and because of the inaccurate throw, it allows more time for the defenders to cover up the receiver faster. At times during the screen pass as well, Rodgers will simply just throw the ball into the ground. It’s hard to see this future hall of fame Quarterback under perform like this, like he’s a rookie QB or something, because of what he has been known to be, the most accurate Quarterback anyone has seen ever; but it’s the reality and a lot of people would simply want to ignore that fact because they’ve never seen their quarterback play like this before. They are more used to seeing Rodger’s as their savior and hero in Green Bay, the man who ran the table years ago.

The other big reason is because of the strange decisions the Packers organization make during and after the regular seasons. This team seemed to be the team that would finally bring Rodger’s to another Super Bowl. Especially with a revamped secondary, the return of Rodgers, and the many receivers that were waiting to show off their skills. The receivers time would come, but the issue with rookies is that is takes time for them to get used to the offensive scheme and getting into the right place during the play, and it is clear when Rodger’s is frustrated and when he is comfortable. In all my time watching the Packer’s, I’ve never seen Aaron so angry in my entire life, until this season. It’s completely obvious that this may be his most frustrating season ever. He received a $134 million contract that would secure his time being in Green Bay and set the record for the highest paid QB in NFL history. When you’re a humble QB and you receive a contract with that kind of earning, you expect the organization to make good decisions and surround you with a good team that will help you win another Super Bowl. That is not the case with Rodger’s, sure Guntekunst made some great moves getting the 6’5 tight end out of Jimmy Graham, a red zone threat, and Mohammed Wilkerson at D-line, but that’s not enough, especially with what the Packer’s needed to address. I won’t lie that Gutekunst has made great moves and has secured a potentially good draft class in the 2019 draft with two first round picks, but there’s just simple decisions that just makes me want to just roll into a ball and question everything. Why in the world would you trade away the one of the best, if not the best Free Safety in the league in Haha Clinton-Dix for a 4th round pick. At least get another first round pick, or second round pick or some good player from another team with that extra first round pick we have for 2019. No, you had to go and get the worst trade I’ve ever seen and weaken this young secondary even more. It doesn’t matter whether you have the best QB or best coach in the league, you have to help them by the adding good additions to the team or just don’t trade anyone at all. You now have Tramon Williams who is playing the role of Haha now and cornerback mechanics are so much different from safety mechanics and you can see that without Clinton-Dix, this secondary can’t make anything happen now. To add to that, you have many injuries in the secondary now and taking Haha out of the picture just thins out the depth and strength even more in the secondary. I get it, his contract was up and you don’t want to pay a high price for an extension, but seriously, he is still young and Rodger’s is almost 35 now, his years are closer to the back-end of his career. He is one of the most outstanding QBs in history and for some reason this organization has the guts to make a bad trade, no wonder why Rodger’s is frustrated this year!

Though it will take a lot help and effort to try to make it to the playoffs at this point in time, it’s easy to point towards someone and put the blame all on them, and it’s easy to just find a scapegoat. My word to Mike McCarthy, your seat may be warm, but it’s not red-hot yet, and there’s a lot of factors why; you have mostly rookies playing because of injury, Rodger’s isn’t playing at his highest level, and the team just keeps having a bad run in with luck being against the Pack, so don’t be worried, there are still many out their that believe you are a great coach still and I firmly believe that. Until this team is playing horrible with healthy players, I can’t come to the conclusion that we should fire coach McCarthy yet. You have to just do simple research and know that it’s not only the coach, but the many other factors generally can attribute as well to the way a season goes, in any direction.

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