The Green Bay Packers were the class of American Football in the '60s, because head coach Vince Lombardi and quarterback Bart Starr were always, always on the same page.
Green Bay also built a great team around Starr, loaded with Hall of Famers that included Jim Taylor, tackle Forrest Gregg, linebacker Ray Nitschke, defensive end Willie Davis and cornerback Herb Adderley.
That produced the Packers five NFL championships and Super Bowl I and II victories, cementing Lombardi's team as the greatest dynasty football had ever seen. The Cheeseheads have been waiting for some form of dominance like that ever since.
It's too bad, because all the Packers have is the game's best quarterback in Aaron Rodgers. Forget about the best right now, this man is the most complete, do-it-all and talented quarterback to ever live.
But as their 31-17 loss to the New England Patriots showed on Sunday, the Packers are geniuses in wasting such a talented player's career. That's why Rodgers only has one Super Bowl ring. If he and Tom Brady swapped teams 10 years ago, Rodgers would be up to three rings by now. Maybe more. Brady wouldn't have won anything as a Packer.
That's because Green Bay unfortunately knows how to waste a quality team. It's been eight years since Rodgers led them to a Super Bowl XLV victory. We're still waiting for the front office and coaching staff to build a quality team around him again.
The Packers have found the most incredible ways to blow games for Rodgers this year. Can we do a quick recap?
Week 2 vs. Minnesota Vikings: Packers lead 20-7 after three quarters, but defense allows Kirk Cousins and co. to drop 22 points in the fourth quarter on them. Game ends in a tie, but the Packers should have won.
Week 8 at Los Angeles Rams: Packers defense blows it again in fourth quarter. Ty Montgomery fumbles kick return with two minutes left. Packers lose.
Week 9 at New England Patriots: Defense can't make a stop. Mind-boggling penalties. Horrible play-calling. Receivers dropping great passes from Rodgers. The usual.
So the Packers sit at 3-4-1, and there's no chance they'll catch up to the 5-3-1 Minnesota Vikings and/or 5-3 Chicago Bears. This Packers team would probably be winless without Rodgers.
You know, the same group that went 3-8 after his collarbone injury in Week 4 of last season. A 4-1 start ended in a 7-9 finish, because the Packers rely entirely on Rodgers. Not the defense. Not the ground game. Not the other offensive playmakers. Only Rodgers.
Remember when the Packers reached the 2016 NFC Championship Game? That year, they went 4-6, but No. 12 said they had the ability to run the table and win the NFC North. That Packer team was so wretched - to the point where wideout Ty Montgomery was moved to running back.
In the NFC title game, Rodgers tossed three touchdowns and 287 passing yards. But because the Packers are amazing at wasting his performances, they were crushed 44-21. Poor Rodgers. Just another waste of a great year.
Things appeared to be tense in Green Bay before this season even started. Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reported that Rodgers was "frustrated" and "emotional" with the front office not communicating with him when it came to personnel decisions.
Rodgers signed a four-year, $134 million contract extension anyway, seemingly not worried about the awful coaching or management of this team. Did Rodgers think it would get to this point? Or was he just being loyal to the organization that made him - and yet also wasted his talents?
It's hard for a casual football fan to see Rodgers have all of these historic performances wasted. The Patriots defense forced that game-changing fumble in the fourth quarter. Brady took advantage and led the team to consecutive touchdown drives. Why couldn't Rodgers' running back hold on to the football? Why couldn't his defense come up with one timely turnover?
Because, it's called being part of the Packers. Rodgers is slowly learning the pain of playing for a team with a front office that has no idea what it's doing and a coaching staff who needs a time machine. They run an offense that would have worked in the '90s, failing to realize that it's now the late 2010s. The game has changed.
You just wonder how much more Rodgers can handle before he realizes winning another Super Bowl in Green Bay simply isn't possible. It's fair to say that until/unless he asks for a trade, Rodgers will retire with just one Super Bowl championship.
Last time I checked, that's not very many for a two-time MVP and the NFL's all-time passer rating with the best touchdown/interception ratio ever as well.