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Why haven’t the Packers been to the Super Bowl since 2010?
Arun Srinivasan: Former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings blasted his previous club Wednesday, stating that the team’s defense and coaching are the reasons why they haven’t been to the Super Bowl since 2010. Jennings may have a point, but assuming the Packers should be the class of the NFC every year based on their offense alone is ridiculous. The Seahawks have built a better all-around roster since Russell Wilson emerged in 2012, while the Giants, Cardinals, Panthers, and Falcons are perpetual threats. Assuming the Packers should breeze to the Super Bowl is downright arrogant, and discounts the strength of the conference.
Dan Wilkins: It’s been a rotating list of factors making Green Bay one of the league’s most frustrating teams. So maybe inconsistency is the right word here. Whether it’s the receivers, the defense, coaching, or even some plain bad luck (see: Brandon Bostick’s muffed onside kick), the Packers just can’t seem to get it all together for one season. That said, is it really ever safe to bet against them? Aaron Rodgers is both the best quarterback in the game today and, for my money, the best we’ve ever seen. His presence, working behind what’s still a stellar offensive line, will always have the Packers in contention. The rest of the team just needs to get on the same page.
Mitch Sanderson: The Packers have gotten by with the aura of a decent set of defensive stars like Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, but the unit has never had the depth to be elite. Rodgers and Co. have scored at least 20 points in every playoff game of the quarterback’s career. When playing in the portion of the season when “defense wins championships,” this group can’t be so dependent on the offense.
What should the Redskins do next at QB?
Wilkins: Washington mistakenly passed up the opportunity to trade Cousins this offseason. That can’t happen again. The fact that the two sides have yet to agree to a long-term contract is a clear sign that at least one party, and perhaps both, would simply rather not. Such a stance from either would be entirely justified. This is the most dysfunctional organization in sports, and Cousins just isn’t worth what he has the leverage to demand. The Redskins should use the franchise tag to keep him off the open market next offseason and then pursue a trade. There will be a number of teams interested, and possibly one that would offer up a top-10 pick. With an incredibly intriguing 2018 quarterback class on the way, that’s how this team can best set itself up for the future.
Sanderson: They should sign Cousins to a long-term deal, and they should have done that a while ago. But as Cousins may understandably be hesitant about playing his career with the benchmark of dysfunction, an agreement hasn’t been reached. The perfect scenario might be for Washington to play out the year with him, tag him again, then try to trade him to a team like the 49ers for a first-round pick, and hope to select one of the top quarterback prospects next draft.
Srinivasan: Cousins has been better than the Redskins expected, and is the victim of an outdated narrative crafted before he submitted two strong seasons as the team’s starter. It would be wise for them to sign him to a long-term deal immediately after the 2017 season ends. For a franchise that just experienced what it’s like when your franchise quarterback declines rapidly due to injury during the Robert Griffin III saga, they ought to know better than to play chicken with Cousins. If they don’t sign him long term, the Redskins may as well blow up the roster.
Which current NFL player would be the best ESPYS host?
Sanderson: I’m going to cheat with my answer a little bit and give two players: the Bennett brothers. While some of their ideas are far from inside the box, Martellus and Michael have shown they’re willing to touch on any and every subject with humor, charisma, realism, and unpredictability. In a single lunch with ESPN’s Mina Kimes last summer, the duo gave more entertaining quotes than the rest of the league did all season
Srinivasan: Antonio Brown is among the league’s most charismatic stars, often engaging players across the league with side bets and other activities. Brown’s understated sense of humor would be perfect for an awards show, and by virtue of being one of the NFL’s top players, the Steelers star would be able to roast the other athletes in attendance without fear of reprisal. Business is Boomin’ and Brown should take the stage next year.
Wilkins: How about Joe Thomas? One quick look at the Cleveland Browns left tackles’ Twitter account will give you all the material you need to satisfy the all-important humor element of awards show hosting. One drawback could be the ruling out of jokes about the Browns, but I’m guessing Thomas would be up for incorporating those jabs into his bits.
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