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Packers need to get everyone’s attention by firing someone

Tyler Dunne explains how he went about reporting for his story on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and what Green Bay can do to fix its franchise.

Maybe Aaron Rodgers wasn’t needling his head coach, after all. Maybe the franchise quarterback was simply trying to get a franchise without a traditional owner to do something to get the attention of players who desperately need a kick in the can.

At the risk of further engaging in the apparently controversial and unconventional practice of taking people’s words and attempting to discern whether the actual meaning resides somewhere beneath the surface, it’s possible that Rodgers’ recent lamentations about the lack of energy on the sideline during a home loss to the Colts or the importance of having a healthy fear of being cut after a drubbing in Nashville was a not-so-subtle plea that someone in the Packers organization start holding people accountable for the team’s performance.

If that’s what he meant, I’ll make the request more directly on his behalf: Packers, please fire someone now in order to get the attention of everyone who doesn’t get fired.

It could be defensive coordinator Dom Capers, it could be multiple defensive players who aren’t getting the job done. It could even be Mike McCarthy, the self-styled “highly successful NFL head coach” whose team is miserably failing to meet expectations in 2016. (Maybe I should be fired for picking the Packers to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.)

The present problem in Packerland arises from the lack of a single owner who can walk into the facility on Monday and fix things by firing people. Because the Packers are publicly owned, there is no Jerry Jones or Daniel Snyder or Robert Kraft or Donald Trump who can start passing out pink slips with the goal of providing the players with the jolt they need.

They definitely need that jolt, given that they’ve given up 153 points in four straight losses (38.25 per game). And a jolt could do them good; they still are only two games behind the Vikings and the Lions, neither of whom seem to be threatening to run away with the division title. The Packers already have beaten the Lions once (giving Green Bay the edge for the head-to-head tiebreaker), and the Packers have only one division loss, at Minnesota. If Green Bay beats the Vikings at Lambeau Field on Christmas Eve and otherwise takes care of business vs. the Bears and Lions, the Packers would have the tiebreaker against the adversaries from the land of 10,000 lakes, who already have lost to both the Bears and the Lions.

So everything the Packers would like to accomplish is still in front of them. But they need a spark. And the spark could come from a firing.

The question is whether the Packers, absent a single owner, can move quickly enough to make that change. If not, the losing streak likely will stretch to five next Monday night in Philadelphia.