Imagine if Lionel Messi was stuck at a team like Valencia, with only a slim chance of challenging for major titles amid a team in turmoil that can’t put any talent around him.
That’s how Aaron Rodgers must be feeling right now.
Arguably the most talented quarterback to ever play in the NFL, Rodgers has very little to show for all his natural ability with just one Super Bowl appearance to date.
At the age of 34, that is disgustingly low and only serves to highlight how woeful the Green Bay Packers have been in building a team around one of the league’s best players.
Ever since winning the Lombardi Trophy back in 2010 against the Steelers, the Packers have rarely looked good enough to make a legitimate challenge to lift the Championship again - with two losing appearances in the NFC Championship being there best finishes.
And this year has been no different.
Sitting on a 4-6-1 record, the Packers trail both the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North standings, with the divisional title all but wrapped up by the Bears and even a Wildcard spot looking like a longshot.
The Packers shouldn’t ever miss out on the Playoffs while they have Rodgers and the fact that they could is a disgrace.
It also means that serious change is needed in Wisconsin.
The first name on the chopping block: Mike McCarthy.
For too long McCarthy has coasted on the success of nearly a decade ago. He’s gotten too comfortable with a perennial MVP contender on his roster and hasn’t done enough to make it work.
In this new era of the NFL where offenses are constantly innovating and adding new wrinkles to leave defenses confused and torched, the Packers are sadly lacking. They should be at the forefront of this. Just imagine the mind-blowing numbers Rodgers would put up in Andy Reid’s offense.
The Packers need to bring in people who can do just that and change the culture. McCarthy has proven for years now that he can’t take Rodgers and the Packers back to the Super Bowl - and that simply isn’t good enough.
Brian Gutekunst is in his first year as GM in Green Bay, so deserves more time to stamp his authority on the organisation in that way - but his first big test is coming.
Fire McCarthy and try to bring in someone who can get them back to the promised land - or settle for mediocrity while the most talented quarterback in franchise history wallows towards retirement.