Packers fans react to disappointing playoff loss to 49ers
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Whether you turn on the TV, turn up the radio, or log on to social media, you're likely to hear something regarding the disappointing end to the Green Bay Packers season.
The Packers lost Saturday night to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Divisional Championship Game, ending the team's hopes for another Super Bowl championship, and giving fans a lot to talk about.
The phone lines for the Wendy's Big Show at 1250 The Fan were nonstop busy Monday morning with fans wanting to call in and voice their frustrations, chatting with host Steve "Sparky" Fifer and Packers legend LeRoy Butler.
"I'm anxious to see how this is going to play out going forward," Fifer told his listeners during the show. "Will people's dislike and venom towards Aaron Rodgers change the further we get away from this game?"
Fans called in to the show voicing their displeasure with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, head coach Matt LaFleur and the circumstance in general. Others are taking to social media. Even an area business, Smash Zone in Wauwatosa, is offering deals this week to help fans cope with the loss.
While many are upset, others are trying to remain optimistic moving forward.
"Whatever the drama is, whatever they say, just trust the process is what I got to tell all the real fans," said Brad Hatton, a Kentucky native and diehard Packers fan who attended his first game at Lambeau Field on Saturday. "It's alright. We'll be there next year. It happens, it's any given Sunday."
While many continue to speculate what Rodgers' future with the team will be, and others call for him to be released, Hatton is grateful for the quarterback's time with the team to this point.
"If Aaron Rodgers does decide to go somewhere else, listen, it has been a phenomenal life watching him for the Green Bay Packers," Hatton said. "I wish nothing at all but the best for him. If he wants to go somewhere else, that's fine. At the same time, I hope he realizes, we are one of the best teams in the NFL and there's no 'I' in TEAM."
Rodgers in the past has alluded to his future with the team as a "beautiful mystery." Following Saturday's loss, he said that he does not want to be a part of a rebuild if he continues to play.
Currently, the Packers are $40-million over the salary cap.