Green Bay - Hug it out, man.
That's what Jermichael Finley would like to do. Anything that leads to a few more days like Sunday.
Finley, Green Bay's sometimes dynamic, sometimes invisible tight end, has been more of the latter this season. Finley says a lack of chemistry with quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the biggest reason for his struggles.
But Finley caught his first touchdown since Week 1 on Sunday and was enormous down the stretch in Green Bay's come-from-behind 24-20 win over Detroit.
Now, Finley wants to figure out how to make that the norm.
"Both of us need to just go out, maybe have a drink or two and just spill everything," Finley said of him and Rodgers last week. "It sounds easy, but it's not. He's throwing it to who he's comfortable with.
"I think (Randall) Cobb's taken my position from '09. I want to line up where Cobb's lining up because I know the ball's coming there.
"But me and 12 just ain't been on. He's had some guys come through this year, and he's gone to them instead of me. And really, it's out of my hands at the end of the day. If I could throw myself the ball and run under it, I'd do it every play because he's just not throwing me the ball like he used to."
That's largely been true in 2012, although Finley was immense at times against the Lions.
Early in the first quarter, Finley's 20-yard touchdown staked Green Bay to a 7-3 lead. Then with the Packers trailing, 20-14 late, Finley had two catches for 46 yards on the game-winning drive.
Moments like that have been few and far between, during a disappointing season for Finley.
In Green Bay's five games between Weeks 5-9, Finley caught just 10 passes for 84 yards. For comparison sake, Finley entered the season with six games in his career of at least 84 receiving yards.
Adding to Finley's frustrations is the ball hasn't come his way even as injuries to Green Bay's pass catchers have piled up. Greg Jennings (groin) hasn't played since Sept. 30, while Jordy Nelson (hamstring, ankle) missed the better part of two games.
So where exactly does that leave Finley in the pecking order?
"I'd say about fourth," Finley said. "I don't really want to put a number on it, but I'd say four if I had to. I'm pretty disappointed in it. I'm pretty disappointed in the numbers side of it, but I ain't had the opportunities either.
"Everybody knows what I can do, but it's just out of my hands. It's awfully hard to explain. It really is. I'm just in that organization and that scheme where I'm out of it right now."
Finley certainly bears much of the responsibility for this disappearing act.
Rodgers undoubtedly lost confidence in Finley in 2011, when the tight end dropped 13 of the 103 passes thrown his way.
This year, Finley has been slowed by a slightly dislocated AC joint in his shoulder suffered in Week 5. Finley says the bye week helped immensely, but the shoulder will be an issue the rest of the season.
"Doc told me maybe one player he'd heard of played with the injury I had," Finley said. "But my pain tolerance is out of the roof. It's been like that since I was a kid. And I'm a competitor man. I want to feel like I helped my team win."
Lastly, Finley's agent, Blake Baratz, didn't do his client any favors by ripping Rodgers' leadership abilities via Twitter on Sept. 14. Rodgers, a sensitive fellow and legendary grudge holder, will likely carry that comment to his grave.
Need proof? In the two games before Baratz criticized Rodgers, Finley averaged 5.5 catches per game. In the eight games since, Finley has averaged 2.6 catches.
"What's frustrating is he trusted me. He threw the ball to me," Finley said of Rodgers. "I dropped balls in '09 and '10, but I came back. I made up for all that and nobody talked.
Brief remark here. I am seriously questioning Finleys sanity at this point: How stupid are you?? You still drop balls. You haven't came back. You never were back. What are you talking about, man?
"Nobody said anything because I was catching the ball. I still might have one drop a game (thats 16 drops a year.) , but I'd have eight catches. Now, it's one target a game and if I drop that everybody just focuses on that. It's a little frustrating, but I keep my head up and I keep pushing man."
Finley knows his time in Green Bay may be short. The Packers signed Finley to a two-year deal in February that pays him $8.25 million in 2013, including $6.25 million in bonuses before the season starts.
Finley was asked where he thinks he'll be playing in next season.
"I love that question man," Finley said. "I don't know. All I know is I have talent. And if Green Bay decides to do something with me, I'm 25 years old. I got a decade under my belt, yet. Who knows at the end of the day?"
As Finley contemplated his own situation, he glanced around Green Bay's locker room and noted how different things could be in 2013.
Jennings is also set to become an unrestricted free agent this off-season and appears unlikely to return. Donald Driver, who turns 38 in February, is certainly playing his final games as a Packer, as well.
"Just picture that, 85 and 88 gone and 80," Finley said. "If that happens, you tell me. That's a lot of playmakers. End of the day, I'm saying good luck."
While Finley has struggled this fall, the Packers don't have another tight end with his unique combination of size and physical gifts. Green Bay did win a Super Bowl, though, two years ago with the combination of Andrew Quarless and Tom Crabtree.
"We've got a lot of guys here who can play," Crabtree said. "What happens with Jermichael isn't any of my business. But we've got confidence in the whole group."
For now, Finley just hopes to get back on track with Rodgers. Whether that's possible remains to be seen.
"Of course I'm unhappy, but I'm tired of beating it to death," Finley said. "I'm in the heat. I'm inside the heat. I'm ready to start getting on my groove and prove everybody wrong."