It's simple really. Last week we saw a very lazy squad who didn't seemingly take their opponent seriously. Ask anyone on the team and they'll deny it - but play after play you saw guys in position to do their job...and fall flat. For a team that has more than its share of problems winning their one on one match ups, regardless of the opponent, they simply can't afford not to finish, and finish with authority, when the opportunity presents itself.
One of the biggest problems facing the defense has been getting a free man to the quarterback. We've seen time and time again that when Dom Capers chooses to stick with a four man rush, his guys simply can not win. Oh sure, rookie linebacker Clay Matthews has been a bit of a bright spot in this regard and has made a play or two in various pressure packages. And perhaps fellow rookie and first time starter Brad Jones will bring some elusiveness and explosiveness that has been sorely lacking from the left outside linebacker position throughout the year. But the fact remains that Capers will need to scheme guys free to get to Romo this Sunday and when they do finally get their opportunity, they simply have to close the deal. Unlike Mr. Barnett in the clip below:
Barnett simply has to make that play. Has to. Has to get his hand on the quarterback, has to get the guy on the ground. Has to, has to, has to.
And Barnett, who actually had a pretty good game, is far from the only offender here. Watch the rest of the play, specifically after the ball is caught. Can someone tell me what on God's Green Earth Tramon Williams and Nick Collins are doing? Seriously? Williams almost STOPS for God's sake.
Finish. The Packers have GOT to finish every single play on Sunday - or they don't stand a chance.
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