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"Chips Report" from Packers Week 1 Loss at Seahawks

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"Chips Report" from Packers Week 1 Loss at Seahawks

Aaron Rodgers gets sacked by Michael Bennett, resulting in a safety. Photo by Joe Nicholson—USA TODAY Sports.

Aaron Rodgers gets sacked by Michael Bennett, resulting in a safety. Photo by Joe Nicholson—USA TODAY Sports.

Our weekly "Chips Report" will always include two blue chips (outstanding, exceptional play), two red chips (good, though maybe not great) and two cow chips (dud performances). From the Green Bay Packers' 36-16 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field...

 

Blue Chips

  • Center Corey Linsley—With so much scrutiny on the rookie coming into the game, Linsley proved there was nothing to worry about. For making his first career start in the NFL, the fifth round draft choice handled himself admirably. Aaron Rodgers may have expressed his displeasure with Linsley once as the clock was wearing down late in the first half, but that's a mountain made out of a molehill. Despite not getting much practice with Rodgers, there were no fumbled exchanges. The Ohio State product looked particularly adept run blocking against Seahawks defensive lineman Brandon Mebane and held his own in pass protection.
  • Cornerback Tramon Williams—If there's one thing the Packers did well on defense, they held the deep passing game of the Seahawks in check, and Williams was a big part of that. The cornerback appeared to give up one medium-range pass to tight end Zach Miller in the second quarter, but other than that, it was mostly passes for short gains Williams kept in front of him and nothing over his head. His best moment of the evening was probably a second-down third-quarter pass broken up that was intended for Doug Baldwin that eventually led to a punt.

 

Red Chips

  • Linebacker Clay Matthews—It was a successful return from a twice-broken thumb in 2013 for Matthews. He looked like his old self, giving maximum effort while it seemed other members of the Packers defense were stuck in neutral. Matthews' highlight of the evening was a first quarter tackle for no gain, running down Robert Turbin on the backside, and he would have had a sack had it not been nixed by penalty on an illegal contact call by Brad Jones. Matthews may also have gotten some generous calls from the officials, but he was the beneficiary of two holding calls on the Seahawks.
  • Wide receiver Randall Cobb—Even though he gained only 58 yards, Cobb led the team with 9.7 yards per catch. Of his six total catches, one went for a fourth-quarter touchdown from Rodgers that pulled the Packers to within two scores of the Seahawks, 29-16. He also reliably fair caught two punts, which looked good in comparison to the punt return efforts from Earl Thomas of the Seahawks.

 

Cow Chips

  • Linebacker Brad Jones—There were several occasions in which Jones failed to get off blocks and looked a step slow as the Packers allowed nearly 400 yards of total offense, but his two penalties were the most costly. The first penalty came late in the second quarter when Jones was called for illegal contact, nullifying what would have been a sack of Russell Wilson that would have pinned the Seahawks inside their own 20. Jones' second penalty was a fourth-quarter third-down defensive holding call on Miller, a play that would have ended in an incomplete pass and forced a punt had Jones not been flagged. The Packers can't afford to keep Jones on the field much longer if he turns in more performances like he did Thursday night.
  • Offensive lineman Derek Sherrod—After Bryan Bulaga exited the game with a knee injury, Sherrod actually looked good for the remainder of the first half before falling apart the second half. In the third quarter, Sherrod allowed a sack to Cliff Avril on fouth down that turned the ball over on downs. The very next play the Packers got the ball back, Sherrod allowed a strip-sack of Rodgers to Michael Bennett, forcing the right tackle to recover the ball in the end zone to give up a safety. If that wasn't enough, Sherrod allowed pressure on Rodgers during the Packers' fourth-quarter two-point conversion attempt that fell incomplete. If Bulaga's injury keeps him out for a lengthy amount of time, the Packers may have look into acquiring a new tackle.

 

Brian Carriveau is the author of the book "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor at Cheesehead TV and its "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email carriveau@uwalumni.com.

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johngalt's picture

Nailed it. Pack D was shoved backwards all night, couldn't tackle to save their lives, and were out classed by a superior team. Thought Linsley looked pretty good. Boykin was purposely on Sherman island all night -can't hit what's not there. Lacy is a MAN. Getting to worry about the beating he takes, (2nd concussion already?). Ha Ha can't tackle to save his life. Love the way Seattle plays this game.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

There is one thing that we all need to accept. A significant portion of our coaching staff is not good. Ted Thompson has been throwing high draft picks at the defense and not gotten results. I find it impossible to believe that Capers had no say in the drafting of those guys. He and his assistants just fail to get them ready to play the game. Slocum too.

Duke Divine's picture

Agree 100%!! The Bears fire Lovie after a 10 win season yet Tinkering Ted and Mashed Potato Mike keep Slocum and Capers on staff after 4 straight years of bottom 1/4 of the league units!! Slocum and Dom's units are continally a liabiity that #12 and the offense has to bail out game after game, year after year!!

ZeroTolerance's picture

How can a first round draft pick play so badly?

Jones has to go.

jmac34's picture

Really I thought Ha Ha was pretty even. He missed a couple of tackles but he also made a couple of nice plays

aManOfTheNorth's picture

Two down lineman against Lynch is probably not the way to stop the run.

HankScorpio's picture

I would call what the Packers did much of the night a 4 man DL front. Call them OLB or DE but those edge guys were right on the LoS.

Mojo's picture

In a game full of negatives, you are right to point out Linsley and Tramon. Both played well.

WTF with the special teams. Outside of a gift fumble by Seattle on a punt, this unit crapped the bed. Someone asked me how come when the other team kicks it the end zone and when we return it we get out to the 12, but when we kick it in the end zone they get out to the 30. All I could do was SMH. Even the Ginger Wolverine shanked his first punt. And the running into the kicker - can't happen.

Sure Marshon Lynch is a great back, but it seemed he broke two or three tackles on every play. You'd think once in awhile someone could bring him down. Pitiful.

As bad as it was, keep in mind this is a long evolving season. Still an opportunity to do great things.

Idiot Fan's picture

Agreed. You could see evidence of the new penetrating style on the Dline. The problem was, they didn't make the tackle when they got there.

Barnacle's picture

STs set the tone early, first 4 plays;
1) Start on the 13
2) Short Punt
3) Roughing the kicker penalty
4) Too many men on the field, wasted a time out

After the games McCarthy meets first with his buddy Slocum(the STs Coach). Every year Slocum has more excuses than anybody. We keep players that are marginal as defensive or offensive players, but "really contribute" on special teams. We have an incompetent STs coach and we should get a new one and then draft and retain good offensive and defensive players.

Nerd's picture

Cow Chip for Slocum.

DannyDS's picture

For all Daniels big talk he did squat. Saw a couple time he got pushed all the way across the LOS, from RDE/DT to LDE. And that's not even mentioing the penalty on a punt. If your gonna talk big, Mike, ya gotta back it up. Certainly belongs in the cowchips category!

Nerd's picture

Agreed.

FITZCORE1252's picture

FUCK brandy jones. Get Lattimore in there and live with the ups and downs. At least hes flashed before.

Very proud of Linsley. And, like i said a couple days ago, very disappointed in the move to give Tretter the IR return designation for two reasons. Either Linsley will establish himself as the starting center by week 8 or, there's probably some troubling center play in the first 8 weeks. Either way, somebody more crucial to the cause (perhaps BB) was bound to get hurt that would've made better use of the designation.

Who was the guy that brought up putting JB on Shermans side the whole game?

jeremyjjbrown's picture

Since Brad Jones does nothing when he's in position I'm willing to put up with Lattimore's free-lancing from here out.

jimtalkbox's picture

I generally like what TT does as General Manager, but how in the world do you go through an entire offseason without getting a better option to Brad Jones?

Here's to hoping that Barrington or Lattimore can make a sudden leap up like Desmond Bishop did leading up to the Super Bowl run!

HankScorpio's picture

That's a real good question. About a month ago, I wondered aloud if 2014 ILB was going to be like Safety in 2013--a position everyone knew needed an upgrade that didn't get one and ended up killing the defense. One week (especially vs the defending champs on their field) is not enough to go on but early returns suggest that is precisely the case.

The Packers simply don't have the LBs to run an effective 3-4 defense. If they persist in using it, it's gonna be a long year. They need to use Neal, Peppers & Perry as DEs and the rest of the DL rotates on the inside. Matthews goes to MLB, Hawk to Sam LB and whichever remaining LB not named Brad Jones is the best of the bunch at Will LB.

Spiderpack's picture

Its the same old shit. Suck at run defense. There's no hope because of that. It starts with stopping the run and we cant do that.

But its not impossible that we do stop the run at some point this season.

Slice the middle 1/3 of the defensive field. Cut every player in that space. Chop them off and make Ted suffer or come up with something worthwhile.

Except for the safeties. They have a chance.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

None of the receivers got a lot of separation. Seattle rolled their coverage towards Nelson, but he still contributed. Giving Cobb a red chip just shows how little they did. Nelson averaged 9.22, so Cobb's 9.7 doesn't seem exactly red chip level. Cobb caught a TD, though. I can't remember for sure but I thought Nelson drew the 44 yard PI penalty.

Seattle's LBs (that Wagner guy) are all really fast. Their speed make passes to the flat and quick passes to WRs largely ineffective. BTW, Dix played like a talented rookie: he did some good things and got schooled a couple of times, but I at least found it encouraging.

Cow chips: so many choices. Burnett probably could get some consideration. Really like the new plan on kickoff returns: let's average roughly 22 yards so we can start our drives around the 14 yard line all night.

Spiderpack's picture

You so seriously need to make a cow chip for Aaron Rodgers and/or the Offense. You can't make that many mistakes and expect to win against the SB Champions. EVERYBODY ON OFFENSE HAS TO PLAY A WHOLE LOT BETTER!!

I know its hard to accept but he (Rodgers) has to play much better than that to win this game. And he knows it. That ball he through over Jordy's head as he was about to run cross the first down line on 3rd down in the 2nd Quarter was not terrible except that it cost us the game and I knew Rodgers knew it when I saw his face on the sideline after that play. They just have to be a whole lot better.

Jordan's picture

Check out Rodgers play against the 49ers in playoffs last January. Same old stuff. Now he'll shred a piss poor defense and everybody will think he's the greatest. He choked tonight. He choked in his last game vs 49ers too.
Maybe he's spending too much time doing insurance commercials.

HankScorpio's picture

So what your saying is that it is easier to shred bad defenses than really good ones?

Thanks for that tidbit of info. It's a really deep thought.

led-packers's picture

Yeah cause all quarterbacks shread the 49ers and seahawks d. Terrible logic you have.

Jordan's picture

I'm sorry but brad jones and Sherrod do not deserve cow chips. Ted Thompson deserves a cow chip there. Everybody knew what we had in brad jones and Sherrod. They played just like I thought they would play.

Brad Jones played like a seventh rounder and career special teams player...third stringer.

JimTaylor31's picture

I see your point Jordan. And I agree. We keep slamming Hawk & Jones like they've been stellar performers and have all of a sudden become dogs. Bottom line is MM and TT just keep running them out there year-after-year like somehow things will change. Ted has had 3 years to replace Bishop with at least a "pretty good" ILB and hasn't done it. I think it may be time to start giving him some cow chips for being just plain stubborn.

MarkinMadison's picture

I wonder if the lack of no huddle was due to the Packers trying to make sure they did not overload Linsley in his first outing. Blue chip, maybe not. Red chip is fine.

CM3 got caught out of position too much on the run IMHO. Stopping the run means everyone has to cover their area, and he cut up field too quickly too often. I would not give a red chip.

I do feel like Raji's loss hurt the run D. I do believe I was excited about him moving back to NT. I do believe I was never in the "let him walk" category for Raji - just Finley.

Starks feels ineffective to me. Everyone says he runs like Lacy, but I don't think he has the same punishing impact. I would like to see more Harris.

Clay Zombo's picture

Bulaga tore his ACL again, zero doubt in my mind. Lacy concussion, uggh.

I was afraid of this, I can handle watching an ass beating by a team that good (its 1 game out of 16) but to lose a really important player like Bulaga for the season (again) just makes every game that follows, that much tougher.

Brad Jones was extraordinarily awful tonight, if hes not on the bench or unemployed after that performance something is seriously wrong with the thinking at 1265.

Will somebody please just tackle somebody. You could probably hand out 10 cow chips just based on tackling alone.

Hell after that, Cow looks like the sane one around here. Your 0-4 prediction just might be prophetic with all that transpired in that game.

FITZCORE1252's picture

Here's hoping you're wrong about BB. Unfortunately, after reading that the Packers think it's just a sprain and nothing serious, I'm pretty much resigned to the notion you're right. Fucking groundhog day.

The TKstinator's picture

You don't have to share your plans for groundhog day with us.

JimTaylor31's picture

MM says it is "not a serious knee injury" but we all know by now what that probably means. Sherrod just may not be able cut it. We'll see but if Bulaga is out for an extended period this could get kinda ugly at times. Sure miss Barclay.

It's pretty obvious we are not in the same class with Seattle. At least not right now. Our defense just doesn't play at the speed or intensity that the top tier defenses play at. Once again, outside of CM there isn't much of a comparison between our front 7 with Seattle's. It's pretty painfully obvious.

MarkinMadison's picture

I very much doubt that the Packers will go 0-4. The next two games are against the Jets at home and Lions on the road. Both very winnable games. The Jets may be up-and-coming, but they have a lot of issues to be worked out. The Lions are the Lions. As long as Rodgers is on the field the Packers will win 75% of their division games. The Packers have had a wake up call. Let's see how they respond before we all drink the Kool-Aid and get sick with Mad Cow disease.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

Ya, Seattle has the rest of the NFL completely outclassed right now.

Barnacle's picture

Our STs and Brad Jones helped change or kept the momentum going for Seattle. Get a good(average or fair) STs Coach and a better ILB and that game may have went our way.

Duke Divine's picture

Bulaga Walked of under his own power, no crutches leaving stadium or in locker room. Sorry, your prognosis is wrong

DannyDS's picture

Thank God its not worse than an MCL. BTW its very possible to walk w/o so much as a limp if you have a completely torn ACL. THe hamstrings take on the role of the ACL and walking doesn't stress it much. However, a player can't run well of move freely on any kind of playing field w/ an ACL injury.

Irish_Cheesehead's picture

"The Packers can't afford to keep Jones on the field much longer"

Lord, please bench this idiot. The guy has no upside at all. Why not let Lattimore or Barrington develop?

RC Packer Fan's picture

Brad Jones was an absolutely Cow Chip. Can't there be another Chip added. I'm thinking something like 'Dread Awful should be without a job today Chip'?

He was godawful last night. Probably the worst I have seen a LB play. Drops an INT, has 2 holding penalty's on 3rd down, missed I have no idea how many tackles, and he opened up a lot of running lanes for Lynch to run by him, not to mention how many times he was blocked 5 yards out of the play.

Now is the time to make the switch to Barrington or Lattimore. Might as well have some lumps with one of them and hope they get better at the end of the year, then it is to keep going with Jones who hasn't looked good for the last 2 years now.

aussiepacker's picture

Agreed brad jones had an awful night, but I don't think you can blame him for dropped intercept it was a good play by the TE.

Ruppert's picture

Last year Ted completely ignored the safety position and it burned us all year long. This year he completely ignored the ILB positions and look what we have there now. It's getting beat to death, buy my God was Brad Jones terrible.

And Morgan Burnett was awful, too. Seattle did a heck of a job of exploiting our defensive weaknesses. Not that hard, of course, because we have weaknesses on every level of D, but they still exploited them. Why not run plays at Brad Jones all day?

Rodgers was not sharp. I expected to see Rodgers have some designed run plays to keep the defense on their toes at least. I guess we don't want to risk him getting hurt.

Duke Divine's picture

Why is Burnett covering Harvin in the slo?!?!?!

The TKstinator's picture

Carl Bradford at ILB? Or Lattimore? Or Barrington?

DannyDS's picture

Definitely Lattimore should be the next guy to get his shot at ILB. Watched last year how he attacked the RB on and pressed the LOS. He didn't playback and read and wait for the RB to come to him, a la Jones and Hawk. Lattimore attacked... That's the mentality the ILB need. Especially if as I read the Packers are using a lot more single gap responsibilities in the Front 7.

Barrington hopefully can be another guy like that and Bradford too. But we simply don't know yet since they haven't gotten any snaps on D to really judge them by. Bradford likes to attack and plays w/ his hair on fire. I didn't figure he would succeed at OLB, but he has a chance at ILB. Probably going to take him a year or 2 to learn ILB.

At ILB they have to be mentally sharp and emotionally stable between plays, but attack from snap to whistle.

All due respect to 4thand1 and calling for a major trade for a stud ILB, that won't happen. You honestly think the 9ers will let Willis or Bowman go? Or the Seahawks let Wagner go? The one guy they MIGHT have a shot at getting is Daryl Washington who is in that class as a player, but has been suspended multiple time now.

KEMDog's picture

Cow chip to Capers. D showed very little. Thankfully, teams in January look differently than September. I hope we can get this right?

The cut back by a running back kills our D every time.

Lack of O line depth was a concern. There has to be something other than Sherrod. I thought until the injury, they looked solid.

Cow chip to Collingsworth. How does that a$$bag keep announcing games.

HankScorpio's picture

OL depth was not much of a concern in July before camp. But the events of camp have certainly made it a concern. Barclay going down for the year and Tretter out until week 10 has severely eroded the depth.

They need to take a look at what the other options might be.

Big Moe's picture

"Cow chip to Collingsworth. How does that a$$bag keep announcing games" yeah it would be nice to have a decent broadcaster for a change.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

I guess I really don't think Barclay would have been much better than Sherrod. How could he have been worse comments will be forthcoming I imagine. It is easy to say that players we lost to injury would have been better. Raji might have held the point better, but I am not so sure of that either. I am focusing my hopes on Guion improving (after only 9 preseason snaps and 1 week of practice). Not sure if Sherrod can improve, but putting a TE next to him to help negate the speed rusher's outside move might have been helpful. But that would require an in-game adjustment. I don't know enough about Eric Winston to form an opinion as to the wisdom of signing him. Maybe HE can't be worse.

Patrick Sherwood's picture

Totally agree about getting some oline help

HankScorpio's picture

Lots of good, strong candidates for Cow Chips. it was a stinkeroo performance on offense, defense and STs. For good measure, they were outcoached badly.

The performance was so bad, I can't see how anyone merited a blue chip. Linsley & Tramon were red chip guys, IMO.

But in a crowded field of cow chip contenders, Brad Jones and Derek Sherrod absolutely did stand out as the worst of the worst. Jones should have been allowed to walk 2 years ago instead of getting big money. Every minute they keep him compounds that blunder. Sherrod is still young and had a tough assignment. He may be able to bounce back. But they darn well better be taking a good hard look at the emergency list for OTs

egbertsouse's picture

Big, smelly cow chip for Capers.

...and for TT for not replacing Jones and Hawk or getting a quality backup at O-tackle when he knows that Bulaga goes down every year.

Slowcum? Why is he still coaching?

Daniels is now the new Jermichael, all talk and no walk.

DrealynWilliams's picture

"Daniels is now the new Jermichael, all talk and no walk"

Negative. Did he have a bad or barely decent game? Sure.

But think about it - can he really shine when the other D-Linemen around him are playing like trash? D.Jones and Guion looked worse. D Jones likes playing Patty Cake and Guion was being pushed back and redirected on just about every run play

tlv444's picture

Daniels "the tough guy" was getting manhandled by single blockers several times, a few he even got pushed 7 yards off his gap. And the handful of plays where he got off a block, he couldn't tackle Lynch anyways. Throw in the idiotic running into punter penalty....he was terrible last night.
Guion was a joke, they would have been better served putting in Mike Pennell who was inactive, he is bigger,younger and nastier. Datone Jones isn't much of a 3-4 def. lineman, he doesn't eat up blockers, he can't hold the point, his only game is quickness and trying to slip blocks, that isn't what u want from your 3-4 def. lineman. This team isn't put together well at all on the defensive front seven, they are okay at OLB but ILB and DL are below average without Raji at nose tackle.

pooch's picture

Well wrong J mike did the walk

Barnacle's picture

Right on Egbert

Capers first years with our team and others were good. Then he keeps adding razzle dazzle and making our players "versatile"(which McCarthy loves). Then the more "versatile" we get the worse the results get. ie Take a future HOF defensive end and teach him something different at age 34......that he "might" be good at.

Did you notice the Seahawks do NOT flip flop their CBs. The guy that is great on the left, stays on the left. McCarthy's versatility infactuation would move him all over the place to screw up the other team. Thus Seahawks have "masters" of their positions and we have "Jacks of all trades" and "masters of none". I think McCarthy is a poor manager of people and does not get the best out of our players. Too much confusion with all this "versatility" crap.

DannyDS's picture

I guess you didn't notice that Shields and Tramon played strictly on their sides as well. But don't let that stop you complaining and not making sense.

tlv444's picture

Lets face it. Capers doesn't change anything, year to year we get same thing. Who beat the defense Harvin and Lynch. Who did Harvin get his catches against? Morgan Burnett, everyone in league knows that u can get your best WR by formation against a GB safety or even a LB sometimes. Its been happening the past 5 years. Harvin thrown to 7 times, 7 catches. The only time Capers has success is against terrible QB's or god awful OL's. Anytime GB plays a good QB or good offensive line group, they get gashed beyond belief, look at the stats from the past few years. Capers doesn't take away what the other team or who the other team wants to go to. He just plays his formations, same ones as previous years. Anquan Boldin last year, Reggie Wayne a few years ago, etc they don't just have big games, they EXPLODE. Why? He covers them with LB's and Safeties instead of moving Shields or Williams or House around the field to cover the WR. The game has Passed Dom Capers by, he is stuck in the 80's, he still hasn't even managed to figure out the read option. Its not a defense of him but GB has the worst pair of ILB's in the league in Hawk and Jones, they have terrible 3-4 DL with no real NT. That sums it up on D.

LAS VEGAS-TOM's picture

Agreed 100%. I personally believe Hawk is part of some "Good Ole Boy's" click in GB. I remember a number of years back when he was on the sideline the entire 1st game. I can't remember if Capers was the DC or not. Someone had it Right at that time, but it lasted 1 game, as Hawk complained & asked to be traded, saying he was a 3 down linebacker. If I'm not mistaken, I think Buffalo wanted to trade Lynch for Hawk, & our Brain Thrust turned it down. Somebody yesterday posted "Hawk was an Embarrassment to GB". I've been saying it for 3 yr's. It amazes me, that he still has a uniform. I have no answer for our injury prone problem. We went for years, with 2 of the Best Tackles in the league. Now we can't keep Bulaga on the field more than 4 minutes a year, & don't have any solid back-ups. IMO, I think we are paying 4 or 5 Players, Way to much $$$$. LVT

The TKstinator's picture

Pretty strong game all the way around.

wolfie's picture

Capers should have left 2 yrs ago. MM's loyalty to his staff should cost his own job as well. YOU CAN'T EVEN GET THE CORRECT # OF PLAYERS ON AND OFF THE FIELD? Brad Jones is bad but why does AJ get a pass? He never was fast and now he's 8 yrs in. Is he going to get better at this point? How can you keep Burnett in a starting role? Maybe we need a crap year to wake up all the complacent fans who seem happy with 1 and done. The Bears are just ahead and waiting to give us a beating.

Jordan's picture

Capers isn't to blame for hawk, jones and missed tackles by safeties. Hawk and jones are mediocre players at best.

The missed tackles are due to inferior athletes when compared to the opponent. I can't tackle an nfl player either because I'm an inferior athlete. Bottom line is packers need better players.

Capers has to come up with all sorts of fancy defensive schemes because he has too many inferior players....ie hawk, jones, Burnett, guion..

Seahawks don't run anything fancy on defense because they are superior players. They just bust you in your mouth and concuss you. And taunt you after they've whipped you.

Ted Thompson likes gentle good citizen players. Jon Schneider is now the master. He's the master at drafting, trades, and free agency. Those are the unfortunate facts.

Maybe in 2 or 3 years the packers will be a contender. But there's going to have to be a lot of upgrades on both sides of ball....and special teams.

LAS VEGAS-TOM's picture

Couldn't agree with you more!! You said it Right & to the Point. LVT

4thand1's picture

Holy shit LVT, you're starting to sound like cow, and a few others. Settle down you old fart, lol. Every year there's a different elephant in the room that holds this team back. This year ( and last year) its ILB. If I was MM, I'd tell Hawk and Jones, You'd better play like its your last game, every game, or you're gone. Do something different Ted, make a trade for a stud ILB, give up a #1 because you can find help in the later rounds, you always seem to do anyway.

LAS VEGAS-TOM's picture

Hey 4thand1, How are you doing. I'm pissed because I actually had $$$ on the GB game. I knew before the game started GB would lose. I posted it. I went against my own thinking & bet GB. How can you lose taking GB+6, Right, WRONG!! I don't play the GB game. Why did I think I could play this one the WRONG WAY. I know better than that.

Hawk IMO has Never been a Decent Linebacker of any sort. He has Never lived up to his billing from day 1. He should have been replaced long ago. Going back a few years, GB had a pretty good linebacking core, when they had Popinga, Pepera, & of coarse Bishop. All at once, everyone was gone except the guy who should have been gone. As long as we're weak up the middle, we won't stop anyone. I'm tired of Hawk doing nothing more than collect a pay check. I would have kept James Jones, & put him at IL, if needed.

We probably should have kept Donatel, but even under him our Defense was suspect every year. Other than the 1 year we had Reggie White & Sean Jones, we haven't been able to stop the run or the pass. I'm no longer a big BF fan, but like it or not, he made things go. He had 2 good tackles to help in the line, but there were times both offensively & defensively we were hurting, & he still carried the team. He got rid of the ball much quicker than A-Rod.

We had probably the Greatest Receiving Core ever assembled, & little by little, it has disappeared. The same thing happened to "The Greatest Show On Turf", Remember??

IMO, Shields, Williams, of course Hawk, a few others, & yes Nelson & Mathews are all over paid. I'm sure I've missed a number of others. They are taking up at least 2-3 Quality Players.

Maybe I am sounding like Cow, but I agree with him, the Defense needs a complete over-haul, that will probably take 2-3 years, if it is ever gets started. That includes the coaching staff as well. Something needs to change in GB. What a waste of a Great QB. Go & jump all over my ass, but A-Rod, as Good as he is, cannot carry this team, the way BF could. The Best years of his career are going down the drain.

Again IMO, we've let too many Good Players & Coach's get away, & kept too many Bad One's. Someone has to be accountable for that. Just as a for instance, As good a guy & Player as Edgar Bennett was, What makes him a Receivers coach?? We miss guy's like Bevel. Something's AMUCK in GB, & I'm not sure we will straighten it out this year. The North will be Tougher than most of you think. GB doesn't have a lock on it, like they have in the past. The teams around us have gotten better, & we've, I'm sorry to say have Stood Pat or have gone down hill. You can't win Championships that way. Go ahead, jump all over me. I've seen the Greatest Offense I've ever seen, Disappear over the last 3 years. LVT

Aeric's picture

Ouch Jordan.. Like cow but with facts and truth. I think those four defensive players don't cut it. Morgan, Brad Jones, A.J. and Guion. I don't think B.J. Raji would have made any difference. Weak up the middle. Did McCarthy really spend months on that gameplan? Seriously?

ben's picture

Sharrod, both middle linebackers, Hasean Dix, MM's play-calling , & TT not addressing the team's weaknesses this offseason (NT, ILB)...............lost the game.

Sharrod has been very consistent and nobody should be surprised, except for Stroh. Like I've said before he's going to get somebody hurt. Offensive tackle Vujinovich is a gamer and the next Don Barclay.

Hawk & Jones were both terrible. Surprise, neither is a 3-4 ILB. Both don't excel getting off blocks and making plays. Brad Jones is a 3-4 OLB, Hawk is a 4-3 OLB.

Hasean doesn't have much range with 4.6 speed and hasn't been close in coverage over the top. A supposed strength of his is suppose to be in the box as a tackler in run support. But he was the worst tackler on the field, and missed 3-4 huge tackles, & again wasn't even close. Like I said before, during, and after the draft; Hasean may have been the most over-rated player in the draft. He looks the part wearing 21 and all but has done absolutely nothing to earn his playing-time. With Burnett, Richardson, & Hyde available at safety and a Great group of CBs, he shouldn't see the field.

The screen pass is the best play in football. A high percentage, low risk play, with big play potential, that also helps neutralize an opponent's pass-rush. The Pack has had great success with it in the past including all this pre-season. When it counts, MM chokes it and doesn't call 1 HB or TE screen in 4 quarters of football. Good coach, not a good play-caller.

Where's Pennel? Where's Zach Kerr? Where's Beau Allen?

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