There’s a possibility that linebacker Brandon Chillar’s injury is worse than most people outside the organization knew. The Green Bay Press-Gazette’s Rob Demovsky spoke to Chillar’s agent and got the inside scoop. “I hope it isn’t season-ending, don’t think it is, but I’m not going to rule out that it’s not possible,” Chillar’s agent, Jim Ivler said. “By Wednesday, we’ll probably have a better idea.” If, by chance, the Packers lose Chillar, they’re losing out in much needed speed from the inside linebacker position.
Safety Morgan Burnett is out for the season with a torn ACL. But before Charlie Peprah is just inserted into the starting lineup, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says defensive coordinator Dom Capers may look outside the proverbial box. “Capers is going to start looking at various combinations of players the way he did when he came up his ‘Psycho’ and ‘Big Okie’ packages,” writes Silverstein. “Both were born of personnel dilemmas that required some creativity, a place Capers finds himself heading into the Washington game.” Using Clay Matthews and Charles Woodson in some sort of hybrid position are listed as possibilities.
Jordy Nelson will be used on kickoff return against Washington confirmed special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum. But the team may consider other options according to the head coach. “[Mike] McCarthy said he would ‘definitely consider’ starting cornerback Tramon Williams, who is already the team’s punt returner; little-used cornerback Pat Lee, who suffered a knee injury returning a kickoff during the 2009 preseason finale at Tennessee; and recently added running back Dimitri Nance, who was active against the Lions but did not play a snap from scrimmage while seeing limited special teams action,” writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. I would be surprised if someone else didn’t get a chance. It’s also noteworthy that Brandon Jackson was not part of McCarthy’s list of options.
Video review was conducted by Cliff Christl and Eric Baranczyk of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, and they found out that the run blocking was pretty stellar on Sunday, especially on the last drive. “The Packers ran the ball on 10 of 12 plays on their final possession with John Kuhn carrying seven times for 34 yards,” according to the article. “On all seven of Kuhn’s runs, the Packers lined up in an I-formation and those are the type of running plays that best suit him. And give Kuhn credit — he ran hard. But the key to the drive was the blocking as the Packers ran behind their workhorses. Guard Josh Sitton and center Scott Wells did a nice job on Detroit’s two tackles, and fullback Korey Hall did a nice job on the linebackers.” I’d throw Mark Tauscher and Tom Crabtree in there as well as two players who really helped the ground game.
Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin pointed out some interesting statistics, according to Demovsky. “In the offensive meeting on Monday, Philbin pointed out that through four games this season, the offense has scored more points than it did a year ago at the same point in the season, have cut down on their sacks by 75 percent and are better on third downs,” writes Demovsky. The statistic on sacks is of particular attention given that the Packers gave up 51 sacks last season.
An opportunity was perhaps missed by the Packers special teams this past Sunday. “The Packers failed to put a returner in place on Jason Hanson’s 55-yard field goal attempt just before halftime,” writes Kevin Seifert, ESPN.com’s NFC North blogger. “Hanson’s kick fell nearly 10 yards short, meaning a returner would have had a chance to get his hands on the ball.” Of course, you may remember that Tramon Williams scored on a punt from a field goal formation years prior.
One nugget of depth chart knowledge is brought to you by Kareem Copeland of the Press-Gazette. “[Cornerbacks coach Joe] Whitt said [Brandon] Underwood is still working his way back and is currently last on the depth chart behind Pat Lee,” writes Copeland.
Mike McCarthy responded to quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ critique of the gameplan on Monday during his press conference. “McCarthy said he and quarterback Aaron Rodgers are on the same page, one day after Rodgers offered a polite but pointed public critique of the team’s game plan in the wake of Sunday’s narrow victory over the Detroit Lions,” writes the Associated Press.
The Packers voted for union decertification, also reports the Associated Press.
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel pointed out some less than desirable statistics.
Staying positive is John Rehor of Green Bay Packer Nation.
Packer Chatters‘ Adam Czech reminds us that the Packers are 3-1.
Packergeeks touches on the Rodgers’ gameplan situation.