A popular sentiment among coaches after a blowout loss, like the one the Packers experienced last night, is to “burn the tape” – meaning, don’t even bother watching tape of the game because it won’t teach you anything you don’t already know.
McCarthy should burn the tape.
The Packers sailed into a perfect storm last night (That was for you Steve!) Every conceivable weakness they have was matched by every overwhelming strength the Saints have. It was obvious that Bob Sanders simply could not adjust even slightly to what Drew Brees and company were throwing at him. After Rodgers threw his first pick, it was pretty much over. No way were the Packers going to get one stop, much less the three they would need to get back in the game. McCarthy felt as much, which is why he called for an onside kick with over 12 minutes remaining.
This Packers team has now played the two dome games on their schedule, and it’s readily apparent they are in no way built for playing indoors, especially on defense. The glaring lack of speed across the board was shocking last night, where even guys like Tramon Williams and Nick Collins looked like they were moving in mud when compared to the Saints receivers. Throw in the fact that they’re isn’t a competent pass rush outside of Aaron Kampman and you have a recipe for disaster. The hope for the Packers is that their five remaining games are all outdoors, where this team has looked much, much better. The problem is, even if they do make the playoffs, the probability of another playoff loss at Lambeau is quite high.
But I digress. Burn the tape. Forget the trip down to New Orleans ever happened. Tell Bob Sanders he is coaching for his job over the course of these final five games, starting with Sunday’s showdown against the Panthers. This game is the season. Beat the Panthers (and it says here the Packers will) and the Packers continue their Bataan Death March to an 8-8 Divisional Championship. Lose, and it’s time to start paying attention to college football to see if we can spot any future Packers.