Pretty good summary from Charles Robinson at Yahoo under today's "LOSERS" column...
The Green Bay Packers
They are blowing their chance to seize the NFC North. They frittered away a chance at a huge momentum-building win last week against Tennessee, and then only moved the ball 25 yards after a great kickoff put them at their own 41-yard line with 2:15 left Sunday. In back-to-back weeks, the defense has failed to make a key stop late in a game, and the offense hasn’t been able to convert a final drive into a winner. The 184 total yards of offense Sunday was troubling.
The 2 safties should never have happened. Was running the ball from the end zone not an option? Does McCarthy not have enough faith in Ryan Grant to give him more carries? I just don't understand some of the play calling.
A couple of adjustments Aaron. Move MM and Clifton to the Ugly category. MM play calling the whole game was atrocious. The last Packer series that should have sewed up the game was a study in stupidity. A pink slip should have been delivered by Murphy on the field.
Clifton? He can no longer move against a speed rusher. He's been a greaat player in the past, but his time as a starter must end. Colledge can't be worse.
Taucher almost belongs here too. After DVR review he missed copious run blocks.
You should change your good section to OK section.
Can we please cut Derrick Frost? Please? Please? Surely, whoever's on the street can't be worse.
I think labeling Rodgers as 'Bad' is harsh. The poor guy had no chance to make plays because he was either getting hit, about to get hit, or waiting to get hit. It was brutal.
I actually was at the game yesterday and it was pretty sad. Had our O-line played even mediocre we would have beaten the Vikings by at least two touchdowns. But Rodgers never had time to get comfortable much less get a rhythm going. The TD to Jennings that was called back due to an O-line penalty was pretty telling of the entire game - the Packers would do something well and the O-line would screw it up. The defense played well, but they had to be exhausted by the end. They really did everything they could but the O-line kept the offense off the field and the defense on the field.
There needs to be a lot of soul searching here and in the off season we need a new punter, new guys for the O-line, D-line and preferbly a new defensive coordinator.
There is no one more frustrated than me over the past few weeks, but let's be realistic folks. MM is not getting fired. He just signed a contract extension. Criticizing him for play calling is legitimate I guess, but in reading all the blogs it's actually amusing. He's too aggressive one week, too conservative the next. Pretty funny.
Now, where criticism of MM is spot on is in the decisions on who plays. For example, why Finley is up but not Jones the past few weeks makes no sense to me. The reality is the Big 5 package worked last year, yet we rarely use it this year. I know Jones was up yesterday at the expense of Chillar, but as a rule I would be playing Jones and not Finley. Do we really need 3 TEs? Then there's the O Line. Why are we not sitting some of these guys that keep making stupid penalties or get beat like a drum? McCarthy always says the best guys play. I liked that we sat AJ in favor of Chillar (granted AJ was hurt). We need to see more of that. I believe EVERONE was full of themselves after last year, coaches and players, and if you can't "clean things up" you need to sit. Last year is ancient history. Players need to stop believing they are better than they are and get hungry again. 13-3 is NOT standard fare. You can do all the interviews you want (Jennings on NFL Network) and host all the TV shows you want (Colledge Experience), but perhaps if you put that time into preparation like you did last year when you were hungry then we might execute a little better in crunch time.
In case you can't tell, it's the penalties that have me totally frosted and I do believe this is on the coach for not holding people accountable (and potentially sitting folks). We lost yesterday not on the last drive, but on the next to last one. We got a gift from Childress, we were moving the ball, and penalties got us 3 points instead of 7. That drive was the chance to insert the "dagger" and go up 10. I don't care that we played sloppy up to that point. Good teams win ugly games when opportunities present themselves late in the game. We keep getting opportunities and penalties kill us. If we are going to criticize MM, let's do it realistically. Sit a couple of these guys that can't keep up or can't stop making mistakes. I don't want to hear we're going to clean it up anymore.
To Andrew's point on Frost, let's hold a tryout like Texas Tech did. Maybe we'll find the next Vince Pappale, LOL. It can't be any worse. He really is aweful
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