Cardinals Coach Ken Whisenhunt seems a little confused about how to spin his team’s lack of effort in the season finale.
It seems as if the first thing that football announcers learn in broadcasting school is that one should never miss an opportunity to treat your viewers to a lengthy lecture about the devastating effect of penalties
If this year’s Packer team continues to get solid play at the line of scrimmage as well as from the Grants, Hawks, and Bigbys, they have enough big-play talent to make some noise in the playoffs.
If the Packers can beat the Seahawks and Cardinals, they will need to find one win against the Ravens, Bears, and Steelers in order to reach the 10-6 mark. They should be able to do that.
Maybe the motivation needed to come from the players rather than the coaching staff. I would prefer to have a coach who can lift the team’s spirits almost singlehandedly, but if we don’t have that kind of coach, the players need to do it themselves.
Time will tell, but it is possible that this game will go down in history as a signature loss for the Packers. There have been a few of those in recent years.
Unfortunately, the Packers seemed to have the opposite strategy going into their first meeting with the Vikings. The lack of pressure on Favre in that game was nothing short of a disgrace. Let’s hope they don’t make the same mistake again on Sunday
I will not be so easily dissuaded, however. I am sticking to my guns. This madness—or should I say dumbness—cannot continue. Sooner or later, these guys have to get their act together and begin playing like professionals.
As I watched the game on videotape Wednesday night, my hatred for Favre did subside a bit, but it was replaced by sheer horror, as he played one of the better games of his career.
But the big plays were not the real story in this game. The real story is that the Packers were beaten at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.
It was striking how different the atmosphere was for these two games. The Vikings-Browns game almost had the feel of a preseason contest.
I happen to think that the Packers’ special teams will be at least average, and maybe better, this season, but I wish I had more evidence on which to base my opinion.
Ted Thompson has finally done what many of us were hoping he would do last year—he has allowed the roster to begin to mature.