These are obviously late and thus not your usual quick hits. I watched the game, but was working throughout. It didn't leave me short of opinions.
Packers 27 Patriots 31
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There is no doubt that the Packers played inspired football. I'll give them that. Outside of the last 30 seconds it was a great game plan, and outside of special teams great execution.
Speaking of execution, Shawn Slocum needs to lose his job this week. It's really that simple. You let the biggest guy on the planet almost take one to the house. It was stupid to not scrap the entire Stock generation a long time ago, just get it done already.
I really wonder how ready Aaron Rodgers was or wasn't? After the whole Favre drama last night, I wonder if the Packers waited on the afternoon games before actually deciding to sit Rodgers?
Everyone has been hollering for the next "Grave Digger" for years. You have one. His name is B.J. Raji.
Get a life if you are calling for Mike McCarthy's head because of this weeks loss. Give me a break. Mistakes were made, but he called a near perfect game.
That said, the same game plan should be used for Aaron Rodgers. I guarantee Rodgers audibles out of far more plays than Flynn did. When Flynn stuck to the plan, the Packers got some consistency and some rhythm. This is something that has been sorely missed for weeks. Everyone says that Matt Flynn forced Mike McCarthy to call a balanced game. Who's to say he doesn't always call it that way?
If you want to blame anyone for a crucial mistake, blame Bulaga. He cost us a key, key sack.
James Jones is starting to piss me off now. I have been a huge Jones guy, but his lack of effort is embarrassing.
On that note, we also know why Charlie Peprah is always a street free-agent.
I said all along that if the Packers were going to win it was going to be a shootout. They got mighty close to doing just that. I'm not much for moral victories at all, the Packers don't get a special ribbon for almost winning that game, and quite honestly they should have. The reasons for losing are pretty clear, and more importantly look a lot like the reasons for losing we have been talking about for years.
Again, the Packers could not convert a simple third and one from the goal line, took a questionable field goal, failed to manage to clock, and gave up game changing plays on special teams. These are the same exact things we have been talking about forever. Mike McCarthy had a brilliant game plan called. Unfortunately, for the umpteenth time, he failed to close the deal.
I think before you call for McCarthy's head you have to separate his game plan this past week from his execution and discipline of the football team as a whole.
Do I think Mike McCarthy should be fired for this week's loss? For the love of God no.
Do I think Mike McCarthy should be fired for his inability to field a disciplined and well coached football team with the talent he has been given?
Without a doubt.
You have to be a closer. All great coaches have been.
Mike McCarthy can't get out of the ninth.
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