I'm sick of everybody I guess. I'm sick of Twitter, I'm sick of Packers fans, and I'm sick of Packers news. Fifteen years ago I didn't have any of this crap. I didn't have complete and total fan meltdowns all around me. I didn't have eight thousand people on Twitter asking me if, or wondering when, the Packers are going to sign a running back. People didn't analyze, people didn't scrutinize, and people didn't throw themselves into the fire pit of despair at every wrong turn.
Back then, on game day, you got up, watched some highlights and then got together with whomever for the broadcast. If you wanted your news, you picked up a newspaper, read a little bit, perhaps bitched some with your fellow friends and co-workers and accepted the state of the team as just that, the state of the team. Well, guess what? Things haven't changed and its about time everyone got that through their heads.
What you saw Monday night were your 2010 Packers, and barring injury will be the 2010 Packers for the rest of the season. If you don't like it, well that's tough luck because I guarantee nothing is going to change. So, in case you forget next week about what I said this week, you can get used the following, and please get used to it in a hurry.
Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher are going to be the starting tackles unless they get too injured to play. There is not a chance in hell that you see Bryan Bulaga take over Clifton's spot on a team with Superbowl potential. The same goes for Mark Tauscher. These guys are seasoned Packers who have seen everything an NFL game may throw at them. No doubt they have lost a step here and there, but for every time you see a speedy end beat them on the corner, there are three plays in which their experience and pre-snap recognition made a play before the ball was even snapped. You cannot replace that, and the Packers won't. Get used to it and shut up. It's Clifton and Tauscher for god sakes.
The Packers are going to get penalties. They will not get 18 a game, but you will see a flag or two in the next 13 games. McCarthy will have little to say about these flags, as history has shown he really sees them as a given in the game. There is no magic formula or speech that is going to change that. We have seen Clifton, Colledge, Woodson, and many others get flagged repeatedly for the same things for years. We will see the same thing this year. If Mike McCarthy is ok with it, then it's on him. He has to know, as well as anyone, that if the Packers don't ride deep into the post-season, that his time is Green Bay is most certainly over.
The Packers are not going to get a running back. Quit asking about Marshawn Lynch. Brandon Jackson and John Kuhn are our starting running backs from here on out. Now, it's possible that Nance, or a healthy Starks emerges late as a weapon, but the Packers are not going to trade for anybody. Not to mention people, this is Cheesehead TV. If anything goes on with the running back situation it stands to reason that you might hear something about it from one of our eight million articles or Twitter feeds everyday. Seriously, quit asking me, it's not going to happen. If it does, someone will tell you right away, I promise.
The special teams are only going to be average at best. Did you not know this going in? They may be slightly better overall, but if you are expecting to top the league in that area just get off the drugs now. We are going to be average, and there isn't a whole lot us or the Packers can do about it. The Packers feel they are strong enough to overcome potential poor play on special teams. I tend to agree.
What does this all equate to? If you ask me the answer is for everyone to shut up. Yeah, we lost a game, but look what it took to lose:
Injury riddled defensive line
Injury riddled secondary
Team Record in Penalties
Turnover in scoring position.
Poor special teams play
Poor coaching decisions
Poor clock management
Poor field position
In the end, the Packers only lose by three to what is now one of the top teams in the NFL. It was a perfect storm people, a complete disaster of epic proportion. What's funny (and amazingly annoying) to me this season is how the residents of this storm ridden team react. Usually, in the face of adversity, a community rallies together to lift each other up. In Packer country, we'd rather just get a whole new set of residents who might do a better job of living there. This is our team people, like it or not.
Start being a Packer fan.
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