Bears 17 Packers 13: Game Balls & Lame Calls

The Green Bay Packers emerged from a night in which they saw one legendary quarterback in Bart Starr on the field and another, Brett Favre, having his name added to the team's ring of honor with another poor and lackluster performance.  It resulted in a loss to the Chicago Bears and gave the Packers their second-straight loss at home and another divisional loss.  We can effectively end any discussion about the Packers getting at top seed in the postseason and honestly, we should probably curtail any discussion about the postseason, for now.

This year's Packers team has not answered the bell.  Sure, they won at Minnesota last week and there are still five more games left, but this team has lost its way.  They aren't consistent, unless you're talking about their failure to step up big when the chips are down.  The "they miss Jordy Nelson" talk is old.  This team has real issues, my friends.  Who will step and lead this team out of the weeds?  Head coach Mike McCarthy?  Aaron Rodgers?  Anyone? 

On with the game balls and lame calls.

Game Balls

Bart Starr

The man, the myth, the legend.  To see him on the field honoring Favre with a smile on his face and in this tough weather in his state of health was the best performance by a Packers player, past or present tonight.  

Quinten Rollins

What a blessing that Rollins avoided serious injury to his neck and is back in action.  After his two-interception performance against the St. Louis Rams earlier this season, Rollins put together another good night with a pass break up and the only sack the Packers defense had on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.  Rollins just plays the game and doesn't get too caught up in the moment.  He is going to develop into a very good part of this defense sooner than later.  He was just a tick slow in securing a fumble recovery on a ball that Cutler lost control of.

Clay Matthews

Matthews had six tackles and a quarterback hit.  He was flying around the field once again and saving plays from going for extra yardage.  Inside or outside, Matthews has been one of the defense's most consistent guys this year.

James Starks

Starks didn't light it up on the stat sheet, but he adds a nice change of pace to what Eddie Lacy brings.  Starks had four catches for 41 yards in addition to his 39 yards rushing.  He puts his head down and finishes his runs well this season.  Most importantly, he's staying healthy.  With Eddie Lacy hot and cold this season, this team is going to need Starks every week.

Lame Calls

Davante Adams

Adams was targeted a team-high 11 times and had just two catches.  He had several drops, which are becoming a commonplace for the second-year receiver.  For a guy that Rodgers said had "Pro Bowl" talent earlier this season, Adams has been anything but.  He had one drop that may have gone the distance had he hung on.  By now, this Packers team has to be past the sting of having lost Nelson and on to doing what they can to make up for it.  Adams was supposed to be a big part of that.  He has not been and tonight was his worst showing of the season.

Nate Palmer

I should give the coaching staff this lame call for putting Palmer out there week after week.  He makes average players look so far above average.  He's nothing special and never will be.  Why Jake Ryan isn't out there in Palmer's place by now is one of many mysteries on this Packers team.

James Jones

Zero catches in six targets.  Some of that is scheme and Chicago's improved secondary play, but when Jones disappears in games, he really disappears.  The third down drop in the end zone at the end of the game was a tough catch to make with a defender all over him, but it was a ball Jones should have had.  On a night when that one play was what this team needed and should have been able to muster up, given the gravity of it all, Jones was a big zero.

J.C. Tretter

Someone had to be the fourth guy here.  I'm going with Tretter because his horrible snap not only cost the Packers a chance to at least kick a field goal, but it nearly got Rodgers seriously hurt.  As good as Tretter was last week in relief of Corey Linsley, this play was the reason why I have been warning everyone who was getting high on Tretter to temper their enthusiasm.  Overall, his blocking was OK but this was a game where one play would have made a difference.  Had Rodgers been hurt worse, that difference would have been on the wrong side of the equation and monumental.

 

Others to mention

  • Eddie Lacy had another 100 yard performance, but he made two boneheaded plays that nearly got him on the lame call list despite his output.  The first was flipping the ball shortly after crossing the goal line, which prompted replay officials to see if he actually crossed the line with the ball before letting it leave his hands.  He was awarded the score, correctly, but it was a bit too close for comfort.  Then came the fumble, which gave the Bears possession and, of course, they went down and scored a touchdown to tie the game.  Even when he's good, he's bad Eddie this season.
  • Play calling was not stellar tonight.  The bubble screen doesn't work, Tom/Edgar/Mike/Aaron or whoever you are calling the plays.  Stick with what you're good at, which lately is up for debate.
  • Jeff Janis with another big return tonight.  Someone please explain to me why he can't get a single target on offense?

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Jason is a freelance writer on staff since 2012 and also co-hosts Cheesehead TV Live, Pulse of the Pack and Pack A Day podcasts.  You can follow him on Twitter here

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Hematite's picture

November 27, 2015 at 06:35 am

Palmer?
Janis?
Both legitimate questions.
This coaching staff is certainly questionable.

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D Ernesto's picture

November 27, 2015 at 01:07 pm

My only pea brain answer to that question is 'ego'. It seems like the coaching staff needs to bolster Ted t by playing the highest drafted people. If you play Janis and sit Adams your admitting your made an oops in the draft.
If you play Stark's and sit Lacy, again same thing.
I've noticed this trend for several years and its the only thing I can come up with, he who is drafted the highest plays the most.
Janis with his size and speed could easily play Jordy;'s role. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that. Just like Mathews. I posted two years ago they were wasting his talent on the end. Should have been in the middle all along like and Urlacher. They didn't do that until they were forced to.

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WKUPackFan's picture

November 27, 2015 at 05:52 pm

Let us explore the ways Cow's friend is incorrect:

1. "Janis....could easily play Jordy;'s (sic) role". A second year 7th round draft choice is going to play as well as one of the best WRs in the league. A guy who has barely played is going draw the same coverage as Jordy. Can't wait to see that.

2, MM designated Starks as the starter two weeks ago and he indeed started. Also, TT drafted Starks and Lacy. My oh my, who should we play to assuage TT's fragile ego.

3. "It seems like the coaching staff needs to bolster Ted t (sic) [ego] by playing the highest drafted people". Do the names Brian Brohm, Jerel Worthy, and Carl Bradford ring a bell?

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Mebrooks5291's picture

November 27, 2015 at 06:39 am

the pack stinks

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porupack's picture

November 27, 2015 at 11:37 am

Its the coaching staff that stinks. Poor, poor preparation. The team gave up and knew they were out-schemed and couldn't sustain a drive without a string of bears penalties.
Bears ran how many WR screens successfully? Packers?
Almost never saw a packer receiver open. Frequently see opposing WRs running through the middle.
Poor coaching

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KenEllis's picture

November 27, 2015 at 06:44 am

Agree 100% on Bart getting a game ball, it was a true pleasure to see him in GB once again even if it may possibly have been for the last time.

As for lame calls, remember before the opening game when MM boldly declared the Pack was going to kick Chicago's ass?

Well, last night's loss, with Favre's retirement, Bart back at Lambeau, and a national TV audience watching, was an abomination.

Hope the BENIGN Wisconsin press corps stops giving the head coach a free pass, because losing to bad Lions & Bears teams at home should not be acceptable with a MVP QB.
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Big_Mel_75's picture

November 27, 2015 at 09:05 am

MM has lost this team. He needs to go. He is to stubborn to make adjustments and it is killing us. If I hear him blame fundimentals one more time I will scream. This trotting out adams every play and targeting him 11 times on only catching two is insane. Rich rodgers sucks and perrillo can catch but most plays go to rodgers... FIRE MM

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Oppy's picture

November 27, 2015 at 12:42 pm

Wasn't aware that Mike McCarthy sneaks out onto the field after the snap, grabs Aaron's hand, and forces him to throw the ball at Adams and Rodgers.

Seriously, dude, you need to assess the target of your anger.

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lambeau66's picture

November 27, 2015 at 03:08 pm

Agree 100% Excellent post!!!!!!!

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carusotrap's picture

November 27, 2015 at 06:47 am

“We learned a lot tonight. It’s really about execution. We’ll clean up some things and be ready for the Lions.“

This team goes about 8-8. Just enough to ensure nothing really changes, and we all meet back here for more of the same.

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NickPerry's picture

November 27, 2015 at 07:45 am

The sad thing is you're right.

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Pack204's picture

November 27, 2015 at 07:27 am

The playcalling is atrocius. No way this offense should be this poor for this long. The wr look like they quite on their routes.

I am one who usually likes to keep the same coaching staff in place for continuity year over year but there is serious issues and I think a change in philosophy and direction is needed. Green Bay could get almost whoever they want with already having an MVP QB.

I dont know what the gameplans look like or preparation, but I read an article on Carson Palmer and Bruce Arians preparing for game days and I was impressed at the amount of creativity and dynamic they put in place to keeping the defense off balance each and every game. You look at ARZ personnel and yes they have Larry Fitz but they put there skill players in the best position to MAKE PLAYS!! It seems like that is seriously lacking with this offense as it is stagnant and predictable.

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NickPerry's picture

November 27, 2015 at 07:47 am

After watching this offense for 11 weeks I'm dreading the AZ game. I was going to go to it but why spend the $$$ when the packers are playing like this. Bruce Arians will eat Capers alive.

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ollie418's picture

November 27, 2015 at 07:30 am

As much as I dislike Capers and want to blame him for everything, if the Packers can't score at least 20 points at Lambeau then they got serious issues.

Zero points in the 2nd half is unacceptable.

Brutal performance or lack of one.

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cpabandit's picture

November 27, 2015 at 07:35 am

Two more LAME CALLS please. First we have the officials who took three TD's away from the Packers, one being the JJ crossing route call, and twice when AR got Chicago to jump they blew the whistle in lieu of letting the play continue taking away a Cobb TDs and one other (can't remember who the other pass was to). Second is Aaron Rodgers. Yes, the WRs and TEs can't catch a ball thrown at them however, Rodgers has been awful. Too many passes out of their reach or thrown at their ankles. He has been consistently making every opposing QB look better than they are and certainly better than himself.

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ray nichkee's picture

November 27, 2015 at 08:17 am

The zebras definitely get a lame call. Don't the patriots WRs pick on every play? Even Michaels and collinsworth went uggh! after that call. They cost us many points but we still should have won regardless.

I will throw in not running the ball in shitty weather. The way they were running lacy/Starks should have had over 300 all purpose yards. I'm shaking my head at that.

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NickPerry's picture

November 27, 2015 at 08:25 am

Lacy was killing them, Starks too but Lacy was a beast. Yes he fumbled but he was also the best source of offense the last 2 weeks, especially last night. Clements, MM, they both try and get to cute instead of staying with what's working. Bill Belichek would have run Lacy and Starks 50 times at least last night and and won the game. Adams would have been benched by at least his 2nd or 3rd drop.

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Big_Mel_75's picture

November 27, 2015 at 09:07 am

Wish I could like a million times

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

November 27, 2015 at 10:21 am

Um yeah, Lacy is killing it but fumbles and gets sent to the bench. Ok. Fine.

Adams drops every pass his way. He stays in.
Palmer constantly blows assignments. He stays in.
Goodson can't cover at all. He's on Alshon Jeffery.
R Rodgers can't ever get open and can't block either. He stays.

Can anyone explain this to me?

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Tundraboy's picture

November 27, 2015 at 01:33 pm

Defies logic.

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tm_inter's picture

November 28, 2015 at 02:59 pm

Green Bay coaches suck big time!

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WKUPackFan's picture

November 27, 2015 at 08:53 am

What's equally frusrating is that the referees seemingly confer after every flag and stiil make the incorrect call. I wish they would just make the call and proceed. Hochuli isn't the greatest, but sometimes last night it seemed that even he had a look like "Did you really throw that flag?".

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Mojo's picture

November 27, 2015 at 10:58 am

But to be fair, the Packers first TD drive was kept alive on a phantom illegal contact penalty.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

November 27, 2015 at 12:03 pm

Nice, Mojo. I had been waiting for someone to mention that little detail. Fact is that the GB offense has trouble scoring without help from the refs or great field position.

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NickPerry's picture

November 27, 2015 at 07:42 am

Game Balls...

Bart Starr: The effort to get to Lambeau after several strokes is not a easy one for a man Starrs age yet it was more effort than we saw from at least 50 Packers.

Janis: No more "Aaron doesn't trust him" BS!! When he's on the field thinks happen, positive things.

Crosby: He made a 50 Yarder in horrible conditions, right down the middle.

Lame Calls

The entire Coaching Staff: Last night we saw we saw what a good coaching stafff does. Fox, Fangio, and Gase made adjustments and won with Jay Cutler. Mike McCarthy and Dom Capers did not, most likely because they have no idea how to adjust. (Keep Clements calling those plays Mike, you should be gone by seasons end then).

Adams: 15 catches on 35 targets for ZERO TD's and 135 yards, that's just in the last 3 games. Nothing positive has happened on the field since last January for Adams, just a lot of drops. Can we please stop with the "Aaron doesn't trust Janis" OR "Janis isn't ready". Are you telling me Adams is? Or maybe he looks like the preseason MVP against the Packers D-Backfield is all.

Nate Palmer: He wactches Zack Miller cros right in fron of him on the TD pass and did nothing. He actually does nothing for pretty much every game but yet he's out there week in and week out'

The Officials: OMG!!!! They Sucked, for both sides!

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TommyG's picture

November 27, 2015 at 08:31 am

Thank you for pointing out the truth of the officials. A number of people are whining about how they screwed us. Well guess what, those zebras were the only reason we scored an offensive touchdown too. Ticky tack PI and a bs tripping call were in our favor.

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WKUPackFan's picture

November 27, 2015 at 08:55 am

With respect, the tripping call was correct. Intent is not part of the rule.

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mrtundra's picture

November 28, 2015 at 09:41 am

The officiating has been bad for every game every team has played this year. TV personality and head of NFL Officials, Mike Pereira, said as much to Joe Buck on live TV. Vikings fans were screaming about the officiating in the Packer/Viking game. We scream about officiating, too. It has been inconsistent and seems to show up at the most inopportune times for one side or the other.

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Tundraboy's picture

November 27, 2015 at 02:19 pm

Great point about Bart. What he went through to be there and the Packers did not come to play their hearts out like they should have. That's what bothers me most of all.

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cpabandit's picture

November 27, 2015 at 07:39 am

And one more comment, four downs to run 8 yards to win the game after rushing 180 against a team ranked near the bottom in rushing defense and the coaches opt to pass a wet football in pouring rain every time. How predictable?!

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croatpackfan's picture

November 27, 2015 at 07:51 am

Not predictable at all, but still stupid by my opinion! And I think Aaron insisted on that. I think Aaron wanted that TD, not to be added to the RB stat!

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pacman's picture

November 27, 2015 at 07:55 am

Did you guys forget there is something called a 'game clock'?

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zoellner25's picture

November 27, 2015 at 07:58 am

With no timeouts.......had to throw a few times

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cpabandit's picture

November 27, 2015 at 08:17 am

Run on first and second so you're close enough for Chicago to not know the next two plays. Pass on third and fourth. Play calling by the Packers is so predictable and boring. Prior opposing defenses this season admitted that they know almost every play coming.

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croatpackfan's picture

November 27, 2015 at 08:45 am

Packers left 22 seconds after 4th try. So, what game clock and what game management? It looks like that something what is working all the time had better chances to succeed than something that does not work at all...

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croatpackfan's picture

November 27, 2015 at 07:58 am

I was one of the fans who was justifying decision not to use Jeff Janis in the games. But after last 3 games of Davante Adams performance, dissapearing James Jones and unconsistent Randall Cobb, I think whatever be the fear of using Janis in the games the rest of "healthy" WRs proved that Janis can not be worse than them...
Use every healthy receiver you have. Make the mix, try something new... And I can not understand why they did not run the ball at least once in the last 4 try...

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zoellner25's picture

November 27, 2015 at 07:57 am

Davante Adams is a bust. Poor route runner, bad fighting for position at the point of catch and then cannot catch. I don't understand why ARod even looks his way

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NickPerry's picture

November 27, 2015 at 09:12 am

Yup, makes me cry everytime I see Allen Robinson for the Jags, taken a few spots after Adams or Moncrief who Dan loved. Adams comes from that "Spread Offense" run by Fresno State or Baylor for example. Terrence Williams of the Cowboys is like Adams but with speed. They don't translate all that College production to and NFL field.

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WKUPackFan's picture

November 27, 2015 at 08:59 am

Allen Robinson is a beast. There were several receivers drafted around the same time Adams was. Jordan Matthews would probably look good in GB also (and he'd probably rather be anywhere than with Chip).

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NickPerry's picture

November 27, 2015 at 09:18 am

I said Paul but meant Allen, thanks WKU. Abby and Allen put on a show in the Penn St. vs Wisconsin game in 2013. I remember thinking he'd look GOOD in Green and Gold. I really liked Matthews too, was hoping Thompson would move up to grab him because I knew he wouldn't last until the 53rd pick, he didn't Adams did. Bummer!

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WKUPackFan's picture

November 27, 2015 at 11:44 am

Anytime Nick! I'd take Allen Hurns from the Jaqs also.

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pacman's picture

November 27, 2015 at 08:04 am

I new thought - at the beginning of the season, anything short of a SB would be considered a failure. Since that would now take a miracle, MM (in his play out the season style) is just letting his new coaches settle in for next year rather than waste the year with all sorts of changes.

None of us are NFL coaches but we've seen how MM doesn't change things up until it is too late. If he doesn't have what it takes to get the offense back on track, I wouldn't be too upset if MM 'retired' now so someone else could get the team ready for next year.

I was never a very big MM fan and I will admit that I am not in a position to fully judge him. But that doesn't mean that all these comments about him are baseless.

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Brewcity's picture

November 27, 2015 at 08:16 am

I upset with the coaching staff, particularly on the offense. I agree with many of the other points made in this thread so I'll just ask, what happened to the back shoulder route?

Jones is virtually unstoppable with that route. Rather than having everyone running crossing routes across the end zone, sending Jones on a back shoulder route at the pylon would've made sense, right?

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barutanseijin's picture

November 27, 2015 at 11:35 am

I'm thinking that for whatever reason ( injury, loss of confidence, fatigue ), right now 12 doesn't have the pinpoint accuracy that made those throws possible.fatigue

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Horse's picture

November 27, 2015 at 08:32 am

You generally have to put blockers ahead of the receiver on screens. But those plays happened so fast that there weren't any. WTF. I stopped counting after they called the fifth one.
But it's not just playcalling. MM's grand new scheme for coaching is not working and it could have repercussions for years. If you're TT how do you tell which players regressed because they aren't as good as you thought and which ones didn't get coached up right? You can't. When so many players are regressing at the same time, that is at least 80% on the coaching

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porupack's picture

November 27, 2015 at 11:54 am

Very much so the case.

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Doug_In_Sandpoint's picture

November 27, 2015 at 08:39 am

Thought I might feel better this AM. I don't. Never have I seen a Packer team with less heart. I think the players have checked out because the coaches are doing such a crummy job.

0 points in the 2nd half? No adjustments? Nate effing Palmer? Catch the ball Adams. Get rid of the ball Rodgers. Give Lacy the rock Clements. Run some routes anybody!

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WKUPackFan's picture

November 27, 2015 at 09:06 am

I'd give a game ball to Brett Favre. His speech was excellent, and he was great in the booth during the 4th quarter. Michaels and Collinsworth gave Brett several chances to criticize the Packers and he refused to even come close to doing so.

I was opposed to Favre ever coming back. I was incorrect.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

November 27, 2015 at 12:22 pm

Agreed, WKU. Favre handled this with class. I had a particularly nice Thanksgiving, and hope that you and yours did also.

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RCPackerFan's picture

November 27, 2015 at 09:18 am

Game balls.
Rollins, Janis, Starks

Lame calls.
Adams, Jones, Palmer, coaches, GM.

This was the most embarrassing, pathetic loss I can remember. On a night that Favre is honored and Starr makes it back, they play a game like this????
First Adams, why is he playing? Take his ass out. Put in Janis, put in a 3rd TE, hell put in 2 FBs. Adams does not deserve playing time. My question is if Janis can't make the field because he isn't trusted, how is Adams trusted?

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Since'61's picture

November 27, 2015 at 09:24 am

Game Ball: Bart Starr and the defense. Last 3 games our defense has allowed an average of 16 points per game but yet we have lost 2 of those games at home!

Lame calls: Our receiving core is bad. There is no other way to describe it.
Given the weather conditions and our poor WRs why did we stop running the ball? Stupidity is the only thing I can think of
On our final series why are we sending all the receivers into the end zone on all 4 plays? On first down throw a short crossing route or a quick slant or curl at about the 4 or 5, Assuming our receiver actually catches the ball they may break a tackle and score or at least get down to the 2 or 3. I realize we had no timeouts left but we are an up tempo offense and we left 22 seconds on the clock anyway. From there on 2nd down we can at least force Chicago to respect play action and either throw for the TD or give Rodgers a chance to run in off a scramble. Instead we run 4 plays where Rodgers only choices are throw it away or throw into an overly crowded end zone. Just a terrible job by everyone involved. The whole game was a disappointment, except for the halftime, but the second half was an unacceptable embarrassment. Thanks, Since
'61

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Mojo's picture

November 27, 2015 at 01:40 pm

"On our final series why are we sending all the receivers into the end zone on all 4 plays?"

Glad you mentioned that. Don't know if that was the case until I get to look again, but it sure seemed like it.

They had plenty of time to do a short dump-off (or a draw for that matter) as long as they committed to the pass on the other downs.

Seemed very school yard to me, with everyone doing whatever they wanted and ARod juking and jiving until someone got open.

Total lack of imagination. Yet if JJ could have held on to that third down pass.

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Tundraboy's picture

November 27, 2015 at 02:42 pm

My thoughts exactly. Well said.

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November 27, 2015 at 01:07 pm

The receivers need to catch the ball. Period. They get paid alot of money to play a game. They aren't here to make excuses or point fingers.

However as an outsider I can make some excuses for them because I think they are being set up for failure. I think they know that and have more or less given up. They have no confidence and put forth very little effort as a result. Routes are lazy, receivers don't fight for position, if they manage to get the ball in their hands they literally go down the second they are touched....it's mind numbing how bad this group is. I don't think they are as bad as they look and I go back to coaching staff for that. Granted they don't get paid to play, but they aren't helping these guys get ready to play either. To be this bad for this long there has to be a reason for it. You don't look lost, confused, out of sync, and lazy week in and out just because. There is something fundamentally wrong. Whether it is poor preparation, no trust in the coaching staff, or no confidence in themselves something is broken on this team. There needs to be a thorough analysis done. And fast.

It is obvious we have no number 1 receiver. Cobb is not good enough to replace Nelson. So we have a team of receivers who are at best 2's. But we've played many games without Nelson and still were fine. Yet this year week in and week out we run the same plays and get the same results. Isn't that the very definition of insanity? Where are the adjustments?

If you look at the Patriots they have no name receivers year in and year out and they manage to be consistently successful. Why? Because their coaches scheme to the strengths of their receivers and not force receivers into situations where they will fail.

Richard Rodgers is supposedly the best hands on the team. Jeff Janis makes thinks happen when he has the ball in his hands. James Jones probably knows Aaron the best. Randall is on paper our most talented receiver. Why are we not looking at ways to utilize that stuff? It seems they are put into these positions they cannot win and have given up trying.

Screw the complex system. We can't even get the basics down. Design plays to make these guys successful and work your way up from there.

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D Ernesto's picture

November 27, 2015 at 01:14 pm

All these serious ankle injuries and hamstrings are from poor training techniquest, and poor off season conditioning. People over weight and out of shape.
A lot of our guys are getting injured in practice and not even in games and that's no contact. How the hell you gonna rely on those types to play consistent football?

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PETER MAIZ's picture

November 27, 2015 at 02:52 pm

And whoever said Davante "fancy pants" Adams was going to turn into something? Some Ted Thompson decisions are so off as to rattle the mind. Remember Khyri? Remember Carl Bradford? Janis is the one player that shows true grit and they won't attempt a pass his way. Sorry, McCarthy, though it seems that if you want to see a "lack of execution", you should look in the mirror. Pathetically, this team is gone for the season. There is no tight end at Green Bay except Perillo, who can catch the ball. The other one should not have ever played football.
The fact is Adams caught some passes last year when all the attention was on Jordy and Cobb. Now that he is really covered, the only thing he can probably catch is the flu.
What a mess McCarthy has made of this team. And it will be next to impossible to beat the Lions at Detroit.

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PETER MAIZ's picture

November 27, 2015 at 02:52 pm

And whoever said Davante "fancy pants" Adams was going to turn into something? Some Ted Thompson decisions are so off as to rattle the mind. Remember Khyri? Remember Carl Bradford? Janis is the one player that shows true grit and they won't attempt a pass his way. Sorry, McCarthy, though it seems that if you want to see a "lack of execution", you should look in the mirror. Pathetically, this team is gone for the season. There is no tight end at Green Bay except Perillo, who can catch the ball. The other one should not have ever played football.
The fact is Adams caught some passes last year when all the attention was on Jordy and Cobb. Now that he is really covered, the only thing he can probably catch is the flu.
What a mess McCarthy has made of this team. And it will be next to impossible to beat the Lions at Detroit.

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packersbrewers's picture

November 28, 2015 at 09:25 am

Listening to the press conference from MM today was....fist clenching annoying. MM is either in deep denial or is the most stubborn bull headed blow hard this side of the Prime Meridian.

“Make no bones about it, if you don’t hold onto the football, turn the football over, your opportunities are going to decrease or go away,”

Really? Is that why Adams had like 11 targets last night? Was he supposed to get 22?

"So much is made of scheme. Frankly, I think too much is made of scheme. At the end of the day it’s about running your route or defending your route or blocking your guy or getting off the block, making the tackle and getting to the ball."

Yes they have to get off their block, run their route, make the block but they aren't doing it. Are you not coaching it well enough? Are they not talented enough to do it? Take a long hard look at it because whatever you are doing to get the players to block, run routes, get off the block is.not.working. You've dissected the problem now find a solution. Plan A (AKA whatever you are doing now) is a big fat fail. So what is Plan B?

"The reality is we’re not that far off,”

Far off of what? Sitting on the couch on January 10th wondering what happened?

"Our issues are technique and discipline in the technique."

Yeah so once again what are you doing about that?

Are you looking at your own technique ? The technique of your staff and question why certain things are done or not done? Why not continue to pound the run when it was literally the only thing working all game long? Why is Rodgers putting it up 40 times when the passing game was about as effective as eating soup with a fork?

'When something isn't working keep doing it until you knock yourself out.' Has to be MM's football coaching motto.

"We’ll take another hard look at it, as we continue to do, and either emphasize some of the changes we have made or go back to emphasize some of the basics of our offense."

Right. You go back and work on that emphasis Mike. That's what the players need. A nice long motivating pep talk on emphasis.

'Mr. Adams, you see this ball here? The point is to latch on to it. Notice how my arms extend towards the ball.'

'Mr. Richard Rodgers, you notice this person here that is running toward you. Wait until they actually touch you before you fold like a cheap table from Ikea.'

I am sure he is not revealing all to the media, but for all things pure and holy this is just frustrating to listen to.
I dunno if he gets it. There is a fine line between not panicking and just plain stupidity. I think right now he's walking that line really reeeeealllly closely.

He acts like this isn't a team in disarray. Ok fine he's paid not to panic like fans, but it also appears the guys aren't buying what he's selling. Look at the product on the field for the last 6 weeks. Maybe it's lack of talent, maybe it's lack of preparation, maybe it's a piss poor coaching staff, maybe it's all the above or bad toxic combo of all it. Whatever it is this offensive group has flat out appeared to be severely deficient somewhere. I don't think it's all on him as a coach. The players have to hold accountability for sure, but these players are either the least talented group of men, a group of men who aren't being coached correctly, a group of men with zero confidence in themselves and the coaching staff, or a combo of all of it.

It's MM's job to rally the troops. We'll see if he can. I just don't know what he is going to do to fix it. Because it appears he wants to continue to "stay the course" and cross his fingers the 101 problems work themselves out on their own.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

November 29, 2015 at 03:56 am

Nice post. I don't agree with every word but this is priceless: "“Make no bones about it, if you don’t hold onto the football, turn the football over, your opportunities are going to decrease or go away.” Really? Is that why Adams had like 11 targets last night? Was he supposed to get 22?

I never thought of it that way, but I suppose that Dropvante's targets did decrease by almost 50% from the Detroit game to this Chicago game. Too bad his receptions dropped by 80%.

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November 28, 2015 at 01:44 am

Coaching is a problem, slow to react to change, also Palmer is hurting the team, TT could have brought in veteran help he did not, Janis had over3000 yards and 31 TD's his last 2 years of college. Throw him the ball.

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