Confessions of a Polluted Mindset - 2019 Game 11, Packers - 49ers

The weekly Packers Brain Drain from Jersey Al.

Free Aaron Jones: Some food for thought. In the four games that Davante Adams missed, Aaron Jones was targeted 27 times and had 22 catches. In three games with Adams back in the lineup, Jones was targeted a total of four times with one reception. You could certainly make an argument for fewer throws to Jones with Adams back, but can anyone justify the precipitous drop we've seen? More importantly, does it make any sense to stop throwing to Jones when any Packers receiver not named Adams have hardly contributed?

Geronimoooooooo: Is that a Packers receiver or the sound we heard as said Packers receiver's production fell off a cliff? And I hate to do this to anyone, but GMo is starting to remind me of a WR version of Richard Rodgers. Catch 3 yard passes and immediately get tackled. Then again, at least Richard Rodgers could catch a football thrown to his hands. Sorry GMo, I used to be in your corner, but it's time you took a seat. 

Jimmy Ward: This guy made huge plays in big spots all night. Really hurt the Packers.

Corey Linsley: Perhaps his worst game as a Green Bay Packer. He usually bounces back from a bad game, so let's hope that happens Sunday.

Billy Turner: I fully expect the Packers to move him to right tackle with Bulaga out and insert Lucas Patrick at right guard. That also means Adam Pankey will be active for the first time this year as a backup guard.

Turnovers: Early on, the Packers defense actually did a good job holding the 49ers in check, despite the continued excellent field position their drives started with (GB 2, SF 38, Sf 49, SF 37). But this is a defense that needs turnovers to be productive. They can stop some drives with timely sacks by the Smith brothers, but that's not something you are going to get all game. You either need other playmakers to come up with big stops or you need to create turnovers. Zero turnovers against the 49ers eventually spelled the death knell for the D.

Stats are for Losers: The Packers offense ran eighty (yes, 80) plays. They had 19 first downs versus 16 for the Niners. Their time of possession was 10.5 minutes more than their opponent. And they were outscored 37 to 8. 

Speed Kills: What stood out to me over and over watching that debacle of a game was the speed at which the 49ers played versus the Packers. It was on display everywhere - both sides of the ball, in the trenches, in the secondary, the receivers - you name it. Anytime there was a race to a spot or to the ball, the 49ers player won the race. Gutey has made a point of improving the team speed but it's got a long way to go to reach the Niners' level.

Passion: While the talent level is certainly high, it was the intangibles that made the Niners' defense almost impossible to defeat. Passion. Zeal. Aggression. To a man, the Niners reveled in beating on the Packers. Every hit was hard with menace, every effort was made aggressively with no concern for being careful or playing it safe. There will be no 49ers fans complaining about poor tackling as so many of us Packers fans do incessantly. It's a mindset and one that can intimidate their opponent. The Packers' offense wilted under that pressure. All night, the Niners were throwing the punches and the Packers were taking them in the jaw.

The plan: Asked at halftime what the Packers needed to do, Coach LaFleur said "stick to our plan." Ill-advised at best.

 

 

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"Jersey Al" Bracco is the Editor-In-Chief, part owner and wearer of many hats for CheeseheadTV.com and PackersTalk.com. He is also a recovering Mason Crosby truther.  

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Shinesman's picture

November 27, 2019 at 07:18 am

Pretty much said everything I was thinking about this game. Outside of the Smith's and Alexander, there is no passion on this team. Someone need to figure out how to wake these boys up or it's another mediocre decade ahead.

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Bearmeat's picture

November 27, 2019 at 10:17 am

Green Bay is an overachieving team that isn't ready. They're not a threat in January and they never were. The record is inflated by close wins that could have gone either way, no injuries and a lot of early-season turnovers.

They're still rebuilding.

Think back to before the season - we were hoping for 8-8 to 10-6 and to sneak in as a wild card. They're definitely ahead of that pace. If MIN loses @ SEA and we beat the 4 remaining non-playoff teams on our schedule (which we should), then we'll be the 3 seed and NFCN champs, regardless of the result @ MIN in week 16. We'll see by the end of 2021 if MLF and co can get us to Super Bowl glory. 2020-2021 is where this rebuild is pointed at - coincidentally right as the Bears and Vikings defenses get old and have to rebuild.

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flackcatcher's picture

November 27, 2019 at 08:03 am

As you say Bear, Packers are ahead of the rebuild, and that's something we should remember. And for young coaches, the learning curve is painful.... for us fans.

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November 27, 2019 at 10:46 am

Definitely. I was jacked for that game on Sunday night. Then I was pissed for a solid 24 hours. But starting on Tuesday, I had to remind myself what I was thinking back in July and August. If you'd told me we'd be in 1st in the NFCN in Thanksgiving with an 8-3 record and no notable injuries, I'd be beyond thrilled. It's important to keep that perspective.

However, there is a downside to all that luck. It's not likely to repeat itself next year. We'll have a harder schedule, more injuries (most likely) and will probably also lose more close games. Meaning we're going to have to be a better team to get back to 8-3 in 2020. Can the coaching staff do it? That's what we're going to find out. Remember how bad MM looked to open 2006? By the end of 2007, he was looking great. Then awful in 08. And great again by the end of 09. It's about the long term.

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Razer's picture

November 27, 2019 at 04:11 pm

Well said Bearmeat. Through the first half of the season, I just didn't see a strong team who could beat you in the trenches or out-run the opponent. Our record, while impressive, didn't convince me that we had a top tier team, capable of beating Super Bowl caliber teams. Both the 49er and Charger games basically exposed some persistent problems.

Somehow, I still think that if Rodgers can figure things out and someone(s) step up on offense this team can be a force. I am just not seeing any cohesion on either side of the ball.

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Packer_Fan's picture

November 27, 2019 at 07:40 am

Good thoughts. Lafleur was showing rookie errors. Should have kicked the field goal and changed the plan in the first half. And the offense has regressed since Adams returned. The RB's are the number two receiver and should be targeted at least 10 times a game. Rodgers has regressed to last year state and Lafleur needs to help him work out of it. And Lafleur needs to scheme for early success especially on the road. We can see how fast things can go wrong - fast. On defense, teams are picking on King and Martinez. Pettine needs to get help for them. The Pack needs to win these next two games, get into the playoffs and work on the issues noted above.

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Djanko's picture

November 27, 2019 at 07:45 am

Obviously the number of touches A Jones is getting is hard to imagine. Unfortunately that is a sign of poor coaching. How you go from 27 targets to 4 in not acceptable. ML seems to buckle to his keep players, with Davante back, he starts feeding him to keep him happy??? ML game planning has to be questioned after that disaster in SF. You had 2 weeks to prepare and you put that type of garbage game plan out there?? Lastly, everyone in the NFL knows the Packers are horrible covering TEs and the middle of the field and you can't rectify that??? Tells me you have no clue or you have piss poor people in the positions that are suppose to defend that area. Mike Pettine - what are you doing??

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Leatherhead's picture

November 27, 2019 at 10:47 am

How does it go from 27 to 4?

Teams watch film and say "they throw it to the backs a lot, so we need to shut that down"."

So you rush with 4 and cover with seven, and you make sure that back is covered, and you make the Packers beat you in the air with the other guys....Rodgers, Adams, Graham, MSV, etc. And if the Packers can't do that, you can hold them to 11 points. Or 8.

I think most people can also see that the pass rush against the Packers, week in and week out, has keeping Rodgers from breaking the pocket as a priority. So he looks, doesn't see anything, pulls it down and tries to break the pocket, fails, and gets sacked or has to throw it away. That sequence right there stops lots of our possessions.

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Since'61's picture

November 27, 2019 at 07:48 am

Al spot on comments as usual. What I don't understand is that it doesn't even appear that throwing to A. Jones is even in the game plan. Either that or teams are just taking him away with their coverage.

Replace GMO with Kumerow.

As for TOP the 49ers had a 5 second drive, a 57 second drive and a 58 second drive. One play from the GB 2. The others, well, as you said Speed Kills on Samuel and Kittles TDs.

I think that 15 or 16 of the Packers 80 plays came on their final possession when Boyle was inserted in a mop up role and the game no longer mattered. Either way the 49ers had an average gain of 7.5 yards per play versus the Packers 2.8 yards per play. Points and yardage beats TOP any and every day.

Maybe it's time for the Packers to work on pad level and focus on the run game?!!! Thanks, Since '61

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November 27, 2019 at 08:33 am

The strength of this seasons Packer offense is in their power run game, which they run their play action game from. Outside of the goal line (a really strange call) they had what? a handful of runs off the line. Running Mike McCarthy's game plan from last year with no speed at the WR position? Shorter MLF: 'I got nothing.' If they had a healthy ESB and MVS, then dragging the boundary deep would have opened the middle, regardless of how deep or fast their LB or SS played. After all, that's how Green Bay middle has been exposed all season on defense. But they have neither, so a good offensive mind game plans around his run game to force the LB up into the LOS for the play action. That MLF did not is beyond stupid. If this was nothing more than a brain fart OK, it happens. But, if this once again 'the Rodgers problem' then MLF must nip this in the bud now. Otherwise, this is starting to look like the 'Farve' problem that came up at the end of the 2007 season. PS: '61, the O lines pad levels was too high for the entire game....

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Since'61's picture

November 27, 2019 at 09:10 am

flack - you are correct except that the Packers were constantly in 2nd and 3rd and long. That makes play action meaning less, although Rodgers ran some beautiful fakes during the game. I'm not sure what the Rodgers problem is that you are referring to. Pad level was too high because the OLs were being beaten off the LOS before the could make their blocks. They were just too slow off the snap. When that happens the foot work is gone and they have no chance to hold their blocks even if they start to make one. Thanks, Since '61

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November 27, 2019 at 01:48 pm

All true '61 but not committing to the run early and often made that a self defeating move in the pass game and let the 49ers tee off on third down a no brainier. There were a number of RPO that Rodgers checked into pass that if he run would have decreased the pressure on the O line and made third and short instead of third and long. Rodgers had only one 'moving the chains' drive in the 1st half. which ended with him throwing on a third and two? to Adams incomplete. Not enough runs plays hurt this offense, and that's on Rodgers. Without the run, the play fake becomes ineffective and as we all saw, Rodgers becomes one with the grass. That's the Rodger problem, he will not commit to this offensive system even when it's in his own benefit. To put it bluntly, his ego gets in the way. Funny part is, he knows he has a ego problem, as per his comments after the game. It also does not help that the young head coach design a game plan that put the Packers offensive weakness front and center. Let us hope that both put this behind them and move forward together.

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stockholder's picture

November 27, 2019 at 08:00 am

Really terrific assessment. Your best!

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Tundraboy's picture

November 27, 2019 at 12:42 pm

As good as Adams is, Jones is more dangerous. As I've stated in another post, the object is to get the ball in the hands of the player who can make the biggest plays .

And with Alison dropping so many balls why is he getting the number of reps he's getting?

Same with Graham. Like Allison,and Davante.,they are not able to get too far even after they catch the ball.

Can't wait for Part 2.

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PeteK's picture

November 27, 2019 at 08:30 am

Adams is still nursing an injury as witnessed by that sideline pass which he usually catches up to.

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Guam's picture

November 27, 2019 at 08:20 am

The Packers are a playoff contender but they are not a Super Bowl contender this year. Should they give some younger players more playing time with an eye to the 2020 season? I would say yes even if it brings some risk of missing the playoffs. We have clear deficiencies at WR, TE, interior D-line and ILB and we have young players in most of those groups.

WR: I agree Al, sit GMo and play Lazard and Kumerow. The Packers need only one of those three for next year and I am pretty sure GMo is not the one. Let's see if Lazard or Kumerow can be.

TE: Sit Graham and play Tonyan and Sternberger.

Interior DE: Play Keke and Gary and see if they give us some more push from the interior D-line.

ILB: Give Martinez some plays off and see what Summers can do.

This could be risky, but I would rather see us work toward 2020 than chase a mirage this year.

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Leatherhead's picture

November 27, 2019 at 11:03 am

Guam, I think the Packers can win the division and get the #3 seed, so I'd be reluctant to make some of the changes you suggest . I do agree that Kumerow and Lazard have earned snaps, and Allison hasn't, so a shift there would be OK, but I think it's highly unlikely that Sternberger or Tonyan is going to outperform a 10 year veteran and future HOFer during these 5 critical games. And I'd love to give Martinez rest, but you can tell by the fact that he takes 99% of the snaps, the coaches think they need him out there.

I don't get the "mirage' thing. Winning the division isn't a mirage, and it isn't a participation trophy. It's an achievement that reflects well on the team, the coaches, and the organization. It's a home playoff game.

A win on the road against a not-very-good Giant team, followed by home wins against two other not-very good teams, and we'll be 11-3 when we face Minnesota, which cannot be better than 11-3 and might be 10-4. Even if Minnesota ties us with a 12-4 record we still win the division based on beating the Bears in Chicago. Remember that masterpiece in the opener?

So I think all these games really count and I'd be totally happy with the #3 seed,

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SterlingSharpe's picture

November 27, 2019 at 08:21 am

I don't understand how the Saints can keep getting WR Michael Thomas 10 catches a game & RB Alvin Kamara 5-10 catches a game, outta the backfield usually.

I also don't understand how we are paying Jim Graham over $10m but couldn't keep Cobb for $5m.
I also don't understand how our GM drafted 3 WR last year (2018 Draft) and none of them are any good. How good would Rodgers like Hollywood Brown to throw to?

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PeteK's picture

November 27, 2019 at 08:38 am

Graham would have been a cap hit and Cobb is old and injury prone ( 39 catches , 3 TDS, 2 fumbles and his usual drops) could have helped but is not the long term ans.

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egbertsouse's picture

November 27, 2019 at 09:10 am

So what? Just bite the bullet and take the hit rather than trotting out this embarrassing stiff every game.

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PeteK's picture

November 27, 2019 at 11:41 am

I don't think taking a 9 mill cap hit with no other TE on the roster a smart move. At least his attempts at blocking have been decent. LOL

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Packers2020's picture

November 27, 2019 at 11:35 am

The 3 WRs we drafted were a 4th, 5th, and 6th round pick. GMO is an undrafted player. 90% of the time when you draft that low you are not going to get great WRs. (Donald Driver is an exception not the rule)

TT ignored WR for 5 years. The last time we drafted a WR in the top 2 rounds was 2014. We are bare in that area and have holes in other areas. It will take time to fill all the holes and get this team back to a contender.

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November 27, 2019 at 08:24 am

The Niners have been drafting the last several years in the top end of every round after records of 2-14, 6-10, 4-12 before this year.

The four DL starters are all former first rounders. And the tempo of the game starts and is controlled by them. Looked how they punched the Packers in the mouth and kept swinging and landing blows.

They have also made judicious free agent additions. And the young coaching staff is competent and creative. Their D coach is especially good. They have a solid QB.

They are now reaping the rewards of past decisions. The path from worst to first in the NFL can be a very short trip as long as you draft well, make wise FA signings, and have an excellent coaching staff. It isn't rocket science but it requires great decision making and outstanding teachers/mentors.

Packers are on the right track but have a ways to go.

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PeteK's picture

November 27, 2019 at 08:49 am

All of that is true, but you can't give away 7 pts and lose your right tackle at the start of the game to an excellent team. It just changes the game plan too drastically and allows the other team to be aggressive. Anything is possible this year. Panthers should have beat the Saints, Niners barely beat cards twice.

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PeteK's picture

November 27, 2019 at 08:28 am

Teams realize how important Jones is and are focusing more on him, proof of that was that Sherman was locked up on him at times. Even though Rogers was under severe pressure , he did have time in the pocket on a number of occasions but just could not find an open receiver( a rarity in the Rogers era). We need a shifty slot receiver badly. Bulaga's injury will make him more affordable next year as a long term contract is out of the question. However , there is still 30 % of the season left and we have an easier schedule than most. The success of this season will come down to the Vikings game.

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SterlingSharpe's picture

November 27, 2019 at 08:38 am

LaFleur said "stick to our plan"?

That's a dangerous sign of arrogance in my opinion. Or denial. Or a combination of both.

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Razer's picture

November 27, 2019 at 04:19 pm

I agree - unless - the comment was a remark about Rodgers changing calls and reverting to his downfield, vertical game. I can't see the coach suggesting that they keep running between the tackles when the O-Line is getting blown up on every other play.

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zoellner25's picture

November 27, 2019 at 08:40 am

gotta give some credit to John Lynch, that guy built a good team fast. Impressive really.

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flackcatcher's picture

November 27, 2019 at 08:50 am

Good overview Al. Pretty much covered everything. Tuner to RT, Ugh. Not really a choice is there. Have to see to the Packers play that one out this week...

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Razer's picture

November 27, 2019 at 04:22 pm

I have yet to see anything but Turner's number as teams run around him or push him back into Aaron's lap. Maybe he needs to play in space. Between him and Linsley, there hasn't been much consistent production.

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porupack's picture

November 27, 2019 at 10:06 am

Agree with GUAM above, to inject some younger prospects. Now is the time, late in the season to throw some variations to the tape that the remaining teams will scout.

Clearly, AJones and the RB pass attack was a matter of focus for SF49. LaFleur needs a pocketful of contingency game plans if plan A is taken away.

In the next NFC-N matchups; MLF needs;
- a lot more trickery to break open games that get stagnated (e.g. RB option to pass)
- up-tempo or no-huddle, particularly from the opening whistle; set the pace and urgency. Rodgers seems to have experience to pull that off.
- special teams trickery; WTH do teams not use lateral on any PR or KR returns? Even if they set up, but don't utilize the option, that one player certainly diverts assets from the kicking team, and should alter the ratio of coverage. When GB is so bad in ST, WTH. Do something. Not that risky if you practice and have your option along the sideline and any overthrow is safe if the option is covered.

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November 27, 2019 at 10:15 am

I was very skeptical in keeping Allison on the initial 53, and disagreed with others that argued his experience, scant as it was, was essential considering the serious lack of experience by others. I understood the reasoning, but he just didn't have enough skill/talent or physical attributes to justify repetitions as WR-2 in an overall, average WR corps.

I hope we move on from Allison, give remaining game experience to give every opportunity for Lazard, MVS to get in rhythm and comfort. Scheme those 2 heavily and then use DAdams at those times when defenses don't go double/triple coverage on Adams.

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PeteK's picture

November 27, 2019 at 11:19 am

2018-20 catches, 15.1 avg, 2 TDS in 5 games. Looks like a young player on the rise . The problem is that all of our receivers are of the same mold, lg with good straight ahead speed.

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Lare's picture

November 27, 2019 at 10:53 am

If the last few games are any indication, it appears the Packers have become stale, soft and predictable. That doesn't bode well for postseason success.

And although King & Martinez get a lot of criticism for big plays over the middle, I guess my question is "Where in the hell are Amos & Savage?"

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flackcatcher's picture

November 28, 2019 at 04:01 pm

Biting on the play fakes all game long. King did screw up on man, but Savage crashed down and left the middle voided on the Kittle TD. It was a team effort...

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RCPackerFan's picture

November 27, 2019 at 10:55 am

Free Aaron Jones:
I just don’t get why once Adams comes back they take the ball away from Jones. Jones and Adams are the 2 best weapons we have. We should be getting both the ball! Something definitely needs to change!

Geronimoooooooo:
I am at the point that Allison has to sit. I’m not saying cut him now but he needs to get right. He looks slow, and keeps dropping passes he should be catching. I’m at the point I want to see Ryan Grant or Sternberger on the game day active list in front of Allison.

Jimmy Ward:
It honestly felt like we were playing against Nick Collins. He was that good!

Corey Linsley:
Off the top of my head it was his worst game as a Packer. Hopefully he gets back to his normal play this week!

Billy Turner:
Agreed! I think they honestly want to see what he can do at RT. That will make their decision in the offseason a little easier on whether they need to go with OG or OTs.

Turnovers:
This defense really needs one more rusher to emerge, especially up the middle. I was hoping Gary would be that guy at some point this season. Might need to wait another year with him. They need that push to force bad throws by QBs. Also they need the Safeties to start making more plays on the ball.

Stats are for Losers:
Packers defense gave up to many big plays. Packers missed chances on a couple of big plays. And the fumble by the Packers was the biggest difference.

Speed Kills: Packers need more speed at WR and ILB. Packers are missing that quick twitch type of player.

Passion:
49ers played a lot more energy that is for sure. I am sure I’m one of the only ones but I want another shot at the 49ers. I want to go and see if we can come out and play a better game against them. I truly believe we can.

The plan:
When I heard that I thought bad idea. I think it was a young coach making a bad decision to stick with it. Because it was not working.
I hope the next plan is to use a lot of Jones. Less Allison.

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Leatherhead's picture

November 27, 2019 at 11:54 am

The offense moved the ball and scored points and kept Rodgers from getting sacked during that stretch but I'm sure other people noticed we were throwing to our backs and they're defending against that. We have to find another way to hurt people with our offense.

I was kind of surprised by the Allison signing this offseason, and really kind of thought Cobb might have been a better choice. I assumed that Gutekunst made the right choice, but Allison hasn't shown much this year.

Linsley and Turner.....I'm not worried about either of these guys. They're good players and they're going to be solid parts of this line for the next couple of years.

I don't think it's pass rushers we lack.....I think it's coverage. Tramon got isolated and exposed on the one long TD. King and Alexander have both given up big burns. If we can cover 0.3 seconds longer, that gives our existing rushers more time to seal the deal.

We gave up two long passing TDs on defense, and the fumble led to the TD. That's 21 points right there on three plays Other than that, we held them to 16. The stats don't show that. You expect some of this of this with all the youngsters in the secondary, we're going to have to fix these long TDs, Overall this defense generally does a good job of keeping people out of the endzone. I don't think more speed at ILB stops either of those two long TDs.

As far as speed at WR, do you mean we need a speedier WR than Davante Adams, or a speedier guy than MSV? Because Adams is on the field a lot, and if we need a speedier WR than MSV then that might be a problem. I don't think the problem is not enough speed.

IMO, the Packers would be better served these next few weeks by playing a double-TE set a lot and just running the damn ball. We're not playing powerhouses, and we shouldn't help them beat us. Just slam it into the line and let nature take it's course. If Rodgers keeps getting sacked 5 times a game he might be beaten up by the time playoffs start.

Manage the season. These next three weeks, fix the line and the run game, fix these long TD passes. Play a two deep safety and play quarters underneath. Rush four. Play 6 DBs.

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Lphill's picture

November 27, 2019 at 11:17 am

We are all angry and expect better but how is it we all see the drop off in throws to the backs which was working so well , we see the poor play by Martinez as well as the poor play by the entire special teams. Yet no adjustments are made . How is this possible? The reason is poor coaching , I guess it’s a learning process.

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November 27, 2019 at 11:26 am

The San Francisco defense was literally swarming, and ready for anybody coming out of the backfield. We certainly need to get A. Jones more touches, but I don't know how much good it would have done in this particular game (except for maybe throwing him the ball further downfield). Sometimes there is no substitute for a power running game, which, especially with Bulaga out, is not really a Packer strength.

If we get the opportunity to play these guys again, at least we'll have a better idea of what to expect, and hopefully have a different game plan to make the contest competitive.

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November 27, 2019 at 01:39 pm

Some not so random thoughts:

Teams with two dynamic EDGE/DEs will eat the OL line. One would prove problematic but could be managed. Not two.

Should MLF go 12-4 as a rookie HC, he will have been bested by Mooch, Jim Harbaugh, Paul Brown, Madden, and the unforgettable Potsy Clark. Barry Switzer and Jim Caldwell. Not bad.

Milt Hendrickson should help find OL talent. Again.

It would have been helpful if MLF had a Plan B Sunday night. His stick to the plan comment was a cliche which was unfortunately true.

There is still time to correct the shortcomings. We’ll see.

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carlos's picture

November 27, 2019 at 11:52 am

My observations are these. Teams we struggle with have outstanding defensive line play. They all seem to have a super star on the defensive line. We need one also. We need two, really good, fast hard hitting inside backers. I’ll settle with one. Another real good corner. A fast quick twitch slot receiver. Another top notch receiver- doesn’t have to be a super star, just good- way better TE play. Our defense on the back end makes too many mistakes with,I think, mental breakdowns. Crossing routes in particular. Can’t have enough OL depth. Need to develop a good young QB. I’ll stop dreaming now. It’s all possible in due time. Go Pack.

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Lphill's picture

November 27, 2019 at 11:56 am

Would have been nice having Randall Cobb in the slot this year, seems he is staying healthy too , he is a good fit for the Cowboys and still young, just saying.

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carlos's picture

November 27, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Cobb puzzles me. Playing good and staying healthy. I think Rogers misses him more than us. Dang.

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Gort's picture

November 27, 2019 at 12:22 pm

The key to most of the Pack's problems is speed. The "O" plays slow with many snaps at less than 2 on the clock and they often play slow after the snap
Slow "D" can't tackle who they can't catch. Special Teams are all about speed. Must be a point of emphasis for the 2020 draft.

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November 27, 2019 at 04:20 pm

Yeah... that "stick to the plan" mantra sounds VERY McCarthy-esque. But MLF wasn't brought in to be McCarthy 2.0, he was brought in to be different. Why would he then repeat that old tired line?

Another thing I noticed whenever the camera shot to Rodgers interactions with LaFleur Rodgers seems not to give him the time of day. On numerous occasions it has looked like a passionate LaFleur has had to literally move his body to step in front of Rodgers to get his attention.

Now I'm not blaming it all on LaFleur or Rodgers, as Green Bay's problems seem systemic, but Matt oddly sounding like McCarthey, and Rodgers seemingly regular disregard for whatever LaFleur is telling him makes me wonder if "stick to the plan" was coming more from Rodgers than it was Matt..

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November 27, 2019 at 04:33 pm

Rodgers needs to show more respect and interest in what the head coach is trying to do. The greats like Brady and Brees immerse themselves in iPads, coaches and discussion when they sit down after a series, persumably, to figure out what went wrong/right. Rodgers apparently doesn't need this.

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November 30, 2019 at 05:29 pm

When I hear "Stick to the gameplan" come out of LeFleur's mouth, I didn't take that as "Continue to do what we did during the first half", I take that to mean "We need to do what we were supposed to be doing coming into this game."

I have zero faith that Rodgers is sticking to game plans.

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