Cory's Corner: Mike McCarthy Must Change Culture

Mike McCarthy deserves plenty of criticism, but this speaks to a bigger problem than the star quarterback calling out the head coach yet again.

What happened after Sunday’s 22-0 win over Buffalo was overshadowed with what actually happened afterwards that gave the Packers their second win. 

“We were terrible on offense,” said Aaron Rodgers after the game. “I don't think it made a difference for the offense. That's what it was. It was as bad as we've played on offense with that many yards in a long time.”

Mike McCarthy deserves plenty of criticism, but this speaks to a bigger problem than the star quarterback calling out the head coach yet again. This is a culture problem that has been allowed to fester as it encroaches on the very essence of the team. Just as Mike Tomlin has allowed a circus to take root in Pittsburgh, McCarthy has allowed negativity to be spewed at coaches. 

But it’s not everyone. “They get paid on the other side of the ball, too,” said Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari, who is the No. 2 tackle according to Pro Football Focus. “They’re trying to do their job and this was a 60-minute grind-out fight against a good team. Obviously, we think we could have punched it in a few more (times), but at the end of the day, you’ve got to be happy with the success you had — moving the ball, getting points, and ultimately getting the win.”

Bakhtiari is completely right. The Packers offense may have looked disjointed by leaning on Mason Crosby for three field goals, but they still got a win. Remember, this is a week-to-week league and wins shouldn’t be taken for granted. 

That doesn’t put McCarthy off the hook. He has been accused of a vanilla offense from people outside of Lambeau Field before. The head scratcher is that Rams coach Sean McVay continues to scheme guys open as he scours for mismatches and McCarthy has Rodgers throw his guys open. There’s an inherent difference there, especially now that Rodgers’ knee injury has made him human again.

Still, there’s no excuse for the best passer in the game to say this, “Four hundred and twenty-three [total net] yards looks pretty good in comparison to some of the games we've put forward the first three weeks, but it should have been about 45 points and 600 yards.”

McCarthy declined to take the bait and return Rodgers’ passive barbs on Monday. That was a smart move to leave it outside the hum of TV cameras and radio mics. But that doesn’t mean McCarthy shouldn’t lay some ground rules moving forward on his culture. 

McCarthy continues to be treated as a substitute teacher, but that’s on him because as the head coach of the Packers in his 13thseason, he must demand respect. How many Patriots sling mud at Bill Belichick? Not many and if they do, they are usually on a different team very soon. 

Obviously, Rodgers isn’t going anywhere. But if McCarthy really wants this catfighting to stop, he has to snuff it out right now. Because if he doesn’t, there’s a chance that it may split the locker room, causing the Packers to hit a dead end this season. 

Last I checked, McCarthy was still the head coach. He has to start acting like it. 

 

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Cory Jennerjohn is a graduate from UW-Oshkosh and has been in sports media for over 15 years. He was a co-host on "Clubhouse Live" and has also done various radio and TV work as well. He has written for newspapers, magazines and websites. He currently is a columnist for CHTV and also does various podcasts. He recently earned his Masters degree from the University of Iowa. He can be found on Twitter: @Coryjennerjohn

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croatpackfan's picture

October 02, 2018 at 06:16 am

I need to re-post this comment:

"The most ridiculous note from Aaron Rodgers press conference s about game planing.

AARON RODGERS SITS WITH OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR, HEAD COACH AND POSITION TRAINERS AND THEY MAKING THE GAME PLAN TOGETHER!

How I know that? Aaron Rodgers said that to us 4 or 5 years ago!

Has Aaron Rodgers mirror in his house? If not, I would suggest him to buy one!"

Look in your backyard first is very clever proverb for many of us, including Aaron Rodgers...

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The TKstinator's picture

October 02, 2018 at 06:45 am

Looking in your backyard first worked out very well for the Clampetts.

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Skip greenBayless's picture

October 02, 2018 at 09:38 am

Sure did TKstinator, the stories I could tell you. Oh boy.

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thebeast431's picture

October 02, 2018 at 06:48 am

Just because you sit at the dinner table with the king, doesn't mean you rule the kingdom, nor make the decisions.

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dobber's picture

October 02, 2018 at 07:12 am

Nor does it mean you should.

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The TKstinator's picture

October 02, 2018 at 06:42 am

I oppose any and all things that encroach on the essence.
Of anything.

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The TKstinator's picture

October 02, 2018 at 11:34 am

No consequence can be too harsh for a taker of the essence.

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October 03, 2018 at 02:00 am

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Coldworld's picture

October 02, 2018 at 06:46 am

Sigh, overreaction.

I am going to respond not so much to Cory’s piece but the general theme it speaks too. There are far more excessive commentators than Cory.

We have had a number of disjointed starts in the last 5 years and this animus shibboleth crops up every time. Yet the QB and MM seem not to have come to metaphorical blows yet.

We are 4 games in. QB is dinged and a number personnel are new. In addition, but relatedly, we are in a mini rebuild the reason for which we all know well.

Rodgers is a perfectionist and not everything is clicking. That is true of player execution, understanding and timing and also of how the team is being asked to move in terms of plays and personnel.

It will come, as it has before. Whether it will be good enough to win the crown we will have to wait and see, but speculation on personal rifts based upon frustration is not helpful. Many of us suspected that this team could not be restocked in one off season. Gutekunst did far more than I had hoped for, but we are relying on rookies and that takes time—often a season.

I for one am glad that players expect more from themselves individually and as a group. That too is a product of culture, and a sign of a good head coach. Let’s not turn this positive into a negative for the sake of column inches and clicks.

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Samson's picture

October 02, 2018 at 07:16 am

Glass is half full? --- Glass is half empty? --- Your choice.
However, the bottom line facts are simple. -- The Pack last appeared in a SB waaaay back in season 2009-10. --- That's 8 seasons ago. --- AR will be 35 years old and he continues to age each & every day.

If there is somewhat of a rift between AR & the HC, it may very well be that factor which is preventing GB from progressing back to the SB. -- I'm not sure MM is up to being anything more than an average HC. --- AR has been carrying him since day 1.

I don't really see any Packer fan being content explaining away GB's lack of championships the past seven seasons. --- 1/2 MT is the correct analysis.

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TheBigCheeze's picture

October 02, 2018 at 09:47 am

.....actually, it was the 2010-11 season that they went to the Super Bowl....

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4thand10's picture

October 02, 2018 at 10:18 pm

9and 10 they could have except for the no call face mask on Rodgers....would have been back on the plane from Arizona with a W

The Seattle debacle....Capers had a real nice 4-3 under going on and he lets off the gas, McCarthy also let of the gas when Jordy was one on one. Shouldn’t even have come down to the Bostck mistake of the century.

But by 2013 I knew I wanted Capers gone. I still think we’re going to need 1really good rotational DL this year a really good right guard and I hope they can find ways to get Graham, Lewis and Jones involved more.

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Razer's picture

October 02, 2018 at 07:46 am

Well said Coldwater. I liked a lot of the changes this past off season but they will take time.

... many of us suspected that this team could not be restocked in one off season. Gutekunst did far more than I had hoped for, but we are relying on rookies and that takes time—often a season...

This comment rings true on many fronts. And while we shutout the Bills and their rookie QB, this defense is at least a year and 3 players away from beating good offenses.

My biggest concern is with this offense, their design and creativity. I don't think we fool any team. We rely on Rodgers and his super human efforts. There is enough talent on this offense to outrun almost any team in the league but we struggle with stale, predictable approaches. So much for rewriting the playbook.

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flackcatcher's picture

October 02, 2018 at 08:34 am

Razor, this offense is far more flexible and adaptable than what the packers have run in the past 4 years. The major change is in the route tree that makes quickness important rather than pure speed. WR have been open on their breaks in every game this season. The main problem is Rodgers is not following their options on their breaks. He needs more practice time with them. It is the main reason he is so frustrated. He sees the route tree, but is unable to throw it to the right spot.

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holmesmd's picture

October 02, 2018 at 10:09 am

Right on Flack. Very astute observation and I agree completely. These new concepts are very much predicated on timing. When you’re throwing with one leg and you feel uncomfortable, can’t practice, and don’t get the 5 TD passes you’ve become accustomed to getting every game...your star QB can get surly. It happens but practice time in this offense is more critical than in years past due to the importance of timing as it pertains to these short game concepts. What bothers me more about any of this is that #12 repeatedly says that he doesn’t need to practice! Huh?! He all but made it sound like he was doing everyone else a favor last week by practicing on Thursday. That sounds a bit arrogant to me and as well as he has played, there have certainly been missed throws and inexplicable drops. Practicing is the only way to clean that up, that’s why he should say that HE needs to practice with his unit, not because he’s doing it as a favor as a morale boost. Good for thought.

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holmesmd's picture

October 02, 2018 at 10:01 am

Razer,
This young group is currently ranked 6th in overall defense in the entire league. If that’s not an early indicator of some improvement, I’m not sure what is. The Vikings vaunted “scary” defense has done what? Answer: not much. It’s early, injuries and execution will determine how far this defense can develop over the course of the season. There is no help on the way. They have enough solid players to be a top 15 unit by season’s end and that’s all we need them to be. This offensive hysteria occurs every year at this time as the offense slowly gets rolling. someone must always sit in the worry chair. LoL As always, it’s not if but WHEN. I have zero concerns. #12 is a perfectionist and may be a bit cranky because he can’t practice and his product isn’t real shiny right now. HE needs to relax! Work thru it bro. Get the W’s....encourage the defense to ascend. And get your operation square in lieu of December. Rome was not built in a day. Chillax ;)

I will say that the innovation I’ve seen on offense from KC,Rams, and even the Bears has been really fun to watch. I certainly agree that our offense is a bit antiquated and I really think that’s what #12 was trying to say. Just my 2 cents

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ILPackerBacker's picture

October 02, 2018 at 12:41 pm

So wrong it should be get a column here. Mack alone elevates this defense to the top echelon of the NFL. Wake up. Stop playing the steady, aware guru.

Alexander could develop into a real shut down corner, that makes us a top ten defense. We had years of randal and rollins showing the way to the bottom but one difference maker at a position where difference makers matter is important, and do not discount Jackson and his possible impact either.

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bjkdad44's picture

October 02, 2018 at 03:29 pm

Whoah... do I ever agree!!!

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flackcatcher's picture

October 02, 2018 at 08:13 am

It's Cory pretending the past doesn't exist between these two. Just like you, that bugs me too cause it is not necessary. McCarthy was the first to admit he failed as a HC last season. (One of the first things he said in this 1st presser this year.) Rodgers has a history of blaming others if he's off his game. Jody Nelson in 2015 publicly told Rodgers to knock it off after the viking game when he blamed Nelson for his overthrow which was intercepted and cost the packers the division that year (Wide open too). This is mostly a function of Rodgers not having enough time with the new TE and WR. If anything, Rodgers has a habit of avoiding accountability early on. Then grudgingly, he will accept that he screwed up and move on. Nothing new here, It means he's human just like the rest of us.

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Since'61's picture

October 02, 2018 at 08:25 am

Flak - Jordy missed the 2015 season. You might be referring to 2016. Thanks, Since '61

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flackcatcher's picture

October 02, 2018 at 08:48 am

(UGH) Yeah your right '61. McCarthy had changed the offense in 2015 with more one one post type patterns cause he had three WR who could run them. Then they all got hurt. What a nightmare for Adams and Cobb. Capers defense carried that team into the playoffs. The year of JANIS, and even then they all most pulled it off. What a strange year....

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Since'61's picture

October 02, 2018 at 04:00 pm

No sweat. Just a typo. Thanks, Since '61

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holmesmd's picture

October 02, 2018 at 09:48 am

One of the better comments I have read in a long time Coldworld. I completely agree with you. Well stated!

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porupack's picture

October 02, 2018 at 10:45 am

I agree Coldwater. AR comments have no barb against MM. All imagined. His comments are about player execution unless proven otherwise, it is just goofy Jr. High school gossip.

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Fudog's picture

October 02, 2018 at 02:06 pm

Disagree, porupak. Rodgers said that he was talking about scheme and plan, not execution. I think that Rodgers is saying that it's about Jimmy and Jones, not x's and o's.

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Handsback's picture

October 02, 2018 at 07:07 am

First off I didn't see the game. What I'm basing this comment on are previous plays this year....Rodgers isn't, or at least to me, passing the ball to that first window of opportunity. He's waiting for his man to get a better separation to get him the ball. He's looking for the bigger play verses taking what's there.
It's not new for him, except he's much more vulnerable with his bum knee. In Chicago he took those first window opportunities, he needs to do that more often.

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nostradanus's picture

October 02, 2018 at 07:16 am

Rodgers was a bit salty right after the game and yes fired a shot across the bow of McCarthy's play calling

Kinda like our comments right after the games, salty

Raw emotion, woulda, coulda, shoulda, it happens

This is the kind of stuff that shapes the team during the season, it is part of the ride

They will look at the film, make corrections and move ahead like always

Summary: Nothing to see here, they will be fine

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Tundraboy's picture

October 02, 2018 at 08:18 am

Salty,we all are. And that is not a bad thing. They all should be, they all left a lot of points on the table.

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dobber's picture

October 02, 2018 at 12:38 pm

They took very few chances, offensively, against the Bills...and they didn't need to. I'm a firm believer that you save some of your stuff for when you need it. Maybe they had a ton of plays that they practiced last week that were more gimmicky but they never used them. It could be what #12 was talking about...that all those plays are in the playcaller's back pocket, but they aren't seeing the light of day.

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Royalty Free GM's picture

October 02, 2018 at 07:17 am

Plain and simple... McMuffin is a lazy ass riding on Rodgers success.
“revamping the playbook.” Yeah right... You have done nothing but same excuses year after year.

Difference between two most successful teams in recent (regular season) history Patriots and Packers is...

-Brady is riding on HC Belichick success... if Belichick leaves so does Brady... mark my word.

-McCarthy is riding on QB Rodgers success... if Rodgers leaves so does McCarthy... mark my word.

Belichick and Rodgers are geniuses.
Without them McMuffin and Brady would look average at best... and they don’t want to reveal that playing without their geniuses!

And like McCarthy, fans in here are just waiting to Rodgers to save the season again. Knee brace? Whatever, he needs to play perfect. We didn’t give him truly playmaker weapons, even rip out his favourite weapon and we expect him make miracles again and again?
You spoiled brats.

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dobber's picture

October 02, 2018 at 07:21 am

"Belichick and Rodgers are geniuses"

I would argue Rodgers is a prodigy, but not necessarily a genius.

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Royalty Free GM's picture

October 02, 2018 at 08:58 am

A prodigy. That’s a better word for it. For both of them.
Packers and Patriots win with these two’s talent.
Rodgers throws crazy good TDs from any position.
Belichick adjusts crazy good strategies at real time.

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Oppy's picture

October 02, 2018 at 10:49 am

...I'd guess that Rodgers possesses what is commonly referred to as a genius-level IQ, too. He's pretty sharp.

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dobber's picture

October 02, 2018 at 12:39 pm

But can he balance his checkbook?

Answer: he doesn't need to. Who could spend all that dough?

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The TKstinator's picture

October 02, 2018 at 04:08 pm

Aha!
A trick question rears its head!

(How come nothing ever “heads its rear”?)

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dobber's picture

October 02, 2018 at 08:36 pm

I don't have any clips to post for that one...

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Oppy's picture

October 03, 2018 at 02:50 pm

C'mon TK, I'm pretty sure we've all had friends, kids, supervisors that we are pretty positive have their heads up their ass from time to time.

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Oppy's picture

October 02, 2018 at 10:52 am

Belichick's success is as much a product of Brady as Brady's is a product of Belichick.

Belichick struggled plenty before he had Tom Brady under center.

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The TKstinator's picture

October 02, 2018 at 11:40 am

Isn't BB a defensive minded guru?

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dobber's picture

October 02, 2018 at 12:41 pm

He's one of the few guys in the cap era who hasn't been out of his depth running personnel and coaching his team.

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Royalty Free GM's picture

October 02, 2018 at 12:55 pm

BB has since won without Brady.
MM hasn’t without Rodgers.

No denying about that.

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The TKstinator's picture

October 02, 2018 at 04:09 pm

Won what? Regular season games?

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Green Bay Shareholder's picture

October 03, 2018 at 07:24 am

McCarthy can't win regular season games without Rodgers, I believe he makes Dan Devine look good without Arod under center.

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stockholder's picture

October 02, 2018 at 07:32 am

It's gone to far. Nothing will change. The end result will be the union gets involved, or MM gets fired. People want/Like change. A-Rod poured gas on the fire. The division is about control. We will see more coaches leave and players Rule. Any good coach will stay in college. Add it up and were running MM out of town. Expecting more from players never happens. The talent in GreenBay is average. It's just dumb to expect a coach to go against a player putting the fans in the seats. MM can coach anywhere. A-Rod needs to put -up and shut up. He's the main reason the packers didn't get more yards. Not MMs game plan. The NFL has changed. Coaches don't need cry babies telling them how to do their job. It's all about the execution.

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EdsLaces's picture

October 02, 2018 at 07:35 am

Here's a little tidbit that's gonna hurt alot of butts, Jimmy Graham sucks. He may be the most overrated tight end in the league. Hes big ...can box out.....but......can't...catch. If we are going to rely on him to help us make it to the playoffs ..I'll see ya on the couch.

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Royalty Free GM's picture

October 02, 2018 at 08:48 am

3 yr(s) / $30,000,000
That’s very expensive yards and TDs for sure. Another dumb move by Gute.
Seriously, those who are saying Gute has done good job. What do you think is his best FA move so far?

He hasn’t done a single big successful move yet!

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Royalty Free GM's picture

October 02, 2018 at 09:29 am

Seriously, I would like to hear from you fans what has been Gute’s best FA move so far?
Or worst?

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Since'61's picture

October 02, 2018 at 09:45 am

Your question is one that can only be reasonably evaluated after the season has ended. It is a little premature to know which FA will make the most significant contribution to the team after only 4 games.

I remember very well the barrage of complaints about TT not signing enough FAs. Now we have a GM who is utilizing free agency to improve the team so we are starting to complain about that. Just ridiculous. Let the season play out. Give Gute at least a reasonable amount of time. Thanks, Since ‘61

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Royalty Free GM's picture

October 02, 2018 at 01:09 pm

“reasonably evaluated after the season has ended. ”

Sounds like they all have been smaller or bigger failures?
Because it seems to be so hard to you to say acquired FAs has not been good.

Good FAs perform well right away, bad ones don’t. Rookies might need time.

I bet you were saying differently if they would have performed well so far...

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Lare's picture

October 02, 2018 at 04:31 pm

So many personal agendas, so little time.

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TheBigCheeze's picture

October 02, 2018 at 09:54 am

....he also runs like a puss......the smallest DBs knock him on his a/s/s.....did y'all see Pittsburgh's TEs?.....now THOSE guys were PUNISHING the DBs......

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holmesmd's picture

October 02, 2018 at 10:22 am

Ed,
Why do you think he sucks? His overall body of work in the NFL would certainly suggest otherwise. #12 loves the guy and wanted him here for years. Why would he or the organization pay that much money to acquire a player that sucks. Pass catchers drop the ball sometimes, that’s the reality. Adams had a few seasons of the dropsies, does he suck? JG is 4 games in to connecting with a new QB. Give the guy a chance to get rolling. #12 is also learning what kind of passes each of his guys like. Not everything needs to be an 80mph fast ball just because he can. Finesse and consistency will come as the season progresses. To say JG “sucks” is an irresponsible statement IMO. His mere presence on the field causes issues for a defense and that doesn’t show up on the stat sheet. He will be impactful to this offense, of that you can be certain. Go Pack!

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Oppy's picture

October 02, 2018 at 10:56 am

Graham doesn't have good hands, that's true.

He led the league in dropped passed in 2013 (I think it was 2013).
Last year, he led all TE's in dropped passes.

He's wildly inconsistent at catching the ball.

With that being said, he's 6'7" with long arms and good speed, and so long as defenses respect him as a threat in the deep middle of the field, our other WR's should enjoy room to work vs. single coverage and prosper, and that would make Graham's signing worth the money alone.

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October 02, 2018 at 11:56 am

I get that and I know his track record, but watching the dude kill our drives is beyond frustrating. They are forcing him the ball even though it is rarely working out.

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CheesyTex's picture

October 02, 2018 at 12:06 pm

Is anyone else mystified by no 3 tight end sets, particularly when JG can line up at WR and ML as blocking TE? Also, isn't it time we see more of the rookies (WR and TE) -- several of Denver's made big contributions last night -- ?

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dobber's picture

October 02, 2018 at 12:42 pm

Who do you take off the field to put 2 more TEs on it? That question will be easier to answer if Cobb and Allison don't play this week.

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Pierre's picture

October 02, 2018 at 04:28 pm

I agree that Graham has and will continue to drop too many passes. Tonyan was impressive in pre-season and might do good out there at TE running routes and catching passes if he gets a chance. Probably has to work on his blocking skills.

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BoCallahan's picture

October 02, 2018 at 07:59 am

Wow! “Animus Shibboleth” How long have you been waiting to pull that one out? If our offense was that creative we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

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egbertsouse's picture

October 02, 2018 at 08:25 am

Anybody watch the game last night and see the offense that KC, and even Denver put out there. A lot different than the stone age offense that Dinosaur Mike trots out every game. I know KC is an unfair comparison because they have a million times more talent than GB but even Denver's was more varied and creative.

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Since'61's picture

October 02, 2018 at 08:46 am

The first thing I need to do is go back and watch this game. How many yards did we leave on the field due to dropped passes by our receivers and missed throws by Rodgers.

Now I appreciate and respect Rodgers for playing through his injury so I'll give Rodgers a break on some of his throws but receivers dropping accurate throws is on them not the HC or the game plan.

Next, my understanding is that Rodgers is part of the game planning process. So is he complaining about the process or the results of the process, which is a matter of execution which is on him, not the plan.

Rodgers is a professional and like most professionals he believes things can always be done a little better. What I have learned in my professional experience is that focus on getting the job done first and getting it done right. If it happens to get done perfectly that's great but if you focus on perfection you might miss the big picture of getting the job done correctly and on time which is what (in my case) my company gets paid for. In Rodgers case it's about winning the game.

Rodgers should take the 22-0 win and work on getting ready for a similar or better result against the Lions.
He wants the offense to play better that's a great sign.
Use that as motivation for the next game and make it happen. It's up to him more than anyone else on the team. Thanks, Since '61

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croatpackfan's picture

October 02, 2018 at 09:12 am

Since, I can not agree more with you... You do your job properly, then seek for perfection. And do not forget that perfection comes from patience...

Btw, I constantly forgot to mention one thing that shows me how Aaron is not yet in full form - on that long pass to Ty Montgomery, Jimmy Graham was open 7'-10 yards down field on the same side of the field as Ty and was 3 steps in front of his guard. Aaron in top form would not throw that ball to Montgomery, but directly to Jimmy and that would be TD...

While I like Aaron and his way of playing football a lot, somehow I think he lost his patience in the game. Pity. I hope he will return to old himself sooner than later...

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Royalty Free GM's picture

October 02, 2018 at 09:47 am

“Dropping accurate throws”...
This has been going on many many years.
How about getting an elite receiver that can catch and run?

We always complain about the dropped passes, but never do anything big to change that. Stop complaining and demand change.

It is almost too late. Missed opportunities. Wasted years.

Before it’s too late... Rodgers retires...

What if...

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holmesmd's picture

October 02, 2018 at 10:26 am

Every receiver in the NFL drops passes....there is that.

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TheBigCheeze's picture

October 02, 2018 at 10:02 am

....ultimately.....it is the responsibility of the HC to make sure that the players execute properly.......

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packback65's picture

October 02, 2018 at 08:52 am

I agree with the lack of creativity. I have been waiting for MM to call a reverse using MVS in a key 3rd down situation. Heck, no one would expect it because MM doesn't do stuff like that. I won't hold my breath, that's for sure.

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October 02, 2018 at 09:13 am

For the MM haters here I wonder who you would prefer to have or have had as the Packers HC over the years.
While I am an MM supporter I do not agree with everything he does and he has had his share of questionable play calls and time management decisions over the years but he still has a .633 winning % and a 10-8 playoff record with an SB win.

Now many will say that he should be more successful with having had Favre and Rodgers as his QBs but if we make that argument where is Belechick without Brady. He was on his way to being fired again before Drew Bledsoe was injured and he needed to play Brady. And the same can be said for many successful HCs and their QBs. Peyton and Brees. Tomlinson and Big Ben.

So who would you pick for the Packers HC? You can't pick Belechick, he was with the Pats before MM was hired and he hasn't been available since MM has been the Packers HC. You can't pick Tom Coughlin or Marvin Lewis both hired before MM was hired and unavailable during his tenure. When would replace MM? After 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and with whom?

So who?
Sean Peyton - 1 SB
Mike Tomlinson - 1SB
Andy Reid - 0 SB
John Harbaugh - 1 SB
Jim Harbaugh - 0 SB
Ron Rivera - 0 SB
Pete Carroll - 1SB
Bruce Arians - 0 SB
Whisenhunt - 0 SB
Tony Dungy - 1SB
John Fox - 1 SB
Someone else?

Remember these coaches would have the same players that MM has had in Green Bay because TT would still be GM all these years until 2018.

It's difficult to see how any of these coaches would be more successful than MM since 2006 in Green Bay, but if you can make a case for one of them or someone else, go for it. Thanks, Since '61

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October 02, 2018 at 10:00 am

Someone younger with new ideas? Someone who is willing to try something fresh, not just saying it.

Unpredictable, wow factor, “I haven’t seen that play before “, better in situational football(not much needed to pass MM)

How did the Rams find one? Hmm. Don’t say they have better GM? ;)

MM has already wasted Rodgers’ best years. Aaron is getting old. But he still has many years left. He can still play top level, when not hurt.

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October 02, 2018 at 10:45 am

McVay - is off to an excellent start but he has only coached 20 NFL games. Let’s see if he makes it to 8 straight playoff appearances at all never mind with the roster that MM has had during his tenure in Green Bay. Or give MM the current Rams roster and see what happens.

When the time comes that MM moves on he will have another HC job, if he wants it, before he leaves the building.

If the only guy you can come up with is a coach that is only in his second year as an HC then that tells me that MM has been pretty good since 2006. I’ll throw out 2017 because no one was winning with Hundley as their QB. Thanks, Since ‘61

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October 02, 2018 at 12:45 pm

The answer is: because the Rams sucked and had little to lose by going that route. They took a chance and it's paying off for them. They also opened the bank and bought a lot of players while Goff is on a cheap contract.

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October 02, 2018 at 04:04 pm

Dobber - spot on as usual. Thanks, Since '61

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October 02, 2018 at 04:38 pm

Then there’s the saying, “what would you rather have, great play calling or great players?”
Great players every time.

The Rams have a lot of talented football players.

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October 02, 2018 at 10:15 pm

Exactly correct. It's players not plays. Thanks, Since '61

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October 02, 2018 at 10:04 am

How about Dom Capers for Head Coach.
Lol

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October 02, 2018 at 04:04 pm

LOL is about right for Capers. Thanks, Since '61

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October 02, 2018 at 10:28 am

Fantastic 61’. Dropping gems of knowledge on folks! Well done!

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October 02, 2018 at 10:51 am

For years I read and hear that MM should be fired and as I agree he has made his mistakes but no one has any answers when they are asked who would have done a better job than MM over the years. It’s always easy to complain and criticize but too hard to actually think about a better alternative.
Thanks, Since ‘61

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October 02, 2018 at 02:06 pm

Using your logic, how do you think MM would have faired as coach of any of the teams you just listed the coaches for? You think he would faired any better? Or, you can play the "what if those coaches coached the Packers...you think they would have faired better?

It's easy to play the "who would you pick " card, but when looked at in the opposite way you may not be so quick to defend MM.

McCarthy had some good years here and has been an above average coach, but the innovation has been gone for years, and he's been much too slow to change (see Capers, Slocum, etc.). His record without Rodgers is abysmal, and that says more than anything...and last year sealed it for me.

That said, this is Green Bay, and with the current power structure he's not going anywhere, unless he wants to.

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October 02, 2018 at 04:09 pm

Cuervo - I would think that MM would have done about the same as most of the coaches on the list I developed. He's average a little more than 10 wins a season in GB and probably would be about the same with most of the other teams. He is a very good NFL coach. I wouldn't say great but very good especially when you consider his roster after Aaron Rodgers. Thanks, Since '61

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October 02, 2018 at 06:02 pm

Lombardi was probably the least innovative coach of anybody, it was power right & power left. Everyone new it was coming they just couldn’t stop it. He believed in execution not creativity.

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October 02, 2018 at 12:12 pm

This is a very good question, Since ‘61. I would like to think Gute has done that as well, not just for HC, but other positions also. There are innovative OCs, QB coaches out there. I don’t know who they are but I bet Gute does. Giving MM a one year extension tells me Gute is actively exploring all options. Very few would have predicted McVay, Peterson, were to be what they are. Indy made a great move getting Frank Reich. As I sometimes have been known to say, more will be revealed.

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October 02, 2018 at 04:11 pm

Jim - I think you're correct. Gute probably has a short list for replacing MM.
And I think MMs extension is essentially a one year prove it deal. Time will tell. Thanks, Since '61

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October 02, 2018 at 09:59 am

Aaron Rodgers is getting old and he knows it. He sees these you qb's like Mahomes and Mayfield getting all the attention that he used to get and he's becoming a bitter angry guy. He's almost on the same path as Brett Favre was late in his career. Hell, he's even playing like him with some of those throws as he realistically should of had 4 int's against Buffalo. If Fuller from Chi catches that pass right in his hands and the guy from Buffalo catches that gimme int for a td who knows what the talk would be today. Rodgers needs to quit whining to the media and act like a leader. MM has his hands full with this guy. I actually feel bad for MM. He's powerless to stop Rodgers just like he was with Favre. Rodgers runs the Packers and everyone knows it.

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October 02, 2018 at 10:12 am

“I actually feel bad for MM.”

;)
He has already milked millions and millions from Rodgers’ success. He doesn’t give a shit what we think about him.
When all is said and done, he can continue his millionaire life...

Trust me, he will be just fine. Travelling the globe in first class and enjoying five star hotels.

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October 02, 2018 at 10:59 am

Why should MM care about what we think of him? Why begrudge MM or anyone else for what they have earned, if they have it honestly and have been successful?
And speaking of millions Rodgers has a lot more millions than MM.
BTW, I love traveling first class and staying in 5 star hotels. Maybe I'll see MM on one of my trips.
Thanks, Since ‘61

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October 02, 2018 at 02:13 pm

S71:
Honestly, MM should give his millions to Rodgers.

Well well ThanksSince61 bragging here about his earnings :) Where in the world this millionaire is right now?

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October 02, 2018 at 11:01 am

I am not talking about purely money I am talking about power/respect that comes with a title of head coach or any person who's worked his way up the ladder only to be powerless by someone else who is making more money than them and that person (Rodgers) using that to berate or insult/humiliate the other person as though he's stupid when it comes to play calling etc.

Aaron Rodgers is at that stage now signing the highest paid contract in the NFL. He has all the leverage and is comfortable letting people know this including talking to the media like he does even trying to belittle his coach knowing MM is powerless to actually do anything about it. I don't like it because MM is a good decent guy and deserves total respect. I don't care how much Mr. Rodgers makes and how great he thinks he still is. It's just wrong to publicly say some of the things he says about a head coach in my opinion.

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October 02, 2018 at 10:44 am

No Job appreciation.! A-Rod got it with big $$$$. And Now MM has to kiss his butt . We are about to see the Mad Bomber. A-Rod should of had 2 passes picked off Sunday. But A-Rod covered his butt by complaining about the game plan.

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October 02, 2018 at 11:23 am

Agree Stockhoder. MM has no choice but to kiss his butt or quit. It's a shame when players start to think they are soooo great that they are above any authority. Favre was the exact same way late in his career let's be honest.

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October 02, 2018 at 04:08 pm

You make an excellent point and I share your view unfortunately. I've felt this way for a couple of years. Rodgers is on the same trajectory as Favre. Both won Super Bowls and multiple MVPs early in their careers, and went on to become bitter prima donnas.
It's a damn shame and I hope we are proven wrong. Remains to be seen I suppose.

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October 02, 2018 at 10:03 am

A. Rogers has missed a lot of practice time. He will get back on track , but the receivers need to start catching the ball.

rule of thumb: if you can touch it, then its catchable

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October 02, 2018 at 10:10 am

We should be scoring TDs not FG.

MM has every type of player available.
Fast Wr..Davante
Big TEs who can block and catch M.lewis and J. Graham
3 types of RB..
small quick wr..cobb
2 6'4 and 6'5...MVS and EQ
1 tall and skinny TE. R.Tonyoun

I mean what the heck. What else can we give you MM???

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October 02, 2018 at 10:17 am

Well, I think you know my answer already ;)

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October 02, 2018 at 11:26 am

Adams is not elite. He does not catch the ball beyond 10 yds. good yet. He has YAC only! TEs. Sorry but the chemistry was with Finley. .Have to give Graham more time. He is not young and hungry. RBs. - Over achieving? Cobb- the paycheck goes to the bank while the trainer's room gets the work. MVS , EQ. Tonyoun work in progress. The facts show these guys are average and learning. The lions can't wait to play the packers. Why? A-rod is average with the brace. Hold the ball, throw it long, blame the line next.

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October 02, 2018 at 12:21 pm

Creativity. With Cobb out and possibly Allison too, he may have no choice but to (finally) use the TEs (including Tonyon) extensively. Why not JG at wide-out in 3 TE set? Could be 4 TEs on field at once.

After watching Denver's rookies do so well last night, it won't fly to blame Rodger's "lack of trust" as the reason for not playing Tonyon or the 3 WR more.

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October 02, 2018 at 01:18 pm

Creativity is not something you do only when you have to.
That’s predictable.

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October 02, 2018 at 10:19 am

I couldn't disagree more with this piece. With any luck, 12 will be here next year with a creative HC and MM will be someplace else grinding out unimaginative game plans outdone by even worse play calling. Only then we will see what 12 is really capable of. My wish for 2019 is a new HC and more big & fast WRs. We need 2 more top WRs, 2 more top pass rushing OLBs and a new HC. That is TT's legacy. We also need more S help and more OL help. The question for Gute and Murph is whether they can salvage this wreck in time to win another SB before 12 is gone or bereft of his powers. It will be tough top overcome the many obstacles identified above. 2018 was a good start but we need 2 more years just like it to have the manpower required.

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October 02, 2018 at 11:01 am

We could already have ALL of these;
a new creative HC
AND pro bowl caliber WR Calvin Ridley
AND Khalil Mack... right now as we speak.

If we wanted, but Packers BLEW IT BIG TIME.

There was a time when we drafted great WR Sterling Sharpe with a high pick and scooped expensive Reggie White from FA...
And now we didn’t do a shit when it mattered most.

Another wasted year
and more... (players like Ridley/Mack are not going to be available every year)

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October 02, 2018 at 02:31 pm

Yes, Ridley will be the last good NFL receiver there will ever be. Just like Ray Berry or Paul Winfield, or Jerry Rice or Fred Belitnikoff or Antonio Brown or James Lofton all the hundreds of NFL receivers who have come and gone over the last hundred years. When and if (big if) Ridley reaches the HOF we can worry about it then. Until then Ridley has yet to do anything. And our offer for Mack was rejected, but reality apparently doesn't matter to you. Plus if we had Ridley you would complain that we we didn't draft Alexander and/or Jackson or someone else. Thanks, Since '61

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October 02, 2018 at 11:29 am

S61:
You know it how hard it is to draft a pro bowl caliber WR and you know it, we blew the opportunity with Ridley.

And you know very well that in this same draft, we could have easily drafted CB with late 1st round or very early 2nd! It wouldn’t have cost us too much.
And get Ridley AND a good corner!! (maybe Hughes). But you don’t want to see it or understand it?

Ridley is a game changer. Alexander isn’t. Hughes has already pick six, Alexander hasn’t.

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October 02, 2018 at 11:38 am

S61: We were outbid, bid more. More excuses? What did we offer... more than Bears... in reality? Do you know?

I think I made it very clear before draft. Ridley and corner (if we don’t acquire one from FA).
So I would not complain getting Ridley and CB with the first two picks. Not at all.

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October 02, 2018 at 11:07 am

Arguably the biggest shortcoming of the Packers for the last 6 years has been its defense, specifically the secondary. Look at the offensive and defensive rankings each year. It's pretty clear where the weakness has been.

The Packers retooled the entire secondary in one off-season. They net two young, promising CB's that have been day one contributors as starters and show immense upside, as well as managed to get an extra 1st round pick in 2019.. We're seeing signs of lock-down potential from these young corners and as of today, our overall defense is ranked 6th in the league...and you're complaining that we didn't take a WR in the first round after week 4 in the regular season.

Unbelievable.

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October 02, 2018 at 11:36 am

Excellent words Oppy. It is unbelievable.

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October 02, 2018 at 11:50 am

Oppy: After week 4? :)
I have been saying this about Ridley little bit earlier than that lol.

Ranked 11th, but isn’t too early to say this D# is fixed... in week 4 ;)
http://www.nfl.com/teams/greenbaypackers/profile?team=GB

There is no magic formula that both offense and defense has to be at some level to win Superbowl.

We could easily be top5 offense with Rodgers. Add creative HC and playmaker WR.
And try still remember we could still have let’s say CB Hughes.

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October 02, 2018 at 12:32 pm

Total Defense, Ranked #6.... ;)
http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats?tabSeq=2&defensiveStatisticCatego...

If you look at only passing yards allowed, ranked 7th... ;)

For years the Packers have had a prolific offense, put up big scoring numbers, and lost games because the defense wasn't able to stop a track meet. It is clear logic, the defense needed to be bolstered.

Besides.. knowing what we know about Rodgers and his "trust curve" with young WRs.. how much of an impact do you think ANY rookie WR would have on our offense in his first year? Two years?

I know in your world of royalty-free GM'ing, it's all simple- all the Packers have to do is sign every big name free agent, sign every top weapon in the draft- it's easy-peasy. There's no competition out there for signing players, there's no salary cap, there's no player/agent decision in making the moves actually happen. It's easy, right? Your plan for success is airtight on paper if you ignore all the real world intricacies.

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October 02, 2018 at 01:34 pm

Now Oppy you are getting beyond stupid... when you’re loosing arguments.

You know very well those acquires and drafts are doable. Or do you?
We had money to make a big move, even Mack!. You don’t seem to know anything about salary cap or how it can be even increased.
I was VERY consistent about Ridley well before draft. And yes it would have been so easy to draft Ridley, a call. Maybe this is something you can understand?

Is there anybody else so stupid that thinks we could not have Mack and Ridley, if we really wanted. Muh salary cap... Muh draft... Muh weather...

Ps. Look at those graphs.

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October 03, 2018 at 02:59 pm

Sorry, I always tend to get stupid when loosing. It's a sign I should probably tighten things up a bit.

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October 02, 2018 at 11:53 am

Double |link worked|

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October 02, 2018 at 04:14 pm

Spot on Oppy as usual. Thanks, Since '61

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October 02, 2018 at 11:18 am

Well well well... at meantime...

Our rivals, Da Bears added:
- new creative HC Nagy
- that Khalil Mack
- WRs Allen Robinson / Taylor Gabriel

and their QB throws 5 TDs in their last game.
Was it just executions or a creative game plan?

Here you go Bears, NFC North is yours? Sincerely, Gute.

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October 02, 2018 at 11:20 am

See you in week 16.

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October 02, 2018 at 12:18 pm

Op: They’re ahead of us now, aren’t they?

I am still trusting Rodgers to bail us out. I’m worried that our receiver crops are too slow and they are not very good at catching the ball. Maybe we are asking too much from Rodgers? Again.

Matthews, Perry, over 10M$ guys. They are hurting this team... big time.

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October 02, 2018 at 12:13 pm

you mean that Bears that lost to our backup QB and a one leged AR? must be bright exemple since 1985 these Bears...….

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October 02, 2018 at 11:27 am

Royalty Free did you ever think of being Packer Free? It sounds like you could use a new team to root for. How about switching to Atlanta since Calvin Ridley is there. I think you are doing a disservice to Ridley by talking about him here all the time where nobody cares. Switch to Falconheadtv and don't look back. It's a win for you and win for Packers fans.

Thank you,

Dash

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October 02, 2018 at 12:04 pm

Dari: How about making this team better with right moves!

You don’t seem to be very tolerant here, if someone disagree with you. I understand there is a lot of yesyesyes-men here.

I’m here to mixing the pack little bit :)

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October 02, 2018 at 02:22 pm

Ironically. Dash, you were so upset and crying about bad? words Rodgers said to MM!?

Maybe Rodgers should have used these kind words instead?:

Hey MM,
It sounds like you could use a new team to root for.
It's a win for you and win for Packers fans.

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October 02, 2018 at 10:54 am

The gloom for the franchise will start. Maybe the Ending! What happened after Lombardi left? A-Rod will eat up any coach. Look around, The bears,Vikings and lions all sucked after 1 winning season. Be careful for what you wish for. A-Rods skills are regressing.

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October 02, 2018 at 02:34 pm

Stock - The gloom for the Packers comes each and every day on this blog for some of the posters. Some of them would fire Vince Lombardi. They need to get a grip. Thanks, Since '61

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October 02, 2018 at 11:09 am

Archie - I think that we all know about needing better WRs, OL and OLBs.
And I agree that we need at least another season or 2 to finish building out the team but we are in 2018 and we can only work with what we have this season.

Focus on what we can do with what we have rather than worrying about what we don't have and/or what we need to do next season or 2 seasons from now. Those are discussions for the offseason.

We're 2-1-1 and playing the Lions this week on the road. One game at a time and it becomes much easier to have a reasonable and a realistic perspective. Thanks, Since '61

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October 02, 2018 at 11:36 am

You speak the truth.

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October 03, 2018 at 01:34 am

Since, it is battle you can not win.

Lot of people never ever had responsibility for large group of people and responsibility to run the business successfully. So, there is no way you can explain them what you are talking about...

When you ask them what GM do, their best answer is: reading and watching news, stock reports and f*ck secretary...

When we come to the MM level, we agree that MM is very good to excellent coach with his own flows as every person have...

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October 02, 2018 at 04:18 pm

Croat - I concede to your greater wisdom. At best it is a never ending, uphill battle. Thanks, Since '61

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October 02, 2018 at 12:43 pm

S6:
”Focus on what we can do with what we have rather than worrying about what we don't have ”

This is a loosers talk. They can say this every year and not learn a thing.
We should admit our mistakes, speak about them and learn from them.

Rodgers has worse weapons that he had last year. How is that improvement!

And we keep expecting same results from him?
Why don’t you score more TDs with receivers who are slower, older, can’t get open deep or catch the ball? And can you please stop limping and score more, it’s on you!

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October 02, 2018 at 12:56 pm

Yah....loosers.

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October 02, 2018 at 04:20 pm

Royalty - I have posted here repeatedly since 2011 that Rodgers is the best player that I have ever seen at the QB position and I go all the way back to Unitas. I am and have been a huge Rodgers supporter and I responded to one of your other posts that Rodgers skill players are not as good as the skill players on many other teams. I have also consistently posted that if the rest of our roster played as well as Rodgers we would be undefeated SB champs.

For the last several years the Packers have been trying to build up the defense with their draft picks and they haven't worked out for the most part. This season Gute had a need to address at CB and he did it and it looks like he picked 2 very good players in Alexander and Jackson. He could have picked OLBs or OLs as well and he could have picked Ridley with one of the picks. He didn't. Is it a mistake? For me too soon to tell. I need to give it more time.

My point is that we have the roster that we have for better or worse. It's not very likely to change drastically for the rest of this season. You can call that losers talk but to me losers talk is continually whining about mistakes we made, players we don't have and if only this or that. Winners find a way to learn from their mistakes move forward and make the best of what they have. Winners know that we cannot change the past but we can change the future so let's make it happen and look forward to it. That's just being positive and becoming successful. It also takes work, hard work and the willingness to take risks and accept the consequences.

Whining about Ridley, Mack and Gute's FA mistakes is the losers talk and it's all you've done since you began posting here. The Packers are under no obligation to field your FF league players.

I'm confident that Gute was well aware of Ridley and other players that he may have chosen. He took the best players to fill an on going and glaring weakness at CB. That is a step toward improving the team, which is good management.

As for Mack and Ridley they are just 2 among many other good players who are on other teams. That's the way it is. That means the Packers need to go out, play against them and beat them. No excuses. No quarter given, none asked for. Thanks, Since '61

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October 02, 2018 at 06:22 pm

61, as you know sometimes it’s wiser not to respond to ignorance.

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October 02, 2018 at 11:13 pm

Agree, just trying to provide a little perspective but not everyone is open to another point of view. Thanks, Since ‘61

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October 03, 2018 at 01:45 am

Since, the best argument you can give to the people who claims Ridley would be excellent pick for Packers is that RIdley plays for Atlanta Falcons, have very good, experienced QB to throw to him (Matt Ryan) and that team is 1-3 team!

With Alexander Packers are 2-1-1 team.

And the team is what the record shows!

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October 04, 2018 at 04:58 am

I have given you lot of arguments but you don’t want to listen or understand. And don’t put words into my mouth.

Btw. Falcons top TWO safeties are out and their star RB Freeman. We will see.

One win difference ;)

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October 04, 2018 at 05:23 am

Since61&2011 - I love to see little steam coming from you. A good to see some passion from you. Thumbs up.

This a fans talk. Of course it is too early to tell. No one knows. Injuries etc.
But you have to admit that Ridley would have been worth even the 14th pick. And you know draft had CB depth, to pickup a very good CB with the 2nd pick (I listed earlier).
So we could have Ridley AND Alexander level CB.

With our high draft pick position, we should not be happy with a good CB, we should expect game changer level player! There was a lot of good cbs (depth) in that draft and it seems many of them (lower picks) have done better job than Alexander.
He is not a game changer, Ridley is (historic level start). And even with the Ridley pick we would have a good corner or even better than Alexander. We would have better defense and offense.

Too soon to tell? Of course. Now it seems Gute made big mistakes that hurts this team.
It is so lame to say that don’t question his moves?! Winners make less mistakes.

I don’t play fantasy leagues or give money to NFL anymore. I just passionately follow the Packers.

We will see. But very interesting to see what happens between Bears and Packers in nfcnorth. And it would be dream to see Packers Falcons playoff game. Ridley vs. Alexander. That would be awesome!

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Rebecca's picture

October 02, 2018 at 08:39 pm

I’m starting to rely on you to bring the focus back down to what is realistic. The next game is the only thing that matters.

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October 02, 2018 at 11:46 am

Seems to me Rodgers was doing a little transference of his own weak performance onto MM. He missed a few passes. He missed, as usual, a few open guys. He did have some passes dropped too. So not all of the problems are on the game plan. If half of those plays actually get executed fully then you don't have much to criticize either in execution of the plan or planning the plan.
And yes a weak performance by Rodgers, e.g. some missed passes and open receivers, is an above average one for the league. But part of a game plan is planning around your personnel and they need to execute. ARod and others did not as often as they should and could have.

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October 02, 2018 at 12:57 pm

I like this post very much.

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October 02, 2018 at 04:15 pm

Exactly. Rodgers hits his targets and we eliminate the drops, all of a sudden it's over 500 yards of offense and more TDs. That sounds like a pretty good game plan to me.
On field execution is the issue here. It's been the same all season. There's great footage of the Washington game also with Rodgers failing to get the ball to open guys.
And like everyone else, I do wish they were more aggressive on 3rd and long.

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October 02, 2018 at 04:21 pm

Well said. Thanks, Since '61

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October 04, 2018 at 05:37 am

What are these missed pass plays that you are referring?
I don’t say they didn’t happen, but let see some video references!
Let’s see where Rodgers made a big play mistakes. Or did he?

This just shows how spoiled brats some Packers are ;)

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October 02, 2018 at 04:07 pm

Is RF GM the new COW? My gosh, it's only 4 games in, and QB1 has a sprained knee. I think Rodgers was only trying to keep focus on the execution, not the result. The execution was not as crisp as it should have been from the offense. They got lucky on recovering all the fumbles they did. He's just trying to keep an edge on the young guys.
As for him whining about the play calling, he has the option to change it pretty much every play. I'm sure he's made some bone headed play changes at the line of scrimmage that we will never hear about.

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