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Game Notes: The fat lady sang

That'll do it.

What else is there to say? The Green Bay Packers, quarterbacked by Aaron Rodgers, lost at home -- their first home loss of the season -- to a 2-9 team quarterbacked by Josh Rosen. A team with statistically the worst offense in professional football. Oh, and the Packers were favored by over 14 points.

Let's just... jump in.

 

Giving up (this title doesn't mean what you think it means)?

The first was a draw with Aaron Jones, the other was a screen to Randall Cobb on third-and-13. But this isn't the first instance we've seen "give-up" plays called by Mike McCarthy this season, or in the last few years.

The premise is: Aaron Rodgers is your quarterback. Don't roll over and accept the fact that you're facing a third-and-long situation when someone who is widely considered as the most talented quarterback to ever play in the NFL is engineering your offense. Granted, the later screen to Cobb set up a touchdown to Davante Adams on fourth-and-four, don't put yourself in that situation. Push the ball downfield.

There are always other outside factors relaying into head coaches making these types of decisions. But how complex could this one be? It's a theme, not just something that's a knee-jerk reaction to the Packers losing at the hands of a 2-9 -- now 3-9 -- Arizona Cardinals team.

This isn't even that big of a deal to the point that I should be up-in-arms over it, but it's been a little quirk in the Packers' offense that has irked me for quite some time now. 

Blow it all up.

It wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility to attribute some of the Packers' struggles this year to poor play on a part of the offensive line. Outside of David Bakhtiari at left tackle and Corey Linsley at center, there's been no opportunities to gel and mesh. Lane Taylor, who has been a staple at interior guard for most of the last three seasons, has even hit a rough patch in 2018. His counterpart, Byron Bell, replaced Justin McCray earlier this season and has been far from stellar.

Even when McCray steps in, he hasn't been able to return to the same form that made him quietly one of the Packers' best signings -- from a versatile and stable standpoint, relax -- entering last season. Bryan Bulaga at right tackle has seemingly suffered some form of injury every few games and, currently at 29 years old, is set to be a free agent after next season.

It's not a foregone conclusion that the Packers may target an offensive lineman with one of their two first-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, but with the way their offensive line has been trending this season, perhaps it should be heavily considered. Of course, depending on how the board falls.

-- That's all. Just like the Packers' playoff hopes, I'm cutting this column short after two main points as opposed to the usual three. At some point, you either run out of things to say or they just start to sound redundant.

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Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV and a contributor/analyst for the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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zoellner25's picture

I'm soooooo glad I wasn't able to watch this game in Colorado from what I saw on twitter yesterday.

The TKstinator's picture

Are offensive tackles “exterior” guards?

Dash Riprock's picture

Could someone tell me the song the fat lady sang? Just curious.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

'This is It' - Scott McCreary

4thand1's picture

The Bertha Butt Boogie

Jonathan Spader's picture

[Chorus:]
Oh, I don't want her, you can have her,
She's too fat for me.
She's too fat for me,
She's too fat for me.
I don't want her, you can have her,
Please do that for me.
She's too fat, she's too fat,
She's too fat for me.

I get dizzy, I get numbo
When I'm dancing
With my Jum-Jum-Jumbo.

I don't want her, you can have her,
She's too fat for me.
She's too fat for me,
She's too fat for me.
I don't want her, you can have her,
She's too fat for me,
She's too fat,
She's too fat,
She's too fat for me. Oh,

[Chorus]

She's a twosome, she's a foursome
If she'd lose some,
I would like her more some.

Dash Riprock's picture

Good stuff guys, good stuff. Ok, I thought of two. "Hit The Road Jack" by? and "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister. Keep em' coming. There has to be thousands of song titles that apply to yesterday.

stockholder's picture

The dagger to the heart? Once upon a time there was a tavern
Where we used to raise a glass or two
Remember how we laughed away the hours
And dreamed of all the great things we would do

Those were the days my friend
We thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
For we were young and sure to have our way.

Gort's picture

"Burning down the house"

keeley2's picture

I believe it started back in the 70's with Kate Smith being the vocalist for Philadelphia Flyers games. Kate was quite large and she often sang God Bless America between the 2nd and 3rd period. This might not be the origin, but it was a recent adaptation (at least from the Philadelphia media).

4thand1's picture

Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing. MM knew this and knew the ax had to fall of him. The organisation made a clear statement yesterday, nobody's job is safe if the results are like the embarrassment of this season. Murphy is not an owner and he is expendable too, he and Gute better put a SB contender back on the field soon.

FTS Messamore's picture

I think MM lost this team 3 1/2 years ago. After the debacle in the '14 NFC championship game, he fires ST Coordinator Slocum. During the offseason, he relinquishes playcalling duties to offensive coordinator Clements then takes it back mid-season, after starting the season 6-0. After the season he fires Clements and Capers still has a job. A year and a half later, he fires everyone on both sides of the football, excluding Moss, Whitt Jr, Campen and Montgomery. So, with a majority of the staff being new; changes ended up being the same if not worse in certain areas. We can all agree this team needs players and MM was on borrowed time.

My personal opinion, I do not think we need a Offensive guru to take the place of MM. I think that will cause more rift with Rodgers, since he likes to prove hes the "Alfather" of an offense. I would like to see a Defensive minded coach that can challenge Rodgers from a defensive perspective and coordinate with a demanding offensive coordinator to challenge Rodgers with game planning. It's easier said than done, but I think that will prove to be the best outcome.

fthisJack's picture

i'd rather have an O minded coach. hire the right DC and he'll take care of that side. I would hope Pettine would be back. that defense improved immensely even with a ton of injuries.
I also think that the beginning of the end for MM was when he fired Van Pelt for some ungodly reason. I think that created the rift between them. maybe bring Van Pelt back in some capacity and make Rodgers work on his mechanics. he is so out of whack its not funny. ha wants to be coached!

packerbackerjim's picture

It needs to be a “foregone conclusion” they will draft an OL with one of their 1st rounders. My preference would be Yodny Cajuste. I think other OLs will happen in later rounds.

Hawg Hanner's picture

We may have to start several rookies in the OL. We have had a good history but Thompson really went out on a limb ignoring the OL draft after draft. It all goes back to TT

Lare's picture

Yeah, but Gutekunst should also receive some of the blame for drafting an OL (Madison) that doesn't want to play football. Somebody needs to do a better job during the draft interview process.

Doug Niemczynski's picture

I think we can still make the playoffs!

keeley2's picture

Path to the Packer Playoffs -
Packers - win all your games
Chicago - lose all your games (including the game against the Packers)
Vikings - lose all your games.
That would mean Central Division Champs. Whatever else happens is irrelevant.
Simple, right?

Lare's picture

It doesn't matter anymore why McCarthy was fired, he is gone.

Too early to write off players for next year. The Packers will have a complete new coaching staff, let them have some say on who should stay or go. And then, it's up to Gutekunst to find new players that can perform and produce in the new scheme(s).

cheesycowboy's picture

It will be interesting to see how the game rosters change now that the white flag has been raised. It should be insight on a direction Gute is leaning. Old School Packers. Philbin to HC. Whitt to OC.

zoellner25's picture

whitt is a DB coach

Lare's picture

Lots of issues with DB's under Whitt's tutelage, the Packers need somebody better.

EddieLeeIvory's picture

Hope u guys can forgive Jimmy Harbaugh.

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