Game Thoughts Packers/Lions

September 21, 2014 by
  • The Packers aren’t very good. Like a company that just a few years ago dominated its competitors, it’s like the Packers simply didn’t invest in R&D and figure out ways to grow. It’s like we just assumed we could walk onto the field this year and our offense would dominate. It seems very little work was put into drawing up new plays, being more creative/unpredictable, and finding new ways to play to the strengths of our players. It’s not happening and that is squarely on McCarthy. He got tons of credit when the offense was clicking and dominating and creative and there was much talk of the thickness of his playbook. What happened to all of that? Were we spoiled there for a bit? Was a guy like Philbin more involved in the offense than we realized? Whatever is going on, the Packers need to go back to the drawing board and come up with a bunch of new plays that PLAY TO THE STRENGTHS OF THE PERSONNEL WE HAVE. Or, trade for Andre Johnson and stop worrying about stuff.
  • The Packers defense played reasonably tough today for 3 quarters. They caused some good turnovers and had some rare moments of seriously sure tackling. It was nice to see. But the defense crashed in the 4th quarter in particular. The defense on that Bush TD was horrid. I think it will be the kind of defense that will occasionally have decent games but when under constant pressure to get the ball back like today, it is not the kind of defense the team can rely on.
  • Rodgers started off OK but faded fast – in part because McCarthy wasn’t calling the kinds of plays that make him so effective. But Rodgers is also not making good decisions out there and it’s disconcerting at the least. One of the reasons many regard him as the NFL’s best QB (I don’t, I think Drew Brees is), is because he had built a strong body of evidence to support the argument that he’s a fantastic decision-maker out there. Not this year. He had several questionable decisions Week 1 and several more today. He was awesome for most of the Jets game and I am hoping like crazy he can get back to that level but I’m really doubtful right now. I don’t like how he’s playing and I’m not keen on his attitude frankly (though that was definitely Adams fault on that one play…and it was costly). While the O-Line’s issues certainly contributed to Rodgers having to make quicker/tougher decisions, there were several plays where he had tons of time (or even bought himself some time) and then just puked it. Not like him.
  • I think the Packers running game really needs to be worked on. The offensive line has been very bad blocking and the RBs (with the exception of Starks – who mysteriously barely plays) are either not reading the right cuts or not having any openings to run through. I think McCarthy came into this season thinking Lacy would run over people. Not happening…at all. Starks is definitely the better runner this year.
  • The Packers offensive line hasn’t looked this bad for a long time. They look out of sync and it seems at times they aren’t really even sure what play has been called. It’s not pretty to watch.
  • Friend and Packergeeks co-founder just emailed to say the team really misses Dietrich-Smith, James Jones and Finley. I very much agree. I am trouble by TT’s lack of interest in keeping some consistency with at Center. But the guy I think we really miss is James Jones. Jones made it that much tougher for opposing secondaries because they couldn’t just focus on Jordy and Cobb – they had to deal with Jones and if Jones was matched up with #3 CB he was going to win that most of the time.
  • Josh Sitton was awful today. I don’t often notice what he does in good part because I think he does his job. But he had 3 very evident errors today and generally didn’t seem to push plays the way he normally can. Hope that’s not a sign of things and that it’s just an isolated bad game.
  • I liked watching Lattimore. I’m guessing he was out of position more than once and has a few things to learn, but why is it that in his few minutes of play today, it is ALREADY obvious how much more effective he is than Hawk? I’ll tell you why – because Hawk sucks. It seemed like Hawk was in there on quite a few more plays than Lattimore but Lattimore ended up with 9 total tackles vs Hawk’s 7. I would much rather see Nick Perry and Lattimore in the middle right now. It couldn’t hurt to try (though someone will now likely have to step in for Matthews on the outside due to another apparent injury).
  • It was nice to see Peppers make a huge play. I think that is what we can expect of the guy. Great play there.
  • Nice to see Ha Ha get a pick.
  • I liked seeing Quarless (or any TE for that matter) get involved. He was often wide open today I think because defenses are so busy playing the edges of the field against us because that’s where Jordy and Cobb often do damage and that’s where, for whatever reason, Eddie Lacy often heads right when he gets the ball. When we’re throwing to TEs, especially when Finley was there, there was a constant threat in the middle of the field. We lose that when we don’t incorporate TEs, or screens, or FB dump off plays.
  • Clay Matthews isn’t reliable and it hurts the team. We build the defense, in part, around guys like Matthews. And when the guy can’t stay on the field, it then upsets the order and dynamic of the defense. It’s a problem and it was a problem again today.
  • It’s super tough to cover Calvin Johnson. What a professional. Honestly I don’t know if there is another player who can just get the job done week in and week out, injured, with 3 guys hanging on him or even having not-so-great passes thrown to him. He is just an incredible player to watch.
  • The Packers have a lot of work to do. I’d say at this moment, it’s more than fair to be pessimistic. This team isn’t very good right now. They have a lot of things to work out to get things back on track. I won’t rule out the possibility that they turn it around but it doesn’t look good right now. The thing I seem to forget is that this team was 8-7-1 last year, barely sneaking into the playoffs. Doesn’t seem like they have made a ton of progress after last year’s iffy season.

Rodgers two bad decisions in a row

September 21, 2014 by

Just bad. What is he doing out there? On that Quarless play why didn’t Rodgers run the ball? He just sat back there with plenty of space to run and chose to try to thread the needle to Quarless. I don’t mind throwing to Quarless who has been open a bunch today but either that was a bad pass or Quarless wasn’t as open as I thought. Bottom line is that Rodgers should have run that ball.

That 4th and 5 decision to throw to Nelson was a really bad one. The chances of completing a pass like that were very low and he didn’t have to throw a 25 yard pass when we just needed 5 yards. I would have liked to have seen a playcall on either 3rd or 4th for Rodgers to just run – on a naked bootleg or something.

Bad decision by Lacy there

September 21, 2014 by

He could have cut inside but went parallel to the line again. Poor decision.

Finally going back to Quarless

September 21, 2014 by

Detroit’s secondary is focused on Cobb and Nelson. Quarless has been wide open all day. Keep throwing to them.

Who had the edge there?

September 21, 2014 by

What? Hawk was, as usual, sucked in the wrong way and Hyde totally missed his assignment there. Two terrible plays. One of the problems I’ve noticed is that because Hawk is often the only ILB in the game for some reason, Hyde ends up having to kind of serve as the other ILB. I don’t understand this lineup. It doesn’t work. I feel like Hyde isn’t a bad player but he’s often playing out of position and it makes him look really bad. That doesn’t excuse that play – Hyde was bad and Hawk was way too easily fooled.

Packers offense just pathetic

September 21, 2014 by

Short, quick passes with a couple deep ones to stretch out the D. I go back to those 2 passes in a row to Quarless that were very effective. Why stop that sort of thing? On the next play they handed off Lacy for another zero gainer. Go with what works and stick with it until it doesn’t. Go back to short passes and get the TEs involved.

Ok – stop running the ball

September 21, 2014 by

It’s clear our offensive line isn’t up to the task. It’s just sad. stop running the ball now.

I like Harris coming in here

September 21, 2014 by

We need a different look. I wouldn’t mind Starks getting more carries too but Harris has a lot to offer and should be getting this opportunity.

Huge play by Peppers

September 21, 2014 by

Wow. That’s why we picked him up. Just a huge play – and he had the wherewithal to then pounce on the ball. Just huge. Nicely done.

Really concerned about the Packers passing game

September 21, 2014 by

Except for the 3 quarters vs the Jets, the Packers’ passing game has been weak. It is the part of this team that should stand out and instead, again except for 3 quarters last week, the team has now gone 7 other quarters suffering from mediocrity.


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