That play to Bennett seemed like the only one where they gained nice yardage on the outside of the field.
Trestman is going to do this all day – if not runs watch for a ton of screens. Ugh.
- Not much to add from the Pre-Preview, but I am not too confident today. I do think the Packers know their backs are against the wall and this should bring about a sense of urgency that could help them either win or keep it close.
- But I think this is a huge game for the Bears too. With Marshall now in the lineup I think they will come out ready to play. If the Bears didn’t have Matt Forte I’d pick the Packers today. But Trestman is too smart offensively to NOT exploit the middle of our defense. This game will be closer than I initially predicted, but I’ll still go with the Bears, 31-27.
- A Pre-Preview apparently means that these are my temporary thoughts about the upcoming game…my official thoughts will be sent out just prior to game time per norm!
- Like a number of people Rodgers’ imploring fans to “relax” didn’t sit well with me. As it looks like the whole team has been “relaxing” perhaps a bit too much through the first 3 weeks of the season. The necessary sense of urgency doesn’t seem to be there. I’m not saying the guys aren’t trying – but I am saying that especially in Game #1 and Game #3, the team was acting like it had 2-3 MORE quarters to play than it did. They are lacking a sense of urgency.
- If Rodgers wants us to relax I’d strongly suggest he and the offense in particular come out on fire – just picking the Bears apart. It’s possible that this is exactly what happens. And that of course would be great as we’d grab the lead forcing Cutler to…well…be himself when playing catch-up (…turnovers). That would be great.
- But as I sit here right now I don’t think that’s what will happen. As much as the Bears D is iffy, they have shown better the last couple weeks (or at least shown something). And my concern is that unless Rodgers and the offense pull off a nearly perfect offensive game (one marked by a huge injection of urgency), the Bears potent offense is the one that could bust out to a big lead, leaving the Packers scrambling to catch-up yet again.
- My Friday score prediction is Bears 31, Packers 20. We’ll see how I feel closer to game time.
- 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.
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.
He could have cut inside but went parallel to the line again. Poor decision.
Detroit’s secondary is focused on Cobb and Nelson. Quarless has been wide open all day. Keep throwing to them.
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.
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.