*A win is a win. But I do not feel any better about the Packers than I did before the game. Not worse, either, but definitely not better.
*AJ Hawk is very slow. On the screen to the outside to Steve Jackson, Hawk stood flat-footed after Jackson caught the ball and when he pursued it looked like he was running in mud. He took a terrible angle, too.
*Brady Poppinga is absolutely awful. I don’t think he even jumped on as many piles as usual today.
*The offensive line is very bad. One ranking had it at 23rd before this week. That seems very generous.
*The Rams didn’t generate as much pressure as the Bears or the Bengals. But they’re the Rams. The fact that they put on as much pressure as they did is worrisome.
*Steve Jackson is the second best running back in the NFL. Can you imagine if
*Donald Driver is amazing. He is a waterbug.
*Aaron Rodgers holds the ball too long. His arm is strong, he is very accurate (Jordy Nelson throw comes to mind, Driver overthrow is the exception). He is surprisingly fast when he runs. But he hangs on to the ball far beyond the point at which he should get rid of it. That tendency, along with the sieve-like offensive line, will get him hurt.
*The Packers defense gave up 17 points to a team that had averaged 3.5 in its first two games. The Rams offense lost its quarterback in the first quarter, its #1 wide receiver in the second quarter. It played behind a no-name offensive line and 2nd string QB Kyle Boller — who wasn’t good enough to play quarterback in Baltimore. (Yes, Baltimore.)
*I’m increasingly concerned about Mike McCarthy. I’ve liked him. I think he understands football — in theory and practice. And I think the players like him.
But he never — and I mean never — makes decisive halftime adjustments. When Mike Holmgren was head coach, the Packers were going to win the game anytime it was close at halftime. He was smarter than just about every other coach in the game.
More worrisome, and we’ll develop this in a separate post, he is stubborn to the point where it hurts the team. Think Bob Sanders. Think Mike Stock. And now he is killing us with his unwillingness to fix the offensive line. Last week I heard McCarthy interview on Sirius NFL Radio. He was asked whether he had considered changing personnel on the offensive line. McCarthy said:” That’s not something I’ve considered.”
Really? It seems to me there are two possibilities here. McCarthy lied, and he has, in fact, considered a change. Or he’s telling the truth. And that would be much, much worse. I understand wanting to give the current players confidence by saying nothing in public that would indicate he’s going to bail on them. But he needs to be thinking about personnel changes. Actually, he needs to be making personnel changes. And soon.
*Speaking of stubborn, it was nice to see Desmond Bishop get some playing time today. It’s too bad he didn’t play when it mattered.
*Brett Favre annoys me more than just about anyone alive these days, but that was a sweet-ass throw to win the game Sunday. That win will matter in December.