Archive for October, 2012

Packers/Jaguars Game Recap

October 29, 2012
  • Brutal game. I am definitely not in the camp of “a win is a win”. The Jaguars are awful. Just a terrible team. They had no business hanging around with us for so long. Bill Johnson from the local radio show Green and Gold today, wondered why fans just don’t “get the NFL” yet – suggesting that those of us who were not pleased with the win don’t understand that every game is difficult etc etc…and that we should just be happy with the win. Not the case here. This was one really bad team. But the big reason why I’m not happy about the win is that we didn’t make adjustments throughout the game. There are games when McCarthy can have stunningly effective and precise playcalls, make fantastic mid-game adjustments, ultimately  just destroying other teams. He can be a genius. But then there are other times when he’ll turn around the next game and barely figure out a team that much worse NFL teams have easily figured out. We can’t afford to have these kinds of efforts from McCarthy as the games start counting more and more soon.
  • The Packers, especially Rodgers, looked tired out there. Disinterested. Seemed like everyone was just ready for vacation or something. In fact, at one point, I was pretty certain Rodgers was playing with a concussion. There was something about his demeanor that at one point really struck me as the kind of demeanor one has when recently concussed.
  • Injuries are not a good excuse for yesterday’s weak performance. Yes, they did affect us some, but we still have the talent to work through that. It was nice to see Driver get into the action a bit – but what I wonder about is why we seemed to change up Cobb’s role from his normal role. Driver and Jones should have been pushed out wide and Cobb should have continued to operate out of the backfield, as a slot guy – moving all around per norm.
  • While Davon House had one missed assignment that I saw, he was mostly quite good again today. I like that guy. The blocked punt was of course fantastic. But he also plays solid coverage and seems to have a good bit of toughness. As Hayward and House pick up needed experience, I’m suddenly feeling a lot better about our secondary.
  • The Alex Green experiment is over. Yes, our offensive line yesterday was as bad as they’ve been in a while. And yes, he did not have a bunch of holes to run through. But he had some – and against St. Louis, he actually had quite a few. He just can’t get it done. Time to move on to Starks, or better yet…
  • Steven Jackson. I think the Packers should look seriously at Steven Jackson. I know I wrote a post lobbying for Darren McFadden as a trade option a few days ago (actually I was just supporting a suggestion Nate Davis threw out there). But I think Jackson might even be a better fit. The guy runs hungry, he always gets tough yards, he’s a very good pass catcher and a solid pass protector – and perhaps more than anything, he would be so excited to play for a contender. Imagine having both Benson and Jackson when Benson returns.
  • I am usually a fan of a fake punt. In fact, I subscribe to ESPN’s Tuesday Morning QB Gregg Easterbrook’s philosophy of essentially never punting. (There is a high school coach Easterbrook often refers to who refuses to punt. Always goes for it on 4th down – he’s won 2-3 state championships in a row. It’s simple math. Watching New Orleans chicken out repeatedly last night in the 4th quarter on 4th downs is torture for people like us.)  Anyway, when I saw the Pack pull that wild fake punt situation, I really wondered. I actually said “oh…no”, which is the opposite reaction for me usually on fake punts. It looked too contrived and destined to fail perhaps in part because Masthay seemed to pause for a moment to ALLOW Jax make quick defensive adjustments. Anyway, I suppose to be consistent, I have to ultimately support craziness like that – it’s just that that particular play was a bit hard to watch.
  • I have a hard time seeing Finley in a Packer uniform next year. Don’t think Rodgers isn’t aware of Finley’s (and his agent’s) gripes in the press.
  • James Jones has stepped up in a big way this year. The guy is having a very good year. Not only scoring TDs but getting needed first downs. For the first time in years, watching him, I’m reminded of the potential I saw in him from the start. He has an unusual body motion about him and I think this is part of what makes defenders struggle to cover him.
  • Dezman Moses should be starting at OLB. The situation is very much the same as Desmond Bishop’s situation a few years ago. There is absolutely no reason to “slowly bring him along” as they mistakenly did with Bishop. I really don’t want Moses to go through what Desmond Bishop went through. Brad Jones ended up with a decent game yesterday yes (thanks Go Pack Go), so maybe we let Jones stick it out at ILB while Moses starts opposite Matthews at OLB – leaving Walden the odd man out.
  • Crosby has some issues. We should have gone for that 4th and 1 to put the game away in the 3rd quarter – bad decision by McCarthy – but Crosby made the decision much worse by kicking a positively goofy kick. A 32 yard FG is one most kickers will make easily 98% of the time. Crosby’s effort was just odd – and it concerns me that it looked a lot like his bizarre, flailing 50+ yard attempts.
  • All the above said, I do get the sense that we’re just limping into the bye week and if we can take care of AZ, we’ll find ourselves in a decent position. We’ll get a much needed break which will help refresh us and lead to a strong push deep into the playoffs.

Lucky to get that 4th down stop

October 28, 2012

Just a crossed up route. But why didn’t Tramon pick that off and run it back? He has been playing really poorly the last few weeks. That was a wide open simple interception and he could have just sealed the game there. The Packers are really questionable here at the moment. And injuries are no excuse.

Brad Jones doesn’t belong on the field

October 28, 2012

Why in the world is that Dezman Moses guy not out there. Brad Jones had one super easy sack early on and has been atrocious ever since. I don’t care if OLB is not Moses’ natural position (not sure what it is), but he can’t be worse than Brad Jones.

Packers could lose this game.

What a horrible series

October 28, 2012

What lousy plays. McCarthy and Rodgers haven’t adapted whatsoever to the Jax D. This is a joke.

Nicely done Driver

October 28, 2012

I’m a little surprised Rodgers hasn’t looked Driver’s way a bit more today – or that more plays haven’t been drawn up for him. He’s reliable and playing against safeties and #4 CBs.

Bad tripping call against Jax there

October 28, 2012

Not kicking a FG here – no way

October 28, 2012

Unbelievable. Of course Crosby misses. He sucks. But why in the world wouldn’t we go for it. Jax offense is pathetic and we needed a spark of some kind. McCarthy, Green and Rodgers are losing this game for us. Unreal. Keep in mind Rodgers has 1 TD today.

This is pathetic.

Starks looks better than Green

October 28, 2012

Though neither look great. Steven Jackson would look much better.

Playcalling unreal today

October 28, 2012

McCarthy and Rodgers have no clue. That fake punt was pathetic. What the hell was that? But the 3rd down playcalls have been unbelievable. This is the worst Rodgers has looked in a long time – and he looked pretty bad in the first few games of the year. It is like he’s playing with a concussion. His ability to make something happen is just not there. Right now, the Packers don’t deserve to win this game.

Packers aren’t only ones who’ve taken this week’s game for granted

October 28, 2012

While Rodgers appears to be trying to throw this game, the Bears are busy dealing with a nasty Panthers team.

I honestly wonder if Rodgers has a concussion. He looks really bad today.