OK, let's talk a little Packers. Or should I say let's complain about the Packers.
First, I really wish Brett Favre was still with the team. But not for the reason you're thinking.
I wish he was still with the team so people wouldn't focus on that as the reason Green Bay has become one of the four worst teams in the NFC. If you don't believe me, check the records. Only Detroit, Seattle and St. Louis have worse records in the conference.
Here are the reasons for the plummet as I see them.
It's the defense. With the exception of Aaron Kampman, the front 7 gets pushed around like the punching clown I had when I was a kid. AJ Hawk seems to get slower and more confused every game. And even the backfield, which was one step below spectacular at the start of the season, suddenly looks pretty pedestrian. Of course, that will happen when the opposing quarterback has enough time to sit in the pocket and sing "American Pie" (it goes 8:33, by the way) before finding a receiver who's managed to get open and complete a pass. On top of that, just watch the tackling skills of some of the best defenses in the league (Pittsburgh and Baltimore for example) to see how much better they are at tackling then the Packers.
It's the special teams. Why did we keep Frost instead of Ryan? And why did we hang on to Frost for so long when every fan who ever put on a green and gold could t-shirt see he wasn't cutting it.
I don't know if the problem is Mike McCarthy or not. Clearly the team was not ready to play against New Orleans. Some of the play calling looks pretty bad this year. On the other hand, when plays are called and they work, they look pretty good. He worked for the Saints and the 49ers and even for the Packers in 1999, when they were 8-and-8 under Ray Rhodes. He has not worked for a team with a winning tradition and why should we expect that's going to change here? Last years record gives him a free pass for this years outcome. But, if the Packers stink again next season, perhaps he should be shown the door.
I don't know if the problem is Ted Thompson or not. Clearly, a certain percentage of Packer fans will never forgive him for the Favre fiasco. But take a deeper look. If championship teams are built at the lines of scrimmage, like many people believe, how do you think he's done? How do you think he's done at evaluating talent? He and the front office have got the team way under the salary cap, (nealry $18 million according to askthecommish.com) but have they spent enough money to make the Packers competitive? Thompson put together a team that was a game away from the Super Bowl in '07 and from the outside it doesn't look like he did A THING to improve them to get all the way there in '08. But, just like McCarthy, Thompson gets a pass for the teams run in '07. If they stink again next season, he should perhaps be on the same train out of town that McCarthy is.
The train out of town after THIS season should include defensive coordinator Bob Sanders and special teams coach Mike Stock. Sanders defense can't make an important stop to save their life. There tackling skills are terrible. And I hear it was Stock who wanted Frost instead of Ryan at punter. Fire them both!!!
These views don't reflect those of WSAW TV or Gray Broadcasting. (but the really should)
OK, I feel better. You want to vent? You know what to do.
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