...lots of problems. Where? Not where you would have thought to start the season, but plenty of to go around.
Is it Aaron Rodgers?
No. Even the most ardent Favre-ites would tell you Rodgers has been fine, and that he's hardly the problem in Green Bay. In fact, he’s probably exceeded most people’s expectations.
Al Harris Injury
Nope, can't pin it on him. Trammy Williams has been more than adequate.
Yeah, you'd rather not have your #4 safety play all game, but he didn't play terrible. He's not the issue.
Not playing great by any means, but getting better. Averaging 4.1 yards per carry as a team. Why Brandon Jackson doesn't get more carries, I have no idea. He's got "John Clay" syndrome right now...can't get the ball enough. Just put him in for a series here and there....why not?
You're Winner: Yup, it's the D-Line.
No question about it. Things have certainly turned in this department. Remember the moans when Justin Harrell was drafted? It wasn't because he has a knack for the training room. It was: "why are we using a first round draft pick on our deepest unit? We're fine at D-Line!" Well, how does that look?
Problem #1: Cannot stop the run. Opponents are rushing for a whopping 5.1 yards per carry!! Wow. The defense is pretty much the same exact unit (which finished 6th in total D, 9th vs the run) as last year...what happened? Does Corey Williams make that much of a difference? No chance. He has 14 tackles and 0.5 sacks in Cleveland. Not exactly advanced football category, but if you can't stop the run, you're screwed. The other team grinds out first downs, controls the clock, makes you cheat up your safeties, exposing your corners: who can only cover guys so long because....
Problem #2: ...the Pass Rush Is Atrocious.
KGB has obviously lost a step. Kampman can only do so much. Jenkins provided a some until he shredded his titty. The rest of the guys are just pedestrian (Montgomery, Jolly, Cole...). Anybody playing QB can look good when having enough time to do their taxes.
To this, I blame Bob Sanders. Where are all the exotic blitz packages we were promised? Open the playbook! Hell, they don't even SHOW blitz. Play in and play out its the 4 down linemen, with the LB's 5 yards back. They don't even bluff a blitz...and when they do, it's easy to see where its coming from. Just watch other teams. Bring Collins to the line of scrimmage here and there, send all 3 LBs, blitz a corner...DO SOMETHING to make a rookie QB get nervous!!
I'll blame Ted Thopmson too. (See Matt/MGD Mike, I can rip him once in a while). I don't fault him for not give Corey Williams $45 million. They need another big body and pass rusher, that's for sure.
Good lord. They're averaging 9 a game. All told, 44 flags for 318 yards! McCarthy keeps saying "We have to clean things up. We have to clean up the mistakes. Clean, clean, clean." Well, holy crap. Somebody send this guy a truck load of Pine-Sol and pour it into the Goddamn Don Hutson Center. But don't worry. Rookie CB Pat Lee (who played pretty good, actually) has an excuse:
“It was just a bad call,” Lee said. “I ain’t even do nothing. I just went straight for the ball.”
Quote of the year nominee? Why not.
Not So Special Teams:
I totally drank the Kool Aid on this...especially after week 1 when Blackmon won the game with a punt return TD and our new punter was drilling kicks inside the 20. I thought the special teams would give B+/ A- play every week. I was wrong. Too lazy to look up the stats, but I bet the GB kickoff coverage is one of the worst in football. The new punter sucks. So does the old one. Where's Mike Sherman to draft one in the 3rd round? Never mind. Crosby is still good, until some retard gets a holding call, taking 3 points off the board.
To recap: Allowing 5.1 yards per carry, getting flagged 9 times a week, and playing shitty special teams will not win you very many games in the NFL. Shocking, I know.
If I declare "The Packers Are Dead," will it work like it did the for Brewers? Can't hurt.
The Packers Playoff Chances Are Dead!