Packers XLV

Yuck.

Posted January 23rd, 2017 @ 04:01pm

Well, that didn't go as planned.

My first bit of indigestion bubbled up when Mike McCarthy deferred, as always. Generally, I like this tactic, but not against a historically great offense in their house. You knew the Pack would be in an instant 7-0 hole.

It snowballed from there. The missed field goal. The Rip fumble. The completely overmatched defense. It was a day when you knew the offense had to be perfect--and it was far from it. When news broke that Jordy Nelson would play, along with Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison, it provided some hope that the Pack's offense might be potent enough to keep up in a track meet. It wasn't.

There's no question this performance was a disaster of epic proportions, but let's put our frustration aside for a moment and look at the big picture. Eight of the ten playoff games this year have been blowouts. The Pack administered one and were victimized by one. As painful as it was to watch, for me it was much easier than dealing with the way the team exited the post-season the last two years. Yes the team played infinitely better in both of those losses, but they were gut-wrenching, especially the title game two years ago.

The Falcons demonstrated that a world class offense, when firing on all cylinders, is no match for the Packers defense as it's presently constructed. The crater-sized hole at cornerback was clearly the biggest issue this season. Losing Sam Shields in week one was the one thing the roster couldn't withstand and that's on Ted Thompson. His two second year corners regressed and his decision to let Casey Hayward walk in free agency turned out to be a monumental blunder. Asking LaDarius Gunter to handle, in consecutive weeks, OBJ, Dez and Julio is unfair.

When Aaron Rodgers cryptically said following the game that the team needs to go all-in next season, he was speaking to the front office. The time is gone to depend on undrafted free agents. It's time to bring in a few veteran re-enforcements on defense through free agency. The Jared Cook moved worked out well. This team needs upgrades at corner and outside linebacker, maybe even at inside linebacker.

Clearly the last five #1 picks, all defensive players, have not provided enough difference makers. For that reason, the Pack may decide to kick Thompson to some kind of emeritus scouting role and hand the job to either Eliot Wolf or Brian Gutekunst (I'm not buying the John Dorsey steam).

I saw a stat that the Packers have given up 44+ points in three playoff games with Rodgers as a starter. Tom Brady has never had a defense surrender 44, regular season or playoffs. It's time to fix that unit and give Rodgers and the offense a chance. Obviously, that side of the ball will need some tweaks. They have to figure out the running back position, maybe add a receiver, sign Cook and decided what to do with TJ Lang (let's hope his injury isn't as bad as it looked).

The title game was a disaster. But the last eight or nine weeks were both unexpected and enthralling. Watching Rodgers do his thing week in and week out has spoiled us. He still has six or seven good years in him and this team will be favored along with Atlanta and Dallas in the NFC next year. Let's see what the organization does to bolster their weak spots. And let's see if we can take it a step further and spoil the purple party at US Bank Stadium next February.

 

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Comments (27):

Dave, I know I, and others, don't want to see this post for the next 3 to 4 months. Change it up me boy! Just say'n.

on February 12th, 2017 at 06:26am

The Packers have wasted "Rodegrs"...wow. That's a post dripping with credibility. [smh]

on February 17th, 2017 at 03:36pm

The Packers have wasted Rodegrs for years becaise TT doesn't know how to pick defensive players. he wouldn't participate in Free agency and teams like Denver, NE, Seattle laugh at his defensive picks. Please get rid of capers who is a tried old man

on February 17th, 2017 at 11:52am

It was a great ride!! Thank you Pack. Now the Packer haters are coming out of that spacious Viking Trophy Room to ride us. My take...We will ride..Aaron Rodgers for years to come. That having been said...we need upgrades and not college free agents next season. Might be time for TT to step aside and get a fresher approach. Yes...his draft and develop has been succesfull but no longer in the era of the free agent. I have talked on this forever....please enter the free agent market next year to tweek this team....especially on defense. There are plenty of good free agents that want to come on a championship caliber team like the Pack. Look at the Jared Cook signing as a prime example. Special shout out to my good friend the Voice...Cant you now understand the era of free agents is modern age pro sports? Supplement your roster then draft and develop. It is brutal and not fair to have all these college undrafted players in key spots every year. Listen and read between the lines..Aaron Rodgers is saying the same thing. Note to Davy: I completely agree with you...why do you defer the opening kickoff and give the ball first to the Falcons? That set the complete tempo for this game ? Lets flush out this site of the Packer haters the next few weeks so we can talk the draft and next roster. GO PACK GO !!

on January 23rd, 2017 at 01:10pm

I'll state this plain and simple. Had the early FG attempt gone through and Ripkowski didn't fumble, it was a completely different game. The Packers may not necessarily have won, but it would have been a hell of a lot closer, and a lot more competitive. But those tow events pretty much derailed any possibility of that happening. And THC, you're poll is completely wrong - the 7th choice should be for the guy responsible for preventing injuries. The Packers' engine just plain ran out of replacement parts. One more thing...last time I checked the Vikings still suck.

on January 23rd, 2017 at 01:18pm

Agree Dave, Thompson should take heat for the weak secondary, especially allowing Hayward to leave. But I have seen enough of Capers and his bend but don't break defenses, time to go. https://thefantasygreek.com/packers-falcons-postgame-analysis-2017-nfc-championship-aaron-rodgers-jordy-nelson-defense/

on January 23rd, 2017 at 01:36pm

Ah yes. Now that the Packers incredible ride is over the pathetic lavender trolls crawl out from under there respective rocks and rear their ugly heads. Hey queens fans: How does it feel to start 5-0 and miss the playoffs yet again. Only six times since 1990 has a team started 5-0 and missed the playoffs. The loser lavender account for one third of that total. Lavender fans are fans of a franchise that has never won the big one and it never will. It is a classless organization owned by convicted New Jersey racketeers that has a losing culture that will never change. The good news about this is that their bad karma virtually guarantees that the Packers will be playing in Super Bowl 52 in the new airplane hanger. 5 and No! 5 and No! 5 and No!!!!

on January 23rd, 2017 at 01:51pm

Yeah, no sites at all. You actually are proud of a site run by one bleeping guy that has the same 6-7 guys posting. Keep whistling past the grave yard as another season of in my opinion, the greatest QB of all-time has been wasted and the Packers are another year closer to no longer being able to be recused by AR from a recurrence the 70's and 80's when you had to bus people to Milwaukee for games. For objective Packer fans, it was tough game and I know the Packers will be tough again next year, but for delusional assholes like Larry, I relish knowing that in 2 of the past three years the Packers had the single biggest collapse in Conf Championship game history and then endured one of the biggest beatdowns in Championship game history. Choke on that Larry.

on January 23rd, 2017 at 02:01pm

I'm sorry Davey I don't think if the Packers score 10 points on first 2 possesions the result would have been different. Atlanta could have scored 55-60 points if they needed to. Rodgers was off and so were his receivers. The Packers defended the run rather well. They had no corner to match up with Julio Jones.

on January 23rd, 2017 at 02:07pm

My life is over for the next six months. I've got nothing to do on Sunday mornings now. Where will I vent my crazy predictions. Doesn't the Pack understand how miserable they've made my life. I will still sit in my dark basement wearing my cheese hat and cry. My existence is miserable.

on January 23rd, 2017 at 02:10pm

One word: DELICIOUS And that noise you hear is not a winning club, it's Dave from Maple Grove jumping out a window because his pack has lost and now there is nothing in his life. Another word: DELICIOUS

on January 23rd, 2017 at 02:13pm

The vikes imploding this season has nothing to do with how for yet another year, GB falls flat. Minn not winning the big one does not take away the pure joy we experience seeing you tools cry about Capers, and now TT. BTW...whatever happened to "In Ted We Trust"? Oh that's right, even the single celled packer fans are now just realizing what the rest of the league has known for years: He sucks and the only thing that kept him alive is drafting Rodgers. By all means, live in the past, because unlike Minn, a past is all you have. Next year, you clowns will proclaim yourselves SB favorites, and then be disappointed yet again. GB has been a overrated franchise for several years now.

on January 23rd, 2017 at 02:44pm

Hey you can look at it this way Grern Bay it saved you from being crushed by a far superior QB in the SB. I got turned to this blog years ago by a good friend who is a Vikings fan. I have to say he was right in the derangement. I see comments that Rodgers is the best QB in football. Funny how does he compare to Tom Brady? He doesn't is the correct answer and neither does your team. 7th SB for Brady and the best playoff record in football and he does not even have a top five or top ten receiver. I wish you had won as Atlanta is scary to say the least. I think the time is over for another SB under Rodgers.

on January 23rd, 2017 at 03:51pm

Another season in the books, another season of the Pack wasting AR's prime. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Clay Matthews' cap hit is $15 million in 2017. Cobb's is $13 million. There is no "reloading" when you have guys making about 4 times the amount their production dictates. Guys like Perry, Lang, and Hyde are going to get lucrative offers this offseason too. You'll have to overpay for Cook, but my guess is he stays. Please bring Dom back again 2017. Pretty please. More commercials and not speaking to his family for AR this offseason as well.

on January 23rd, 2017 at 10:40am

"He still has six or seven good years in him" hahahahha. He's going to be 34 next year. He has 2 years left that he might be able to carry the team, but even that's not enough. The problem they have is there are 3 other teams that have caught up yo, or have surpassed GB. You're window is closed. GB should no loner be considered contenders year in and year out. They are paper tigers.

on January 23rd, 2017 at 10:50am

Packers got healthy at the right time, Vikings and Lions didn't. Twisting those facts and beating a rookie qb on an overrated team in the playoffs into some kind of "we're a dominant team still" statement is a Trumpism at the worst level. The nice thing after a tough playoff loss is perspective. At the end of the day it's just a game and you know that you have the love of your family to fall back on......

on January 23rd, 2017 at 10:56am

Boy was that predictable, never heard a word from the purple boys for 8 weeks, funny, here they are, find your own site, maybe you don't have one..fun year, to many injuries, your right Dave, Gunter should not be in that situation. TT thinks he is smarter then the rest. he needs to draft or pick up 2 cb's and OLB in draft that can run and tackle.Sign Cook, Lang, and Hyde. Great season to watch, except the end. Go packers.

on January 23rd, 2017 at 11:47am

I always look forward to Aaron's excuses after the game as to why they lost. Last year it was the coin flip that screwed em, this year it was not playing at home. In his mind, if they played at home they wouldn't have been blown out by 3 touchdowns. P.S. The sad fact if the matter is that the brilliant a rodge couldn't get the defense to jump and the pack didn't get ticky tack calls to keep their drives alive. 25 years of qb greatness and only 2 Super Bowl titles....sad, really.

on January 23rd, 2017 at 11:50am

Ugly ending, but what a fun ride the past two months. There is definitely some work that needs to be done on both sides of the ball, but that defense needs a lot of work. It may be time for Dom to go, but I'd like to see how he would do with a healthy team for a change. Need to figure that injury part out too, this team is like a MASH unit more often then not, something needs to be figured out on that end too. But, I'm hoping that maybe there will be couple contracts possibly restructured, to add some extra money to the cap. Can't get to crazy in free agency, not going to be a contender year to year if you get hamstrung by cap issues caused by free agency. As far as A-Rod having 6 good years left? Why not? Brady is still playing at a dominate level with no better of an offense, don't see why Rodgers can't do the same thing. Still not seeing why this team isn't considered a contender? NFC Championship game this year, Divisional Round last year (with two of those four teams not evening making the playoffs this season, and an NFC Championship game the year before that. So I am not seeing 3 teams that have "caught up or surpassed" us. And one last comment, I've tried, BUT, I am failing to see where the "Packers got healthy at the right time". We battled injuries like the rest of the league, arguably way more than most. Be that as it may, it ended up being a good season, even after the obituary was written. Intrigued to see what this offseason brings. GO PACK GO...

on January 23rd, 2017 at 12:01pm

We were one of 4 teams left. The most beaten up, the most battered of the 4. We got to root for OUR team deep into January. In the end we got out manned. I'll trust Ted and Mike to make the right moves in the off season and we'll give it another go next year. Calling it a waste, well, that sort of talk either comes from spoiled entitled fans who don't understand how hard it is to win, or from jealous losers. Ya did good boys, B plus. Get some rest, there'll be work to do soon enough. Go Pack!

on January 24th, 2017 at 04:34pm

Btg,you say delusional. big word for a guy living on his daddy's basement I bet.if you are not jealous and envious, don't come on here anymore that will prove to me and the the 6-or 7 you say write on here. prove me wrong. it's our little site, go write on yours, why do you feel you need to do that? us little 6 or 7 don't go to yours do we? please prove to me you don't need this site because your envious of us anymore.we all would be very proud of you. btg, what does that stand for basement turd grower? Go Packers, until the draft, to my 6 or 7 buddies I'll be back.

on January 24th, 2017 at 05:00pm

I'm not sure I've ever come across someone that so easily takes the bait. Good show Larry, you never disappoint!

on January 24th, 2017 at 05:16pm

In track the sprints are usually decided in the start, in how the runners come out of their blocks. Sunday's playoff was one like that. The Packers lost it at the start when they matched Atlanta's offense on their first two drives but while the Falcons scored 10 the Pack was bupkus on the missed field goal and lost fumble. The game turned then and there. Much was said before the game how the Packers had lost so often on the last play of a playoff or title game but this is the third time in the Thompson-McCarthy-Rodgers era that they have been routed out. The Giants did it to them 5 years ago and the 49ers the next. In all the pattern is the same: an already shaky defense completely collapses, the offense is uncharacteristically out of sync and turns the ball over, and somehwere along the line the special teams contribute a major gaffe or two just to make matters worse. For a club as playoff seasoned as Green Bay these kinds of recurring performances in postseason should not be happening. It's something that demands critical scrutiny this coming offseason. The Packers have made the playoffs 8 straight years, same as New England. But the Patriots are on their way to their fourth Super Bowl appearance over that time while the Packers have just been eliminated for the 6th in a row. Of the 3 teams the Packers faced in the playoffs this year none were in the postseason last year, none even had a winning record in 2015. But Atlanta will be in the Super Bowl this time, Dallas was the top seed going in, The Giants won 11 games and had a playoff spot wrapped up with a game to spare. They demonstrate how quickly a team can be elevated in a short time. The Packers are certainly not starting from a further point back than they were. When GB was 4-6 there was a lot of talk about the Packers making changes to their "modus operandi" when it comes to free agency and how they build and operate a defense. That will certainly be back on between now and the next season. But there are still 28 clubs that would have loved to have been where the Packers were last Sunday. And three of them are in the NFC North.

on January 24th, 2017 at 06:03am

Greg, although I of course disagree with Poole's premise, he is referring to several things the Packers do. One, is Rodgers' catching 12 men on the field. He missed on his one opportunity during the game. Two, is the hand position the offensive linemen use during pass blocking. I've been told they use a more outside hand position than most lines, which looks more like holding. (though few holds were called.) Lastly, I suspect Rodgers expected to be protected from those late hits a little more as well get a facemask call. Which he usually gets. Mostly, I think he's just being a bad winner. Rodgers has been known for getting the free play (they gave him by far fewer this year) either by 12 men or offsides. This could be seen by defenses as using the rules as your offense instead of playing football.

on January 25th, 2017 at 03:17pm

From USA Today The Falcons knew they needed to get pressure on Rodgers, and cornerback Brian Poole tattooed him twice in the early going on slot blitzes, one of which left Rodgers begging referee Bill Vinovich for a flag, gesturing that he got hit in the face. "They’re a team that gets away with a lot of stuff as far as holding calls and everything. So, when the thing isn’t going his way, when the game’s played fairly, it tends to be a problem.” Falcons DT Grady Jarrett Why would Grady Jarrett say that after winning? Can anyone tell me what he was talking about?

on January 25th, 2017 at 09:01am

taking the bait btg?, more like put you in your box. case closed.hopefully u don't respond, that means u listened and went to another site, good news for us 6 or 7 regulars and THC.

on January 30th, 2017 at 12:57pm

How 'bout that...Adrian Peterson is set to hit the open market. As far as the Packers considering signing him, you can probably predict what my answer to that is going to be. ;-) As far as bringing in an aging RB who fumbles in playoff games at the most inopportune of times? Just. Say. No.

on March 1st, 2017 at 11:29am

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