Packers XLV

Turn Out the Lights...

Posted November 26th, 2018 @ 03:11pm

A couple of years ago, when the Pack founds themselves sitting at 4-6, I wrote an obituary for their season--prematurely as it turned out. Aaron Rodgers suggested the Pack could run the table and we all know how that turned out.

This year's edition could follow suit and find a back door into the postseason, but after watching 11 games, let's be honest: the 2018 Packers in no way resemble a playoff team and there is a very strong likelihood that the Mike McCarthy era will come to an inglorious end after 13 seasons.

The latest disappointment comes at the hands of the Vikings, the latest in a string of road losses where the Pack jumped out to a lead, hung in there for a half, and then watched the offense sputter and stall--knocked out by a failed fourth down and yet another special teams miscue.

By dropping three of their previous four games in this tough five game stretch, the Packers had backed themselves into a corner, needing to win a tough divisional game on the road against a team that was feeling nearly as desperate as they were. It's easy to take shots at the defense, who in three games against Kirk Cousins has made him look like a cross between Joe Montana and Drew Brees. But that unit came into this game without four starters and lost another along the way. The secondary was shorthanded and up against it versus the Vikings' tough receivers.

The Vikings' offensive line kept the Pack's pass rush at bay all night, making things even tougher for the youthful back end of the defense. In all, the Packers had 12 rookies among their 46 healthy bodies, and the majority were on defense, where they were overmatched by the purple's offensive talent.

The most alarming trend has been the play off the offense, which once again ground to halt in the second half. Rodgers continues to look nothing like the all timer that he is, missing open receivers, unable to convert key third and fourth downs and just not possessing the swagger he usually has. When the left side of the offensive line went down to injury, it only made things tougher for the offense to find a groove in the final two quarters.

Big picture, this is a roster in transition, with Brian Gutekunst in the middle of a massive makeover--he took the unusual step of trimming some of the core pieces in the past few weeks, and with some big name players and contracts likely to be let go (Matthews, Perry, Cobb), he will continue to reshape the roster this offseason via free agency and the draft.

But the big question is what will Mark Murphy do about the head coach? If McCarthy is terminated, who do they bring aboard to make the most of Rodgers' last five or so seasons? It has to be a bright offensive mind who will have Rodgers' respect. Josh McDaniels? Bruce Arians? A complete wildcard like Sooners coach Lincoln Riley (he's Rodgers' age so that might not work so well)? This might be the question that consumes Packer fans through the month of December--a time we're accustomed to battling for playoff position and hoping to be as healthy as possible for the playoffs.

Sure the Pack could win their next two home games and the Vikings could lose their next two road games (at New England and Seattle) and suddenly the "P" word will be invoked again. But it's hard to believe this banked up, broken team has five straight wins in them. They've fooled us before. It's hard to believe it will happen again in 2018.

 

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Comments (19):

I know a guy down in Hattiesburg who is available to be a player/coach....could free up some cap space too....pieces are in place

on November 26th, 2018 at 01:12pm

Synner - Good luck in the playoffs. :)

on November 26th, 2018 at 01:54pm

The only "P" words that will be soon invoked by the Packer fooldom are pitiful, putrid, poop, and paaron prodgers pearly pretirement.

on November 26th, 2018 at 02:27pm

Moron, you are aptly named. "Barely"? The Vikes had a 10 point lead late in the 4th. The Packers kicked a FG in garbage time, and were nearly blown out if not for a crappy kicking game. hell, the gackers were lucky to be within 2 scores by the end of the game.

on November 26th, 2018 at 02:33pm

Mr logic my ass,we scored garbage points against buffalo after they were kicking our ass,get ready for the choke again!!

on November 26th, 2018 at 06:00pm

"When the lights, go down, in the entitled city. And the sun shines on, The Shit Bay. Ohh, I dont wana be there, in that city. Ohhh, ohhh, oh oh oh." - Journey, Remastered 2018

on November 26th, 2018 at 09:17am

Let keep this brief - your team sucks like a hooker giving an angry dragon.

on November 26th, 2018 at 09:19am

R-E-L-A-X Dad and I are worried about your obsession with a mediocre team.

on November 26th, 2018 at 09:51am

You guys suck. I gifted your clown squad 6 penalties against the home freaking team in the first half, and no penalties against team Bozo. Result? Tied at halftime, and you were lucky to be tied. You were pushed around all day long, and the only reason you weren't down by more than 10 during garbage time was because the Vikings kicker missed 2! Get ready for the second coming of the 1970s, because your boys will absolutely stink it up in the years to come. And I won't be helping with crappy calls in your favor anymore.

on November 26th, 2018 at 11:08am

Boy, that loss was not my fault! That clown Aaron Rodgers blew it again. If you're gonna get rid of someone, get rid of the guy made of glass. *sobbing while eating a dozen burgers*

on November 26th, 2018 at 11:15am

Get all excited about barely beating the packers with 15 players missing stupid mudducks,Rodgers would have won by 40 with that secondary,our kicking game still sucks and cousins will look terrible with pressure on him,No NFC north title just another big choke coming,we haven't beaten a team with a winning record,running game and o line still suck,13 nothing Wisconsin

on November 26th, 2018 at 11:17am

Oh man, I remember the posts last year. "Gutey is a mastermind, willing to go all in in free agency". "Pettine will finally get the defense right". "The pack finally have a stud TE who can stretch the field for Rodg." Hows that working out? Maybe your squad should look into a new conditioning coach for your often injured players. I hope they give McCarthy one more year to "prove" himself and waste another of the waning years of the great Rodg. I think Sinykin is coming to grips with the fact that things are not all sunshine and farts in "Title Town", and it make's me sad. I really enjoy the unbridled enthusiam and smugness of a confident Sinny. It only makes it that much more delicious when the inevitable crash and burn occurs. But, ya know, 13 titles and what not.

on November 27th, 2018 at 01:13am

I love the smugness of Viking fans. It's amazing since you're all fans of a team that has NEVER, I repeat NEVER been the last team standing at the end of a season. Pretty much the same as the Browns and Lions.

on November 27th, 2018 at 08:32am

lol the tears are falling hard. Sinny, you don't have 5 years left of a Prime Rodgers. He's still a very good QB, but he's not good enough to carry your garbage team on his back anymore. You clown packer fans all think a new GM was going to turn it all around.....hahahhahha. Nope, the packers run is over.

on November 27th, 2018 at 10:32am

Your right love purple choking fans,after we're 0 for 58 we can bring that losing choking 15 and 1 team in again to celebrate and play some prince songs in the pussy indoor stadium,that was so cool,at least we have that,I might switch to the Bears,they have some titles!!

on November 27th, 2018 at 11:23am

I see that my good friend Moron is soiling his Salvation Army drawers in impotent and illogical fury. Calm down, amigo. There's always next season for the Slackers.

on November 28th, 2018 at 02:41pm

Hey Mr logic I thought wait till next season was our saying,I mean we've been saying it for 57 years,don't you think we're going to choke Mr logic,don't you see any flaws in our team,our we perfect Mr logic,no worries then,I was hoping all my fellow mudducks would stop envying all the packers success,nice talking to you Mr logic

on November 28th, 2018 at 06:13pm

Settle down, my illogical amigo. Your squad missing the playoffs for a second consecutive season is no reason to lash out at your superiors in mindless rage. Take a valium, and enjoy sinking to the bottom of the North for the foreseeable future.

on November 29th, 2018 at 12:29pm

Come on Jaire Alexander. Be aware of your surroundings buddy! https://streamable.com/p3adp

on November 30th, 2018 at 09:00am

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