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Oh Where, Oh Where Did the Offense Go?

Posted September 22nd, 2014 @ 02:09am

So, about those 34 points I thought the Packers were going to score...

Three games into the season, the Packers offense is an abject mess. That's not a sentence I've written or spoken too many times over the past 20 seasons. It starts with the running game. On one hand, the Pack has faced three staunch run defenses. On the other hand, Mike McCarthy inexplicably continued to stick with it against a Lions defense that was auditioning corners off the street all week and signed two of them. Yet the ordinary Joes who were out there did enough to keep the passing game in check all afternoon.

If Eddie Lacy and company can't get untracked against the Bears (and their lousy run defense) next weekend, we'll know we've got serious issues. It was a lousy dal all around. His fumble put the Pack in an instant hole and the safety following Davon House's pick was the turning point in the game (equal blame falls on McCarthy for the play call).

I mean, if you would have told me the Pack would get three turnovers and hold Megatron under 90 yards and the Lions offense to 10 points, I would have said the Pack would breeze to an easy victory. But for the first time in 11 games against the Lions, Rodgers was ordinary. His receivers couldn't get open and Cobb and Boykin dropped key third down passes. James and Jermichael, where are you?

The sky is falling alarmists will be out in full force and I think it's a bit early for that. There are legit concerns about where this team stands right now, but there are signs of encouragement. The defense played well; Julius Peppers was excellent and Davon House looks like his offseason training with Darrelle Revis paid off. Ha Ha Clinton Dix got his first pick and is off to a very good start. The unit tired near the end, after spending over 38 minutes on the field, and Reggie Bush made them pay with the game sealing touchdown and then gaining enough yards to run out the clock.

The only real negative from the defense came with some key penalties on third down that extend Lions' drives.

For now it's the offense that needs fixing and that's supposed to be McCarthy's forte. The line must block better and open holes. The receivers need to get on the same page as their quarterback. And the running game has to get untracked.

We knew the opening quarter of the season would be tough with three road tests against quality teams. 2-2 seemed like an acceptable start. To get there they'll need to beat the Bears at Soldier Field. It will be a stiff road test: they're gonna need to pull a few all nighters between now and Sunday.

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Remember when Eddie Lacy was the solution to all of the Packers' problems in the running game? Offensive line isn't great, defensive line isn't great, secondary isn't great. This is a middling team, and Ted Thompson should be on the hot seat.

on September 21st, 2014 at 09:52pm

Rodgers looked ordinary. Maybe it's time to give up on him and trade him to the Vikings for Ponder.

on September 22nd, 2014 at 02:08pm

Keep calm and carry on. While the outcome and especially the kind of game we saw yesterday was surprising and disappointing in the grander scheme of the season it will not prove to be any more damaging to the Packers than last year's much later and worse Thanksgiving debacle at Ford Field. If there was an in-division game that figured to spell trouble for the Pack this season this was the one. Yet as long as the Packers don't lose more than two in-division games this year they'll still be in okay shape at the end. At 1-2 the Packers have exactly the same record at this point as a year ago. And they still won the division and made the playoffs. (Oh, and Detroit, btw, didn't.) The are of the team that should be the real worry now is the o-line. Most of the offense's struggle and misfires have their genesis up front.The Packer blockers aren't moving opponents off the line, opening holes for the runners or keeping the pressure off the quarterback. At the skill positions the Packers can fix their problems. I'm not so sure the offensive line has the personnel.

on September 22nd, 2014 at 06:47am

I don't know how THOMPSON is on the hot seat...he doesn't call the plays. This was McCarthy's worst called game in a while. He kept running on 2nd & short and it kept becoming 3rd and longer. I thought the shotgun runs were a thing of the past...they should stay that way. Eddie Lacy is a power back, not Roy Helu on third down. We will get this corrected though boys, we still have aaron rodgers, and the Lions will still lose 6 of their last 7 games. Go JETS

on September 22nd, 2014 at 08:04am

Simply put-The offensive line needs to step up, however, when it is not happening the run will not work! Then it's time to change the play calling. The "new" no huddle speed play calling was not speedy and that did not help either-guys were obviously getting tired and frustrated and were not hustling back for the next play. Let's correct the issues and move on-the season is not lost--remember we get the little cats at home on December 28th.

on September 22nd, 2014 at 08:26am

You're a botched timeout call away from 0-3. Time for the Pack to pick in the top 10 next draft.

on September 22nd, 2014 at 09:29am

Run...Run...Pass...Punt !! Was this Bob Schnelker calling the plays for the 2014 Pack? Did MM study his playbook this offseason. Did anyone spot Schnelker upstairs in the booth with a headset on ?? Not testing Seattle's Sherman side when other teams are and having success and this Lion playcalling are very questionable. Yes...its early and the Pack can rebound but some concerning trends are emerging. Weak below average NFL offensive 3rd option receiver getting any separation...below average inside linebackers....and the usual Claymaker injury limiting him to half the possible schedule, What we have seen so far is Rodgers will have to carry this team. When he is off....and we can give him some of those...this team cannot rise up. It is early and we can still be 8-0 at home and get a few road wins....but MM needs to throw away the Schnelker playbook and the team needs to step up. I know PackLifer and The Voice will see the half full part of the glass and lets hope for that glass. GO PACK GO !!

on September 22nd, 2014 at 09:53am

This one you can't put at the feet of Thompson - no way. Capers did his job, and he did it well, although it was a little disappointing there were a number of times the D didn't get off the field on 3rd down when they could have. Regardless, McCarthy and the offensive coaches need to evaluate what went wrong, and address their execution issues. The coaches make the plays, but the players execute them, and there wasn't enough execution.

on September 22nd, 2014 at 11:31am

I have been saying it for 2 years now, u have to have a elite TE to run the west coast offense, we have no one even average. look at S.F and others that run the that offense, u have to have one that can run down the seam and beat a LB.where do u think the hole is at in cover 2? if u can't run at least that is still open. u wonder why 12 is frustrated, and he is getting bad habits now with his footwork, and making bad throws also. it will get better against the bears, finally a team not in top 5 in D to go against. don't be surprised if we beat the bears 24-20. go pack.

on September 23rd, 2014 at 03:42pm

Rogers is becoming a problem.... he is becoming bigger than the team, uncoachable, thinks he knows best, living off his 1 championship. Success came too fast and easy for him.

on September 23rd, 2014 at 08:04pm

Go to and read the article and view the video "Coaching Staff to Blame for Offensive Struggles."

on September 24th, 2014 at 08:22pm

Yep...the best QB in the league is now a problem child. Let's just cut him now and get it over with. Sounds like a solid solution to me. (now exiting sarcasm mode)

on September 24th, 2014 at 12:04pm

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