Hey folks, Ryan Wood here. Welcome to our postgame live chat. Another close but ultimately unfulfilling road game for the Packers last night in a 27-24 loss at Seattle. Let's get to your questions.
At this point, it's gotta be whatever works, right? They were 3-of-11 on the money down last night, and before you blame that all on Mike McCarthy, understand there were a lot of execution issues. The most glaring was Aaron Rodgers' bounce pass to a wide-open Marquez Valdes-Scantling on a third-and-2 pass that would've been a first down. Given the situation, it was as poor of a throw as I can remember Rodgers ever making. They've been a bad situational offense this year, and a big part of that is their issues on third down. So whatever they do, they better find something that works, and immediately.
I'd start by saying that isn't really my job, of course. Especially as a reporter, not a columnist. But the big thing is they better make sure the coach and quarterback are on the same page. Maybe they are, but it sure doesn't look like it in how they're playing.
Those rookie receivers have been pretty good, though. That said, no, the plan wasn't for Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown to carry the day. Clearly, they're undermanned with Randall Cobb's nagging hamstring injuries and Geronimo Allison on IR. Still, there are plenty of other, more pressing problems with this team than WR play.
It's about personnel first, always. As much as it appears they hit on the CB and WR portions of their draft this spring, it starts with Brian Gutekunst hitting on the edge rush and safety positions next spring. Even if Tramon Williams is the answer at free safety next fall, which is far from certain, they need a strong safety too. And the edge rush is what it is, even with Kyler Fackrell's stunning emergence.
Let's get this clear: I do not see the Packers firing Mike McCarthy before the season. Firing him would be surrender no matter who the interim would be. He's earned the right to finish this out, and he will.
There weren't a lot of open guys last night. I made mention of that on Twitter during the game. The Seahawks did a good job covering the back end, except for Davante Adams. But they rolled a lot of help to Adams' side.
I would think that's a very remote possibility. We saw him play like this in 2015, and he snapped out of it. That was three years ago, so he was younger then. But he's not really old by NFL franchise QB standards. My guess is he'll snap out of this funk at some point again. The big question may be whether Mike McCarthy is around to see it.
That's the question, and precisely what I asked Kyler Fackrell last night: is this sustainable? He believes it is, of course. But here's what is odd: Fackrell allowed that he's winning more of his one-on-one matchups in the past, but if he knows the reason why, he isn't saying. It's stunning, really, to see Kyler Fackrell lead this team in sacks, and for it not be a fluke, but actual, earned production. Gotta give him credit for that.
No, but his body language sure isn't great.
I wonder if he's lost a step, sure. But then I remember he's had this knee injury all year, and even if he says it felt fine last night, I think that's a more likely explanation. It'll be interesting to see if he starts getting through those creases, though.
Nope. Good question, but Russell Wilson wasn't down, he'd left the pocket and his pass surpassed the line of scrimmage. So a clean throwaway to avoid the sack.
I did not talk with him after the game last night, but that's certainly a valid question. I'd be curious to hear his answer. The Packers TD drive before the second half was powered by Aaron Jones the receiver. In the second half, he was not just open, but wide open on several occasions. Jones hasn't really been a receiving threat out of the backfield. Maybe that explains why he's been open, and also why Rodgers hasn't looked his way. I'd think Rodgers will see the film of last night's second half and realize he has free yards on dumpoffs to Jones. We'll see if that happens in Minnesota.
Unfortunately, Keith, I didn't get a good look at the play. I need to go back and see it. I thought live it was a very, very close play, and that it might be a catch. But I'm not sure.
The Seahawks run defense, which was ranked middle of the pack in the league this season, actually did a really good job on Aaron Jones last night. But it's never been about mere carries with him; it's about touches. I can understand not running into the brick wall more, but not using him as a receiver when he's wide open is hard to figure.
Thank you very much, Bruce. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Really appreciated Brandon's trust in me telling his story. One of the big points is that it's something that's relatable to everyone. We all must deal with failure. Maybe not on such a public stage, but coping with failure is part of life. As big as Bostick's mistake was on the onside kick, his response to that situation was textbook.
I just keep wondering about the head coach-QB relationship. It looks off. How bad, exactly, is just a guesswork to those outside the building. But outside looking in, there seems to be a lot of dysfunction.
I think the talent level on this team is more than good enough to reach the playoffs. They've been a bad situational team this season. That generally reflects coaching. So if that gives you an answer...
Yeah, as I wrote last night, it wasn't really an explanation. I suppose he's reference analytics, but you can't just make a decision in a vacuum without considering the context, which I laid out in my story.
It's not ego. It's a learned lesson. He tried that with Tom Clements in 2015, and it failed miserably. Wouldn't expect Mike McCarthy to ever do that again. Plus, if you are going to go down, you go down doing what got you here in the first place. That's an old-time rule for coaches.
He won't ask. And they wouldn't grant it.
I think getting to the Super Bowl would do it too. Frankly, if they got to the NFC championship game or divisional round, you couldn't rule out his return. I know fans don't want to hear that, but just telling you the likelihood.
I saw that. It was very nice of Joe Buck to put a spotlight on Brandon Bostick's story.