The Packers will probably give Josh Jones a look when he returns. I also wonder if they'll give Jermaine Whitehead more snaps. But Brice played well against Chicago, so he's showed he can play. These past two weeks aren't going to cut it, but my guess is they'll give him more time before moving on.
Fans don't want to hear this, but you're right. Fixing the defense always looked like a two-year process to me. First step was to fix the secondary, because the talent in this draft class was DB and not edge rush. Sure looks like Brian Gutekunst found a couple good ones with Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson. Next, he's going to go hard at edge rush. If the Packers keep both first-round picks, wouldn't be surprised if they take a pair of pass rushers. Also wouldn't be surprised if they package them to move up for a premium pass rusher. Either way, that's Step 2 in the process. I know that doesn't fit with the impatience of a fan base in win-now mode, but that's the reality.
Marcedes Lewis only played seven snaps, which has both been his norm and also a bit odd. Would have thought he'd play more, and if Bryan Bulaga misses any time, I bet he will for additional pass protection. Jimmy Graham played 93 percent of the snaps yesterday. He actually had five catches for 45 yards, but watching the game I would have thought his numbers were lower. For your records, Lance Kendricks had 10 snaps. I'm sure you've heard about his day, though.
A lot. He's their best corner. So long as he's out, I think it makes a big difference for the defense.
Didn't really play enough for me to have thoughts, just 8 snaps. I think we'll see his play time go up quickly.
I wondered that looking at he replay of Clay Matthews' hit on Alex Smith. Frankly, it'd be pretty funny if he just wrapped two arms around the QB and hugged him until the whistle. But that's probably much harder to do than we realize.
Probably should enter witness protection and come out with a new identity, too. Couldn't hurt.
I do think the secondary has a lot of potential, though it won't reach it if the safeties don't play better. I also think any defense usually tends to only be as good as its pass rush, and the Packers just don't have much.
I couldn't begin to predict which players Brian Gutekunst likes and doesn't. I think he's looking at the trade market, though that doesn't mean a trade will happen.
Yes. I think it's possible, and perhaps likely. Too big of a coincidence to see both play so poorly. In hindsight, probably not a good sign when a coach has to cancel a Wednesday practice for fatigue. There's no excuse for poor play, though. These are professionals, and they're expected to do a job. They simply didn't.
I don't think three weeks is enough of a sample size to answer that question. Give it three months.
If they lose those games he doesn't play, a hell of a lot.
Well, the thing is, Aaron Rodgers is so good he gives the Packers a chance of overcoming those deficiencies anyway. He may be the only QB in the NFL right now who can do that. I also think we need to wait until after the trade deadline to say Brian Gutekunst didn't address the OLB situation. Wouldn't surprise me if there's a trade. The Packers really aren't presenting a competitive pass rusher currently.
That's fair. The Packers did force a turnover with Jaire Alexander's interception, but it was nullified with a controversial call. The thing is, if you watch the top defenses in the league, the pressure is constant. The Packers have not had constant pressure.
The body-weight rule isn't technically new, but it really is. The language was tweaked this offseason. Used to be, a pass rusher couldn't maliciously drive his body weight onto a quarterback, which factors in intent. The intent has been removed from the rule, meaning any body weight is now a penalty. To me, that makes it a new rule. It's also a point of emphasis, which is why you've seen it called so frequently.
Wait, the Packers are no longer employing Aaron Rodgers?
A LOT of Eric Reid questions today. The short answer: I don't know. I'm not a scout. He's only 26, so you'd think there is good football left. But I don't evaluate players. I'm sure the Packers front office has made their own evaluations. If the safety play doesn't improve, I certainly wouldn't rule anything out. But I'm not making those calls.
Sure, but what choice did he have? He went after Khalil Mack but got beat by a better deal. Go back to the two-year plan. If the edge rush looks like THIS next year, it's a complete failure. But when the talent isn't in the draft or free-agent market, and you make a legitimate bid to go after the one guy who could make a big difference, I'm not sure what else you can do.
The Packers drafted Hunter Bradley to be their long snapper of the future. They stuck by him even with Zach Triner appeared to slightly outsnap Bradley in camp. Gonna take more than a few bad snaps to remove him.
I tend to agree, but who knows. They've only lost once in three games. Of course, they've only won once in three games. A 1-1-1 record is such a strange place to be. Bottom line, this is September. We'll have a better idea by end of November. We'll know by end of December, maybe early January. It's a long season.
All right, folks. That's a good place to stop today. Thanks to everyone for participating. We'll do this again next Monday. Until next time, take care.