Hello, Packers fans. Let's get to your questions after the Packers' comeback victory over the winless Cincinnati Bengals.
Way too early to know whether this was a good swap or not. Jared Cook didn't do much in his first three weeks, except get injured in his third game. It takes time for new weapons to implement themselves in the offense. There's just no knowing how Martellus Bennett will pan out yet.
Don't know about the Alstott comparison, but the Packers need to get their running game on tract. Through three games, they're tied for 26th in the NFL with 207 rushing yards. For a team playing outdoors in Green Bay, that won't do. Maybe the biggest problem on offense right now is it's too one-dimensional.
Maybe, but what team with a franchise quarterback doesn't depreciate in caliber if you remove said franchise quarterback? Think the Patriots win five rings without Tom Brady? What about the Colts without Peyton Manning? A franchise quarterback demands a large chunk of salary cap. The difficult in that is there's less resources to spread throughout the rest of the roster. The benefit is you have a franchise quarterback.
Considering he was the coach of a team that went from 4-6 to the NFC championship game, probably a good deal. I think Mike McCarthy showed his strengths last year. That team could have absolutely folded at 4-6. A lot of teams would. The best thing Aaron Rodgers does is extend plays, and any coach worth their salt tailors game plans to their quarterback's strength. So I'm not in the camp that slams McCarthy for his offense. He's shown himself to be one of the best coaches in the NFL.
He really hasn't made any big plays yet. Maybe the biggest was hitting that Seahawks receiver out of bounds on the left sideline. He's taken a couple bad angles too, which has been his biggest weakness in past years. But it's Week 4. Don't think anyone should be fretting over Ha ha Clinton-Dix.
It's hard to change the way you play. Aaron Rodgers' strength is holding onto the football, extending plays. The Packers starting offensive line allows him to do that. With backup tackles, there isn't the same amount of time. The Packers went to some quick-hitting stuff late yesterday, and it worked. But, again, it's hard to change the way you play.
No. The offensive line needs its starting tackles to get healthy.
Considering the Packers defense was without its top two pass rushers and one of its top two corners, yet did not allow a touchdown after the 12-minute mark in the second quarter, I'd say Dom Capers gets a good bit of rope. This is a blanket statement for all fire-Dom-Capers questions over the next, I don't know, six weeks: give this defense time to let the rookies grow. Then see what they have. We just don't what this defense is going to be yet.
They lack a home-run threat in the passing game, but there are plenty of capable targets. The bigger problem is an absent run game. That would take a lot of pressure off Aaron Rodgers and his receivers.
Franchise left tackles aren't a whole lot different than franchise quarterbacks: when they aren't on the field, it's noticeable. David Bakhtiari is a franchise left tackle. Those guys aren't available on the open market. No trade is replacing him. Of the six starters inactive Sunday, Bakhtiari was easily the biggest loss. Kyle Murphy is a serviceable right tackle; he's not a left tackle. The Packers badly need Bakhtiari to get healthy.
That's probably a bit too optimistic, but the Packers don't need a top-10 defense to have a shot at winning the Super Bowl. They do need it to be top 16.
Why would you send Kyle Murphy packing when he's a fine right tackle who struggled on the left side? That makes no sense.
Good question. I doubt it, but you never know. There's a reason the Packers called up Pankey from the practice squad, you think. With that said, Adam Pankey is not the answer at left tackle. Kyle Murphy is not the answer at left tackle. There is no answer at left tackle except David Bakhtiari's hamstring healing.
Yeah. I think they saw A.J. Green. He beats most corners for a reason. Guy is pretty good. Kidding aside, there isn't a rookie who's shutting down one of the NFL's best receivers for 60 minutes, and Kevin King is no exception. He gave up completions, but he didn't get embarrassed. Overall, that's a decent day for him. King won't be going against Julio Jones and A.J. Green every week. These past two games were invaluable snaps for his development, and he survived them. Overall, that's a long-term win.
Yes, he did. Think the Packers might have something with Blake Martinez and Josh Jones at ILB. More than that, I've been thinking since the start of camp the Packers need to find a way to get their top four safeties on the field. On Sunday, we finally saw how that's possible. If Morgan Burnett can hold down the slot corner spot most weeks, it would allow the Packers to get Kentrell Brice and Jones on the field together. Joining Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, that's an athletic center of the defense.
It's not a matter of weakness. He isn't athletic enough to play left tackle.
A 5-yard gain is better than A.J. Green running past you deep.
I'm not sure how many holes Ty Montgomery has had through the first three weeks. Of course, two of those games included a heavy dose of backup tackles, and for all the problems that causes in pass pro, it also doesn't help the run game. The Packers really need to get more out of their run game. Is it a matter of offensive injuries? Will Montgomery simply always be a better receiver than runner? I'm not sure yet, but it'll be important to find more production on the ground.
He's on the practice squad, so we're not able to talk to him. Still, being on the practice squad is significant for a youngster's development. A year ago, Geronimo Allison was on the Packers' practice squad. Look at him now.
With Allison, especially, it will be interesting to see how the Packers keep implementing him in the offense when Randall Cobb returns. Cobb is a weapon, sure, but so is Allison. There's a big difference between being a No. 3 receiver and a No. 4. Allison keeps showing he deserves a larger role.
He was listed as questionable all week with a quad.
The Packers have an acceptable backup right tackle in Kyle Murphy. David Bakhtiari's injury is a much bigger issue.