Hey folks, Ryan Wood here. Ready to chat Packers. Let's get to your questions.
A fair place to start, I suppose. To answer this, I'll take you back to last November. I still remember the feeling I had leaving FedEx Field after the Packers blowout loss to Washington. They were 4-6, with consecutive blowout defeats, and the season was clearly on the brink. I remember thinking their season is not over, but they couldn't lose again. And that is pretty close to the feeling entering Chicago. No, the Packers season isn't quite over, this let's be real: they need to beat the Bears if they're to be given any real chance of remaining in contention. Because the Bears are one of the worst teams remaining on their schedule. Last year, with their backs against the wall, the Packers ran the table. Last year, they had Aaron Rodgers. A different story this year.
They don't have one right now.
I wouldn't say 8-8 won't happen now. It's probably the very best-case scenario, but there are four winnable games remaining on the schedule: at Chicago, home vs. Baltimore, home vs. Tampa Bay and at Cleveland. If the Packers win those games, they're 8-6 entering the final two against Minnesota and Detroit. There's a chance they could be in contention enough for Aaron Rodgers to return then. But, in reality, this is a very remote possibility. And there's absolutely no guarantee they're beating Chicago, Baltimore, Tampa Bay and Cleveland.
That type of thinking is still premature if you ask me, but it might be only one week away. Certainly, this is a team lacking for talent at many places, even some premier spots like edge rushers. Drafting early in rounds could help. The last time that happened was 2009, and the Packers won a Super Bowl the next season.
The Lions weren't playing prevent defense.
Well, there's a reason he looks invisible. Blake Martinez passed him on the depth chart weeks ago, and the Packers have been playing a safety at their other ILB spot in the nickel. Martinez played all 68 snaps last night; Ryan played 18 (26 percent).
There isn't a better option at quarterback outside the franchise, if that's what you're asking.
I get the criticism for Dom Capers. It's well deserved, considering this is his defense, and it hasn't played well since about 2015. But here's the bottom line: the Packers have zero pass rush, and they'll continue to struggle stopping anybody until they do, regardless who is calling their defense.
Well, yeah. Everyone knows it, whether there's a sign or not. He runs a zone-blitzing scheme.
That offense is putting plenty of pressure on the defense, too.
Probably not, because this is the Packers, but lets follow this hypothetical through. Let's say the Packers continue to plummet, fall in the draft's top 10, and have a chance to reset their roster with premier picks. Let's say this becomes their most important offseason in the decade, because of the rarity that an annual contender drafts high. Let's say they need to hit big on that draft, because Aaron Rodgers isn't getting any younger. Does it make sense, then, for there to be a change at GM? Some younger blood? A fresh perspective? Yeah, that would make sense to me.
I don't see Mike McCarthy's job being in jeopardy at all, no matter where this season ends up. Sorry to disappoint you.
There's zero mystery that the No. 1 glaring need on this entire roster is productive pass rushers. They need to get younger there. They need to hit that heavily in the draft. Which they needed to do this past spring, and they waited until the fourth round to draft their only edge rusher, who had a history of a broken foot and then broke his foot and landed on PUP. So, you know...
Too early to answer that yet, but his won't be an easy recovery. He's already damaged his left knee multiple times, including a torn ACL in 2013. Now a torn ACL in his right knee, which is the anchor leg for a right tackle. A damn tough blow for Bulaga, for sure.
This much is clear: the Packers banked on Clay Matthews being able to carry their pass rush, and he hasn't come close.
Probably. But they could use a No. 1 receiver, and neither of them qualifies as that. Nor does 17. I don't think they'll prioritize that high in the draft. There are other, much more glaring needs on this roster. But I think they'll be scouting the WR class.
They have the personnel for a 3-4, so that would make sense. But it would behoove them to hire a visionary who can see where the defensive game is headed, with speed being prioritized on the second level.
Depends on if he has a highly successful quarterback.
Because New England is an extreme outlier. There isn't another organization in the game like them.
Man, the screen game is bad right now. And that fourth-and-2 was odd, but the Packers clearly thought they could target something against the Lions defense. But let's be clear: the Packers are absolutely, positively not losing because of play calling.
No, but the Packers recovering a Lions fumble had something to do with it. So lets not take facts out of context to skew false narratives. Was the defense bad last night? Absolutely. Its offense didn't help.
Kevin King did pretty well when covering Marvin Jones. He was the only one. Blake Martinez is doing well, and the defensive line is pretty decent. There are some positives. Some.