You can take any play or two from a game and second guess it. On the whole, the Packers called 22 pass plays and 23 run plays. So I can't say Mike McCarthy abandoned the run; he in fact did not. When it comes to a play or two, we don't know the specifics of what went into the call.
That's just not true. Jahri Evans fixed a significant problem at right guard. Wouldn't be surprised to see him back on another one-year deal next fall. Ahmad Brooks forced an interception last night. When healthy, Brooks has been decent. Another guy I could see back at a much reduced salary. Quinton Dial should return; he's been very good against the run when healthy. Again, House has value as a locker room/experience guy in a backup role. The problem was he was signed for a role he shouldn't fill. We have no idea what Lance Kendricks can give them because the majority of his snaps have come with Hundley, but he has a good track record.
Yeah, probably. After the game, Kevin King was adamant his shoulder felt fine. He said he just needed to adjust the harness over his left shoulder when a bolt busted loose. But he missed last week's game with a shoulder injury, so it clearly isn't 100 percent.
Probably not. Don't think the biggest issues with that unit have been coaching. Their field-goal unit has had too many moving parts to be consistent, and Trevor Davis has shown his inexperience as a returner. Ultimately, there are bigger problems on the roster.
Wouldn't say drafting a corner first was a big mistake. Too early to know on King. Waiting until the fourth round to take an edge rusher was not ideal. Ted Thompson is going to have to address the edge rush much more seriously than he did last offseason, but that doesn't mean King was a mistake.
You should just not watch them play against good quarterbacks then. Only the bad quarterbacks. It would be better for your blood pressure.
Short of winning the Super Bowl? I don't think so. And pretty sure there would be fans still upset they didn't win more than two.
I think the premise of your question is whack, Jack. Er, Tom. It isn't ego. It's finances. This is a business.
Great question. I'm not sure, but probably. So long as there's a chance, there's a chance. Even if it's remote. But it's difficult to say because finishing out irrelevant games with no playoffs in sight is a scenario the Packers haven't faced since Rodgers became a franchise quarterback. So this is unprecedented.
Agreed they should run the football more with Aaron Ripkowski, but this isn't why they lost.
Well, I'm one of those who's said Clay Matthews has value against the run, so I'll take it as directed at me. The answer is simple: because Matthews makes plays in the run game most weeks. As for Dean Lowry, stats is no way to judge a 5-tech defensive end's production. He's played very well.
What he does in pressers has nothing to do with playing defense. Next.
This should be the expectation, no doubt. The Bucs at home and winless Browns anywhere, including the planet Mars, are winnable games. That means the Packers should win them. Should.
The mood isn't much different now than any other season. Namely, everyone should be fired. That's the temperature I gauge from the fan base, at least.
Considering the Packers have an analytics department, I'm sure Mike McCarthy already knew this.
Right, there's a lot of game-by-game nuance in season stats. Next.
I'll give it to you with sincere honest: an elite quarterback and receiver made a couple plays at the end to win at home. It's no different than Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams did at the end of the game in Dallas. Those games that are so close, you can crunch any number of aspects. At the end, it's great players making great plays that make the difference. In this game, the Steelers had the great players.
You know, that is fair. He made the easy plays, which he has to make. Still have to see him make the hard ones, but it's a start. Doesn't mean it carries over into next week. He made harder plays in the fourth quarter at Chicago, and then got shut out at home the next week. But it was promising, especially the late game-tying touchdown drive.
It's a cold-weather city with wind coming off the river. Not an easy place to kick at all.
That is not possible, I'm sorry.
Sorry, Mac, I don't trust your eyeball. With that said, if you want to argue the Packers don't have an above average defense and should, I think that's fair. Just know, this defense isn't a D or F. It's a C-minus. So while it could be better, it also could be worse. And I don't think it matters who the defensive coordinator is if the pass rush never gets home.
I don't think Mike McCarthy should've changed a thing with the final drive, including playing for overtime on the third down.
All right, folks. That's a good place to stop. Got a plane to catch soon. Thanks to everyone for following along. We'll do this again next Monday. Until then, take care everyone.