I don't think it matters who the DC is with this edge rush.
Think you can make valid points for or against. The defense could be better, and it could actually be worse too. What this isn't is the easy call many fans believe. It's not like the Packers fire Dom Capers, and automatically they have a top-10 defense. That's why on the list of things needed to improve the defense, the sensible thing is to start with personnel. Which, of course, goes back to drafting and Ted Thompson.
By the end of their rookie deals, you usually know. Say, three years. This isn't baseball, where guys can drastically change their careers at 30.
Well, this year, overtime has been pretty good to them (they're 3-for-3). Their history of playoff overtimes, not so much. So call it a coin flip.
Not sure everybody wanted to label Blake Martinez a bust last year. I know I didn't. Maybe I missed it? Either way, Blake Martinez has been awfully good this year.
There are many examples of this, but yes.
Hey, he's got 5 sacks in his past three games, coming along strong at the end of the season. That's what big-time pass rushers do. Matthews is up to 7.5 sacks on the year, has a legitimate shot at being a double-digit sacks guy. The problem with this edge rush is not Clay Matthews and Nick Perry. It's what they don't have behind them.
This defense was 4-1 with Aaron Rodgers.
Not at all defensive about it; I don't care what the Packers do. Telling you it's not an open-and-shut case. Too much hyperbole on this subject. Case in point, books in fact will not be written about the Packers winning "only" two Super Bowls.
Let me rephrase: books that will be read won't be written...
Add turnovers to the list, and you have the holy defensive trinity with Aaron Rodgers healthy at quarterback.
Really can't tell if this is sarcastic or not. Which scares me.
That's not looking at the whole picture, Smokey. That's a snapshot in the middle of a career.
You don't, in fact, know that. Get to the dance. Then see what happens.
If you're talking about the botched fourth down, it was Aaron Jones who turned the other way, and Brett Hundley said after the game he was supposed to pitch it. Got the play wrong. A big mistake, but he made up for it.
He's just the GOAT. And when you're the GOAT, you win more than anyone else. Probably Belichik's best attribute is an uncanny ability to know the precise best time to unload a player. It's extremely difficult to do, and Belichick excels at it.
To compare anyone to Bill Belichick, including but not limited to Ted Thompson, is unfair.
See, this is what I'm talking about. The biggest problem is drafting is an inexact science.
If the Packers allow Aaron Rodgers to return, the only assumption is he has fully recovered. They would not risk his future. That's why he's getting a scan.
All right, folks, that's a good place to stop today. Thanks to everyone who followed along. Until next time, take care.