Five More Thoughts on Packers Loss to 49ers

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Randall Cobb

Now that the dust has settled and the hangover has worn off, here are five more thoughts on the Green Bay Packers 30-22 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

The recipe for beating the Packers is clear.
Run the ball. Control the clock. Limit big plays on defense. The 49ers used the formula to perfection on Sunday and the Packers didn’t know what to do about it. Even though the 49ers were playing tight coverage and keeping safeties back, Aaron Rodgers kept chucking the ball deep. On defense, the Packers simply can’t stop the run. It’s going to be a long season if the Packers don’t make some adjustments. On Sunday, Mike McCarthy was outcoached.

Jarrett Bush is not a starting cornerback.
Bush was victimized several times on Sunday. Sam Shields wasn’t a lot better. It’s questionable whether Davon House can be effective with an injured shoulder and a sling.¬†Where’s Casey Hayward? Letting the rookie learn on the job might not be the worst idea right now.

The replacement refs are bad.
The crew doing the Packers game yesterday was terrible. In the first half, it seemed like they were trying to hand the game to the 49ers. In the second half, they blew a clear block-in-the-back call on Randall Cobb’s punt return TD. When is the NFL going to end this charade and pay the real guys? They should be embarrassed by what transpired on Sunday.

Randall Cobb is the man.
Cobb was one of the few bright spots for the Packers. In addition to the 75-yard punt return for a touchdown, he also caught nine balls for 77 yards. His play kept Donald Driver on the bench for most of the game. Cobb looks like he’s ready for a big season.

Nick Perry is not ready.
The Packers first-round draft pick looked lead-footed in coverage several times against the 49ers. We’ll give him a break there because he’s transitioning from defensive end to outside linebacker. That being said, Perry was brought in to put pressure on the quarterback. The only guys who did that were Clay Matthews and Charles Woodson.

About The Author

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

10 Comments on "Five More Thoughts on Packers Loss to 49ers"

  1. marcoPOLO

    am I the only one that has seen a slightly better AJ Hawk than last year? i mean, it’s still not worth the money they’re giving to him, but hey, maybe he’ll be a decent ILB when he’ll be 40!

  2. Asimov

    Clay’s first sack was possible because Perry pushed his man straight back to Alex Smith, leaving him with little room to escape.

    The 49ers were using an obscene amount of formations that would have taken a ton of practice time focused on this game, and McCarthy made some incredible adjustments at the half to compensate.

  3. TyKoSteamboat

    You hit the nail on the head, Monty.
    I do think you are correct on everything here…
    Especially the caoching parts. I have never felt McCarthy/Capers were purely outcoached in their regime until yesterday.
    It was poor week 1 preperation.
    I see bright spots in Perry vs. the run & there is no denying his raw power…he is just unpolished. Hopefully by midseason he will be much improved.
    The Bears are hungry…we better get our shit together before Thursday night or we’re gonna be 0-2 at home & in or Conference.

  4. Shawn iltarion

    Monty, it is the same damn recipe from Kansas City. The only difference is that the 49ers have better parts to get the job done.

    Not every defense can pull it off because you have to be able to tackle well and your LBs have to be good and cover a lot of ground. It is the same defense the Bears always play against us, and they have the personnel to do it.

    The difference is that sometimes we can get the Bears to cheat against the run and burn them. There was no doing that to the 49ers.

    Jarrett Bush… True. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if he never starts again, though his game wasn’t disastrous by any means.

    Scab refs… Very true. Horseshittery. Pack got outplayed, but I would be interested in how that game goes if the refs knew what pass interference was. The 49er defenders never looked for the ball all game. Regardless, you let a good defense get away with rape, and its sure to be a great defense.

    Cobb… true dat, and I loved how we used them. Great screen play. Should have done it more than once.

    Perry… Nick Perry is the young AJ Hawk for Monty. It was his first game. Last year Matthews allegedly got fewer sacks because he had no help. This game Matthews had 2.5 sacks. The only difference? Perry. MAYBE he deserves some credit. Just maybe.

  5. TyKoSteamboat

    Now that ‘Overreaction Monday’ is over…
    Maybe the best thing to get the Packers ass in gear this year is a good, solid ass whoopen at the hands of a good running football team (even if there is only 16 games).
    Our eyes are wide-open now.
    The competition will be easier…we will still win at least 10-11 games.
    We need to get stronger and improve on defense quick.

  6. Vijay

    Perry did apply some pressure as far as moving his guy backwards from time to time…which resulted in some plays for others. He’s a straight line bull right now. Not capable of being a playmaker right now but still able to anchor a bit against double teams and push the pocket.

    Chargers got 2 great rookies–Melvin Ingram and Kendall Reyes.

  7. Vijay

    Green Bay Defensive
    TACKLES MISC
    TOT SOLO SACKS TFL PD QB HTS TD
    A. Hawk 14 10 0 0 0 0 0
    D. Smith 9 9 0 0 0 0 0
    N. Perry 8 6 0 0 0 0 0
    M. Burnett 7 3 0 0 0 0 0
    J. Bush 5 4 0 0 0 0 0
    C. Woodson 5 3 1.5 1 0 2 0
    T. Williams 4 3 0 0 0 0 0
    C. Wilson 4 2 0 0 0 0 0
    C. Matthews 3 2 2.5 2 0 4 0
    S. Shields 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
    C. Benson 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    J. McMillian 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    R. Pickett 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    C. Hayward 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    R. Francois 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    B. Raji 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Team 67 49 4 3 0 6 0

    TROUBLING? PICKETT AND RAJI MAY BE MORE OF AN ISSUE THAN WE THOUGHT BASED ON THESE NUMBERS.

  8. Kozak

    The 9ers came back with all 11 starters from last years league leading defense, and added to improve their offense . They are a tough team. We’ll have a much better perspective on this years Pack Friday morning…..

  9. PackerBoB

    I got a few thoughts too.

    1. Our defense sucks.
    2. Our defense sucks.
    3. Our defense sucks.
    4. Our defense sucks.
    5. Our defense sucks.

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