Five More Thoughts on the Packers Loss to the Bears

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Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery celebrate against the Packers

Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery celebrate against the Packers

The Green Bay Packers dropped a truly disgusting 27-20 decision to the Chicago Bears on Monday night and lost quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the process.

Maybe the only positive to come out of the game was the continued dominance of the running game behind Eddie Lacy and James Starks. The Packers racked up 199 yards on the ground in the game.

That’s about where it ends and this is where we start ripping the shit out of guys.

The Packers secondary played their worst game of the season.
The secondary was bad early in the year, but that was mainly because Morgan Burnett was out and Jerron McMillian was sucking it up at safety. Now they have their full complement of defensive backs and collectively, they played like shit. Burnett was missing tackles. Tramon Williams was consistently getting beat. Even Casey Hayward looked like shit. Sam Shields had probably his worst game of the season and Davon House and M.D. Jennings had zero highlights. They allowed Bears backup Josh McCown to throw for 272 yards and two touchdowns. Once again, they couldn’t come up with a pick. That’s a recurring theme. Part of the problem here was missed tackles, but the big issue were big receivers. The Bears have three of them in Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett and these assholes couldn’t cover a one of them.

Don Barclay, fuck you.
The Packers right tackle has been awesome as a run blocker and a total disaster as a pass protecter. That showed again on Monday. Barclay made Bears defensive end Shea McClellin look like a perennial All Pro.¬†Shea McClellin is about as close to a perennial All Pro as the shit I took this morning is close to being a filet mignon. McClellin had three sacks on Monday. Guess how many he has this entire season — 3.5. Oh, and guess who took Rodgers down on the hit that broke his clavicle. Don Barclay’s guy, Shea McClellin. It’s time to replace this fuckface in the lineup with Derek Sherrod.

Dom Capers got outcoached by Marc Trestman.
What the fuck were the Packers even doing scheme-wise on defense on Monday? They’re without Clay Matthews and Nick Perry and their plan to generate a pass rush is to rush four and sit back in coverage all night? One sack on the night. The few blitzes the Packers ran didn’t work either. And with more or less zero pressure, McCown was able to sit back and find those big, tall receivers, which was easy with the secondary playing so badly. That’s not to mention Matt Forte gained 125 yards on the ground, while averaging 5.2 per carry. Trestman and his offense had all the answers. Capers had zero of them.

A.J. Hawk, way to regress.
Just when I was starting to come around on this dick, he goes out and shits the bed. Hawk has always been an underachiever, but I actually thought he was playing the best ball of his career this season. He was occasionally looking like the playmaker we’ve always wanted him to be. Not on Monday. Right back to his old self — missing tackles, getting blown by and jumping on piles after the fact. Way to go, dick!

Jamari Lattimore needs to be on the field.
The Packers handed Brad Jones his starting spot at inside linebacker back for this game, even though Lattimore had been killing it in his absence. Now, Lattimore probably wouldn’t have been on special teams and blocked that punt had he been starting. That being said, Jones was, I don’t know, invisible? He somehow got in on three tackles, apparently while I was in the bathroom. In the second half, the Packers decided Jones wasn’t doing anything either and inserted Lattimore. He may not have been spectacular with four tackles, but he played better than Jones. And A.J. Fucking Hawk, for that matter.

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14 Comments on "Five More Thoughts on the Packers Loss to the Bears"

  1. tedtomato

    How about fuck you Mccarthy no challenge on quarless catch. Stopped running up the middle with lacy..when it was working all night. 1st and goal from 5 and no lacy runs? You put marshall fucking outhouse in. Bad game plan after rodgers went out.

  2. tedtomato

    Also a big FUCK YOU DUM CAPERS!!! Your defense is to predictable..all of your corners and safeties look lost out there..and..why cant anybody tackle on 3rd down? A backup fucking qb and no pass rush..and that stupid fucking 2 dl..why not just show the other team where to run you FUCKING DUMBASS!!!!

  3. Don Q

    No Rodgers = most likely no wins unless hell freezes over.
    Needless to say they’ll always be my team and now Seneca Wallace is our QB. Make us proud, fuck the Bears, and win the gotdamn division. Go Pack Go!

  4. Vijay

    We need to think about drafting taller, bigger corners now. The NFL is going big as far as receivers nowadays and our guys are supposed to make up for it with their ball hawking abilities but I don’t remember the last time anyone in the defensive backfield actually got an INT. If you can’t press at the line, tackle or out reach/ jump your opponent, perhaps a new body type is the way to go. Our corners are 6′ or shorter, compared to say Brandon Browner (6’4″ and soon to be a free agent) and Richard Sherman (6’3″) who can match up better with bigger receivers.

    Barclay does struggle with pass pro, I’ve always thought he’s more effective as an interior guard more than a tackle, especially in the run game. If you watch the replay on Rodgers injury, it was not Barclay’s fault. Aaron left the pocket and exposed himself to being tackled, Shea just made a monster take down. Unfortunately, Aaron fell on his non throwing shoulder in a bad, bad way.

    Capers did get out coached but I put this on the defensive personnel and these god damn injuries more than anything else. Players make plays and the Bears recognize that GB has speedy, shorter corners so they addressed that by grabbing players who would create match up problems for us. This trend will not go away anytime soon in the NFL, in fact, the big athletic TE matchup is one we’ve tried to exploit with J-Mike all along.

    AJ Hawk, I have addressed in previous posts, no need to be redundant there. His shortcomings, although improved, are still evident from time to time.

    Jamari is a playmaker type but I don’t think he sifts through trash all that well, yet. It may just be for lack of reps/ experience.

    Bottom line, the coaches and players already put this loss on the D. But Don Q is right, no matter how we try to pretend this will turn out alright, not having #12 behind center is an absolute death sentence for the green and gold. We would be lucky to win one of the next three or even luckier to split the next 4 (assuming Aaron is healthy enough to return after 4 games). The other teams we face still have better options filling in at QB (N Foles) or starting (Eli Manning/ Stafford) with the possible exception of the Minnesota Vikings.

    Shit, this is gonna sting a lot. Hopeful prediction for next 4 weeks Green Bay goes 2-2, winning against Philly, losing to the Giants, winning against the Vikings and losing to the Lions.

    • Vijay

      To use another example, look at the Chiefs http://www.kcchiefs.com/team/depth-chart.html

      Their boundary corners are big, bigger in fact than their nickel/ dime and even their safeties. Their starting boundary corners are Marcus Cooper and Sean Smith (6’2″-6″3″), even though Brandon Flowers (5’9″) is listed ahead of Cooper on the depth chart, he has moved inside and remained as the nickel backer where he can match up better against slot receivers and use his speed and play making abilities.

      It’s amazing but I am using Seattle and Chiefs as examples here and the thread they have in common is that they both have GMs which used to be part of our organization. Obviously, they have different philosophies on building a defense than Ted does. Agree?

  5. organicbuzz

    Lattimore needs more PT. Dom’s D always shits the bed after you leave your guard down and think their on track.

  6. Asimov

    How can you blame scheme and say that not blitzing and covering didn’t work, and blitzing didn’t work? It seems like multiple schemes were attempted, and didn’t work.

    But we need our whipping boys, so damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t. So long as we feel better blaming him for it.

    • Phatgzus

      Welcome to the land of delusion, melodrama, and histrionics. My advice, don’t bother, it’s as fruitful as trying to prevent a cat from licking it’s own anus; these sheep are better off food for the wolves.

  7. SoTxPhil

    Something else was weird about this game, no penalties on GB and only 4 on Chicago. The only holding penalty called with a min left in the game(it was over)on Chi. The Bears had numerous obvious holds in the open field(on WRs blocking too) to let RB get the edge for big gains. Our guys were being held to keep them from sacking the QB. How does the NFL determine if the refs are going to “just let them play” or officiate the game normally???

  8. rebelgb

    Im no fan of Capers but look we changed up our scheme several times, nothing worked. The blitz wasnt getting in as the improved Bears oline held tight and zone couldnt keep the big guys off the ball when Mcclown was throwing good passes.

    As for Hawk, hard to make plays when your lineman arent tying up blocks, something they were doing earlier in the year but did not do well on Monday Night.

    MM is a dumb ass. Enough said right? He continues to baffle me with his foolery. Its a shame because the guy obvious has great talent in keeping a team together, keeping a team focused, and managing players. He is a workaholic and loyal to his cause. Unfortunately he is a terrible game day coach. Oh look here comes Iltarion to jerk MM off for us. Look I know the guy has a great w-l record, but I put most of that on having 2 franchise QB’s. We will see what kind of game master he is the next 4 weeks wont we.

  9. Phatgzus

    Rebel, sorry but MM is a great coach: he leads the team to winning seasons despite the inconceivable amount of player attrition, every goal he has set in the offseason he has sailed past-D for ’10 and ’12, O efficiency in ’11, rushing this year.

    How about some cred for the onside kick, no matter how much you dislike him you can’t deny he has titanium testes and incredible faith in his players. He calls an onside kick every year, and yet every year he surprises the opposing players and coaches, the media, and us, and ever year they recover the kick (and usually score).

    Yeah he makes some questionable calls, no one is perfect, he is also not playing against a Madden opponent on with Rookie-level AI-rather they’re some of the best defensive minds in the sport.

    Sure Rodgers makes him look good, that’s what Hall-of-Fame caliber QBs do; e.g. Bellichick was fired from his job in Cleveland because they were awful, then came the Bledsoe injury and now Bellicheat is considered by many to be one of the best coaches not only of our era, but all time-get it?
    Furthermore, Rodgers didnt just magically become this good, McAdoo and MM deserve a significant amoun of the credit for that.

    The fact of the matter is, bitching about our coaches whilst we are currently in the midst of one if the most successful 5-year runs in NFL history, including a Super Bowl, just makes you sound like a petulant mollycoddled brat.

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