With yet another heartbreaking 4 points-or-less loss, the Green Bay Packers have all but assured that the playoffs will be out of their reach, with their 35-31 defeat at the hands of the Carolina Panthers.
The Packers don’t deserve it this year, not this coaching staff, not this underachieving group of players.
But it’s hard to make the case for the Minnesota Vikings as they continue to stumble into victories. They still play a shitty brand of football, but they do it so confidently now, it will be all but impossible for the Packers to catch up to them – even if they win out.
It’s probably safe to say that whoever emerges from the shitty NFC North won’t last long in the postseason.
Some observations from yesterday’s game:
The Packers’ season is in the toilet. Regardless of how it turns out, there have been some bright spots and reason to believe in a turnaround next season, but only with some changes.
I don’t expect Mike McCarthy to be fired. He and Ted Thompson are attached at the hip. However, I’d like to see Bob Sanders and the Packers’ special teams staff get the boot. Green Bay cannot continue to give teams such a field position advantage. I wonder if cutting Tracy White was such a good idea…
Key personnel areas need to be addressed as well. The Packers need a difference-making defensive end opposite Aaron Kampman. Maybe that player is Cullen Jenkins.
I also wonder about Ryan Pickett’s effectiveness. The Packers need a bigger, Grady Jackson/Pat Williams type who can actually clog things up.
The offensive line also needs to be revamped. The Packers have made a huge investment in Rodgers. They need a line that can protect him, open it up for the run game and not commit stupid penalties. Right now, the Packers don’t have any of that.
I’m already scouring the 2009 mock drafts.
I have been reading most of your blogs since the beginning of the season. I appreciate your no-nonsense style of writing. It’s refreshing to read someone who tells it like it is and isn’t afraid to throw out a fuck or 7 when they’re appropriate. I usually end up agreeing with 95% of your opinions on the Packers. I still think Favre would have been great on the Packers this year, but only if he had never retired. Once he retired and played this drama game last summer I was done with him.
As far as the rest of the season, I agree, the Pack is pretty much screwed. Stranger things have happened, and I will root them on until the bitter end, but I believe that the end will be just that… bitter.
Whats that number 4 loss by 4 points or less. Missed oppurtunities. But you gotta remember this is Rodgers first year playing, and you get that with young QBs. I hate making this comparison but everyone else is… i think i recall another QB that was wild in the start of games then settled in…