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The Green Bay Packers are 1-2 after dropping a 19-7 decision to the Detroit Lions — yes, the Detroit Lions! — on Sunday.

Just when the defense rounded into form and showed glimpses of being a top-notch unit, the offense demonstrated for the third time in three weeks that they are effectively punchless.

If someone isn’t having a career day, the Packers offense is total garbage.

So with that in mind, here are five more thoughts on the loss.

We told you relying too heavily on one guy would be a problem
After the Packers pulled out a win over the Jets in week 2 on the strength of Jordy Nelson’s career day, we pointed out the problems with that. Sure, it was great for Jordy, but he accounted for over half of the Packers total yards and almost two-thirds of Aaron Rodgers’ passing yards. On Sunday, the Lions had one primary goal defensively — stop Jordy Nelson.

After the game, Lions cornerback Darius Slay said, “Our thing was to stop Jordy.”

Well, they didn’t stop him completely, but they didn’t let him take over the game either. And where did that leave the Packers? With seven points. The offense is entirely reliant on Jordy Nelson right now. The Packers can’t win games like that, unless Aaron Rodgers plays at an elite level and he’s pretty far from that right now.

Letting James Jones walk was a mistake
The receivers behind Jordy Nelson have been a joke so far this year and we’re including Randall Cobb. The Packers receivers should have owned Detroit’s secondary on Sunday. That secondary is not good to begin with, but they had four defensive backs out with injuries on top of that. Still, it was rare that anyone got open and with Rodgers having completely lost his accuracy, that left the Packers with less than 200 yards passing.

James Jones signed a three-year, $10 million deal with the Raiders in the offseason. The Packers could easily have afforded that, but they didn’t even make Jones an offer. He has 15 catches for 189 yards and two touchdowns this season in Oakland.

Cobb has 14 for 126. Jarrett Boykin has two for 17. Davante Adams has seven for 61. So basically, those three guys have produced as much as James Jones has this season. And James Jones has rookie Derek Carr throwing him the ball.

As usual, good work, Ted.

Is Don Barclay the difference maker?
It’s no secret that the Packers running game is also garbage this season. They’re averaging 78.7 yards per game, which is currently 27th in the league. They have the same running backs and same guy calling the plays as last season. The offensive line is the only thing that’s different. The Packers have two new starters — center Corey Linsley in place of Evan Dietrich-Smith and right tackle Bryan Bulaga (and Derek Sherrod) in place of Don Barclay.

Barclay was just above serviceable in pass protection, but he was a goddam road grader when it came to run blocking. Last season, the Packers regularly ran to his side and it usually worked out pretty well. This year, when they run to the right, those runs usually go nowhere.

Barclay is out for the season with a torn ACL, so we can’t really stir up any controversy about who should be starting. That being said, the Packers just handed that job to Bulaga when he came back and it’s starting to look like Barclay would have been the better option. And it appears he clearly would have been the better option if anyone gives a shit about getting the running game going.

Speaking of running backs
Eddie Lacy has done shit this year. Sure, he can obviously still run guys over, gain yards after contact and turn nothing into something. He’s also made some really obvious, shitty decisions when it comes to choosing running lanes. Lacy, for some reason, seems to want to bounce it outside all of the time this year instead of just running up the middle. And usually there’s no room to run outside because by the time he gets there, the pursuit is already waiting for him.

Lacy needs to wake the fuck up. It’s not as if no one can gain yards on the ground. While Lacy has averaged 3.1 yards per carry through three games (36 carries for 113 yards), James Starks is turning in his usual 5.0 per carry (15 carries for 75 yards).

I know we don’t bench anyone in Green Bay ever, but give Starks the fucking ball already!

Hey, how about that defense?
The defense finally playing well only made it all the more obvious that the Packers offense is dog shit. However, we’re pretty happy with the D for a change.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had his first NFL interception on Sunday. Davon House had his second very solid game in a row and frankly, looked better covering Megatron than Sam Shields did. His height certainly helps against a guy who’s 6-5. Julius Peppers — he doesn’t show up often, but when he does, look the fuck out! His strip sack and recovery was beastly and if the Packers offense wasn’t completely inept, may have been the turning point in the game. Jamari Lattimore had a team-leading nine tackles even though he missed some time with cramps. Fuck you Brad Jones. And lastly, my boy Mike Neal started the game because the Packers were in some odd-ass alignment, but he did not disappoint. Neal had a sack and was in Butterball’s face for most of the day. This guy’s an asset.

If the Packers had an offense and the defense kept playing like they did on Sunday, they might just have a hell of a team.

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Monty McMahon

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

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22 Comments

  1. Kato September 22, 2014

    I think it is officially time to be concerned about the offense, namely Aaron Rodgers. This is a defense that he should have been able to pick apart if he had time to throw which was my concern coming in. He had ample time to throw on most of his dropbacks. This is the worst packers offense I have seen since 2005 when favre threw like 30 picks and ahman green was hurt and the packers had something called a samkon gado running the ball.

  2. Skinny September 22, 2014

    We also continue to get our ass kicked in the overall physical look of our football team. We’re too damn small on the OL and DL. We need “dudes” and we need them fast.

    1. Ivomitonvikingfans September 22, 2014

      Amen. Their fascination with “versatility” and “multiple” is a joke.

    2. MJ September 22, 2014

      Agree on the OL size. Bakhtiari, Linsley and Barclay are quite on the small side.
      Sitton, Lang, Bulaga and Sherrod do have OK mass.

      The DL, since it has transitioned to a 4-3 it does not need many Haloti Ngatas or Dontari Poes. Maybe Mike Pennel is the answer there? Boyd is also OK to play the nose in a 4-3 but not on a 3-4.

    3. Shawn Neuser September 22, 2014

      The Seattle Seahawks are by far the smallest team in the league.Itw as talked about ad nauseum during the Bronco game.

  3. the real russ letlow September 22, 2014

    Starks was the “hot” RB yesterday and it was easy to see that. He should have been the feature back from the end of the 1st qtr on. You’ve got three good RBs, use them to your advantage.

    1. MJ September 22, 2014

      They are all good, and have different running styles.
      Lacy can buldoze, and has good agility and top speed for his size, though DBs outrun him.
      I think Starks has the best top speed, and more agility than Lacy.
      Harris is even more agile than Starks, but with less top speed. And of course, less of a buldozer.

      So, we have the choice between strength, top speed and agility. The right one depends on what is harder for a given defense to counter. Do they have speedy LBs? Ram them with Eddie! Do they have bulky, slow LBs? Use either Harris or Starks to dodge them or run off-tackle.

  4. Ivomitonvikingfans September 22, 2014

    We are seeing the steady degradation of this roster. Too many bad high draft choices and some questionable extensions. Jesus, Brad Jones and James Jones are making aproximately the same money for fucks sake. Good talent is not being replaced.

  5. Savage57 September 22, 2014

    Lacy had better watch his ass before he gets himself a full blown case of John Brockingtonitis, where you forget how to run like a Mafa north and south and start tap dancing your way east and west right on outta town.

  6. Fritz September 22, 2014

    $40 million for nelson, that is stupid right there. how about $25 million for nelson, and $15 million for JJ? that would have been a better use of the $40 million. also, why do we need 3 QB? put Tolzy on the PS and get another Woodson at DB, e.g., Champ Bailey is available?

    1. aValpo September 22, 2014

      Why not $10 million for Jordy? or $5 million?

    2. Packerguy September 22, 2014

      Worst post I’ve read on this site, congrats. Literally 0 brain cells and 0 fucks

  7. Bry September 22, 2014

    Defense looked good until they were completely gassed at the end. The problem with the offense.. Is we have no threat at tight end.. And no good third receiver. We need to replace boykin fast, and get Adams and Janis up to speed. Plus Lacy looks fat and slow; he made Starks look like Peterson!!!

  8. Dana Carvey September 22, 2014

    Rodgers and Fabio are both spending too much time making commercials. Maybe they should spend a little more time working on their game.

  9. jtmax September 22, 2014

    I’ve always thought that Barclay is alot better than Bulaga. When he replaced Bulaga at the second half of 2 seasons ago, our running game went from pathetic to excellent even with DuJuan Harris. I always thought last season was more Barclay than Lacy. I don’t care if you put Marshawn Lynch in our backfield, we’re not going to be able to run with Bulaga blocking. He’s got spaghetti legs. No push.

  10. Richard September 22, 2014

    This joke of a team is starting to look like Hans and Franz have taken over the coordinator duties.

    1. nurseratchett September 23, 2014

      Hans & Franz might not do a bad job; a little bravado & a lot of balls sounds good to me…

  11. Packer Bob September 22, 2014

    The beauty of the Internet is that any idiot with an Internet connection can start a blog and proclaim themself an “expert”. Three games into the season and you people are now ready to fire not only the coaching staff but now Eddie Lacy and Aaron Rodgers too.

    But I get it. You enjoy being miserable sons of bitches because you don’t want to be happy.

    1. Chad Lundberg September 22, 2014

      I agree fans have a tendency to overreact. We’ve been at 1-2 the last three seasons now, there’s still a lot of game left. On our Super Bowl year we started 2-3, and we also lost to the pussycats in embarrassing fashion, just as embarrassing as this.

      But sometimes it’s not about the lost, but what kind of bone-headed mistakes that cost us the game. When we lost to Chicago in 2010, there were 18 penalties on the Packers. We cleaned that up, but why does a mental collapse of that magnitude have to happen every year???

      It’s almost as if McCarthy thinks “well we started real slow last year, and about every year before that, but that’s ok those were flukes I’m sure, were just gonna go with the same approach to this year as we have every year before. I’m sure it will work this time”.

      There’s a reason why MM is the coach, and we’re not, but that’s more the reason to be upset. Even the FANS can see the absolutely ridiculously over the top inexcusable mental mistakes the the Pack makes year after year. When is this gonna end???

  12. Shawn Neuser September 22, 2014

    Tru dat, Packer Bob, though Monty did give some hope at the end for once.

    Comparing Boykin to JJ after just 3 games is beyond unfair. It isn’t like JJ never had a bad 3 game stretch in his career. He dropped his share of balls too, or have people already forgotten?

    Don Barclay is not a tackle. Yeah, he’s a good run blocker, but he can’t protect the QB and we’re paying way too much money for ours to have a turnstile over there.

  13. Howard September 22, 2014

    We need at least one or two TE’s to put pressure on a safety or LB in pass coverage. I do not believe R Rodgers is cutting it at this point in the run or pass game. Did not see Bostick on O again.

    I know Janis is probably having problems with those gnarly weekly tests. I thought we should have activated Janis against Detroit. Janis may not understand all the route options, however I bet he knows how to pressure a safety to make a quick decision on deep patterns. We need to force safeties to make a decision to not double Nelson. You never know if you throw it deep to Janis to start a game he may just catch the ball or at least make a safety think of something other than Nelson. We can not do any worse than we have started the last two games. A deep route to Adams occasionally would not hurt either. I think Adams would fight for the ball so Rodgers don’t worry about one of those terrible INT’s. Deep passes even if not complete can loosen up a D.

  14. Jtmax September 22, 2014

    Cobb is not as fast after surgery and so he is below average due to hos amall stature. Boykins regreased. Too slow. Cant get open. We mees to get janis on field to open up the passing game