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We’re still somewhat in disbelief. The Green Bay Packers’ 18-16 loss to the Detroit Lions was something… else?

First of all, let’s get this out of the way. Congrats to the Leos for ending that streak of futility in Wisconsin.

It had to end sometime. We didn’t think it would be this week, but Detroit played their asses off. Didn’t have the talent, but had the heart.

Sometimes that’s enough.

Even though they tried their hardest to be the Lions, missing two extra points, the Packers weren’t having it.

And so the better awful team won on Sunday.

And so it goes.

Jake Ryan
That’s it. Where was he? Big Mike seemingly turned the inside backer job over to the rookie last week. At least we thought. If Ryan played anything other than special teams, we didn’t see it. Meanwhile, Nate Palmer was his usual craptacular self. The lasting memory of this game — the thing that sums it right the hell up — was Palmer get juked on the sideline, falling down and then we all watched whatever Leo that was run for another five yards, when he should have gone for a short gain if any. Big Mike has been stubborn about this shit in the past — not playing rookies. Listen, Big Mike, Palmer isn’t the answer. We’ll live with rookie mistakes and watch the guy develop. Put in Jake Ryan permanently, please.

In the pocket
We’re not going to go at Aaron Rodgers right now. However, you know, we know and he knows 16 points isn’t acceptable. The biggest thing we noticed about Rodgers on Sunday was that he actually stayed in the pocket. The last couple weeks, Rodgers pretty much took the snap and then looked to get out of the pocket. We all know Rodgers is the best when he moves around and the play breaks down. The thing is, he was leaving the pocket before the play even developed. That’s not conducive to succeeding with the plays that are called. Against Detroit, Rodgers actually stood in the pocket like an NFL quarterback is supposed to do. He at least took the time to look at his first receiver, which is a nice change of pace. He might have even looked at the second once or twice. The point here is this. Even if the offensive line is bad — and they are — the Packers are only going to have success with the plays that are called if Rodgers executes them. That means going through the progressions. He wasn’t very good at it on Sunday, but at least he’s trying. Hopefully, it pays off in the long run.

Your call
Colin Cowherd brought this up. Yes, he’s a bit of a blowhard, but we’re going to give credit because it was a good point. Mike McCarthy not calling plays. Aaron Rodgers not playing particularly well. Coincidence? We really don’t know. The Packers have more problems than just the play calling and Rodgers, but this is some food for thought. What do you say? Are Rodgers’ struggles a result of Big Mike not calling the plays?

Enough of DickRodge already
If you read this site, then you know we have a healthy hatred for Richard Rodgers, AKA DickRodge. It’s not personal. The guy just can’t make plays in the passing game and he’s a liability as a blocker. As we pointed out, DickRodge came into Sunday averaging a meager 8 yards per reception. If you’re a running back, that’s great. If you’re a tight end, that’s pathetic. DR is a threat inside the 5-yard line. That, we’ll give him. He’s somehow incapable of creating any separation or breaking a tackle anywhere else on the field. So the Packers gave Long Hair, Don’t Care (Justin Perillo) some more opportunities on Sunday. He responded with five for 58 and a touch. Meanwhile, DickRodge turned in five for 32. He also had a touchdown, but those five for 32? Lowered his average yards per catch to 7.8. So, we’re pleading with you Big Mike. No more DickRodge. Let’s go with Long Hair, Don’t Care.

Just a bunch of stuff all at once
Yeah, we probably have more than five thoughts, so we’re going to cram what’s left into this last one, rapid fire. First, nice bounce-back game by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (11 tackles and a pick). Second, it’s been three games now where the Packers haven’t recorded a sack. We’ve mentioned it before. The defense’s success is predicated on getting to the QB. Everything is based off that. The defense played well on Sunday, but they didn’t get home and you could make an argument that that was the difference in the game. We won’t, but it could be done. Third, Micah Hyde needs to learn how to make a fair catch. Fourth, it was nice to see the Packers work in Badger great Jerry Abberderry — Jared Abbrederis to the layman. Four catches for 57 yards for that guy and he somehow didn’t have to go through the usual earn Aaron Rodgers’ trust B.S. Fifth, Jeff Janis. James Jones isn’t getting open. Davante can’t catch half the balls thrown at him. We really don’t understand why Big Mike won’t at least give JJ a try. Idiotic, wouldn’t you say? Sixth, Damarious Randall — all he does is make plays. Think about it. Preserved the win over San Diego. Picked Cam Newton to give the Packers a shot against Carolina. Recovered the onside kick to give the Packers a shot on Sunday. This guy needs to be on the field ALL THE TIME. We don’t care if he gets beat from time to time. He’s a boss! Lastly, we’ll say this because this is how bad it is. The Lions really wanted to be the Lions. They wanted to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, which is what everyone expects from the Leos. Two missed extra points. The Stafford pick late in the third, which the Packers did nothing with. The onside kick failure. The Lions served it up on a platter. The Packers just couldn’t do anything about it.

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.



  1. Dan November 16, 2015

    Well thank you for wasting another beautiful Sunday for me. We just got beat by the worst team in the league. This was squarely on A-Rod’s poor passes, receivers multiple drops, poor run blocking, and lack of offensive play-calling adjustments until the 4th qtr. Oh yeah – Great clock management at the end of each half MM. This team sucks to watch, and I pay to watch them.

    1. Tim November 16, 2015

      My thoughts exactly – wasted a beautiful late Autumn day watching AR sh!t the bed and the rest of the team follow suit. And now, even more insulting is the that the Vikings lead our division? I should have spent the afternoon raking leaves!

  2. Farmer Fran November 16, 2015

    Wi liv tu play anotha dai, wi liv tu ply anotha dai.

  3. JSchizl November 16, 2015

    What is tragic is this team will turn it around probably maybe but I don’t thing we are better than a one and done in the playoffs maybe. I think if we don’t go to the playoffs there will be some changes with coordinators. Last years rookies are having a sophomore slump and that is the biggest difference. And please everyone stop talking about Janis hes a d2 seventh round pick not he second coming of driver and when driver did come out of that round he took four years to develop. And stop talking about #4 never dealing with this clay Matthews isn’t reggie white ha ha isn’t Leroy. We need a new o-line and d line same as every year.

    1. Lynn Fuckin' Dickey November 16, 2015
  4. Zwoeger November 16, 2015

    Get an ilb and Mathews back outside an you get your sacks again, maybe.

    About Randell, he makes playes but man can he be stupid in covering.

    No use for Masthay to kick long, st are always late.
    Guess there were a lot of owners booing. Can’t they get rid of McMurphy?

  5. Kato November 16, 2015

    D rodge is a red zone threat, that’s it. Anyone notice on the last dick rodge was breaking open on the post route? I am sure the play design was to go to Adams on the play, but I think pressure up the middle influenced him into taking the first read

    1. PF4L November 17, 2015

      Good eye kato..Saw that myself, even played it back a couple times.

  6. jtmax November 16, 2015

    Losing to the worst team at home is the final straw. I don’t think MM has a clue on how to coach this team right now. If there is any bright side to this is that if we lose the rest of the games as we are very capable of doing, we can draft alot of good players. ILB, TE, offensive tackles. Too bad we can’t draft coaches. Need creative OC and DC.

  7. xlvordie November 16, 2015

    Come on jim Harbaugh!!!!

    1. jtmax November 16, 2015

      Harbaugh is not leaving Michigan.
      I’d go with Jon Gruden. Learned the ropes in Green Bay. He’s creative as hell and knows how to put the best players on the field. Rodgers has made MM look good. The fact is MM is just a guy.

      1. MMTTDCSUCK November 16, 2015

        Amen . . .

    2. Kit November 16, 2015

      Fuck that shit.

  8. xlvordie November 16, 2015

    Pretty different topic but did anybody else see favre’s video?

    “Congratulations manning your the best, but now you have to take them all the way, good luck”

    I think that other team is like retiring my number or some shit next week..but go broncos

  9. jtmax November 16, 2015

    Somebody, please wake up Mike McCarthy. He went to sleep during the buy and has not woken up.

  10. arsh November 16, 2015


    1. Kit November 16, 2015

      I think I hear an echo. It must be the winds whistling through the empty trophy cases at Viking headquarters.

      Please go introduce yourself to Adrian Peterson and tell him that you’re one of his kids. He’s got so many, he won’t know the difference. Then, kindly bend over and let him beat you until your balls bleed.

      1. arsh November 19, 2015

        It’s a good thing you have a keyboard to type because I wouldn’t be able to understand a single toothless word you’d be speaking in real life. Good luck with the ass whooping this weekend!

  11. nic November 16, 2015

    We have only been saying mm sucks tt sucks and dc sucks for years now. Monty instead of 5 more things can we up it to maybe 10 I really enjoy reading your take on things

  12. jtmax November 16, 2015

    Fact is we have young receiver who can’t stay healthy. Tough for QB. Adams is like a rookie now. He’s been out he still has to build connection with Rodgers. Ty is still out. Coaches need to understand that we have huge rashes of injuries on receiving corp so work on the easy routes with these guys and do lots of screen plays. Get them comfortable and build from there.

  13. Big B November 16, 2015

    Blew a timeout prior to the two point conversion so as to avoid delay of game. WTF? Inexcusable- TOs are like gold, especially in the second half, and when behind. Imagine what having that one time out could have done for the final drive which culminated in Crosby’s Charlie Brownish shank.

    1. Big Gay Clay November 16, 2015

      It seems like we blow our timeouts in a untimely fashion every game. Whether it’s on a 2-pt conversion or a 3rd and 25. And when we do have timeouts left MM just lets the time run out.

  14. nic November 16, 2015

    Time management has been an issue for years now.same problems year after year

  15. PF4L November 17, 2015

    Message to Pop Warner athletes with dreams of playing in the NFL.

    “It’s not enough to be a shutdown corner kids, you have to be a complete player…Do what i did, attend the Tramon Williams School of Tackling and maybe you to can be a top 5 paid NFL shutdown cornerback. Watch my tackle of Golden Tate with 2:35 left in the 4th quarter. This is why receivers in the NFL fear me.”

    -Sam Shields