Five More Thoughts on Packers’ 26-20 Loss to Cardinals
Well, it’s all over and it pretty much ended like it should have.
The Green Bay Packers were not good enough. They weren’t good enough all season and they weren’t good enough when it counted.
The result wasn’t surprising. Only the way it went down.
It’s the end and here we go.
More of the same
We really can’t wait to hear how making the playoffs equals success. That will surely be the narrative around Green Bay this offseason. It will be the narrative because no one will be held accountable for what actually is another failure of a season. That ginger gap-toothed fuck will give us a real big gap-toothed smile and tell us what a great season we had because he was able to take all kinds of money from us. Because championships don’t matter anymore. Only the bottom line.
But listen guys, the Packers are successful! So long as you define success in a way that isn’t relative to what the Green Bay Packers are about.
That guy can’t play
Seven catches, 145 yards, two touchdowns. That was Jeff Janis’ line. We saw Janis run a crappy route in the end zone early in the game and then we saw him make all kinds of plays after that. We understand that maybe the guy isn’t the most astute player. Probably not the best route runner. Despite that, his going off just demonstrates the stupidity of the coaching staff.
You find ways to put guys in a position to succeed, especially when those guys are dynamic playmakers. The fact that the Packers simply refused to do that with Janis all season is a blatant failure.
It could have gone differently, but it didn’t. Before the game, I drew a comparison to the 2013 playoffs, when the Packers were a game opponent against a better 49ers team. This game felt a lot like that, except the Packers actually looked like the better team for most of the day, this time.
Still, the result was exactly the same. Like it was predestined — complete with a defensive breakdown at the exact time when the Packers couldn’t afford one.
But up until then…
The Packers defense did exactly what they needed to do. They stopped the run, they pressured Carson Palmer and they created turnovers. The Packers had three sacks and two picks on the day. They held Arizona to 40 yards rushing. The defense did what they needed to do to win the game.
Hell, so did the offense. They only allowed one sack. They outgained the Cardinals 386 yards to 368 and the time of possession was nearly equal. So what happened? You know what happened.
If the Cardinals had an advantage, other than the officials being on their side, it was Larry Fitzgerald. Eight for 176 and the game winner.
The old man’s still got it.