So, here it is, the final Green Bay Packers Game View for the 2015 season. This was less painful than last season’s finale, but there were some similarities.
I understand that Sam Shields dropped 3 interceptions, including a game winner, but can we agree that he had at least a good game? How does he receive an “F” Thrown on 10 times, 3 completions for 27 yards. He was excellent in coverage. Does a lesser CB even put himself in position to make those plays? It says something about him that he put himself in position to make 3 plays against a team that was otherwise an offensive juggernaut all season. Sure, in big games, you need to make big plays when the opportunity is there. In that regard, 0 for 3 chances is completely unacceptable…But the guy was concussed. He had a very serious brain injury. His head left a divot on Lambeau field, and he missed 4 games. FOUR GAMES!!! Yeah, I know, he was playing, which means he passed protocol. Blah blah blah. It is entirely feasible that his brain getting raked got in the way of him seeing the ball into his hands. Give the guy a break. At least he wasn’t getting BURNED like Hayward would have been if Sam didn’t play.
And another thing, even without his 3 would-be-interceptions, WE STILL WON THE TURNOVER BATTLE!!! When you win the TO battle in a playoff game, you should win. Let’s not use 3 missed tough plays that weren’t made in an otherwise exemplary Sam Shields performance as a scapegoat for a complete coaching failure.
You could maybe make the case for a C grade, but if you’re trying to convince ME, personally, of anything other than an A for Shields, it would be a tough task…McCarthy deserves an F, that’s about it.
Then you had the audacity to give Damarious Randall a B? Overall, he did have a good game, but he actually fucked up. Sam Shields didn’t fuck up, really. 23 fucked up in OT and essentially lost the game for us…
I agree, especially with the part that he was recovering from a serious injury which had kept his reps to a minimum…..
Janis and QB1 deserve an A+ just for giving us hope going into OT….
The whole front line D needs to be moved up – I believe I heard that holding Cards to under 80 yds total rushing hadn’t been achieved by anyone in 2015 ….
I think Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth deserve an A rating just for the comments before and after Hail Mary RevB…..
Shields wasn’t concussed Shaun, lets get that out of the way for the 4th time. The NFL doesn’t let anyone play concussed, It’s not an excuse that he was concussed 5 weeks earlier. As a matter of fact, i think if a guy makes 9.5 mill/year, because he’s a playmaker, and drops 3 bunnys in a playoff game, that indeed deserves an f.
Coaching staff should see your game views. Not that they would learn someting but they could.
Last season I said Shields could be a liability and before this game someone said about him that it could be “see you see that shit?” or could be “see you see that shit” . I understood and agreed.
So I don’t think it was his concusion per se.
Why are you putting up the game film? It’s too hard to watch that! The way our team has lost the last two seasons it’s just too hard to watch football until next season.
Dude, to quote Fred Nietzsche :
Was Ihn nicht umbringt macht Ihn staerker …..
I am over getting stronger as a Packers fan! The packers need to get stronger! Lol! Dig the Nietzsche . . .
Oh yeah, great job Shaw !
You’ve really done a great job bringing you play commentary to a new level in 2015…. (as painful as it was watching many of the reels)….
Look forward to more starting in September as GB heads towards SB-LI
Mcginn wrote in his latest article that McCarthy is fed up with Thompson’s lack of free agency activity. I really hope this spurs something. And I am well aware someone will respond me saying McGinn has issues with the team…. At least he has balls. The majority of the reporters dick ride the organization pathetically
I thought it was odd, that you didn’t diagnose the last touchdown play. Why is that? I started watching the tape at the 75 yard Fitzgerald catch to actually see a view over the top. I thank you for providing the tape, but……. How do you know that portion of the field was Randall’s zone coverage, you don’t know, and you even admitted as much stating that it may have been Peppers zone (which i believe it was). I disagree with you that if Peppers rushed instead of dropping back into zone, that he would have sacked Palmer, but unless you have some clairvoyant powers, it’s hopeful thinking at best. I agree with you that where Peppers was playing was useless, he was covering nobody. But that was only because, his eyes never left Palmer, and there was never anything in front of him to cover, NOTHING. If he was reading Palmers eyes, then that should have told him to drop back further into coverage as Palmer was looking to his left the whole time until he felt pressure, then Peppers came after Palmer leaving his zone (from 15 yards away) leaving Fitzgerald even more open.
The bottom line is, that Peppers was useless in that play. He didn’t know his surroundings. If anything, he should have felt everything was behind him, and dropped back, instead he was just like us, a spectator.
HOF QB Tom Brady is getting killed. Offensive lines matter.
Belichek made some questionable calls, fire him!! The patriots should have had better offensive line depth! Fire their GM!
Today once again proves how hard it is to win in the nfl consistently and win in the playoffs every year.
^good post. It ultimately comes down to execution. Stars have to make the plays. Backup players have to step up and make a difference. The lack of impact plays from the packers star players the past couple years has cost them. It wasnt just shields fault, there were plenty of other opportunities for plays.
Thanks Shawn for all the time you have put in this year. I would also put Randall in the same category as Clay, Ha Ha, and Shields on the Fitzgerald pass play. Randall had every oppurtunity to make a tackle at almost the same point as the other three. Randall instead started running the wrong direction, away from the play. It is not the first time Randall has done so this year, as you pointed out in an earlier game view.
Even though i rarely watch them, Shawn should get credit for making those video’s, especially when he has to go diagnose a nightmare of a game, usually when we play a good team, or we shit the bed against NFC North teams at home, that can’t be any fun.
Nice video work. Thanks.
I don’t think Shields deserved an F for those 3 drops and awful tackle attempt, C+, B- perhaps, he had pretty great coverage all game.
That said, thanks for all your hard work, Shawn, don’t always agree with ya but truly appreciate the time, effort, and thought you put into this piece and your others. Here’s looking forward to another year of this and position group grading.
This deep ball misses to Janis were brutal. Rodgers was throwing off his back foot way too much and getting too cute with it all. He really needs to look in the mirror hard about that. Janis was getting open with ease. Thanks McCarthy for never playing him this year.
Agreed on Rodgers.
The Yep was for Nate regarding MM not playing Janis much this year, and for Rodgers not taking his “throws” as serious as he has in the past.
Kinda hard to watch receivers, when you have defenders bearing down on you trying to take you out of the game.