We’re not going to go over what a disappointing failure the 2015 season was for the Green Bay Packers again.
You know it, we know it, they know it.
A lot of guys contributed to that failure. Chief among them are Ted Thompson, Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy.
They’re certainly not alone and so this should come as no surprise.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 1, 2016
Why was it difficult?
Well, certain guys didn’t live up to expectations. Others didn’t perform up to their abilities. We’re not going to go through that list, but we will note that this was the first year the Packers fielded a defense good enough to win them games since the 2010 season.
So, the offense.
And that probably caused a lot of frustration. We know Mike McCarthy was frustrated with good old do-nothing GM Ted Thompson. We know Aaron Rodgers was frustrated with McCarthy. We know Randall Cobb was frustrated with himself.
Logic would tell you the defense was probably frustrated with the offense.
The list goes on.
Defensive back Micah Hyde summed it up perfectly after the season with this comment.
“We won, what, 10 regular-season games this year?” Hyde said. “Won a playoff game. But man, this has been the toughest winning season I’ve ever been a part of. Week in and week out, win or lose was brutal, and I really don’t understand it. I don’t know if it was just the mentality that we should be doing better than what we were or the whole outside world saying we should’ve beat this team by more or stuff like that.”
You would think that because of the obvious dysfunction, the obvious frustration, that something significant would have to change.
And in most organizations, something would.
But these are the Packers.
Status quo is the only answer.
All I know is that, every yards the packers picked up this season was a fight just to get…It was that bad..
We the fans make them what they are but this organization acts like they are better then us we don’t deserve logical answers all we get is stonewalled and double talk
True Nic. A lot of these coaches and administrators in the Packers organization are from big towns. Most of the have been part of organizations in NFL cities much bigger than Green Bay. It has always been my belief, and certainly MM’s attitude lends credence to it, that many in the Packer marginalization regard Green Bay Packer fans with distaste and contempt. Especially our media people. They consider us small time backward ass hill billies.
This years team, staff and players included looked and acted like the 2008 Giants.
Im pessimistic that anything is going to improve much with the current leadership the Packers have and the attitude of some of its top players. But we shall see….
I don’t know about McCarthy looking down on the people from Green Bay. He married a woman from Green Bay and spends the off season in Door County.
Also: Monty I like you, your not bad as a writer, but articles like this are better left to Shawn. The depth you give to articles such as this is about as deep as Obama’s love of the US and its constitution, in other words, not very deep.
The talent was there. The execution was not. Penalties, missed tackles, missed blocks, sacks, drops, missed throws, fumbles….this team will be healthier next year (God willing) and absolutely have to execute better if they expect to be enjoying a trip to the next Super Bowl. We do have a high standard in Green Bay, and we have the coaching and players to achieve it. Let’s get on with it.
Packers coaching did a piss poor job at adjusting the game plan and play book to the players they were playing, not the ones sitting on the sidelines.
After the decline in the first 6 games, Denver exposed the soft underbelly of the offense and for the remainder of the season, other teams went for it like hyenas. How many weeks did Packers fans see ‘let’s do more of what’s not working, only harder’.
That and Rodgers played like shit, and instead of figuring it out, spent a lot of time working on his Peyton Manning “I just shit myself” look while rolling his eyes and calling out someone after any play that didn’t work, and his Jay Cutler “Flatline” expression while sitting on the sidelines and sulking because his offense was playing like shit. Isn’t a WR’s fault when the ball sails 4 yards over his head.
$22MM a year is supposed to buy a higher level of play than what Rodgers delivered in 2015.
If we have the coaches and players to achieve it, shouldn’t we have achieved it?
You need to make the distinction between the abilities (which we have) and the execution (which we failed at).
About game 10 of the season, I posted something about how right after the season ended I would not be surprised if Rodgers had some surgery for some undisclosed injury. Which is precisely what happened.
Rodgers, Adams and the offensive line were the main reasons why this year seemed so bad. The offensive line was battered, Rodgers was injured and had the yips and too much was expected of Adams too early in his career.
Not sure they can fix everything next year as I think there will be a lot of turnover in the off season and I don’t think Nelson is coming back 100%.
Monty wrote the other day that the Packers will be one of the Super Bowl favorites for the 51st edition.
They will be THE favorite. Again. How many years in a row have the Packers been favored to win the Super Bowl and then failed to do so?
That’s a stat I will, from now on, throw in the face of Mike McCarthy apologists who spew about the winning records and NFC North titles we continue to rack up.
“The plaque for the alternates is hanging in the women’s restroom.”
The Super Bowl preseason favorite rarely wins the Super Bowl. And I am certain the Patriots have been preseason favorites more times than the Packers and didn’t win the Super Bowl.
McCarthy believes there are four things that win you games:
1. Win the turnover battle.
2. Red zone scoring efficiency.
3. 3rd down conversion rate. Only to up the chances in item 4.
4. The quantity of big plays made and or allowed.
I believe Rodgers is on board with MM on those 4 items, even though they may disagree on how to get there on items 2 thru 4.
The loss of Jordy hurt the big play opportunities. It allowed teams to double Cobb. Ty if not injured the majority of the year could have helped in the big play category. Janis would have helped had he played. Adams, R Rodgers, and a hefty Lacy can not consistently make the big plays with there speed or lack thereof.
Rodgers and MM do not want to turn the ball over, so Rodgers if receivers are not clearly open, holds the ball waiting for that big play. This is were the injured O line and the replacement tackles, Walker and Barclay come in. Rodgers cannot hold the ball long enough to try for the big play. It is a miracle Rodgers was not severely injured this year with the injured O line and the likes of Walker, Barclay, and Sitton as tackles.
This team if they want to go for the big play need to upgrade at TE, RB, and possibly WR with some speed. An upgrade with backup O lineman who can play tackle is required. If they do not upgrade then they need to get back to a timing pass offense.
I believe MM and Rodgers believe the big play is the second most (and maybe most) important factor in deciding the outcome of games. That is why the season was so difficult and frustrating for the offense. The personnel and injuries did not allow for the big plays on a consistent basis.
If MM wants the big plays then TT needs to get more quick twitch playmakers at the skill positions, otherwise another difficult season is to follow.