It started in week 2, when the Green Bay Packers faced the Minnesota Vikings.
With Damarious Randall filling in as the Packers’ No. 1 cornerback for the ailing Sam Shields, the defense allowed Minnesota Vikings’ receiver Stefon Diggs to go off for a career high 182 yards.
They followed that up by allowing a career high 205 yards to Detroit Lions’ receiver Marvin Jones in week 3.
Skip to week 6, when the Packers got destroyed by the Dallas Cowboys. Running back Ezekiel Elliott rang up a career-high 157 rushing yards against the Packers’ No. 1 ranked run defense.
Yes, Elliott is a rookie, but it was an impressive performance nonetheless. Another rookie, quarterback Dak Prescott set his career high in touchdown passes in that game as well, with three. He’s matched that number only one other time this season. It happened against the winless Cleveland Browns.
How about the loss to the Falcons? Although it wasn’t a career high, the Packers gave up a season high in receptions (9) and yards (84) to Mohamed Sanu. This is a guy who has only had two 100-plus yard games in his five-year NFL career. He’s caught more than nine balls just once.
That is to say nothing of the career-high 46 rushing yards the Packers gave up to Falcons’ third-string running back Terron Ward.
And how about the loss to the Tennessee Titans? Quarterback Marcus Mariota tied a career high with four touchdown passes. His 149.8 QB rating was the second best of his career.
We may as well mention tight end Delanie Walker, who recorded the third-highest yardage total of his 11-year career (124) and second-highest number of receptions (9). Both of those numbers represent season highs.
Obviously, players don’t put up career highs, in most cases, without the aid of big plays. So that’s the other identity of this Packers’ defense.
They give up too many big plays.
Is it lack of talent? Not in our estimation.
Is it injuries? They haven’t helped, but this team has depth.
Typically, big plays are the result of a lack of discipline. And that’s just another thing that points back to coaching.
This isn’t news, this has been known for the past 6 years.
^ This fucking guy right here gets the big picture!!
You can go back to 2011, and find reasons to fire Capers each year. In 2010 the defense was 5th rated and gave up 15 ppg. In 2011 the defense was rated 32nd, and gave up 22.6 ppg. In 2012 gave up 21ppg. In 2013 gave up 26.8 ppg. In 2014 the defense gave up 21.8 ppg. In 2015 the defense gave up 20. so far this season, 26 ppg. A few average years. A few really bad years. And that’s not counting any of the defensive meltdowns we witnessed in the playoffs. I will concede, that TT supplies Capers his players. But those rankings are hardly of of someone considered to be an elite offensive coordinator.
They are going to fire Capers at season’s end as a scapegoat. But the truth is, it should have been down years ago. That’s McCarthy’s fault. And the defense being bad today, is also McCarthys fault, because he kept him in his position to keep failing.
I don’t blame Capers 100 %. Thompson has supplied Capers with young, underachieving players. Also….Capers had a unaccountable free ride since 2010. That free ride was given to him by McCarthy.
These fuckers….Packers upper management (McCarthy and up) feel like because they won a Super Bowl in 2010. They don’t bear any accountability to anybody. Worse yet…..they carry that unaccountability with a arrogant and pompous attitude. And it’s that very attitude, that makes me want to go see them and choke them out. That’s not internet bravado, i’d love nothing more than to tap that fat fucker out. I’d seriously pay $1,000 to go one 5 minute round.
Packer Nation might not realize this. But since 2010. TT and MM have been basically putting up their middle finger to us fans. Well, i realized that back in 2011, and each year since. And i’m fucking done with it.
What happens when Aaron Rodgers can’t carry the team on his back NOW? The truth gets exposed. And your job security and arrogance slowly disappear. It’s NOW.
I’ve been a Packer fan long before the TT and MM era, and i’ll be one long after. So when they indirectly disrespect Packer Nation through the years, i take it personally.
TT and MM aren’t Packer fans. It’s just their job. I’m a fucking Packer fan.
Sorry for the meltdown, and no, i don’t feel better.
You speak the truth. Now that the offense is not clicking we cannot win ganes. The defense has been a joke ever since the end of our SB run. I still can’t get that image of Kaepernik setting the single game high for rushing yards by a QB out of my head. Seeing Mariota (I was at the game) throw for 3 TD’S in the first quarter was fucked up too. There was literally no one within 15 yards of the receivers, I have never seen anything like that in my time of watching the NFL. The Browns would’ve made that game more competitive.
Capers deserves to be fired without a doubt. To be fair, Thompson has wasted draft picks on the defense that didn’t only under achieve, they had no business being on the field. You can’t draft so many players in rounds 1-3 and have most of them fail. Mike Neal, Jerel Worthy, Datone Jones, Khyri Thornton, Nick Perry until last season. The jury is still out on Randall, Rollins, Kenny Clark and Fackrell, and even Clinton-Dix to some extent. Say nothing about the Brad Jones and Sam Barrington’s of the world. Those failures in drafting still don’t excuse the constant breakdowns at critical points during tight games though.
In past years I have never faulted baffoons organizational skills,this year is a totally different story,this team seems ill prepared week after week.
Time to trade Clay for future picks. He’s been injured almost every season since he came on board in 2009. He’s old, slow, and injury proned.