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Five More Thoughts on Packers’ Loss to Redskins

This played out pretty much exactly as we thought it would. The Green Bay Packers are just not a good football team. If you had any delusions left that they were, then those should be out the window after the team dropped their fourth straight game.

This time the beneficiary of the Packers’ defense was the Washington Redskins, who rolled up 42 points and 515 yards.

Talking about how bad that unit is is getting really old. So let’s just get on with this.

Who Are These Guys?

Looking at the box score from this game is kind of like that scene in Major League where the fans don’t recognize any of the players on the roster. You probably know of Kirk Cousins (375 yards, 3 TDs, no picks), but how about Robert Kelley (137 yards rushing, 3 TDs)? Or Jamison Crowder (102 receiving yards)? Or Pierre Garcon (116 receiving yards)? It’s one thing to give up a big day to a superstar, but the Packers are giving up big days to any and everyone now. What a joke.

Cook Finally Comes On

So this is what Jared Cook can do when he’s healthy and gets thrown the football? Cook made no impact before he got injured. Sunday was the first game he played since week 3 and — not that it mattered — but he was the Packers’ best receiver. Cook finished with six catches and 105 yards, both team highs. It’s too bad Cook’s probably one season in Green Bay will be a wasted one. Of course, he did fumble at the end of the game, which is pretty typical of the Packers this season.

The Secondary is Historically Bad

Maybe I’m going a little far here, but does anyone remember a secondary as bad as this one in Packers’ history? Maybe if you go back to the 1980s. Here’s a nifty stat for you — the Packers have given up a league-leading 11 touchdown passes of 15 or more yards. They’re not alone with that distinction. They’re tied with the winless Cleveland Browns.

This…

I don’t really even think I need to add any words.

What the fuck? You’re telling me this team is well prepared?

Is It the Running Game?

Or lack thereof? Last week, I kept hearing people say the Packers’ downfall this season was the lack of a running game. Well, okay, it certainly doesn’t help, but the Packers are losing because of their defense this season. Let’s review the running activity from Sunday night, though. First, the team claims Christine Michael on waivers and keeps him inactive for the game. Then they try to come out and run with James Starks, who is terrible. Starks averaged just 2.8 yards on his nine carries. They continued with Ty Montgomery’s stupid snap count. He carried just four times and caught three balls. Gotta make sure that guy doesn’t get too involved! And so, per usual, Aaron Rodgers was the team’s leading rusher with 33 yards. I guess none of this should surprise me at this point, but the Packers need to find a way to keep that defense off the field. Michael or Montgomery would seem to be good ways to do so. Perhaps that’s too obvious, though.

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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.

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9 Comments

  1. Mike November 21, 2016

    You can’t put price tag on Cadaver Thompson draft picks. Thrown on his face with 1 arm. Gotta LOVE Teds draft & Develop???? Remember McSlob said he’s a “Buider/Developer” great Foundation Mike!! Maybe if you lay little more concrete the secondary can give up 600 yds passing next week?

  2. MMTTDCSUCK November 21, 2016

    It is truly a testament to how bad a team is when all of the homers and diehard Packer defenders are either absent from the conversation, or have finally joined the increasing call for the teams brain trust to be let go. What has always bothered me, is just how fucking long that it takes to get to this point. There should have been hell raising 5 years ago! TT “The Frugal GM” has shit the bed with his draft choices for several years now. I firmly believe that Dorsey, Schneider and McKenzie were much more of the reason(s) that Green Bay was fielding a more competitive team. Now that all of their drafts have retired or moved on what we have been left with are TT’s choices. This also makes me wonder if E. Wolf is part of the new drafting and vetting process (I fucking hope not!). As much as I despise Buffoon and Dom Capers, this has to be difficult to field a VALID team when faced with the draftees and usual crickets in Free Agency that this fuck TT gives to each of them annually (especially the last 3 years or so). Most of these guys have been drafted 1 to 2 rounds too early (according to many draft sites that I have read about over the years). So in essence; TT gets us sub par players in the early rounds and occasional “diamonds in the rough” in the later part of the draft or in free agency after the draft. If you were any other team that predicated your “draft and develop” stance on choosing poor quality early rounders’ coupled with massive amounts of unheralded free agents year in and year out while maintaining one of the “youngest” teams year in and year out, what would you expect to happen? Exactly what has happened! This clusterfuck that we are witnessing right now. The Packer media and the NFL have force fed the Packer fans a subpar product for the last 3 years running telling us how great that they are, while really knowing just how mediocre that they really are. As usual, most people bought into it . . . some of us DID NOT. This is shameful and frustrating. Get rid of these charlatans NOW! Especially that “deer in the headlights” TT.

    1. Deepsky November 22, 2016

      I think there may be something to the argument that Thompson no longer has Dorsey, Schneider and McKenzie to help with drafts so the drafts are weaker. Those guys weren’t trained by Ron Wolf, they were trained by long time Packer scouts like Red Cochran who Wolf had kept on the team. Schneider credits his development to Packer scouts who had actually worked under Lombardi.

  3. Savage57 November 21, 2016

    “I’m a highly successful NFL head coach.”

    Substitute was for am and remove the adjective phrase, and it’s closer.

  4. gort November 21, 2016

    The only thing that I disagree with is the Cook fumble. That was a great defensive play. Too bad the Packers don’t have anyone that can run fast enough to be in a position to attempt that type of play.

  5. ay hombre November 21, 2016

    Although I was half asleep for most of it. I thought Cousins was money. Opposing offenses are playing well. Not so well that we should be getting bludgeoned like we have been, but that was a really nice game out of Cousins.

    Already he hangs in the pocket longer than ARodge.

  6. Please November 22, 2016

    Did you watch the defense in the 15-1 season? I believe the Packers gave up the second most yards in NFL history that season. Every team we played scooted up and down the field that year. The difference was our offense was one of the best ever and the Pack’s horrible defense somehow kept the point levels manageable. If the Pack’s present offense was awesome like that season we would still have most Packer fans thinking we would win the Super Bowl and would also believe there would be no reason to make any changes. As bad as our defense is this year the defensive line is light years ahead of the 2011 team and our starting inside linebackers are twice as good as Hawk and Brad Jones. In 2011 every opposing QB had forever to throw with plentiful pocket space. Our defense is just not well coached nor does it bring the energy to be successful in the NFL. When you watch the Seahawk’s defense play it’s like watching a completely different sport. Great coaches could take random guys off the street and have them competing at high levels.

    As far as TT goes a few of us have been very right for several years now. TT has committed malpractice in building the Packers. I liken it to a house builder. Every GM are given several tools to build their house and each year they start to construct anew. But every year TT decides he’s going to forgo using all the tools that were made available and just use a hammer. People watching advise Ted to use the saw, drill and the level but Ted just ignores the pleas and builds with only a hammer. His house looks dysfunctional with broken boards but he got it up and he’s so proud he built his house with just the one tool. Nobody else could do what he did and many people raved of his accomplishment. So what it didn’t look just right and leaked a little here and there, besides he saved a lot of money. Of course the hammer is the draft and the other tools are trading and free agency. After the house is built Ted will begrudgingly pull out the saw to make a repair only when the roof partially caves in or a wall starts faltering. He tried using the hammer but it just wouldn’t keep the rain and cold out or the wall from collapsing. Now, after all these years, passerbys are looking at his house and said what the hell was this guy thinking.

    1. Kj November 22, 2016

      That is perfect analysis of Ted. I have been saying that since he blew off a chance at Favre throwing to Moss. The misses in the drafts and the stubbornness in free agency..cannot watch them anymore til he’s gone.

  7. MMTTDCSUCK November 23, 2016

    You nailed it KJ! After the Moss debacle I had a “light bulb” moment and realized that TT “The Frugal GM” was not a good GM and that the Packers would continue to suffer until he was gone.