Five More Thoughts On Packers’ 27-24 Loss To Seahawks

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Kyler Fackrell and Kenny Clark

This is one of my favorite Alice In Chains songs. It also epitomizes the Green Bay Packers 2018 season for all intents and purposes.

Layne Staley is my second favorite vocalist ever, but I wonder how much heroin he was on there. Looks like a hell of a lot.

Anyway, the pertinent line in that song is this. Well, it’s all gone wrong.

And with that established, let’s get the hell on with it.

Running Game… Hell…

Aaron Jones took the Miami Dolphins and mrah’ed them the fuck down last week. He did so for 145 yards. Gotta ride that guy on the road, right? Not if you’re Gravy Head. Jones got all of 11 carries. At least it was fairly even, I guess. Jones had six of those carries in the first half and five in the second half. So, great. Jones was under-utilized as a runner throughout the game. At least the mastermind Fat Mike is consistent in his buffoonery. The Packers ran the ball a total of 13 times against Seattle. One of those runs was courtesy of Aaron Rodgers. You want balanced offense, go elsewhere!

No Receivers Stepped Up

Randall Cobb was out. Jimmy Graham left early after he got hurt. And that was pretty much it. Davante Adams had a monster game, going off for 166 yards on 10 catches. The Packers second-leading receiver was running back Aaron Jones, who had 63 yards on five catches and a touchdown. The only other guy who had more than one catch was tight end Lance Kendricks. Two catches for 12 yards. Aaron Rodgers had a nice game on paper, throwing for 332 yards, but we all saw the underthrows and missed opportunities. And it obviously didn’t help that none of his young receivers were able to do anything.

The Guards Suck

The Seahawks had five sacks on the night. They came from some guys both of us have never heard of — Austin Calitro, Frank Clark, Rasheem Green, Jarran Reed and Jacob Martin. Not Bobby Wagner, Shaquill Griffin or Barkevious Mingo. I haven’t rewatched the tape, but I would bet those nobodies beat either Lane Taylor or Byron Bell to get those sacks. Because the Packers guards are shit. I recall one play where Rodgers got sacked and both of those clowns appeared to run into each other and fall down. I get it. You don’t want to invest big money in guards, but at least find someone serviceable.

Gashed On The Ground

The Packers defense played well enough for the most part. Except against the run. They were consistently gashed when Seattle ran the ball. A lot of injuries happened, sure. However, the Packers gave up 173 yards on the ground. They gave up runs of 30, 15, 12 and 10… to four different players. Granted, the 12-yard run was to Russell Wilson, but there’s 55 yards to another murders’ row of Rashaad Penny, Chris Carson and Mike Davis.

Hey, Kyler Fackrell!

Out of any Packers defender, this is the guy that needs to be singled out. No Nick Perry? Long hair, don’t care! Fackrell was a badass motherfucker on Thursday night. Six tackles, four for loss, three sacks, four QB hits. Perry, who is always injured, appears to be a lost cause. Another Big Ted mistake with an albatross of a contract. We have been blasting Fackrell as a bust for two years. Not anymore. Dude has gotten his shot this year and he’s killing it. More so than our boy Reggie Gilbert. More so than Clay Matthews or Perry. Might be time to sit Perry for a while so he can rub the appropriate amount of dirt on whatever is ailing him and get back in there. Fackrell has eight sacks on the season, by the way, to lead the Packers.


About The Author

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

19 Comments on "Five More Thoughts On Packers’ 27-24 Loss To Seahawks"

  1. Skinny

    Ive always pegged you as a Duncan Sheik guy behind closed doors Monty. “She runs away.” But Is Sackrell the best defensive player the Packers have had since Reggie White?

  2. When you look at NFL scout reports they usually peg a players strengths and weaknesses fairly well. There are always some hits and misses, but overall the scouts usually get it right (see Hundley). It is up to a coaching staff to increase the players strengths and reduce or eliminate the players weaknesses. It also helps to put a player in a scheme or position that hides the players weaknesses and showcases the players strengths.

    Some of Fackrell’s sacks came late against the Bills, but all pass rushers want to be in a game at those times and they build up their sack totals. Fackrell has shown some pass rush moves. Maybe Fackrell has just finally picked it up, but I want to believe Pettine and his staff have coached up Fackrell and put Fackrell in positions to make him more productive. Something Capers and Capers staff did not get done.

    Right now Fackrell is what some scouts said he could become. Just read the attached weaknesses and strengths from scout(s).

    http://www.nfl.com/draft/2016/profiles/kyler-fackrell?id=2555340

  3. PF4L

    I guess i have to explain my Jimmy Graham post that i’ve written recently. There was a point i was trying to make that i figured someone would catch on to.

    So anyway…the point of me making fun of his broken thumb was that it was broken unnecessarily. You don’t block people by putting your fingers in their face mask. Maybe they are coaching that in the Pro’s now idk, but my coaches in high school didn’t teach that.

    In other words, if he wasn’t being a bonehead, he wouldn’t have a broken thumb. So now if he misses games we keep paying him $812,000 each game he misses because of his stupidity.

    I’m not mad about it, because my expectations of this team are, and were basically nill before the season started, most of you know that. The other reason i’m not mad about it is because he fits right in to the incompetence and circus atmosphere of this team. So i tend to chalk it up as entertainment fodder as much as i can.

    I just thought someone else would have picked up on that. I haven’t even seen an outside writer or talking head bring it up.

    You want entertainment? You want a laugh? If i assume (we don’t know yet) but if i assume Graham is out for the season, here’s how the numbers break out on free agent tight ends the last 2 seasons.

    Martellus Bennett…7 games played, 233 yards, 0 TD’s…….$7.3 million

    Lance Kendricks…26 games (so far), 306 yards, 2 TD’s…..$4 million

    Jimmy Graham….10 games, 452 yards, 2 TD’s….$13.25 million

    Marcedes Lewis….10 games(so far), 35 yards, 0 TD’s…..$2.1 million

    Robert Tanyan……1 recepetion, 54 yards, 0 TD’s…..$480,000

    So…in almost 2 seasons, these 5 free agent tight ends have provided the Packers with 1,080 yards and 4 TD’s. All that for the low low price of only 27 million 130 thousand freaking dollars.

    (For comparison…Jared Cook, 25 games, 1,234 yards (so far), 5 TD’s….$10.975 million)

    Am i the only one that see’s this as a problem?

    I can almost hear someone saying….”Yea but, they also block!!!”…….. LMAO

    Think free agent tight end R.O.I. has been bad? Now take all the other free agents that have been signed the last two seasons, add up their production as well, then add up that cost……then combine them all. Then feel free to throw up.

    Ted, Gute, Russ…take a bow.

    I’ll grade it an F+. The + is for trying.

    • Ferris

      It’s Tonyan…and his one catch was a TD. So he wins the best value award. What is the + for? Just an F is generous, it’s closer to a zero or an incomplete. Just like Animal House GPAs. Mr. Blutowski 0.0.

        • Ferris

          Just messing with you. I’ll take that education level as the new Packers President. You’d do better than Alfred. You just need to know how to count money apparently, winning does not matter.

    • Skinny

      Hey the Pack gave a 35 qb with injury history and spotty recent playoff success 80 million this year to skip passes, throw behind receivers and ignore checkdowns. 27 million in two years spent on TEs is nothing.

        • PF4L

          And 58 million spent on a non productive OLB who has “real injury history” is nothing. And spending 5 million on a ineffective has been D-lineman is nothing. Spending 5 million on an ineffective corner who’s trying to pretend he’s now a “tackling” safety is nothing. And spending 7.3 million on a mal-content tight end is nothing.

          Anymore words of wisdom skinny?

  4. Savage57

    I chuckled and shook my head when I saw this site praising Kyler Fackrell.

    Stay consistent and piss and moan about the fact he lost contain on Wilson’s read option for a first down late in the fourth. It’s what you do.

    • PF4L

      He’s right…..

      Although credit should be given to outstanding single game performances, it isn’t enough body of work to claim a player has arrived, or we just found our pass rusher, or we just found our corner, or running back, etc.
      We can’t crown anyone until they do it consistently.

      This mistake seems to happen in a cyclical manner, player after player, year after year, then they fade out.
      We all remember Ty’s 5.9 average carry per game, well all remember the praise heaped on Randall and Rollins the 1st season, when they fixed our cornerback situation. You get the picture.

      This won’t be popular, but i’m not even crowning Aaron Jones yet, although he seems the most likely to succeed, i have to see a larger body of work. Even more so with Fackrell.

  5. Kato

    If Kyler Fackrell indeed is developing in a quality starter that would be a huge break for the Packers as they would only need to find one more OLB.

    Apparently Mike Daniel’s and his 10 tackles are going to be missing a few weeks

    • PF4L

      Very accurate on the Fackrell statement, and well articulated prefaced with the “if”. Good call.

      If Mike Daniels isn’t available, we can pretty much kiss our Super Bowl dreams goodbye. We can hardly afford to lose a 10 million dollar play maker right now.

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