It’s Time to Change the Culture in Green Bay
The Packers were embarrassed again on national television by Washington, leaving them at a shocking 4-6 record. Many people pegged the Packers among the NFC’s elite, but their sub-.500 record only has them ahead of three NFC teams: Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco. Those teams are really bad, and the Packers are closer to being on their level than they are the teams ahead of them in the standings.
Green Bay surrendered three Kirk Cousins home run balls within the first 11 minutes of a crucial fourth quarter of a 42-24 loss that was a final attempt to save any potential playoff hopes. The secondary is terribly banged up, but this is a unit that also allowed 47 points last week on the road in Nashville. The organization should make defensive coordinator Dom Capers find his own transportation home because he doesn’t deserve a job with the way this team has performed over the last six seasons on defense.
That same defensive unit is home to several recent first-round picks. These highly-touted picks that Packers fans are waiting to break out are doing pretty much the opposite. Nick Perry is invisible unless Clay Matthews is healthy on the other side. Datone Jones isn’t a factor on the defensive front. Damarious Randall got torched before his injury. HaHa Clinton-Dix has shown signs, but he hasn’t been a game-changing safety by any stretch. This is general manager Ted Thompson’s fault. At 63 years old and with the Packers regressing, the team may want to re-evaluate who is in charge of the personnel. Thompson’s philosophy is predicated around successful draft and development and ignoring the free-agent market. But boy, when it doesn’t work, it looks really bad
Unfortunately for Mike McCarthy and his offense, Jordy Nelson’s return from an ACL tear wasn’t the answer to all the unit’s problems. In an offense that has had the likes of Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, Ty Montgomery, and Jared Cook at his disposal, McCarthy’s stubborn and rather unproductive offensive scheme has seen far too much isolation, attempts at establishing a running game – one where Aaron Rodgers ends up the team’s leading rusher nearly every Sunday, and sets with a fullback and Richard Rodgers involved.
Green Bay is Titletown. It hasn’t been Titletown since winning Super Bowl XLV in the 2010 season. Ten years is a long time in the NFL. Mike McCarthy is in his 10th year. Ted Thompson hired him. McCarthy brought Capers onto the staff. It’s time for some changes in Green Bay.
The NFL is in a state of disarray. There is a lack of quality in the NFL, and the Packers have an elite quarterback in Aaron Rodgers. It’s inexcusable for them to be 4-6, and some recognition in the offseason should reflect that.