PackCap: Heartless Packers Fall Apart Yet Again
The Replacements is one of my favorite football movies. Is it cheesy? Yes. Is it unrealistic? At times. Is it rewatchable? You bet you ass. There’s a scene at the end where the reporter asks Gene Hackman, who plays coach Jimmy McGlinty, what needs to change and he says ‘Heart.’ Then beats his chest for the next few minutes before the return of Shane Falco. Green Bay lacks heart. They lack identity which I feel plays into the heart. The passion for the game is not there with the Packers. After an encouraging turn in the right direction for Green Bay against Los Angeles, they went in the other direction and back to stalling. No one knows what this team is about right now, and time is running out.
Packers offense continues to lack creativity
Zero clue about the Packers offense at this point. Joe Philbin coming back did not solve anything. McCarthy’s play calls are ones that worked five years ago. He is not innovative at all with this team. Davante Adams predictably got shut down by Stephon Gilmore. Instead using Tae as an underneath receiver and attempt more YAC-like plays, McCarthy did the same shit with Adams. Marquez Valdes-Scantling had four big plays, but he did not receive enough targets. McCarthy failed to trust the run in the first half even though that was the thing getting chunk yardage for the team.
The defense didn’t really miss Haha
The media might try to play up the idea that Green Bay needed Ha Ha Clinton-Dix out there, but that’s bullshit. They played alright. Tramon Williams had some ups and downs at free safety. And they had to adjust in a major way with Jermaine Whitehead getting ejected for the softest reason possible and Kentrell Brice leaving with a knee injury. Without Rob Gronkowski, they did not have a threat to tear up safeties. I thought about this today… Which tight end do you worry about on the Packers upcoming schedule? Maybe Kyle Rudolph? Trey Burton? Maybe another reason why Clinton-Dix was tradeable had something to due with all the bad tight ends Green Bay is facing down the stretch.
Could Zook be on the chopping block this week?
Green Bay might make a statement this week by firing Ron Zook. To me, he seems like the perfect one to go as a perceived shake-up. Zook had multiple special teams penalties this week with the offside call to start the game, and the roughing the punter penalty on a 4th and 21. At some point, a coach needs to catch heat for what’s going on with this team. Feels like Zook would be that guy.
Packers return home to what will be a likely solemn crowd of Milwaukeeans to see them take on the Miami Dolphins. CBS flexed this game to 3:25 because we all want to see Brock Osweiler versus a lifeless Packers team. This could be a get right spot for Green Bay’s offense, but I’m at the point of ‘I’m not sure that’s possible’