I'm disappointed at our play but I also am kind of ok with everything. We have a lot to improve on and that's clear, but it was positive that we were able to stop the best running back in the league. Raji played much more tonight and looked very good. Matthews continues to look like he is going to become something special as well. The run defense looked great, but the pass defense did not. First and foremost Favre had way too much time. On one play he had 7.5 seconds!! That is ridiculous. I was hoping for more pressure but it never came. It's also clear we need to get Kampman with his hand in the dirt rushing the passer more. The guy is a pass rusher, having him drop back 20 yards in coverage just doesn't play to his strengths. Martin looks like he has some potential but it's clear he still isn't very comfortable out there. Getting Bigby back will be huge for us. Caper's will bring more blitzes, which is what we need and there won't be as many lapses in coverage.
Another thing that really killed us was turnovers. Having the ball in their territory 3 times, and not coming up with any points is unacceptable. The blame for the fumble is on Rodgers. Of course it didn't help that Colledge completely wiffed on Allen, but Rodgers has to make sure he holds on to that ball. The interception is also on Rodgers though the play was a terrible play call. You run a comeback or out route on the far side of the field so the wide receiver has space to work with, not to the short side of the field. And the third drive with no points is all on MM and Grant. On that screen pass all Grant had to do was cut it up at the 5 yard line and he walks into the endzone. Instead he goes outside, and then cuts it back to late.
And now it's time to look at MM. On first down he calls a nice play actually. A draw to Grant which gets 3 yards and would probably have been a TD if Grant had any lower body strength. On 2nd down we hand it off to Kuhn, which again I have no problem with. He only had one guy to beat and couldn't do so. So the ball is now at the half yard line on 3rd and goal. Now I'm no rocket scientist but isn't the obvious call a QB sneak? You don't want to hand it off because that gives the Williams' time to bust through the line, and I would think passing would be out of the question also. But lone behold, MM calls a PA, and we end up losing half a yard. So we then go 5 WR, and Rodgers throw one right to Lee's gut and he drops it. That changed the game right there. Had we kicked a FG or scored a TD like we should have, it's a whole different ball game.
I actually did like MM's play-calling throughout the majority of the game. We ran some nice screen passes (which we NEVER ever do), and we started off passing short to open the deep routes up, and to try and hide our oline problems. Looking at this game, I actually feel pretty confident about our next matchup. If we score on one of those 3 squandered opportunities in their territory who knows what could have happened. For the most part our offense moved the ball at will against their defense. Rodgers went for 384 yards, despite having Allen breathing down his back all game. I really kind of feel bad for the guy. Sure, he holds the ball too long sometimes, but keep in mind tonight was only his 20th start. He really looks like a veteran out there, and if we can manage to put an o-line around him, it could be scary to see what he could do.
On a side note, there are some players who I noticed tonight. The first, was Antoine Winfield. I have to say I have never thought he was too good in coverage but he proved me wrong tonight. The guy is an all-around player. The second was T.J. Lang. He looked much better then Colledge tonight and was seeing his first NFL action going against arguably the best defensive end in football. The third, was B.J. Raji. He played a lot more tonight and looked really good. He was getting good penetration pretty much every time I watched him, and was doing it against Hutchinson who is probably the best Guard in the league. The fourth, was Ryan Grant. It's clear he needs to go. The guy just has no vision. Our oline actually opened up some holes for him, but he never seemed to see any of them. In our zone blocking scheme we need a guy who is quicker, and can make fast upfield cuts. Grant cannot do that. The fifth, was none other then Brett Favre. As much as it pains me to say it, the guy still has it. I think things could have been different had he had any pressure on him throughout the game but he didn't. As much I go against Favre, and say I dislike him and all that, there is still a part of me that has some respect for him.
That's my analysis of the game I guess. Sorry it was so long, and if you read through the whole thing then I'm pretty impressed haha. Would love some feedback on some things you guys thought were big throughout the game.