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Lessons from Playoff loss


Just want to give some thoughts on the Packers performance last week and what it might mean as they move forward.

First, Kurt Warner played a near perfect game, so panicking over the defense would be an overreaction. This isn't to say that there aren't problems, but he would have been tough to beat for anyone.

Second, Capers seems to have some difficulty game-planning some QBs. He kept the same game plan from the week before, and seemed unsure how to adjust. Capers is an excellent defensive coordinator, so there is no need for an overreaction. Everyone has weaknesses, you simply have to learn to adapt. He needs to consult the rest of his staff for ideas when facing some offenses. If Winston Moss stays, involve him more on coming up with ways to defend against Favre, Warner, etc.

Third, we've got 2 excellent DBs (Woodson and Collins), 1 good DB (Williams), 1 average DB (Bigby), and then a bunch of guys who shouldn't being playing there in the NFL. Maybe Underwood and Lee will become good players, but of Bush, Bell, Giordano, and Martin; keeping one for special teams makes sense, but you can't have 4 DBs who can't play in the secondary on the squad for special teams. With Lang, Tauscher and Clifton it may be better to draft a db than an OT.

Fourth, McCarthy still tends to go too much for the big play in the wrong situations. The long pass for it all on the first play of overtime was 'gutsy' and with a better throw would have won the game, but that is the problem with that type of play, it is too risky. Then in OT, when you've been unable to stop the other team's offense all game, don't put yourself into a quick 2nd and long situation. Punting wasn't really an option, and they'd been moving the ball the whole second half, the smart call would have been to move it down field with quick passes and running plays.

Fifth, my observation is that the Packers have gone into big games this year, playing a little flat and/or nervous. Against the Cards they started that way, and again to begin the OT. A young team is bound to have some nerves, but a good coaching staff has to know how to get them relaxed and excited.

I think McCarthy needs to hand the offense over to an offensive coordinator so that he can concentrate on being head coach. Philbin in many ways acts as an assistant offensive coordinator. Doing this could help him to watch over some of these less concrete aspects of the team.

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