The wounds are still fresh for me, as I'm sure it is for many of you, as well. After a nearly perfect season, our Pack fell short of our playoff expectations and made a quick exit. There were a lot of factors we can point to as to why the Packers lost yesterday: dropped passes, fumbles, missed opportunities, and Rodgers being very uncharacteristic and missing open guys.
While all of these in no doubt contributed to our downfall yesterday, the number one culprit was, without a doubt, the defense. We've been getting by with our defense giving up more yards than our offense gained during the regular season. It only worked because nearly every week Aaron Rodgers
was Aaron Rodgers and was simply amazing. We had relied upon our defense to come up with timely turnovers and timely stops. None of these factors happened yesterday. Eli Manning
had seemingly all day on some occassions to pick apart the Pack's 32nd ranked defense. The only pass rush the Packers seemed to get was when Capers called blitzes to get at Manning which would either leave a guy open or, and this was more frequent, a defensive back would have a lapse in coverage for a split second in which Manning would expose for a gain. It seemed like a losing battle in that department for most of the game.
For those of you who believe in silver linings, I believe there is a few here. For one thing, while it would've been awesome to win back to back Super Bowls, our team can now appreciate what they did last year and look to do something similar to that next year (but, I'm also hoping it doesn't take them until the last week of the season to secure a playoff berth). Also, as many have said, we now have the 28th pick in the upcoming draft. Not only do we know this but we know what TT is going to be looking to address: a rush OLB opposite Clay, a 3-4 DE (or 2), DBs, and O-line depth. Many, as well as myself, would love to see Nick Perry end up in a Green Bay Packers
uniform come next season but the draft is also very far away. Still, the position we're in could be worse.
To sum up, defense is what lost it yesterday for us. We ran into a hot team that could protect the passer which subsequently allowed him to pick the D apart. Let's make no mistake though: the Green Bay Packers are still an elite team in this league and with the defense being sured up, they'd be nearly impossible and would more than likely bring another Lombardi Trophy back to Titletown. Go Pack Go!!
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