Who would have thought it would be the Packers’ defense that was most affected by Aaron Rodgers’ injury? Since Rodgers went down the defense has been shredded by the Bears and Eagles, giving Seneca Wallace or Scott Tolzien no help at all. It has been an alarming turn of events that should have Dom Capers treading on thin ice.
If not Capers then Ted Thompson should be feeling the heat for drafting poor players. I think it is more Capers and his outdated defense. Mike McCarthy has never fired a coach in mid-season, but if the Eli Manning and the Giants rip the Packers up again next Sunday that might, and really should change. We have hearing how they are “going to get that cleaned up” for three years now and it has yet to happen.
Sometimes change for the sake of change is good. Take the Baltimore Ravens, who last year fired their offensive coordinator with six games to go and went on to win the Super Bowl. The Packers’ defensive players are not responding to Capers and the longer McCarthy lets it go on the deeper into the abyss the Packers will fall.
The backup to the backup, Tolzien was somewhat impressive in relief of Wallace, who was hurt on the Packers’ first drive. Two bad interceptions and two plays that his receivers should have made tainted an otherwise solid performance. He threw for 280 yards and a touchdown and even added a 19-yard run for good measure. Tolzien will start next week and barring injury will be the guy until Rodgers gets back, regardless of Wallace’s health or the probable Matt Flynn addition.
The Packers are in a must-win situation this week as both the Lions and Bears will be favorites against the Steelers and Ravens, respectively. The Packers have to get to at least ten wins to make the playoffs and like the Bears last year, that might not even be good enough in the NFC.
I just can’t see the Packers’ defense suddenly flipping the script and turning into a playoff caliber defense overnight. Not with the current leadership. Capers in no Fritz Shurmur, who could take his and beat yours or take yours and beat his. Capers one jam is played out and McCarthy’s blind faith in him is holding the team back.