Wednesday, October 25, 2006

What We've Learned

After the win over Miami there has been a lot of positive talk going on here on the internets and such about our favorite little team. While I always feel good after a win (particularly now that they're so rare) I still get a few too many antsies in my pantsies thinking about the Packers having turned any corners.

I love that the offense is still generating enough points to win most weeks. This despite an O-line that is either young and improving or comicly inept. Or, I suppose, somewhere in the middle of those definitions. Assuming Greg Jennings can be on the field we are still limited to two legit wideouts, a tight end that either A) catches the ball and falls down or B) bats the ball in the air in dismay and a group of running backs that collectively are below average. Thankfully we have a QB that knows a thing or three about how to play the game. But with this group it's impressive that we can score the way that we do.

The defense is another thing altogether. I don't know exactly what it is but I know it's ugly. I think I could throw for 300 on these guys and I can't even figure out the stupid passing cone deal on Madden. I still don't know why teams don't just run constant fly patterns against our corners. Harris and Woodson are fine when they just have to stick with a guy short term but their deep ball skills seem pretty iffy. Then you add in Nick Collins who can hit a bit, plays the run well and has absolutely zero ability to play the ball in the air. It's a little scary. I hesitate to even mention Marquand Manuel. I rarely see him doing much of anything other than tapping a guy when he's down because the play has already been made.

I can see wins against Arizona and Buffalo and I can even see one against the Vikings coming up in the next few weeks. This isn't misguided. The Packers have clearly played better on the road then at home and for all of Minnesota's bluster they still haven't done much. They beat Washington with a beat up Portis, Carolina without Steve Smith, Detroit thanks to Kitna going all TJ Rubley in the 4th quarter and Seattle without Shaun Alexander or Hasselbeck for the second half. Those teams without those players are not any good. The Vikings are designed for 9-7 every year with an immediate loss to the first team in the playoffs they face.

But even with seeing those wins I'm guessing we're gonna give up something north of 900 passing yards in those games. In the long run that's not going to win much of anything. Maybe I'm still traumatized by the 414 we just gave up to freaking Joey Harrington or maybe I'm still traumatized by the smokin' hot (from the neck down)photos of Daunte in a bikini. At first I wasn't sure if it was him but then I saw the tiny hands and knew it really was his body.

I'm fired up to see what Sanders and Mike III can do to rectify the passing defense. We're nearly halfway done with the season and I've seen definite improvement throughout the team. Except for that one area. Until we hold someone to 200 yards passing (and that doesn't mean giving up 175 on the ground) then we'll have a team worth really talking about.

3 comments:

Packman said...

Yeah, are offense is looking better even though we go through recievers like Hershell Walker goes through carbon monoxide.

The defense is in sad shape.

Coach Carl said...

It's a a mystery to me why this D sucks so badly....I thought that the money spent and the guys brought in would make some sort of difference, but unfortunately it doesn't seem to have worked out that way, does it? While the Packers had the #1 ranked pass defense last year (of course that was a function of the fact that they were awful against the run--no one HAD to pass on them) they've tumbled to the last spot this year. Woodson, in MY opinion is vastly overrated and is extremely old, as is Harris...and what about the safties? I thought Manuel was supposed really be something--well, he's something all right, but a top-notch safety isn't one of them....BUT even now people, talk about him in the press. like this snip from profootballweekly.com:
"Wondering why the Seattle defense has been giving up the deep ball more frequently after seeming to fix that problem last season? We hear one reason is the free-agent departure of Marquand Manuel, who was considered a first-rate on-field communicator who almost never made assignment mistakes."
Never made assignment mistakes??? WHAT has he been in the right spot more than a half-dozen times this season?? Or have I just missed it??

Something needs to change dramatically here--Sanders needs to go-he's a hold-over from the Bates' school of defense, which gave us the mess we had last season.....and is putting us in an even worse spot this year....

Coach Carl said...

It's a a mystery to me why this D sucks so badly....I thought that the money spent and the guys brought in would make some sort of difference, but unfortunately it doesn't seem to have worked out that way, does it? While the Packers had the #1 ranked pass defense last year (of course that was a function of the fact that they were awful against the run--no one HAD to pass on them) they've tumbled to the last spot this year. Woodson, in MY opinion is vastly overrated and is extremely old, as is Harris...and what about the safties? I thought Manuel was supposed really be something--well, he's something all right, but a top-notch safety isn't one of them....BUT even now people, talk about him in the press. like this snip from profootballweekly.com:
"Wondering why the Seattle defense has been giving up the deep ball more frequently after seeming to fix that problem last season? We hear one reason is the free-agent departure of Marquand Manuel, who was considered a first-rate on-field communicator who almost never made assignment mistakes."
Never made assignment mistakes??? WHAT has he been in the right spot more than a half-dozen times this season?? Or have I just missed it??

Something needs to change dramatically here--Sanders needs to go-he's a hold-over from the Bates' school of defense, which gave us the mess we had last season.....and is putting us in an even worse spot this year....