Mike McCarthy is Pissed!

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Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy have an argument

Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy have an argument

And so are we. Mike McCarthy, with steam coming out of his ears, remarked about a certain issue that needed to be fixed after his Green Bay Packers lost to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

He didn’t go into detail.

On Monday, he did. The Packers’ fourth-quarter performance.

In short, it’s been shit all season.

When the Packers have been up, they’ve let teams storm back. In the last two games, they’ve let teams hold the ball and run out the clock.

In other words, the defense can’t make any plays and can’t get the hell off the field. When the Packers are up — when they have Aaron Rodgers — that doesn’t matter so much. When they’re down, as they have been against Chicago and Philly the past couple weeks, it’s magnified.

So, McCarthy said he was going to make some changes. Well, unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to change the defense’s crappy fourth-quarter performance.

“What I’m disappointed in, and it’s gone on all year is our fourth-quarter performance,” said McCarthy, whose team is being outscored 83-46 in the fourth quarter at the season’s halfway point.

“We’re not playing our best football when it counts. I’m obviously frustrated with it. We’ll continue to, we don’t have a drill for it, particularly on Mondays, but it’s something we’ve been emphasizing and to see it happen again (Sunday) is obviously disappointing and frustrating.”

There’s really only two things we can point at here.

It’s either the scheme, which falls on defensive coordinator Dom Capers, or the personnel.

When you look at the latter aspect, the defense hasn’t played well at all in the past two weeks. In fact, it looks like everyone has regressed. You can start with the secondary and go right up to the defensive line.

Oh, we’re loaded in the secondary and the defensive line is the strength of the team! Well, no. At least not in the past two weeks.

It’s become clear that the Packers need to outscore teams and then hang on in order to win. This defense isn’t going to carry the day. That’s the way it’s always been as long as Ted Thompson has been in town and that’s the way it is this year.

It’s great how Ted is able to find undrafted guys who can play every year. In fact, I’d argue he’s the best in the business at that. But maybe it’s time to stock that defense with guys who can play right now and not three years from now.

You’d probably have to sign some free agents to do that, though.

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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

32 Comments on "Mike McCarthy is Pissed!"

  1. daveq

    Ya, TT signing a few quality FA to step in and bolster the keystone cops we have had in our secondary is about as likely as Favre signing today and playing against the Giants.
    Aint gonna happen with ole tightwad teddy, so prepare for more of the same soft bullshit defense we have watched for years. 2010 is looking more and more like a fluke…

    • vj

      Thank you…and yes, it was a one time fluke…the Packers were building a perennial powerhouse at one time but then very average drafting reared its ugly head. I don’t think I need to go into a written review of all of those bad picks…for every worthwhile player we got through the draft, we had at least twice as many ultimately disappoint or never live up to their potential or their contract (Matthews, Hawk to name a couple). Some of that is freak injuries one could argue but when it happens so often it begins to look like a trend.

  2. Iltarion

    MM’s MO has always been to get the lead and hold on. Even in 2010. He is the Tiger Woods of coaching.

    Teams have targeted the Packer safeties all year and been successful. Everyone wants to rip the Packer secondary for Sunday, but Foles only had 228 yards and 100 of that came on two passes. On both, Foles threw into double coverage, and the Packer safety blew the play.

    It doesn’t matter how good your corners are if you don’t get a pass rush and your safeties suck. We should know. We play against the Lions and Vikings every year, and they’ve both have had the same damn problem for years. It doesn’t matter if you have Antoine Winfield out there if you have no safeties to cover the middle of the field and deep.

    • vj

      Antoine Winfield isn’t even playing as far as I know…maybe you are referring to him being a playmaker a few years ago but the game passed him by.
      Many, many fans saw we needed better safety play leading up to the draft and what does Teddy do? Ignore our obvious need and let San Fran move up and draft one. We never drafted a safety at all in last years draft…oops, do over?

      One name I will give you is Calvin Pryor from Louisville. Google his highlights and lets get him in Rd2 of next years draft!

  3. Najeh Davenportland

    Anyone else notice that the D has played like shit once Brad Jones became a starter again? Coincidence?

      • GBslacker

        I also think that a playoff loss that gives up 51 points deserves an honorable mention — so let’s push it back a couple of more years.

  4. GBslacker

    LBs are too small to battle offensive tackles.

    The FEW that can do it break down.
    The MANY that can’t do it get replaced by the MANY more that can’t do it.

    We’ve gone through this shit year after year, LB after LB.

    Is it any fucking wonder that these guys — giving up 70 pounds — can’t finish a game? can’t rush? can’t set the edge? after 3 quarters of playing their guts out?

    You can’t keep bringing in 238 pound guys and bitching them out when they can’t get the job done.

    It’s a fucked up system that has punks on the dLine, blitzes that never-get-home, and a strong, ill-fated desire to get a turnover.

    And all along there is this over-whelming stench that forgives all lack of effort — living for the next play that *might* produce a turnover.

    • PF4L

      There is a reason Capers doesn’t play a true 3-4 much. they don’t have the personel to do it. So they play “scared” and go in nickel.

  5. PF4L

    This is nothing new. The problems are just magnified because Rodgers is out and can’t “coverup” the weak area’s of the team. So they stand out more in costing the team in wins and losses. It’s too bad that this is what it takes for people to start realizing that segments of this team are pretty bad. Yes, i’m talking about Capers. Rodgers success, has kept the heat and focus off of Capers since 2011. No defense goes from 5th to 32nd (last) in 1 season, then acts like its no big deal. No, it hasn’t helped that our line can’t pass block very good. But maybe in a way this can be turned into a positive thing. As now maybe, JUST MAYBE. Some coaches and Coordinators may have to start being made accountable for their units. I say, about fucking time.

  6. Najeh Davenportland

    Actually our run D had been pretty great up until 2 weeks ago. Forte and McCoy shredded us with Lattimore on the bench.

  7. brad

    No answer, no solution. Really? Put me in as coach on monday. The slackers defense will be running laps until they puke or drop over! And that will only be the beginning!!

    • GBslacker

      and you’ll be forced into league-sanctioned sensitivity meetings, while wearing soft-n-fuzzy pink sweaters!

  8. Deepsky

    Has the defense ever been good in the 4th quarter? I seem to recall that in 2009, Rodgers would put the team ahead only to have the defense give up the winning score to the opposing team.

  9. hate faux fans

    I might be wrong but all the good 3-4 teams have their d coordinator digg into them if they mess up, Kevin greene can’t motivate everyone. If we stay in a 3-4 after thus season get a coach who will be on the sidelines

  10. GBslacker

    We can live beside the Lambeau

    Leave the brats behind

    Get beyond the Capers

    and watch the Pack die

    G G/E G (x3) (sustain)

    • Phatgzus

      Good song, mildly clever lyrics (beyond the Capers? What about “Move on past the Capers”?), all the melodrama of a “Degrassi” marathon.

    • Phatgzus

      Sure let’s sign an expensive, over-the-hill player who the TEXANS, with their All-Madden secondary don’t want, sounds like a plan.

      The Dr. isn’t the answer to the question, but Ed Rees ain’t even on the test.

      • the real russ letlow

        how about we play a little Banjo music? can’t be any worse, and the dude can tackle. No thanks on Ed Reed – old and busted up.

  11. vj

    Actually, we have the personnel to better play a 4-3 base…its like trying to coach up players into positions they’ve never played or have no comfort level with. You could have a line with Jones, Jolly, Neal or Perry playing ends and BJ, CJ, Pickett and Daniels playing inside at Tackle…that way you have more big guys up front, less of the small athletic backers and then call twists and stunts through gaps instead of backers absorbing tackles all of the time or going around the fat guys as they do now.

  12. cd4packers

    Well, I hear Ed Reed is available. Time is running out. The matter of the inept Packer D should have been resolved by now. I would have resolved it a long time ago by releasing Dom Capers prior to the season. We may not even be having this conversation if the man had been given walking papers. I didn’t feel that he deserved a second chance after the Defense fiasco last season. Hopefully, MM’s little pep talk gave the Packer D the needed inspiration to get out there and do their job and stop relying on the Offense to make up for their lack luster play. With no AR on the field to carry them and the D has to start making plays. Either that or start pulling some horseshoes out of their butts. But I doubt that will happen. The football Gods have not been looking down favorably on the Pack this season. It seems our luck has run out. I hope I am wrong.

  13. RGO

    There are serious problems with this team and it ain’t all due to injuries. The defense has sucked since the super bowl win. When a big stop is required you can count of the D to NOT get it done. No pass rush has been an issue for years now. If you do not put pressure on the QB even an average QB will pick you apart. So much for this team being one of the top teams in the NFL this year. Time to focus on hockey, unfortunately.

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