Re: Official Post Game thoughts, rants, and observationa
Ok my two pennyworth on this.
Firstly pass protection - hello OL !
this means stopping the defender from getting past you or getting pressure on the QB. The way our line have been lately my 13 yr old daughter could get past them - especially that 'tub o' lard' McKinnie. Johnson isn't the most mobile of QB's and so needs more than a micro-second of time to at least start looking to his receivers .. or even check down.
Next play action - this is only effective if you do on occasions. Doing it on every passing play fools no-one, not even the Pack's DL. On one occasion they simply ignored it and damn near flattened Brad. Limit it to once a quarter if you really need it to be effective
Penalties cost games - please emphasis this during the film reviews this week. The offside on the onside kick I can just about manage given the situation. The penalty for illegal blocking during the opening KR in the second half is just plain stupid and the sign of a half-assed effort at playing the game.
pass defense - ok the D have played out of their skins this year and been the main reason we have stayed in games. Our run D is better than our pass D but do we really need to allow 3 consecutive third down conversions with a pass to Driver? Once ok it happens, twice is getting careless and three times is piss-poor. Add to that the TD pass almost at half time and there are signs that the DC and DBs are not on the same page for defending in those circumstances.
I expect this to be improved next season with James and Greenway back but thats then and won't help now.
Pressure the QB - Favre hates the Dome and makes no secret of it - why? because we have gone after his ass in every game there. Yesterday we seemed to nothing of the sort and so he sat back there picking his passes. We should at least have sent some decent blitzes after him early in the game if only to get him rattled and start him getting jittery.
Childress says that the game starts with the lines - he needs to get them working well this week so that we can see an improvement for next week.
Time spent annoying a Packer fan is never time wasted...