Despite his slow start last week, Griffin remains the Key to Washington’s success
Week two is here and many are thankful. I know I am. It’s time to look forward and put the loss at San Francisco and questions about the mechanics of a Clay Matthews haymaker to the head behind us. The Green Bay Packers will host the Washington Redskins this Sunday in their 2013 home opener.
When the 2013 schedule was announced, this game appeared to be a stiff challenge to the Packers defense, who had struggled against mobile quarterbacks. After watching Green Bay stifle San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last week, followed by a poor performance by Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III in the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles in week one, there is a bit more confidence in the air that the Packers can and should get their first win of the season.
While it’s never wise to take any opponent lightly, it’s especially unwise against a good head coach who has had much success against your franchise and with a quarterback who still has decent athletic ability, albeit on a hobbled knee. Griffin was cleared to play late in the preseason and despite missing all of Redskins training camp and all four preseason games, he was named the week one starter. After a wretched first half against the Eagles, Griffin stormed the ‘Skins back in the second half, only to fall short in the end. Still, it was a sign that Griffin can still be very effective and will be a focal point of the Green Bay defense this week. Read more... (2020 words + 3 images, estimated 8:05 mins reading time)
Posted in 2010 - 2011 Season
,2010 Regular Season
,Special Teams Coaches
by Kris Burke
Chill out, Cheesehead Nation.
First, I’m just as upset as anyone over the Packers’ loss to the Lions as anyone. It shouldn’t have happened. The Packers easily were and are the better team.
With that out of the way, I’m telling my fellow fans to lay off the head coach. Mike McCarthy had an off game and made some mistakes. He is human. Had that 4th and 1 play connected, we would all be calling him a genius. So back off.
The only thing more shameful than the performance of the Packers this past week has been the conduct of some of their fans on sports talk radio and the internet.
The Packers are 8-5 and you want McCarthy canned? Really? Do you think you can do a better job? Do you want to put in all those hours that the job of an NFL coach demands?
No? Then shut up.
So many fans are willing to bash McCarthy for this and that, but when it all comes down to it, they can’t say they could do better. It seems like every time the Packers lose a game, that “McCarthy HAS to be fired! OMG!”
Excuse me. I didn’t realize we expect the Packers to go 16-0 every year. My bad.
The bottom line is the Packers should be much worse than 8-5 given all the injuries. The Packer have enough starters on IR to form a baseball team with more players on the bench. Read more... (649 words + 1 image, estimated 2:36 mins reading time)
Watching a Mike McCarthy press conference always brings out my emotional side. The chuckles, the sneers, the jaw-drops, the yelling, the abusing of my computer monitor. Good thing I don’t work in an office full of people.
I am often left wondering, does McCarthy really believe the s**t he drops on us every week? Does he get a kick out of insulting beat reporters and fans with the same empty promises and catch-phrases? After this Tampa debacle, a real coach would have just come out and said: We stunk today – players, coaches, collectively we were horses**t. I promise you it will NOT happen again as long as I am coach of this team.
Instead, what was heard was the Mike Milquetoast show. A few examples:
QUOTE: “We have four individuals on our offensive staff that I’d be very confident in coaching the offensive line… I think Shawn Slocum has done a good job in putting his print on what we’re trying to do… But our problems to me aren’t teaching and scheme, they do not fall in that area.”
MY COMMENT: Yet every week, the Packers are hurt by self-inflicted wounds. Missed assignments, mis-communications, bad decisions, penalties, etc. And he thinks the coaches have all done a good job. So is coach McCarthy saying the players are too dumb to execute what they are taught? Or is he saying he’s coached them perfectly and they’re just not good enough? Read more... (772 words + 1 image, estimated 3:05 mins reading time)