Posted in 2011 - 2012 Season
,2011 Regular Season
by Adam Czech
Shields just one of many who had down years...
Man, this blog has turned into a depressing place this week. Scroll through the titles of the last couple of posts and you’ll see words like “regression” and “loss” mixed with phrases like “it’s over” and “fart in the wind.”
It’s probably best to make sure you don’t have any sharp objects nearby while reading.
This post is no exception. After coming up big in 2010, several Packers on defense took a step backwards. Who regressed the most?
After Williams got the best of Calvin Johnson on Thanksgiving, I thought the Tramon of 2010 was back. It looked like he was healthy and ready to blanket the other team’s No. 1 receiver as the Packers headed down the home stretch.
It didn’t happen.
Instead of taking the next step and establishing himself as a legit No. 1 CB in the NFL, Williams started giving up big play after big play. In addition to struggling in coverage, Williams was a tackling liability (his tackling was especially pathetic in the Christmas game against the Bears). He capped his lackluster season by allowing seven catches in eight attempts for 125 yards in the playoff loss to the Giants. Read more... (722 words + 1 image, estimated 2:53 mins reading time)
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Which Packers Defensive Players Took the Biggest Step Backward in 2011?
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Mike McCarthy has addressed the 800 pound gorilla in the room. In public. At a press conference. Two press conferences, actually. Yes… I’m talking about Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy.
I’ll be honest. I usually find Mike McCarthy press conferences to be rather entertaining. Not because they’re any good, but more because I derive some sick pleasure in seeing how many ways McCarthy can say the same thing – usually nothing.
And then there are the flat out jaw-dropping comments, like after the Bears debacle when he claimed that he thought the run game had been productive.
But this week has been different. Never one to be too forthcoming in his comments to the media, especially regarding the psyche of his team, McCarthy talked about the Packers players and what could perhaps be a wave of unrealistic expectations in the locker room. It’s something I’m sure no Packers player would want to admit, but have they fallen prey to all the Super Bowl talk? Are they looking ahead and not focusing on being their best week to week?
In his post-game press conference on Sunday, when asked if he was happy with HOW his team played, McCarthy said the following:
I’m happy that we won the game because I knew we were going to be stressed in a couple areas going into this game. I think sometimes false expectations get built because of the past, because of numbers, and because of individuals. Read more... (949 words + 3 images, estimated 3:48 mins reading time)
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