Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions: 2013 Game 4
Unfiltered game day blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
The Packers have have had two weeks to stew and get sick of answering questions about play-calling, injuries, MM-AR relationship and more. They can take the field today and make all of that go away by playing like the better team.
Some great injury news. Morgan Burnett and Clay Matthews are in, Calvin Johnson is out!
Today’s captains for the Packers: - WR James Jones (offense), DL Ryan Pickett (defense) and LS Brett Goode (special teams).
Inactives for today:
Green Bay Packers
29 CB Casey Hayward
44 RB James Starks
51 LB Nate Palmer
64 G/C Greg Van Roten
86 TE Brandon Bostick
93 DE Josh Boyd
98 DE C.J. Wilson
13 WR Nate Burleson
17 QB Kellen Moore
25 RB Mikel Leshoure
36 CB Jonte Green
64 G Leroy Harris
66 T LaAdrian Waddle
81 WR Calvin Johnson
Bye Week: Pretty much everybody that went into the bye week injured came back, with exception of Casey Hayward. Our best week of practice.
Work during Bye Week: because of the rules, there isn’t much you can do with the players, so for them, it’s more a chance to go back home, spend time with family, etc. Gives us as a chance on the coaching staff to get ahead of the curve,
Burnett: Every unit has a key communicator. Morgan is the guy to make sure the front end is tied to the back end. Safety position is like playing QB in a multi-scheme defense like ours.
Calvin Johnson: Big loss. He’someone you’re aware of in every formation. Thought they were doing a great job of playing him out of the slot position.
Reggie Bush: He’s a play maker running and catching the football. Perimeter screens, middle screens, they’re doing a great job with him. Stafford and Bush really compliment each other.
Stafford: Look at his numbers. People tend to overlook him a little. Schematically, he challenges defenses as much as anybody. Very well coached.