Packers have solvable problems
Jayme Snowden, Packers contributor
Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
There is a new woman working in my building. She doesn’t work for my company, so we don’t talk a lot, but I can tell she’s trying to get to know me.
Based on the amount of Packers posters covering my walls, it is pretty apparent the way to get to know me is to talk Packers football.
So Monday morning, she pops her head into my office and says, “Packers. Pretty rough game this weekend.”
I never know what to say to these kinds of comments. So I responded with a half shrug. “Yeah, uh, kind of, yes.”
Most of the people I know in Cincinnati are more of the casual football fan type. And most do not follow the Packers. So, I just smiled and let her say, “You’ll do better next week,” and we both go back to work.
But while I’m nodding and shrugging, my brain is wandering and addressing her poorly worded statement in my head.
Losses are not fun, but was the game really rough?
It’s not an apples to apples comparison, regular season to divisional round game in the playoffs, but Sunday’s game was markedly better than what happened last January.
After the playoff lost last season, it was hard not to be depressed. Is there anything worse than watching the opponent beat your team in every aspect of the game?
Even the television coverage of Sunday’s game included stats and video feed from the playoff game, as if to say, “Remember how the Packers had no answer? Remember how San Francisco owned them? It’s probably going to happen again.”
But the Packers didn’t let it happen again.
They didn’t win, and at the end of the day winning is what counts, but the Packers didn’t get embarrassed.
They didn’t let the 49ers walk all over them.
The Packers did adjust from last season. They chose a spy in Matthews to pressure Kaepernick and let the rest of the defense work on containing the run and mobile quarterback.
It showed in the final stats, with San Francisco averaging just 2.6 yards per carry compared to the 7.5 yards per carry from the playoff game.
There are things that need to be cleaned up: like ball security and holding penalties.
There are players that need to be smarter; Ross needs to make better choices when returning kicks and the young defensive backs need to grow up in a hurry.
Clearly the secondary still has issues covering the middle of the field.
These are all big problems. They should not be overlooked.
But they are solvable problems.
If the Packers consider themselves a championship caliber team, they will solve them.
The challenge is now on the staff and the team to find the solutions and after seeing the growth from last post season to this season, I’m confident that there will be more growth throughout this season.