CREATED Aug. 18, 2013
Life definitely feels better the day after a Packers win. While in the end, wins and losses in the pre-season effectively count for nothing, a positive score line can greatly improve the mood of a fan base.
Winning feels good.
But again, its pre-season, and just like last week’s loss wasn’t the end of the world, this week’s win doesn’t solve everything. After sleeping on it for a night, I have some questions the Packers need to, and can, answer:
1) First string pass defense
There’s two key issues here.
First is the long completion to Givens.
Hyde was alone in coverage, and using the term coverage is being generous. Hyde thought he’d have help, he was late and there was confusion in the Packers secondary. This is a bit concerning.
As Givens brought the ball in, I had flashbacks to the last two seasons; visions of Hall Mary passes and long completions filled my head.
While the play can be a teaching moment for Hyde, who was in on a majority of the defensive snaps last night and rebounded well from the play, it also is a little worrisome to see confusion and a cushion in the secondary. This needs improvement.
Secondly, in the first week of the pre-season three Arizona QBs had passer ratings above 100.
While the second string defense tightened up versus the Rams and held Clemens to a nearly unheard of 0.0 rating, Bradford had a pretty good night, going 8 for 12 for 156 yards and a rating of 109.7.
With Seattle coming to Green Bay next Friday, and a difficult regular season schedule, the Packers defense still needs to tighten up.
2) Who’s the backup quarterback?
I believe the Packers entered the game with Graham Harrell in control of the back up quarterback job. While underwhelming, the Packers seem to stick with the demon they know rather than a shaky unknown.
For Vince Young to get the job, he needs to not just play better than Harrell, but to play about ten times better than Harrell. Neither Young nor Harrell knocked my socks off.
While both did improve their passer ratings, the lack of consistency from both is a little unsettling.
While Coleman shined with a touchdown, his history of high passes and rushed decisions plagued his game once again.
Someone has to step up, and soon.
3) How will David Bakhtiari rebound after giving up a sack?
It didn't appear pretty when Robert Quinn simply stunned Bakhtiari on his way to the QB.
Bakhtiari appeared to fall off Quinn, got turned around and Quinn has a free lane to the Packers most prized possession.
This is going to happen. As a rookie, Bakhtiari will make mistakes, and good players will get past him.
Lacy was in the backfield on the play, but went right. There did appear to be some confusion on the left side of the line pre-snap, and Bakhtiari appeared late off the ball, taking multiple steps backwards before ever connecting with Quinn.
I’m not alarmed at the whiff, but the Packers and Bakhtiari have to learn from it.