Seeing Ezekiel Elliott on the first drive it is hard not to think that he’s likely going to be dominant for years. That’s frightening.
Read option flashbacks. Someone might want to contain Prescott on occasion.
Lacy appeared early to be a half step slower. Just kidding. He jumped over a dude. Phat Eddie looks good.
On the first drive the Packers changed personnel and threw a lot of timing routes and quick hits. And it seemed to work.
Jordy, where are you? We miss you.
On third and twelve it is alarming that Rodgers had 48 seconds in the pocket and had zero throws to make. Rodgers’ struggles are becoming more and more concerning. It’s not just an errant throw here or there, it’s consistently mediocre play. Unfortunately for the Packers, in the salary cap era you must have top play when you pay your quarterback a lot of money. You cannot win otherwise.
With all of that said, Rodgers still has the physical tools to play as well as he always has. Every problem seems mental. If he can overcome those, he will be back. But he must overcome those issues.
Don’t ever say Lacy doesn’t have heart, he is working through a lot of pain right now.
You know when baseball teams have to have fielders pitch? We are about to see the football equivalent of that for the Packers.
Rodgers’ play continues to alarm. Cobb had the back beat on the fourth down play late in the second quarter. Rodgers just underthrew it. This isn’t a once in awhile thing.
The Cowboys have zero timeouts. They are pinned deep. They are probably just looking to get to halftime with the lead. And they end up with a 97 yard touchdown drive highlighted by Ladarius Gunter trying to hip check a receiver instead of, oh, I don’t know… covering him? The defense held up a long time, but the offense may very well make the wheels come off.
The problems today aren’t just problems that have just surfaced, but they are all coming together. An offense based on isolation routes that requires the receivers to beat their men is not going to succeed when the receivers consistently cannot beat their men. Seems fundamental. When Rodgers was on, he could fit balls into tight windows and hide these deficiencies. Now that he’s not hitting those windows, every problem becomes more pronounced.
McCarthy’s message isn’t getting through any more. He may still be an excellent coach, but his time in this locker room has passed. It’s time to consider moving on. The problem is that Thompson will never consider that mid-season (and truth is he probably shouldn’t) but also he may not consider it at all. The biggest fear for every Packer fan is that this stagnation and mediocrity will continue. Based on what we have seen in the last two years, there is little reason to be optimistic.
If Rodgers can’t make miracle throws and he can’t protect the ball, what can he do?
And there goes Morgan Burnett making this worth watching. And after that, Cobb gets wide open and Rodgers sails it. This isn’t getting better.
A field goal. Yay. Well, at least Mason Crosby fantasy owners are happy.
Is this rock bottom? Packers fans feel like they’ve asked that question before. The real worry is that nothing will change. Ever. That the franchise will still try to exist on offensive successes past. Rodgers needs someone who can get in his head and convince him to focus on fundamentals. He still seems to have the physical tools, but does he have the ability to play this game at the levels he used to? Can he straighten things out in his head? Those are the questions most of us want answered.
Zach Heilprin summed it up well after the touchdown to Cobb.
The difficult thing with Rodgers is when you see throws like that. It's still there…
— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) October 16, 2016
I guess time will tell.