Pack-A-Day Podcast - Episode 1509 - Packers/Vikings Postgame Show

On today's show, Alex, Andy, and Perri break down the Packers' 23-7 loss at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings. Was it the lack of preseason reps, was it the coaching, was it the players, or was it all of the above. Find out the full diagnosis and where the Packers go from here. Don't miss it!

On today's show, Alex, Andy, and Perri break down the Packers' 23-7 loss at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings. Was it the lack of preseason reps, was it the coaching, was it the players, or was it all of the above. Find out the full diagnosis and where the Packers go from here. Don't miss it!
 
 

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Harold Drake's picture

September 12, 2022 at 09:47 am

Excellent show! I appreciate your enthusiasm and attempt to give hope to Packers' nation in the face of the looming apocalypse. I am referring to front office management's failure to secure an elite receiver to replace the loss of the NFL's top WR, Davante Adams.

In addition, the Packers also lost MVS who emerged as a good No. 2 target for AR12.

What did the Packers do to fill the absence of their top two receivers?

They added Sammy Watkins, an oft-injured player who is not nearly in the class of Adams.

They drafted Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs as "potential" starting receivers.

Based on the limited evidence of yesterday's abominable loss to the Vikings, it is reasonable to conclude that neither Watson nor Doubs will be able to make up the gaping hole left by the departures of Adams and MVS.

Given that this is likely to be the last or penultimate season that Aaron Rodgers - the NFL's MVP of the past two seasons - will play in Green Bay, Gutekunst should have signed a proven elite wide receiver as insurance in the event that Watson and Doubs cannot make the grade this season.

Instead of signing a Julio Jones who showed good form for the Bucs yesterday, or A.J. Brown (or Hollywood Brown), or D.J. Chark or Allen Robinson or possibly D.K. Metcalf, the Packers tried to save money by opting to find an elite replacement for Adams and MVS in the draft.

Sometimes this does pay off - we have seen the impact of a Chark or Claypool in their rookie seasons - but the odds are against immediate payoff except in the case of the top three or four draft kings which tend to offer greater certainty in the short term (Justin Jefferson is an exception in that he was drafted later in the first round).

Based on the absurdly small sample size of yesterday's game, one must be very anxious over the ability of the Packers to replace Adams and MVS by a revolving committee of receivers and using Aaron Jones to make up the 100+ catches that Adams would normally have been expected to have this season.

The terrible reality is that Watkins was not getting separation yesterday (admittedly, I don't have access to coaches' tape, only the TV broadcast) and Rodgers was forced to hang onto the ball for much longer than normal praying for someone to get open.

Compare this to Tom Brady and Bucs yesterday. Brady would drop back and pick a target within two to three seconds and then fire the ball with great success for the most part, including targets to Julio Jones. Why the Bucs saw value in Jones and Pack did not is another staggering failure of judgment.

Of course, the Packers' offensive line was awful yesterday in the absence of Bakhtiari and Jenkins and Rodgers was hammered on several plays. He won't last 17 games if this continues. And again, how long will the Packers gamble on Bakhtiari's rehab and rely on a second-rate O-line and a third-rate ramshackle group of receivers to allow Rodgers to use his elite skills as a QB.

I also cannot fathom why the CHTV braintrust seems to obsess about running the ball when you have Aaron Rodgers as the QB. This team will never be a run-first offense with AR12 in command and I believe if you have the best passer of all time (Brady gets my vote as the best QB of all time) you need to give him elite WRs and structure the offense around an aggressive passing attack. Look at how Kansas City destroyed Arizona yesterday and showed no ill effects of the loss of Tyreek Hill? Why? Because the Chiefs went out and found Mahomes some good receivers in the form of JuJu Smith-Shuster and.....oh yes, MVS.

I can understand trading away Davante Adams for a top draft picks, but letting MVS leave cost the Packers and Rodgers two-thirds of his starting receiving corps. This is the deficit that the Packers have woefully failed to cover with a retread like Sammy Watkins and a rookie receiver who drops a sure TD pass on the Packers' opening series.

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mbpacker's picture

September 12, 2022 at 12:39 pm

Great show team! Agree with most of what you reported. However, I do have some long-term concerns at the wide receiver group depth. We are relying on two vets, Cobb and Watkins who are on the down side of their carriers and both injury prone. I have doubts both will make it through the season without an injury which they will be out at least of game of two. That leaves Lazzard who really isn't a # 1in my book but a great # 2. That leaves rookies who are going to have to grow up and get connected with 12 in a hurry. Hope I'm wrong, but I would of liked us to go out , somehow, and get a better established receiver. I know there are other variables but do you really think opposing Defenses are going to be concerned with Cobb( big fan of his) or Watkins. If they stay healthy, ok, maybe but I just have concerns there. That is why I think our identity has to rely on the run and staying with it longer. We had it going, still had a whole quarter, but then just went 12 ball. GPG!

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nygary's picture

September 13, 2022 at 02:04 pm

Not having the vast majority of your starters play a single snap in pre season hasn't worked out to well the last two years. The whole David Bac deal is a real joke. Having him take reps with the 1's the week before the first game should have happened the first week of camp. Not only was he unable to play but he also took away reps from the guys who started in the game. I don't care what procedure he may have had in march or what bull shit the front office gives us. Also so ill prepared on defense. What a joke.

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nygary's picture

September 13, 2022 at 02:05 pm

Can't wait for the start of hockey.

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