Most Packers fans feel like this season is on life support and for good reason. They have not looked anything like the team we thought they were. That being said we are not far off from being 4-1 and really should be 3-2.
Maybe with a few tweaks, some added juice and a little luck, we can turn this thing around.
These five things would be a good start.
1. More Nick Perry, Less Eric Walden
Listen, Walden is a solid player, an overachiever. However, he has reached his potential.
If Perry isn’t already a better player than him now, he will be soon. He is improving every game with last Sunday at Indy being his best game yet. His stats are nearly identical with Clay Matthew’s rookie season at this point and Clay played more snaps.
He has always been stout against the run, and is getting better in coverage. He has amazing power, with speed and explosion to match.
Once he figures out how to use his hands better, it’s a wrap!
2. NO MORE DOLLAR!
All of these crazy formations, the dollar, psycho, etc, cut all of them. If the point of these formations is to confuse the opposing offense, why is it that our defense is the one that always seems to be confused? Blown coverages, people not lined up correctly, pre-snap penalties – you name it.
The Packers have 11 rookie or second year players on you D and most are in the secondary. Dom, you need to adjust your strategy to fit your young talent (pretend your job depends on it).
3. Spread it out
Our offensive line has come in any variety of awful you could think of. And with only two other linemen on the entire roster, we are stuck with them.
So what do we do?
We need to use the one advantage we still have, our stable of thoroughbreds at wide receiver. Spreading them four or five wide and using three-step drops forces defenses to be less aggressive, and more reactive.
Fire fast, don’t let them breathe – that’s how the West as won, and it can work for the Pack, too.
4. Get a mid-season boost
Some people have given up on getting any contribution from Greg Jennings this year. Not me. I believe he will be back with a chip on his shoulder and better then ever.
Another is Davon House. I saw enough ability in one preseason game to believe he can start when healthy.
Finally, let’s not forget about James Starks. Talent has never been his issue. If he can get healthy and stay healthy it will only help us.
5. Upset the Texans this week.
Have you ever heard of the saying “it has gotten late, early” well packers fans this is where we are.
This game could literally be the difference between making the playoffs or going 8-8 (or even worse). McCarthy teams have a habit of bouncing back from bad performances, and last Sunday definitely qualifies as such.
It will not be easy, they will have to go through Hell, but if that whistle blows and the Packers are victorious you can throw the first five games out of the window, it’s a whole new season.