'Daddy, why does the (Green Bay Packers) defense suck?'


“WHAT THE HELL! ” Vince Lombardi. Photo Credit: USA Today Sports Images

“WHAT THE HELL! ” Vince Lombardi. Photo Credit: USA Today Sports Images

“WHAT THE HELL” those words have been uttered countless times in the last week, two weeks, eight weeks, and 104 weeks.

So often I try to make light of the issues at hand.  Conspiracies, Illuminati and all kinds of other fun things to twist and turn to explain the sickening failures of this team.

But now, there is no grumpiness, there are no conspiracy theories, there is no laughter, there is nothing but unabashed, complete and total frustration, teetering between chaos and anarchy.  I am at that point where I want to drive North, wait at the gates of Lambeau Field and like many other fans, shout out all that we are feeling.

Release the Kraken!

So as a fan where do I focus my anger? Well to quote my 11-year-old daughter who asked, “Dad, why does the defense suck?” I must begin with the one man whose head I have called for countless times in the last few years. Dom Capers, pack you bags and get the hell out of town!!

Dom Capers should be fired!

How do you stop n offense? Don’t ask this man, he can’t stop a taxi … Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Where did you learn to scheme and design defenses? This prevent, soft cushion lack of attack crap that you utilize week-in and week-out can’t stop squat and that is being kind. Do I need to go back and point out every defensive failure that comes at your hands?

Oh wait! You did spend a considerable amount of time studying the run and shoot, pistol, mobile, launch a rocket into space offense that burned you in last year’s playoffs. That sure did a hell of a lot of good this year as the defense gets torched again and again.

God almighty man, you just got your backside handed to you by a green quarterback who completed only a dozen or so passes but made your defense look like Swiss cheese (and that is an insult to Swiss cheese).  You were clueless as to what to do or how to stop it. This is the NFL, “Not For Long” league, well you have been here too long!

Adios!

Besides the fact that your schemes suck pond water, you have yet to resolve the three most glaring issues on defense.

First, tackle. As defined in just about any dictionary it means to physically stop another person’s momentum by impeding their ability to move.  Playing paddycake, pushing and slapping at opposing players does not meet the definition of tackle. Tackling involves a forceful action that drives another person to the brink of tears as they are embedded into the turf. Think of Wiley E. Coyote falling from a cliff and making a crater the size of Istanbul. That is what we want to see.

Seriously, I have seen my own two kids tackle each other with more force and blunt force trauma inflicted than this pansy-ass stuff you are trying to pass off as tackling. I am starting to think that pink tutu that Jay Cutler wears might look better on you!

Secondly I would like to introduce you to two words, they are pass and rush. When combined it creates the word pass rush.  This means to create an amount of pressure against an opposing quarterback to such a degree that it affects his ability (or hers if playing Jay Cutler) to effectively throw the ball.

This concept seems to have once again alluded you as a one-armed, seeing impaired, sea monkey, could torch your defense to the tune of 364 yards. Granted, there have been injuries to your defense, but excuses don’t get the job done. By the way, I heard they are rebuilding the Titanic. You might want to buy a ticket on that since you are so good at captaining a sinking ship!

Finally, that leaves the inability of your defense to create turnovers. At this point in the season, the only turnover your guys are going to get is the one you buy at the bakery. I am ready to buy a box and send them up to you so you get a feeling of what one is, but I am afraid that you would drop the box and someone would pull a hamstring bending down to get it.

So, Dom, as I said last year when you failed against Frisco, it is time for you to go. I would rather see someone with no experience take your place, at least then there would be a reason to say the “Defense Sucks.”

It is truly sad when my daughter, can look at the game and point out the failures of your defense. Then again, maybe she needs to come up there and teach you how to design a defense and your guys how to tackle. So now is the time to pack up and move out.  The season may still be saved on the defensive side, but not if you are there to guide it.

After the defense I have to give props to the strength and conditioning team in conjunction with the medical staff. Great way to create job security by making sure that there is an abundance of muscle strains, tears, and pulls to make sure you have enough work to keep you employed until 2065.

At this point, we have to trust in the abilities of Scott Tolzien. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

At this point, we have to trust in the abilities of Scott Tolzien.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

I, along with thousands of other Packers fans, would love to know what it is that you do up there to help “prevent” these injuries. We all understand that this is a violent game. Broken bones, torn tendons and ligaments are understandable. Concussions and horrific injuries like Jermichael Finley‘s can be understood and chalked up to it being the violence that is the game.

But what are you guys doing to prevent all these soft tissue, muscle-related injuries? Is it a lack of conditioning in your program that does not have these men in top physical condition? Is it that you are overworking them (which I doubt based on the latest collective bargaining agreement)? Is it a failure to properly treat the injuries causing a longer recovery period?

It totally boggles my mind how so many guys can go down in the course of a season with these types of injuries. I don’t see other teams facing this type of adversity. In my book (and many others’) we all are starting to wonder what the hell you are getting paid to do up there?

Finally, I have to lay some of the blame on Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy. I understand that you cannot plan for every contingency and every injury.  Yet you both failed to adequately address the backup quarterback position. In doing so you put this team at a great disadvantage.

Seneca Wallace was not the answer. Vince Young was not the answer and a washed up Matt Flynn is not the answer. I have more faith in Scott Tolzien than anyone else you have brought in, but you cannot expect a practice squad player to step in and command a game at a level that will keep you in the hunt for the playoffs. You both dropped the ball and we as fans expected better.

I want to make it clear – I have not jumped off the Packers bandwagon.  I still have my daily cup of Packer Kool Aid, and I will never abandon my team. But it pains me to see this season slip away when it was so promising. It kills me to watch the same issues come back game after game and keep us from reaching the expectations set by the team and the fans.

LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson can't stop laughing about how bad the Packers defense was in trying to stop them. Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports photograph

LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson can’t stop laughing about how bad the Packers defense was in trying to stop them. Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Guys, I am out of jokes, I am out of laughter and conspiracy theories to explain this.

Prove me wrong. I dare you!

I double dog dare you to prove me wrong.

Show me this season is not over with and that the fat lady has not sung her swan song on the frozen tundra.

Win baby win, because an 8-8 record is starting to look like a long shot at this point.

Go Pack Go …

PLEASE!

 

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  • Michael

    I couldn’t finish reading this “article” without asking myself, “what douche wrote this?” And then I scrolled down to read about the writer and it all made sense.

    • Darryl Krejci

      Michael, If you can’t provide constructive feedback then leave the negative comments at home. Maybe you feel it is appropriate to refer to people in such a way, but honestly it shows what a lack of class and respect you have. If you think you can do better than go for it. Otherwise, take the name calling back to grade school where it belongs and grow up.

    • Dan

      Michael it’s so easy to sit behind your computer and criticize someone. Way to show your true colors, Bud.

  • ScooniePenn10 .

    have you ever wondered why the President has to be 35? Life experience and perspective provide the framework for rational analysis and solutions.

    While i am not happy with the recent defensive lapses throwing the baby out with the bath water won’t solve the problems.

    I would suggest Capers stop playing the perma-nickle formation with only 2 DL’s. Why they can’t/won’t mix it up and use 3 and/or 4 is beyond me.

  • Michael

    Hi Darryl

    Thanks for the response. Look, there’s so much garbage and clear lack of football knowledge and comprehension in your article that it would have taken hours to address everything you wrote. But, here’s the deal. I could take you up on your offer and write a better piece of rhetoric explaining why Capers shouldn’t be fired and why your argument is void of all logic and just filled with the emotional jargon I would come to expect from another bandwagon/fair weather fan. Or, you accept my grade school language and I’ll accept your grade school writing and knowledge of football. What say you?

    • Darryl Krejci

      Michael, the point of my article and most of the articles I write is simply what you have noted. I write from the emotional standpoint of the fan. I don’t enjoy stats and numbers. I write what I feel and what I think the common fan is feeling as well. I don’t want to disect plays or crunch numbers I want to say what is being felt. Maybe it is grade school, but it makes people think and I guess what disappointed me most with your first post was not that you disagreed but that you had to result to name calling. I may disagree with many things that people say and I may not like what is written, but I do not make it a personal attack as you did. So you do not like my writing, I can live with that as you have a choice; you can read it or not. But why be negative and demeaning to someone you know nothing about?

      I wish you the best and I hope you will take the time to write something and submit it for publication. You may have some great ideas and thoughts about what is happening and I hope that in the end, people enjoy what you have written or at least allow it to challenge them.

  • nicholas starling

    I look at the quality of our players on defense and ask: are our defensive players really this bad? Could a new coaching staff do a better job with these players? Why such a drop-off from
    the greatly improved play the Packers showed for several weeks leading up to the last two
    horrendous performances by the D. Only McCarthy knows and will make that decision.

  • http://packer-madness.com/ NFL Madness

    McCarthy said things will get fixed. But TT and MM are not known for firing coaches in the middle of the season. I have feeling Capers is gone, no matter what, at the end of the year. Should Capers be fired? Absolutely! We haven’t had a good D since the SB, and on our 15-1 season, we still got scorched. Turnovers are the only thing that saved us. I think it is time for a change, like yesterday!

  • Jamie

    I, too, cringe when the defense takes the field. However, for seasons past — I have given a pass to the coaching staff. TT is a great GM and he makes personnel decisions through the draft and occasional free agent signing that should be commended. MM is an amazing head coach. He is aggressive in his play calling (most of the time) and knows how to stir up appropriate emotion in his men. Dom Capers has done some good things. His schemes aren’t the issue (I don’t think?) … I believe the players are not buying into it anymore. Williams has digressed. House, McMillian and Jennings have moments but most often seem incompetent. Shields has been playing well for a potential long term contract. Hayward came back from injury too soon. Hyde and Banjo show promise. It’s difficult to blame the coach when the players are making things happen (or not making them happen) on the field. But .. after the 2010 season, everything flopped and I don’t know if its complacency or what — it needs to change. If a change of management in that area is what is needed, I’m not sure. I do think there needs to be a wholesale shake up on defense. Our secondary is literally flat. Our DL in showing some signs of improvement, excluding the past two weeks. Chalk it up to Aaron Rodgers’ injury. I am sure morale was shot when the MVP went down and the prognosis came back 4-6 weeks.
    I don’t know what needs to be done, like many without inside knowledge of the locker room. But, the fans deserve a better Sunday afternoon experience than what we’ve been getting.

  • David Schramm

    Darryl, your article was funny and said EXACTLY what we fans have been screaming about since the Giants beat our boys at home after the supposed “dominating 15-1 warmup” season. Looking back at those games and you’ll see a piss-poor defense covered up by a superlative points machine in the offense. It’s unfortunate that Mike can’t see your article for what it is… a piece of comic relief at an absurd situation for us to blow off a liitle steam at a “keystone cops” like defense. “Go Pack Go” from Ohio.

  • Dan

    I love your writing style, Darryl. Keep it up!

  • Bob Wysocki

    AS A PACKER FAN I HOPE THE PACKERS BEAT THE 49ERS (WHICH I STRONGLY DOUBT). THE BRIGHT SIDE OF A LOSS COULD BE THE PACKERS FINALLY FIRING CAPERS. IF MCCARTHY CHOOSES TO BACK CAPERS LET HIM ALSO PACK HIS BAGS. I HAVE NOT WATCHED EVERY PACKER GAME BUT HE CONTINUALLY MAKES BONE HEAD DECISIONS LIKE NOT GOING FOR TWO POINTS IN FOURTH QUARTER WHEN DOWN BY TWO. CHOOSING TO RUN LATE IN FOURTH QUARTER WHEN UP BY THREE AND IN FEILD GOAL RANGE RESULTING IN A LOSS TO CINNCINATI. TWO TWELVE MEN ON FIELD PENALTIES IN ONE GAME AND TAKING A OFFENSIVE PENALTY WHICH DID NOT MOVE THE 49ERS OUT OF FIELD GOAL RANGE BUT GAVE THEM AN EXTRA DOWN IN THE RED ZONE LEADING TO A 49ERS TOUCH DOWN. THESE ARE ONLY A FEW OF HIS BAD DECISSIONS OVER THE YEARS AND I DID NOT ADDRESS SOME OF HIS PAST PLAY CALLING. LASTLY I HOPE TT WILL USE FREE AGENCY ALONG WITH THE DRAFT TO FILL THE MULTIPLE HOLES ON THE PACKERS, AND PLEASE ADDRESS THE OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE LINES WHEN DRAFTING. GOOD LINES MAKE FOR GREAT DEFENSES AND RUNNING BACKS WHILE PROTECTING THE MULTI MILLION DOLLAR FACE OF THE FRANCHISE.