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Green Bay Packers: Where's the sense of urgency?

Jamari Lattimore is one of the defensive players who have stepped up this season. Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports photograph

 

The common theme between James Jones‘ and Jordy Nelson‘s interviews with the press this week was the thought that the Packers “need to make plays.”

We’re not angry and desperate, we’re just grinding. We need a win.

In a video from packers.com this was the first things that James Jones said when answering questions for the press on Thursday.

There is no question that the Packers need a win. After dropping two straight they currently sit at 5-4 and are ninth in the playoff race.

Jordy Nelson and the Packers need to make plays. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Jordy Nelson and the Packers need to make plays.
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

While it may be too early to start talking about the playoffs, you cannot tell me you haven’t had that dark thought creep through the back of your mind. The thought that if Aaron Rodgers doesn’t come back in time the Packers might not make the playoffs.

That being said, shouldn’t the Packers be desperate? Shouldn’t they have a sense of urgency? Shouldn’t this team, that was at one point a shoe-in for the playoffs, and chasing a top seed, have a fire in their gut?

Don’t get me wrong it isn’t a bad thing to see players calm, composed and focused, but I think its time to start fighting like their backs are against the wall. I realize there are still seven games left in the season but if they don’t develop that sense of urgency now, they might find themselves in a hole too deep to dig out of. This time of the season is too critical to not have a sense of urgency, especially with Rodgers out, making what would have been an easy win, a tough game.

Clay Matthews used the analogy this week in an interview, saying that him playing without his club will be like a cat who has grown back its whiskers. If he is going to compare himself to a cat, he needs to fight like one that has been cornered by three rabid dogs. He needs to step into his starting role on defense and lead by example, playing like he is mad at the world, like a ravenous lion. He needs to be the much-needed spark to a defense that has looked flat-out pathetic lately.

So, where are you, valiant warriors? Where are you mighty men of the frozen tundra? It’s time to make plays, it’s time to fight now, before it’s too late.

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