August 3, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson (left) talks with head coach Mike McCarthy prior to the family night scrimmage at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers: Different year, same problems

One of the issues plaguing the Green Bay Packers the past few years has been sacks. Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports photograph

One of the issues plaguing the Green Bay Packers the past few years has been sacks. Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports photograph


For the third consecutive year, the Green Bay Packers failed to reach the NFC title game. With an elite quarterback like Aaron Rodgers at the helm, those results are unacceptable. He can make an average franchise look great.

With arguably the greatest player in the game, the Packers should be a “championship or bust” team. Lately, it doesn’t seem like they are.

Three reoccurring issues have prevented them from making the NFC title game.

3) Pass Protection – The Packers have struggled to protect the franchise in the last three years. He has been sacked an average of 2.7 times per game since they won the Super Bowl in 2010. If he could sit in the pocket for five seconds like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, imagine how unstoppable the Packers offense would be.

2) Safety Help – Ever since Nick Collins went down in 2010, the Green Bay Packers have been embarrassed by big plays. Their cornerbacks have been above par with Harris, Woodson, Williams, and Shields, yet they’ve ranked near the end of the NFL in defending the pass. Ted Thompson has tried to patch up the problem though the draft, but has failed on his recent picks in Jerron McMillian and Morgan Burnett.

1) Injuries – No team has been plagued more by injures in the past three years than the Green Bay Packers. Every year, they lose key players for the season and are forced to rely on second and third string players. Ted Thompson refers to the issue as uncontrollable, which is a poor excuse. How come other NFL teams aren’t consistently at the bottom of the piles with injuries? Possibly the training staff for not providing adequate stretching techniques that prevent injuries?

Either way you look at it, the Packers came up short due to the same issues. Aaron Rodgers’ career is too precious to let reoccurring issues waste another year he has at Lambeau.

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  • ScooniePenn10 .

    Agree with all of the above. The way the DT of the 49ers consistently walked EDS, Sitton and Lang right back into Arod made if perfectly clear, to me, that the packers need a stouter Center. The safety play all year as far below average and once again watching the 49er’s safeties made it even more obvious what is needed. If you look at the best 3-4 defenses, they all have excellent safety play, Steelers, Troy P, Ravens, Ed R, 49ers Whitner and Reid… In today’s NFL injuries seem to be happening more often to every team, but it would be great if the packers could reduce their numbers.

    • ScooniePenn10 .

      BTW I understand my example above have players no longer on the given team, I was simply describing the best 3-4 defenses from different years.

  • Luke Mills

    Agree with the first 2 points but the 3rd point is a reach. I’m as frustrated as you are with their constant injuries but to blame the training staff is absurd. You show me anyone in the world who can prevent broken bones and ligament tears. Stretching has nothing to do with ACL’s and broken bones. Matthews–Broken thumb, Sherrod- Broken leg, Perry – Broken foot, Hayward–Hamstring injury during off-season training (not training with the team doctors), Bulaga – ACL, Finley–Neck, Jolly–Neck, Dujuan Harris–Patellar tendon.
    I agree that certain players seem to be more injury prone then others, but I really to think it’s more bad luck than anything.

    • TapDogsDad

      I agree with you. Packers luck has sucked lately. Hopefully we’re looking at a turnaround year – with lots of good luck, for a change.

  • Peter Maiz

    Need gifted safeties and more talent at the trenches. It was pitiful seeing Rodgers sacked and pressured. The Pack needs more explosiveness at defense, something Thompson doesn’t seem to be able to do. They have got to replace their weaknesses, not with more mediocre possibilities, but with true talent, draft or free agency.

  • John Sucharski

    DC yes we need a aggressive new coordinator . Free agents never really work out. Prime example Minn Viqueens. They have paid through the nose ,even with our rejects it has never worked. Many other teams have tried and failed going that route.Quick fix only

  • John Sucharski

    Injury wise seems the Cowgirls ,New England and others do have the same issues. Just south of the boarder in bear country look at there injury and IR lists. Belichick said it best after the strike they no longer can train or work out the players. This is a full contact violent sport .Lack of padded practices no contact drills=injury’s. They are being paid a lot money so one expects a lot better than wer’e getting now .From all the teams

  • muku

    EDS and Sitton are fine to me…but Lang is a concern for me… he plays like he’s a backup