Now that it’s Wednesday, we’ve all had a few days to try to get over the Green Bay Packers’ season coming to an end. No matter what way a season ends, it’s always going to hurt. For some, it hurts more than others and it didn’t help being eliminated by the San Francisco 49ers for the second straight year.
We could point fingers in multiple directions to place blame.
But the more I think about the season, the more I realize it was never going to happen. The Packers’ defense had one of its worst seasons in recent years. They forced only 11 interceptions and 15 fumbles – low compared to previous seasons. In all reality, the Packers’ defense is colder than the polar vortex. If the Packers had actually made a run to the Super Bowl, what would that say about the rest of the league?
In Mike McCarthy’s season-ending press conference, he was asked if the Packers are built to win late in the year. McCarthy responded with a “hell yeah,” and I responded with a “hell no.”
How could you say this three days after being eliminated from the first round of the playoffs? The Packers were barely built well enough to win the NFC North, which had a really bad year as a whole.
I am a huge fan of McCarthy, but believing that the Packers are built well enough to win late in the season, especially this season, is ridiculous. It’s what the people and fans want to hear but in reality, it’s the same attitude that is going to bring back the same old soft defense next year. It’s the same attitude that will keep Ted Thompson out of the free agent market.
That makes me weary of improvement.
Bottom line – The Packers are NOT built to win late in the season, especially on the defensive side – from the players to the coordinator. My hope is the Packers organization knows this and is willing to make changes.
After all, defense wins championships.