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Sep 15, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers looks on during warmups prior to the game against the Washington Redskins at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers: In need of some 'common sense'


Head coach Mike McCarthy and general manger Ted Thompson watch workouts during a Green Bay Packers rookie orientation weekend. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph

 

On this date, Jan. 10, 1776, Thomas Paine anonymously published his influential pamphlet, “Common Sense,” which argued for American independence from British rule. Thomas Paine provided a very convincing argument for independence by promoting a break with history. Common Sense discussing the future in a way that forces the reader to make an immediate choice. It offers a solution for Americans disgusted with and alarmed at the threat of tyranny.

Ok, without getting too political, Thomas Paine inspired the patriots to declare independence from Britain.

How does this relate to the Green Bay Packers?

Well, it’s a long shot but because of the nature of events that have or have not transpired in the Packers’ organization, I think it’s relatable.

In Common Sense, Paine stated “Why is it that we hesitate? From Britain we can expect nothing but ruin. If she is admitted to the government of America again, this continent will not be worth living in.”

Paine’s Common Sense was written to rouse the populace into an argument for independence. He questions whether there really is a good reason to stay quiet about the need for change or independence. He paints a picture of the reality that would exist if America would remain under British rule.

San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis makes a touchdown catch against Green Bay Packers strong safety Morgan Burnett and inside linebacker A.J. Hawk during the second half of the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports photograph

I think this is pretty relatable to the Green Bay Packers right now. If the Green Bay Packers remain under the defensive coordination of Dom Capers, don’t expect a better outcome next year. Sure, most of our losses came when we didn’t have Aaron Rodgers but you need a defense that can perform independent from whomever is under center. My gosh, they gave up 40 points to Detroit even when they forced four turnovers.

That makes no sense.

The Packers were very fortunate to have made the playoffs with the record we did of 8-7-1. That is not a playoff record. What a defense does is it gives the offense a chance to win the game no matter who is at quarterback.

If no changes are made, don’t expect a playoff berth next year. In fact, if no changes are made you can pencil the Detroit Lions into the playoffs. They’re the real threat in the NFC North Division, not the Green Bay Packers. The Green Bay Packers will not have a defense that is feared in the NFL.

Paine also stated “To say, they will never attempt it again is idle and visionary, we thought so at the repeal of the stamp-act, yet a year or two undeceived us.” Here, he states that the British cannot be trusted to be fair with the colonies. He points out they have imposed unfair taxes and acts”

Although beer and other concession prices are high, the Packers or the fans are not being taxed unfairly. But, Packers Nation, this organization has the possibility to make some great decisions this off-season. But, they have the potential to also do nothing.

Ted Thompson rarely makes moves in the free agent market. It hasn’t been necessary in the past, which is OK. This off-season, however, it will be vital to look into the defensive free agent pool. Who should we look at exactly? I’m not entirely sure yet as my life doesn’t allow me to carefully study the free agent pool for hours.

Thomas Paine stressed an independence from British rule. Sort of a fresh start, so to say.

I think that’s exactly what the Packers’ defense needs. An NFL defense is a package deal. You cannot have an effective defensive coordinator with a terrible defensive pool, and you can’t have a bad defensive coordinator and expect a great defense.

By no means am I calling for someone’s head or am I looking to completely overhaul the Green Bay organization. This organization is one of greatness. What do you think the “G” on the helmet stands for? Greatness, of course.

Mediocrity will go nowhere in the NFL, and that is where the Green Bay defense is right now.

It’s common sense.

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  • Graham Cole Couvillion

    Pretty terrible article. Take away any that’s top pass rusher, and top two corners, and see where the defense ends up. Now, throw in two horrible safeties and see where it goes. It isn’t Capers, it’s the personnel. And free agents are generally too expensive. You say we should get a free agent, but have no suggestions. Why say we need free ageGrahamncy if here isn’t even ONE name you can come up with? We had DE’s playing OLB and had a bad overall game from our offense, and still came within one rookie dropping a pick from winning. Don’t think that is Caper’s fault. But you’re right, we will miss the playoffs because have the last five years with Capers. Really dumb article.

    • Thomas Paine

      What the fuck is free ageGrahamncy? A market named after you? Can’t be. No one would be in it according to your views. I think he states why he doesn’t name any. Sure, an INT isn’t directly Capers’ fault but when his defensive schemes allow teams to drive and score points with ease, it becomes his fault. Teams were doing this even when the Packer’s D was fairly healthy. He’s not just talking about the San Fran game, Graham cracker. Be smarter.

    • billy

      i agree, its Terrible Ted…if it isnt Capers then who put these mediocre players on the team for him to have to use??? Perry…below average..Brad Jones…ugh….Datone J…needs more development…that seems to be the key word the last two years…they need more “development”…things seem to take longer in Green Bay…

      • Larry

        How many draft picks have we used in the past two years on Defense. The talent’s there, the system sucks.

    • Mike Garone

      considering how many times you said dumb.. I see why you don’t get his point .. some people don’t know what they don’t know ! What is expensive.?. think we are 10/20 million under cap .. when GB need money I have donated to Atrium & new seats … I spent 10 years on Wall street ..I know how money works … The Packers have not done a good job of bringing in important FA’s .. not talking about a insane spending spree.. but just look at our past .. check out rosters … ,,you might be surprised what you find … ..TT is in a rut .. I like him but he can use a tune up!

  • KCK

    “If no changes are made, don’t expect a playoff berth next year. In fact, if no changes are made you can pencil the Detroit Lions into the playoffs. They’re the real threat in the NFC North Division, not the Green Bay Packers.”- Oh man, I needed a good laugh today. Thanks.

  • Thomas Ciriacks

    Packers need to heal up and re-sign the right folks, and keep drafting well.
    We Keep Capers because he is steady and excellent, get rid of the guys responsible for allowing so many hamstring injuries….yiiikes. No quick fixes or firing folks, go to the Redskins for that. S.F. is more talented as is Seattle, maybe Carolina, all teams that have been on the other side of the draft from the Packers for years.. We need to get a bit more talent. Hopefully much of it is already on the roster and just needs additional seasoning like Datone Jones.

    Capers has done more with much less than others would have….what defensive coordinator in his right mind wants MD Jennings, or Banjo, or Lattimore, or Mulumbo executing their scheme on the fly when it takes 2 or 3 seasons in it (according to Tramon), to really perfect?

    The challenge is to find talent thru the draft like Lacy and Baktieri, pay your own folks fairly for recent performance (not overpay other team’s players for their past performance via F.A.) and keep the coaching staff intact. Most of all you have to stay healthy. Good players can’t help you win from the sideline. Packers do everything right except stay healthy. Its just as important as all the others items listed; sorry for beating the horse here…but its dead now…(whoops maybe not). What is the 49ers record if Kap is hurt, or the Panthers if Cam goes down…they are not even in the playoffs….What does SF’s defense look like without a couple of those stud LBs? Carolina without Kuechly? Don’t fire anyone.

    Or God help us, we might end up with someone like Bob Sanders again. OMG please no!

    • Melchior Melchior

      Learn from your mistakes? Oh my. I only wish a little angel were speaking in Mike’s ear when we were on that last drive and he left it to 3 pass plays at first and goal. ugh. nothing and then a field goal. We score 7 and may have won that game. Lacy, Starks…Kuhn? No running at all? ugh. Well I don’t have to worry about watching us have to play the Panthers now.

  • JH9

    Another way to look at the Packers defensive problem is to ask the question; What is the definition of insanity?

    Answer: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

    • Melchior Melchior

      They need two or three position players…again DT, FS, SS. Nothing new. Keep Raji and Get Raashad!

  • Mike Garone

    Good Job Ted.. The leadership has become like a government agency .. everyone tows the line, MM pressers are like a political speech .. Being loyal is wonderful but It can change into closed organization . If any team should not play that game ..Its the Packers.. TT is very sharp .. but no person is perfect .. the ability to reflect on performance .. not just window dressing ..take a real hard look .. Most of the league has now developed into a “build though the draft” style… that’s the sign !! FA will be a better value .. the time is now .. also consider 6 undrafted FA made the 53 man roster the past two years..? so how important are late round picks? Most of the people who respond /Just don’t get it and never will .. you are taking a deeper look ,, not obvious to most fans… PS sent a letter last year begging for a change .. RE: FA’s no luck maybe this is the year ..

  • Mark Ingram

    McBurger no longer has common sense if he stays with Capers at defensive coordinator. The defense has been horrible the last three years and changes have to be made. The Packers will never get to the SB with Capers.

  • Larry

    Please, Please fire Capers. Year after year we’re seeing the same ineffective blitzes leaving our corners in man coverage till they get inevitably burned. Watch the footage; 5 Packer defenders being stood up in a nice cone allowing the qb enough time to change his jock before he passes. If it didn’t happen 25 times a game it probably wouldn’t be so frustrating. It’s not the talent (entirely) it’s the system!

  • Bob Wysocki

    I DO DISAGREE ABOUT LIONS IT IS THE BEARS THAT HAVE BEEN STEADILY IMPROVING THROUGH THE DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY AND WILL BE THE TEAM TO BEAT IN THE NFC NORTH. CAPERS HAD ONE YEAR IN WHICH THE PACKERS WENT TO AND WON THE SUPER BOWL.OTHER THAN THAT THE DEFENSE HAS BEEN BAD TO MIDDLING (MOSTLY BAD) iT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE. IF MCCARTHY WANTS HIM BACK THEN HE CAN ACCOMPANY CAPERS OUT OF THE DOOR. TOO MANY TIMES MM DECISIONS LEFT PEOPLE SCRATCHING THEIR HEADS AND COSTS THE PACKERS GAMES. FOR EXAMPLE GIVING THE 49ERS AN EXTRA PLAY IN GAME ONE WHEN TAKING THE PENALTY DID NOT PUSH THEM OUT OF FEILD GOAL RANGE -RESULT TD 49ERS. GOING FOR A FIRST DOWN LATE IN FOURTH QUARTER ON FOURTH AND ONE AGAINST BENGALS WHEN UP BY 3 AND IN FIELD GOAL RANGE RESULT FUMBLE AND LOST TO CINNCY. TRAILING BY 2 POINTS NOT GOING FOR TWO POINTS IN FOURTH QUARTER AGAINST BEARS – PACKERS LUCKY TO COME AWAY WITH WIN. UNABLE TO CALL PLAY AND EXECUTE AT END OF FIRST HALF IN LAST TWO GAMES PLAYED BEFORE TIME RUNS (DELAY OF GAME) RESULTING IN LOST TIME OUT AND LOST OPPORTUNITY AND MAYBE A TRIP TO SEATTLE. COMBINE THIS WITH MEDIOCRE PLAY CALLING TWO GAMES IN A ROW WITH TWELVE MEN ON THE FIELD PENALTIES (TWO IN ONE GAME) THE CUTTING OF ROSS WHEN MCCARTHY’S PLAY CALLING HAD MORE TO DO WITH LOSS THAN KICK RETURNERS FUMBLE. A NEW SEASON AND HOPEFULLY A NEW COACHING STAFF-HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL

  • Craig Schultz

    Sorry, But i beg to differ. The Lions will NOT be the team to beat in the NFC North. Are you forgetting that they will have a new coaching staff next season! Let’s not forget– these are the Lions you’re talking about.
    They had the division handed to them on a silver platter and STILL could not win it. So what makes you think they’re the team to beat next year.
    Whatever you’re drinking, please distribute it out to all the rest of us.

  • Tom

    And rouse I did