We’re a couple of days removed from the Green Bay Packers’ preseason-opening loss to the Tennessee Titans and as the “Monday Morning Quarterbacks” it’s our job to stand around the coffee pot this morning talking X’s and O’s and personnel groupings.
But let’s remember one thing as we head to the kitchen for our kringle and coffee – it’s just one game – if you can call it that – and we shouldn’t get too excited about anything.
We could probably consider the first preseason game as nothing more than a glorified scrimmage where rookies and undrafted free agents rub shoulders with a few veterans as they run through plays that all are still trying to commit to memory.
There were some things that jumped out to us average fans – we watched the inconsistent play of wide receiver Chris Harper; we saw Matt Flynn look pedestrian; we saw Chase Rettig look completely confused; and we saw Julius Peppers not looking like the Julius Peppers we have all known over the past decade.
These are truisms that will no doubt play themselves out over the next three weeks as the team plods through preseason.
Should we get all that excited about the fact that Ted Thompson‘s biggest free agent landing didn’t have a sack or two or stuff the run in last Saturday night’s game? Probably not. Should we be concerned that Peppers was way out of position on the Titans’ first rushing touchdown? Probably not.
Should we be concerned that Chris Harper dropped a couple of catchable passes as the whole world watched? Well, we’ll let Chris Harper and his coaches sort that out.
Should we be concerned that the Packers scored just 16 points in the monsoon and gave up 20?
Not at this point.
This is what preseason is all about. The games don’t count in the win-loss columns, and we shouldn’t be worrying over our coffee about it.
These things will work themselves out. That’s why Mike McCarthy and his coaching staff get the big bucks.
Let’s just stick to our jobs (yes, our day jobs that we should be getting back to) and let those in charge do the worrying when it comes to the Packers.
With another week of practice, the Packers will head to St. Louis to play the Rams in the second preseason game. This is when players’ careers are either extended or terminated. We can start being concerned about how these professionals are doing their jobs after this second game.
As the start of the regular season inches closer, our jobs as fans is to let the players and coaches do their thing.
And when Sept. 4 rolls around and the team hits the field playing like they did last Saturday night, then we can truly start to be concerned.
Do I see that happening? Obviously not.
Training camp is the time for learning and growing. We’re all in preseason mode. We need to act that way and hope for the best down the road.
Stay tuned …