The Green Bay Packers lost one game in the 2011 season. 2012 they start off with the same total as they lost to the San Francisco 49ers 30-22.
After the Packers loss there are a few positives to take away from the game, but more negatives. The Packers defense looks to be in the same form as last year. The pass rush came from only one player on the field and it was linebacker Clay Matthews who recorded 2.5 sacks and honestly, could have had more, but we will get to that later. There are still some baffling questions as to why there are certain players put on the field for the Packers as well.
Two players stick out in my mind defensive back Jarrett Bush and linebacker A.J. Hawk. Both of these players have many flaws in their game and lets start with Hawk.
Hawk seems like he is out there. When he tackles, it’s in poor form and he never is sending the runner back, the runner is always pushing him forward. Hawk also is a liability in coverage as seen in the Randy Moss touchdown where he did not drop into his zone. Right now it’s clear Hawk is on the field because the injury to fellow linebacker Desmond Bishop, but he was still a starter before the injury. The Packers clearly need to start looking for a replacement as Hawk has always underachieved as a Packer.
Next we have Bush and to be realistic, it is baffling as to why he’s on the team if he is playing defense for them and not special teams. Bush is an excellent special teams player, but aside from that, he cannot do anything. Sure, he had his one shinning moment with an interception in the Super Bowl win, but what has he done before or since that play on defense. The answer is simple. He gets beat in coverage, gets costly penalties and opposing teams quarterbacks pick on him because they know how bad he really is, but yet the Packers continue to start him. Packers Nation will be watching the health of Davon House in hopes he returns sooner rather then later.
Now that we’ve discussed the defense or lack there of, the offense is next. Am I concerned about our offense to put up points after this game? No. The 49ers are a potential top five defense this season. What concerns me is the play-calling in the running game and situations such as 3rd and one.
The Packers brought in running back Cedric Benson to help establish a running game, yet they run him out of the shotgun. You can count on your one had the amount of times Benson and fullback John Kuhn were in the backfield together at the same time, this should not be the case. Run Benson with an I-Form not out of shotgun, use him to his abilities.
The one bright spot, because I would like to leave on a positive Packers note, is wide receiver Randall Cobb. He was very effective in the passing game and yes the return game, even though it was aided by a missed block in the back call. The Packers used him creatively out of the backfield and put him in positions to succeed. It was nice to see.
Lastly, the fact of the matter is Commissioner Roger Goodell needs to pay his referee’s, because quite frankly he’s ruining the product that is the NFL. In no way am I saying the Packers lost because of the ref’s, because it’s not the case. The Packers did not deserve to win the game, but it would be horrible to see constant missed false starts, blocks in the back and poorly timed roughing the passer calls like we saw in the game yesterday. Goodell needs to fix this issue and fast.
About the Author
Written by Noah Hanstedt
Born and raised in the small town of Neenah, WI. Grew up watching Green Bay Packers football with my late father. Been writing about sports for 5 years now and hope to continue becoming a stronger writer and an even better man.