Green Bay Packers Fans: Don't Hit the Panic Button Just Yet
Two games into the regular season and the following has already happened to the Green Bay Packers:
- Aaron Rodgers has been hit 19 times and sacked 10 times
- Nick Collins, Atari Bigby, and Chad Clifton are injured
- only four offensive touchdowns
- 17 penalties totaling 121 yards
- 671 yards given up by the defense
Should you be worried?
Yes, but only to a degree.
Here are some answers to the questions you may be asking.
Where Is the Offensive Line?
Simply put, the offensive line is getting dominated in the run and pass games.
Ryan Grant has few holes to find, and Rodgers has little time to find his receivers.
Don't believe that general manager Ted Thompson has neglected the line. In the past four years, eight linemen have been selected in the fifth round or above.
Mike McCarthy needs to adjust the amount of time Rodgers is in the pocket by implementing fewer step drop-backs and more rollouts. The line has to have better continuity to enable the team to win more games.
What Happened to the Defense?
Many of you must have forgotten that the Packers have spent only two games in a new defensive scheme.
So far, they have gotten six turnovers, yet have been inconsistent in pressuring the quarterback and stopping the run. That is to be expected with players trying to adjust to new roles.
Players will get more comfortable and start performing on a consistent basis.
We Were 3-1 in the Preseason?!
Were you expecting a 16-0 and MVP-like year for Rodgers simply because of what you witnessed in the preseason?
The preseason only shows potential, nothing else.
Jason, How Are You Not Worried?
The Packers have played two playoff-caliber opponents and are 1-1 overall, plus 1-0 in the division.
The only importance of the regular season is to win enough games while healthy to make the playoffs. We have won the most important game so far: a division game.
So just sit back and relax. We have 14 games to go.
It's a long season.
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