The Green Bay Packers' Not-So-Special Teams

Jason PotvinContributor INovember 8, 2009

The last two games have been pivotal in deciding the future of the Packers 2009 season. After giving the Vikings a 3 1/2-game lead and handing the Buccaneers their first win of the season, something needs to change right now.

I'm looking at you, Mr. Shawn Slocum.

You may not solve the offensive pass protection or red zone defensive woes but you are a huge part of why the Packers have lost the last two games.

In the last two games, sloppy special teams play has led to four touchdowns.

Last week, Percy Harvin was able to return two kicks for 77 yards and 49 yards. These returns gave the Vikings field position at the 14 and 38 yard line.

This week. Jeremy Kapinos had a punt blocked for a touchdown and Bucs kick returner Clifton Smith was able to run back a kickoff for 83 yards.

The pathetic display of special teams that was on display last week didn't look any different today.

If the Packers seriously want to try and finish the season out on a good note. they need to re-evaluate special teams coach Shawn Slocum.

I'm not saying Slocum should be the scapegoat from the last two games, but I have a hard time believing his coaching is helping more than hurting the organization.