The Burke Blotter: Why a Losing Season is OK for the Packers

It’s only Week 4 of the NFL season but with the one quarter mark of the 2014 season coming after this weekend, now is the time fans will get either giddy or jittery about their team’s chances.

Fans of the Green Bay Packers as of right now definitely fall into the latter category.

The Packers are off to a 1-2 start and to say the natives are getting restless would be an understatement. All offseason fans had prepared to continue their disdain for defensive coordinator Dom Capers, but after three weeks the attention has turned to struggles on the on the other side of the ball.

Green Bay is not built to have the defense carry the team on its back. Not when you have a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers and a running back like Eddie Lacy. The Packers are built around a high-octane offense and a defense that’s not great but good enough to get the job done.

If the offense can’t find its groove and fast, the Packers could be starting at their first losing season since 2008, the first year Rodgers was the team’s starting quarterback.

You know what? That would be ok.

While Packers fans have never been a group to embrace mediocrity or losing, especially since 1992, it’s becoming more and more clear Green Bay isn’t quite the contender many had them made out to be in training camp and the preseason. It’s true the season is only three games old but when a quarterback like Rodgers can’t take advantage of a depleted Lions secondary, something is amiss.

Fans can see it and analysts can see it. It seems like the only people who can’t are head coach Mike McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson. Both men seem content to rest on their laurels, after all they have won three straight division titles and the Packers are one of only two teams to make the postseason the past five seasons. They deserve credit for that success.

However, the last two seasons have shown an eye opening trend. The Packers continue to get shredded defensively by teams who run the read option or have a mobile quarterback. Despite Thompson infusing the roster with new defensive talent in the 2012-2014 draft classes, the defense continues to have the same issues.

The offensive problems that have unexpectedly appeared this season are another example.

McCarthy seems to still be desperately clinging to his 2011 playbook despite the fact he has arguably less talent (or at least unproven talent) than he had three years ago. When the talent level drops off and there is little change in the offensive playbook, guess what happens? Opposing defenses begin figuring you out.

Is that what’s happened to the offense in 2014? If it is and McCarthy continues to be a stubborn mule when it comes to evolving his offense, then the Packers are doomed to a sub-.500 season.

As bad as watching that kind of season unfold is, it might just be what the doctor ordered for the Packers.
First off, it would open up Thompson and McCarthy’s eyes that their team is much more flawed than they previously thought. McCarthy especially would eat humble pie given how he declared this was the best he felt about his team exiting the preseason.

A losing season could finally be the catalyst to knock the complacency out of Green Bay and reignite the fires of innovation on both sides of the ball. It’d probably spell the end of Dom Capers as defensive coordinator and would open the door for someone else to take the reigns (Rex Ryan please, when the Jets fire him).

It could also mean the end of McCarthy as play caller. He’s a terrific head coach and a wonderful leader but his game day decisions seem to be growing more puzzling by the game. You can’t get through a game now without the Packers’ coach challenging a play he has no business challenging or a deep pass on 3rd and short when moving the chains with a short play would perfectly suffice.

Also another thing to keep in mind: only Thompson signed a contract extension this offseason. McCarthy did not. Could this mean that the coach’s seat is heating up? It seems crazy now but you never know. An utter collapse by the Packers this season could lead to some changes some fans have been crying for.

Sometimes you have to take one step back to make two steps forward. Obviously we all want to see the Packers do well this year. However, if they don’t fans will need to come to terms with that reality.

That said should the Packers finish 7-9 or even 5-11, I’d argue that the 2014 season was a course correction and that while it stunk to sit through, Green Bay will be better off having had a season like this.

Hope for the best but prepare for the worst. That’s some sage advice any Packers fan should heed right now.

Packers fans have been fortunate. One season below .500 would not be the end of the world. It’s been a magical run the past 20+ years and sometimes seasons that don’t live up to expectations need to happens

Enjoy the season folks. It might be a bumpy ride.


Kris Burke is a sports writer covering the Green Bay Packers for and WTMJ in Milwaukee. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) and his work has been linked to by sites such as National Football Post and


40 thoughts on “The Burke Blotter: Why a Losing Season is OK for the Packers

  1. It’s a strong sign that draft and develop isn’t working. It is a strong sign that the Packers need fresh blood at GM and HC. GB has suffered a brain drain at the GM and coaching level (offense). The GM that we have has been content to let good players leave in FA while drafting duds to replace them. Our HC has zero creativity. His game plans are strategically flawed. Why would we want to keep these guys? I don’t care what we paid TT. Don’t compound the error by doing same with MM. Let them both go at the end of this year and start over. Anything else ensures 5 more years of this stupidity and continued fall into mediocrity despite having the best QB on the planet, an unstoppable #1 WR and the greatest pass rusher in the game – CMIII. It is the other 50 players that TT has acquired that are so mediocre. Every team has a group of players who are mediocre but 50 of them? The Packers have very few red chip players. That is a drafting failure. That is a FA failure That is a development failure.

    1. I wouldn’t necessarily say that draft and develop as a philosophy isn’t working. I think the big problem is that 2011 and 2012 were, aside from a few players, horrible drafts. If that means the Packers need a new GM, then that can definitely be argued, but I think that part of it might come down to who’s doing the scouting, as well.

      1. I agree. It’s not draft and develop per se that I’m arguing against. It’s that when you make consistently bad draft choices, the development part doesn’t happen. Of course, others might argue the draft picks are OK, it’s the development part that is missing. To that I would say they have no problem developing their share of undrafted FAs. That tells me the drafting is bad. Trade-ups to get players like Wilkerson, Shazier et. al. should have been pursued rather than passively waiting till the 30th pick or whatever and taking from what’s left over. TT operates like somebody’s grandfather rather than an aggressive GM like the SEA guy.

        1. I’ll agree that Tompson had a couple bad drafts (2011 & 2012), but I think he drafted very well the last two years.

          Schneider’s done a great job, but it’s not because he’s any more aggresive than Thompson, he’s just had better draft positions during his time in Seattle.

          If you go through Schneider’s drafts 2010-2014, you’ll see a significant falloff on years Seattle made the playoffs.

          In 2010, Seattle had the number 6 pick overall, and had Denver’s #1 from a previous trade. They drafted Russell Okung, Earl Thomas, Golden Tate, Walter Thurmond, Kam Chancellor. Epic!

          They made the playoffs the following season, so in 2011 their draft position was at 25. They took First four picks: James Carpenter, John Moffitt, KJ Wright, Kris Durham. Not exactly world beaters, but he salvaged the draft with Richard Sherman in the 5th.

          They then missed the playoffs and had another epic draft in 2012. Bruce Irvin, Bobby Wagner, Russell Wilson.

          That season, they again made the playoffs. They traded their first round pick for Percy Harvin. Here’s their 2013 draft: Christine Michael, Jordan Hill, Chris Harper (sound familar?), Jesse Williams, Tharold Simon, Luke Wilson, Spencer Ware, Ryan Seymour, Ty Powell, Jared Smith & Michael Bowie. It’s a little early to judge the draft but it doesn’t look great.

          This past draft they chose: Paul Richardson, Justin Britt, Cassius Marsh, Kevin Norwood, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Jimmy Staten, Garrett Scott, Eric Pinkins & Kiero Small. Though it’s still early, the only person to make any impact is Justin Britt.

          Draft position makes a HUGE difference even to the God John Schneider. Both teams drafted later in 2013 & 2014, and I’ll take Thompson’s drafts over Schneider’s any day.

          1. I’m not sure what it is you’re looking at that determines this years class is a good class, way to early. Judging by what I saw in the preseason it might not be much of a class at all after HHCD. I’ll take Schneider over Ted every day of the week and twice on Sundays. At least Schneider considers EVERY way to improve his team. I think back to last year and wonder what Anquan Bolden would have meant to the Packers offense for what amounted to Demetri Goodson. Oh that’s right, Ted doesn’t trade his precious draft picks, even for one of the better possession receivers to have played the last 20 years.

            1. I think the Packers had a very good draft this year. Of course it’s too early to set anything in stone, so far HHCD, Adams, Lindsley and Janis all look like great picks. Abbrederis was catching lots of balls in training camp before his injury. Richard Rodgers was a training camp beast, although I’m starting to worry his speed’s going to keep him from being productive on game day.

              So far, Seattle’s only had one pick this year that’s played any significant time. Here’s an ESPN article showing how bad slow they’re starting. I hope it’s ok to post this link. If not, I apologize.

              Now, don’t get me wrong, I think Schneider’s done a fantastic job. He just gets spoken of as if he’s never missed on a pick. That’s definitely not the case. Go through his drafts following playoff season’s and the only real good player out of those three, so far, is Richard Sherman. Ted Thompson’s been picking late for years. It make a HUGE difference. Schneider’s crushed it when he got to pick early. When he picked late, not so much. Go to Wikipedia and review the whole drafts if you don’t believe it.
              Soon, he won’t be able to dip into free agency either, after they resign all of their key players over the next couple years. They’ll be cash strapped and will have to fill holes with draft picks only. It’ll catch up to the team. It’s the great NFL trap. It catches up to every team.

          2. Did you really say Schneider is NOT more aggressive than TT?

            You mean the John Schneider who TRADED for Marshawn Lynch when TT couldn’t pull the trigger?

            You mean the Schneider who traded a 1st round pick for Percy Harvin? (TT would have had the big one trading a beloved 1st round pick that he could instead use on a Nick Perry or Derek Sherrod). TT has not made a relevant trade since he sent a 6th rounder to the Giants for Ryan Grant in 2007 (when Schneider was working for him Interestingly enough).

            You mean the same Schneider who signed booked DE free agents Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril in the primes of their careers?

            There is NO COMPARISON between John Schneider who utilizes all avenues of player acquisition and somnolent Ted who drafts and resigns his own guys to a degree unlike any GM in the NFL. NONE.

            1. The aggressiveness was in reference to trading up in the draft, which is how it was mentioned on that post. Everyone is more aggressive than TT in free agency, obviously.

              1. Gotcha.

                I read the quote that “TT operates like somebody’s grandfather rather than an aggressive GM like the SEA guy” to be about TT’s passive approach to acquiring personnel generally rather than specifically about moving up in the draft.

                Anyhow, if a GMs “aggressiveness” was judged strictly by how often they move up in the draft, then there would be no difference between TT and most other GMs.

                However, when one considers that other NFL teams do utilize veteran free agency and make trades for actual NFL players then the evidence reveals that Schneider (like his mentor Ron Wolf) is a far, far more aggressive GM than is Thompson.

  2. The offense hasn’t been the same since Philbin left, the drafts haven’t been the same since Schneider left.

  3. This is a defeatist attitude. It’s way to early to be writing this. And if the Pack was to have a losing season, MM probably wouldn’t change anything, he’d blame it on execution

    1. You are correct. It is a defeatist attitude, and since the Packers are being defeated more than they are being victorious, I don’t understand it either.

  4. Shouldn’t we be discussing the Bears game, rather then a possible losing season. We were 1-2 in 2012 and 2013. In 2013 we still won the division with about 15 guys on IR and without Aaron Rodgers for 8 games. I think that we have a long way to go before we consider the implications of a losing season. Having said that we could get Rex Ryan as DC and Philbin may also be available to return as the OC. Figure out a way to bring Schneider back and we can cover most of our problems. But this is a discussion for about 2 months from now. Beat the Bears! Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since ’61

  5. I think that Kris did it on time. We are looking Packers who are torturing themselves on offense. Defense played well, much better than I expected against Jets & Lions. But all together, when defense gave only 17 and than 10 points, while offense make gift to opponents of 7 + 9 points, it is hard to win the games. Problem is that we do not see that offensive “clicking” they are talking about. There is no guarantee that it will come untill it will be to late to save the season. So, start to prepare yourself to possibility that this season might be disappointing one. But, as everything that happens, it will be for good, not for bad. I’m not the kind of person to give up. And I think Packers must fight as hell this season. But it might come out that it would not be enough….

  6. When the Packers run game kicks in this Sunday and Rodgers shreds the Bears for a Packers victory, everyone will be singing a different tune. The Pack has winnable games after that. So let’s just wait and see what happens. If the Packers were to look bad at Chicago than we have a problem. I think you should have waited until after the bears game to decide if this story should have been posted

    1. I love posts like these.

      1) Begin with a baseless prediction that serves to counter reasonable evidence and supporting logic without anything other that a hip-shot wish.
      2) Caution that we need to ‘wait and see’
      3) Finish with a 180 degree contradiction of what you initially espoused in the event that things don’t turn out as you predicted.

      Solid stuff, Dan. Are you a politician?

      1. The point of my post is that I personally think the Packers are going to rebound against the bears this week. I think the running game is going to get on track, the Oline will block better and Rodgers will have a good game. I believe that the Packers were playing in pre-season mode to a certain degree and are rusty. I think there’s to much talent to totally think the season is over. 2 losses on the road to 2 good D fronts and we are ready to throw the towel in? Do I think MM can do a better job play calling , yes. Was I upset after watching the game against the Lions, yes. Do I think this team has shortcomings, yes. But, do I think they will have a losing season. (injuries pending) My point is that I think this article was written at least one week to soon.

        But, Because I do realize that I maybe wrong and maybe, to my surprise, the Packers are as bad as you are saying and they look terrible against the Bears, then I think this article would have more proof and would be more justified to post next week. But, if the Packers look good against the Bears, this post wouldn’t have as much merit.If the Packers are who I think they are and beat the Bears I then see the Packers rattling off some wins before the bye. I know my post has controversy, because, unlike others, I’m saying that we don’t have a big enough sample size to make a conclusion one way or another. The NFL landscape changes week to week , month to month. Some teams that look bad in September can look good in December and vice versa. So if my post upset you, chill the f#% $ out and drink a beer!

        1. You are confusing me with someone who gives a @^%& about what you have to say…

          And it is still an incredibly lame post.

  7. It’s bad enough when I’m told that NOT being in the SB and winning the Division is acceptable and should be considered a successful season.Now I’m being told that its OK to have a losing season because its only then that we should accept things are wrong with how players play,coaches coach and the GM’s draft.

    The only difference between winning the division only and a losing season(record) is the little trophy that one gets and the other doesn’t.

    Getting bumped in the first rd of the playoffs isn’t success..its another losing season regardless of the record.

    The Packers have had the ‘bragging’ rights of the NFCN..and yet there are others who still have more SB victories and please stop with the 13 Championship stuff…in football today…if it doesn’t read SUPERBOWL it means little…except for the small community that needs the past to justify the now.

    If a losing season is needed to make those needed to be aware of issues and to forge change,this team will have many more closed windows to look at others winning the Lombardi Trophy. 🙂

    1. Taryn – I usually enjoy your posts but I disagree with your point about the 13 Championships and the SuperBowl. 5 of those 13 NFL championships were won by the Lombardi Packers including the first 2 SuperBowls. Those championships may mean little to you but they meant enough so that the SuperBowl trophy, the standard for NFL excellence, carries Vince Lombardi’s name. Just because they changed the name of the NFL Championship game to the Super Bowl doesn’t diminish the accomplishment. If the SuperBowl had existed prior to the late 1960’s the Packers would have 13 SuperBowl wins. It’s not the league, the teams or the players fault for the name of the NFL championship game. As for the past justifying the current, I’m not sure what that means. But as an FYI Taryn, the NFL did exist before ESPN, Madden Football, and Fantasy Football. For those of us who grew up in the ’50s and ’60s we went outside and played real football as opposed to playing Madden football on little X-Box toys. But the best thing was that on Sunday we were fortunate to watch real NFL football, as opposed to the 3 ring, money grab circus that we have today, where every play is a penalty because someone might get hurt, and players jumping and dancing all over the field over a first down or a sack, and fans whining about play calls and schemes when a game is lost. Yes, I know it is a different era and blah, blah, blah and make all the excuses you want. But it was true 50 years ago and its still true today, the team that blocks and tackles better and doesn’t beat itself with turnovers and stupid penalties still wins the game. I don’t care if you call it the SuperBowl or the Toilet Bowl, no one can take a championship season away from the team or its fans and that’s why they all count. Thanks, Since ’61

      1. I appreciate nostalgia as much as anyone and though I’ve been a Packer fan since 63′,a team of today is rated on its success of today and that means the SB era.The Packer nation should take pride in its history of success and I don’t believe ESPN,Madden or Fantasy football is or has endeavored to diminish that history.But the past is the past and yes,blocking,tackling,running will always be basic fundamentals for success,the game has moved beyond that lone concept.

        McCarthy every week is preaching about doing the basics and yet we see the Packers struggle and that struggle isn’t only due to failing at basics,but the failure to grab onto the new designs of the game.

        Those who have been denied the privilege of going outside and actually playing the game,being female I remember the zeal my brothers enjoyed with it, because of the computer age are in a huge way,part of why it has changed and the past being put to bed.

        This is a’what have you done now league’ and much to the chagrin of those of the older generation,today’s fans count the rings a team has with SB engraved.Championships of yore to the football masses(not just Packer fans) only regain recognition of all when another is won.

        Those with more than 4 SB rings sit atop the success board and the Packers are tops on the football of yore board and the only way to achieve again that which was,is to have the most SUPERBOWL rings.

        This team since Rodgers showed his ability in the 09′ season though a tough loss in the playoffs to Arizona,witnessed a window opened to the level of the Steelers,Niners and Cowboys of possible back to back wins much less having the real chance of winning three including the ONE in 2010 to date.

        I don’t forget about the other Championships but they lend no solace for those we have allowed to slip through our fingers and making the Packers the best franchise in either era.

        Using the ‘We have 13 Championships’ gets old when used to cover up the losses being witnessed in the football era of today.

        With respect to you Since 61 🙂

        1. Taryn – nicely said. I appreciate your very eloquent clarification of your initial post. I agree that previous championships should not be solace for recent disappointments. To me our best chance for another SB was the 2011 season. We’ll never know if the game against the NY Giants would have been different without the Philbin family tragedy. In 2012 we beat the Vikings but were not ready at all for Kaepernick and the 49ers. We actually had a better chance back in the late 90s in the Favre era. We could have beaten Denver but we were outplayed. In 1998 we were robbed by a bad call on Jerry Rice’s fumble in SF. But that Holmgren team was better than the current edition and had a more realistic chance at 2-3 SBs. We all long for the return of a Packer dynasty but if you look at all sports there haven’t been any real dynasties for a long time. NBA – Chicago Bulls in the ’90s, maybe the Lakers in the early 2000s. NHL – none since the Edmonton Oilers in 80s. Baseball – NY Yankees in the late ’90s. NFL – Dallas 3 out of 4 92-95. I don’t count the early 2000s Pats because they were one play away from losing all 3 of their SB wins. More recently, they did not make those plays. Free agency, salary caps, rules changes, numerous injuries, etc… have all conspired to prevent dynasties in each sport to varying degrees. Therefore, while we are disappointed with the Packers recent playoff failures, to be fair we need to measure the team and its coaches versus their peers, not the past. My point is,has Belicheck, Peyton, Harbough, or other coaches done any better over the last 10 years. They can’t all be bad coaches. Now MM is not perfect either. My problem with MM is not his play calling but rather his failure to get the team to execute, which he claims he is focused on. We can debate his play calling and his “vanilla offense” all we want but if he does not get his players to execute his and/or Rodgers play calling is irrelevant. Fans complain about his running the ball, but remember back in 2011 and 2012 we did pass a lot more and where did that get us? Everyone was complaining that we need a ground game. Now we have it and the fans still complain. Why? Because the Packers aren’t making it work, at all levels. Then after 3 games Kris writes this ridiculous article about a losing season. Give me a break. We have 2 games in 5 days. Let’s go out and win these 2 games, no excuses, then we’ll talk. Good discussion Taryn. Thanks, Since ’61

          1. Well said. .One thing that jumped out at me was the execution. The best way during the season is to bench those who don’t. Almost always gets the message through.

      2. Being a since, 62 fan it is absurd. In fact like baseball the playoffs have only diluted things. Those championships meant more. No hot 9-7. or mediocre champions then. Of you did not earn the best record you did not deserve it.

  8. No, a losing season isn’t ok. A good manager makes adjustments when the company starts stringing 2 quarters of poor performance, not after a collapse.
    I come to see good football games, and a bunch of them. I can handle a one-and-done play-off, but only IF I had the enjoyment of quality games for 4 months; you know, games where they just dominate from the first whistle, and execute 60 minutes.
    But we haven’t seen that for 2 years. Each win is a sigh of relief that the other team self-destructed.
    I’m banging for a new play-caller now, not end of season. But end of season…MM and DC have to go.
    It was a long, long off-season, and for this?

  9. Makes a lot of sense to me…most of the points in the article you can’t argue with…MM is one strange and predictable play caller…Capers should of been gone long ago and the genius halo has long worn off of strange Ted..Cant stay at the top forever, not that they’ve been at the top recently…winning this division aint much to brag about…

  10. I don’t see much diminution in talent on the offensive side of the ball. We lost James Jones, EDS, and Finley. I think Linsley has replaced EDS successfully, and if Tretter can beat out Linsley or Linsley continues to develop, I think it would be an upgrade. Bulaga is back. O-line on paper should be better, barring injuries. (We’ll have to resign Bulaga OR a RT after this season.) Give Bulaga time to knock the rust off, and Bakhtiari to improve. At TE, we lost Finley. Time will tell if Bostick can replace him or at least ameliorate the drop in talent. I thought Boykin was ready to replace James Jones. Evidently not. Is there something we don’t know? We lost Greg Jennings, too, but he wanted too much money, IMO. In terms of talent, I think Adams, Janis, and Abbrederis should more than suffice in the long term. On defense, we still don’t have linebackers who can play side line to side line. The line is just so-so, but seems OK (yes, I like Guion as a serviceable player). Worthy is not a loss, just a bust. Pickett and Raji played poorly last year, and probably would have this year. Jolly is a loss, but run-stuffers are available in FA, just pay a little premium.

    I think of draft and develop differently than most, I think. House is a good example. Assume House plays very well this year. Many view him as a shining example of successful draft (4th round, pick 131) and develop. I don’t. I think of him as a C- draft pick. Yes, we developed him, but got next to nothing from him during his 1st three years. If he shines in his 4th (contract) year, GB will have to pay him close to FA money. Teams need to get some good play from a decent % of their draft picks in their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years to ease the cap. The higher the pick, the more need for good play earlier in the cycle. GB hasn’t gotten decent to good play from their high draft picks, arguably due to injury, for the last few years.

    Having a losing season is never a good thing, IMO. Getting a higher draft position is a consolation, not a prize**. The author’s point was discussed last year. If GB had lost to Chicago last year, GB would have missed the playoffs and gotten about the 14th pick. We would be looking at Shazier at ILB and would subtract Ha-Ha, presumably (never know what TT would have done, mind you). TT would have drafted 7 spots higher in each round, so the rest of the draft might have been completely different. Can’t know whether TT would have reached for Thornton and Rodgers in the 3rd still, though. I put in the asterisks above due to a caveat: if there is a prospect like Luck or Kareem, or due to CAP trouble the team needs to re-tool, I might be tempted to tank a season.

  11. I think this article has many great points. The one silver lining to a losing season is that it would force any hidden deficiencies to the surface, and force the front office to re-evaluate where they stand with both personnel and scheme. If they can successfully diagnose what the team needs and are able to address those issues, it could springboard into some very good results in the coming years.

  12. HAHAHAHA!!! Everyone! we had a couple of bad games! Quick, jump the ship!! *Ship makes it to land safely

    Seriously, I think EVERYONE is overreacting!!! When I hear fans say that Olivia Munn’s snatch is the reason, that’s officially all the proof one needs.

    In 2010 we face a very similar scenario where the Packers failed to get anything done offensively against Detroit, and we lost. The season was over in most everyone’s mind.

    Just last year, after the Baltimore game, many were saying that we were too depleted at WR (sound familiar?). And waddya know? The next week Rodgers threw for 260 yards and 3 TD’s.

    So we’ve had a couple of bad games, get over it. The defense is getting better, and the offense WILL correct itself. At some point, things do eventually click on this offense. Some of you are forgetting that the last drive in Detroit was as smooth as it could have been, who’s to say that that won’t pick up immediately where it left off in Chicago?

    Regardless of whether or not a losing season is a bad thing, that’s NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!

  13. Whoever wrote this should never write a article about the packers again. Im susprised jersy al would let this get posted. When the packers win a bunch of games this next month you will try to pretend you didnt write this

  14. This is a great example of “writer’s trolling”…….. sadly, we all took the bait and wrote about a ridiculous article anyway. 3 games in and we’re writing about losing seasons……I feel dirty. GoPack!

  15. I don’t think a losing season is ever good. These sluggish lackluster losses are bad. They are gifts to the opponents. That’s enough to tick me off. I’ve been a MM and TT supporter, but my patience is wearing thin. I think they have talent to be much better than they are – and they have great talent at a number of key positions. It seems they are perennially ok with being ok. And it seems to be a pattern that is replaying each year. Blaming players for not executing, tacking, performing…. only works for so long. At some point it is more than just that. This is starting to remind me of the Mike Sherman years. Opportunity is slipping away I feel.

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