The Green Bay Packers have reached their bye week, at which point I predicted the team would be at 6-2. Their 5-3 record is not to far off but still not as good as I would have liked to have seen. I’ll start out saying this is not a Super Bowl contending team at this time. It is not the coaching or system, there is just not enough talent.
Earlier in the year I stressed the lines on both sides of the ball. Both lines are a weakness on this this team, keeping it at a play off level team but not a elite Super Bowl contender.
I am not saying the team can’t get on a roll and win it all, if you look at 2010 you have a perfect example of that happening. But if you want to do more then be a one and done or two and walk team, the weakness shown on the lines on both sides of the ball are going to have to be shored up and shored up quick.
I am not high on Bakitari, he is a liability to me; inconsistent, weak in the run game and can get beat like a drum by both power and speed if he is not playing perfectly. Can he get better? Of course he can, but that is doubtful for this season. My problem comes from seeing him get beat on the same moves over and over. He is a serviceable LT at best right now.
Bulaga is not the same after his ACL, everyone knows it takes two years to be back fully, he is getting beat with speed on a regular basis, and he is not able to sink and set against power as he did before the injury. Cameron Jordan made him look like a revolving door.
Where I have not been a big fan of Lang, I think he has played his best football this year, health has a lot to do with that this season, but that went out the door Sunday night. Lang had better not be out long because Taylor was horrible. I am hoping that Tretter can fill that hole if Lang is out for any time.
Linsley has done a good job, better then I thought he would, still making some mistakes, but he has the tools and strength to play at a high level. He is getting beat now and then but not at a rate that both Bulaga and Bakitari are.
There is hope, Linsley will get better with experience and hopefully Lang is not out a extended stretch. With Bakitari, is it a matter of experience or talent? I hope it is just experience because he has to play better, a LOT better. Bulaga can also get better with more playing time and with his work ethic I expect him too improve. The only bright spot is Sitton, he is as consistent as they come and a damn good football player.
The defensive line is another story, losing Raji hurt bad. His best play was at NT in 2010. He can hold point and shed a blocker, that is the most important thing for a 3-4 NT.
Guion is a nice rotational player but not starting material, his play has improved after missing almost all of training camp.
Even without the injury, Datone Jones is looking more and more like a bad draft choice. VERY inconsistent, when you see a linemen being put on his butt, something is very wrong. Boyd is another serviceable player, nothing special.
Daniels I still have the same bitch about about, he cannot hold point, he just gets pushed right out of plays against the run. You can’t discount his back side play, his rush ability, his effort is amazing. He just can’t hold point against the run.
In the 3-4 if the middle can’t hold point be that at Nose, 3 technique or end you will not stop the run. And we see that week after week against the better running teams. The better running teams are moving the D-linemen out and getting on the linebackers with ease.
Look at the higher rated running teams the Packers have played so far and it is the same thing play after play.
One player that can help is Penne -l he has the ability to hold point and shed, but he is as raw as a just dropped egg. I am glad he is getting as many reps as he has, his development is something that can help the team against the run this season.
The top teams on both sides of the ball have better lines then the Packers, it is not that the Packers are bad, it is that they are not good enough to be a Elite Team.