Welcome to the “all-too-soon” edition of Surviving Sunday without Green Bay Packers football. The plan was to start this series off on February 8th, a week after the Packers triumphant Super Bowl win in Arizona. And then the last minutes of the NFC Championship game happened.
So here we are. Personally, I still haven’t watched the game again, a rarity for me. I did go back and watch the last five minutes, mostly to verify that my feelings about the Packers meek offensive play-calling during that time were reasonable. Yes, they were, I wasn’t crazy.
The Packers stopped playing against the Seahawks defense and started playing solely against the clock. It didn’t matter that on first down of both those two series, there were anywhere from 8-10 Seahawks in the box. And one of those not in the box was the one-armed Richard Sherman, which somehow the Packers didn’t even notice.
But don’t get me started… Ok, So I got me started. Regardless.
A lot of really smart writing was done this last week analyzing what happened in Seattle seven days ago. I’ve linked you up to the best of the best below. Take some time to read them and then turn the metaphorical page and let’s all move on.
(BTW, I’m filling in here for the usual writer of this column, Adam Czech, as long time ALLGBP.com readers will know. No worries, Adam should be back next week to help make your future Sundays a bit more palatable.)
Packers News, Notes and Links
- Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated’s MMQB.com, a fine writer and one I had the pleasure to meet in Green Bay during last year’s playoffs, tells the behind-the-scenes story of the Seattle fake field goal TD play. Lest you think it was just luck or good timing, Klemko details how the Seahawks had put in that play during the week, based on something they had seen Brad Jones do on tape. The whole key was Brad Jones – in fact, if for some reason Jones wasn’t on the field, Punter Jon Ryan had been instructed to let the clock run out, take the five yard penalty and then they would kick the field goal. Incredible…
- So many things went the wrong way for the Packers, any one of which probably changes the game outcome with a different result. Zach Kruse of CheeseheadTV.com lists 21 such things. It’s a great read, but ironically, I think there were another 3-4 he chose not to list. Check out his post he called “Anatomy of a Collapse; How 21 Missed Opportunities cost the Packers a Trip to the Super Bowl….“
- One guy that has been mostly given a pass (because of everything that happened before then) is Tramon Williams. Williams allowed the winning touchdown in overtime, the result of some incredibly poor technique for a veteran like Williams. Take a look at Jay Hodgson’s Xs and Os film session.
- If you’ve already put the loss behind you and are ready to take a look at the Packers’ free agents and what Ted Thompson is likely to do, check out Kelly Hodgson’s Moneyball post over at PackersTalk.com. (While you at PackersTalk.com, explore the myriad of Packers podcasts there and listen in if you have some time.
- Did you hear the Packers’ special teams led the famous Dallas-Morning News Special teams rankings? Unfortunately, they led the list for WORST special teams in the league. yes. Dead last. Good discussion of this topic by Jason Wilde over at ESPNWisconsin.com
Non Packers links and other Nonsense
- The Train wreck known as Johnny Manziel. And 2014 PFWA Executive of the Year Jerry Jones was all in on him at the 16th pick. Too bad he was talked out of it.
- My current musical obsession: Lucinda WIlliams
- Latest on DeflateGate – did the Patriots heat their balls in a sauna? (chuckle…)
- The world lost another good one this week. Ernie Banks, he of the famous “Lets Play Two” mantra, passed away this week at the age of 83. Banks was a Chicago legend on and off the field.
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.