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The Green Bay Packers had a defense that allowed some yards but found a way to create turnovers and keep opponents out of the end zone. Unfortunately, this Packers defense will be remembered for the breakdown in overtime against Arizona, in the NFC Divisional playoff round. That breakdown led to a first and goal and eventual touchdown by Larry Fitzgerald.
Statistically, the Packers finished 15th in total yards and 12th in points allowed. Julius Peppers found enough gas to have another productive year leading the Packers with 10.5 sacks. As a unit, the Packers tied for seventh in sacks with 43. Clay Matthews was asked to man the middle of the defensive, and still produced 6.5 sacks. Middle linebacker became and issue once again when Sam Barrington went down with injury. Jake Ryan, a fourth round pick, worked his way into the starting lineup.
The Green Bay Packers defense failed when it mattered most. While the offense struggled to find an indenity and put points on the board, the defense did all they could to keep the Packers in games. They finished the season ranked 12th in points allowed, and 15th in yards allowed.
When an outsider looks at the 119 rushing yards allowed per game they could assume that the defensive line was ineffective. The Packers faired well against some of the top running backs in the league. During the 6-0 and start, the defense was winning at the point of attack and eliminating the opponents running game.
The Packers will have a decision to make regarding the defensive line. B.J. Raji and Letroy Guion are both free agents. Guion had some off the field issues that could reduce the number the teams interested. Raji may generate some interest on the open market and may have played his last down in Green Bay.
The Green Bay Packers entered the season with high expectations, and the wide receiver corp was one of the strengths. However, Jordy Nelson tore his ACL, in the preseason. This meant that someone would need to step up and take over the role as the go to guy. The logical choice was Randall Cobb, but early in the season it was Aaron Rodgers looking for James Jones. Jones picked up were he left off before leaving in free agency. As the season went on, Jones cooled off and was not much of an impact in the playoffs. DeVante Adams entered his second year with high expectations after a spectacular post-season in 2014. He was riddled by nagging injuries and ended the year with 50 catches, but only one touchdown. After re-signing with the Packers, Randall Cobb was suppose to be a perfect compliment to Nelson. With Nelson gone, Cobb struggled to get open and never got on the same page with Rodgers. Cobb ended the season as the top receiver with 79 catches for 829 yards. The Packers drafted Ty Montgomery and as he saw his role increase his season ended with injury. Montgomery put in the work in practice and was earning praise from the veteran Nelson. Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Janis had a hard time finding the field but were forced into action during the playoffs due to numerous injuries.
Andrew Quarless and Richard Rodgers were the top two tight ends. Rodgers may have saved the season with his hail mary catch, but did not give the Packers a dominant presence at tight end. He finished the year with a modest 58 catches and tied Jones for the team lead with eight touchdowns. Quarless had his season end early due to injury.
The Green Bay Packers were one of the pre-season favorites to be playing in Super Bowl 50. Jordy Nelson was injured during a pre-season game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, that did not stop the Packers from jumping out ot 6-0 start going into their bye week. Even though they were not playing their best football, the optimism was high that the offense would start clicking. The next two weeks would be against the eventual Super Bowl participants. The Denver Broncos exposed a way to rattle the Packers and their defense dominated the Packers enroute to a 29-10 victory. The following week, in Carolina, the Packers dug a hole and a comeback feel short as they lost 37-29. The rest of the season was a bumpy up and down road. A hail mary in Detroit may have saved a playoff berth. The Packers lost to the Minnesota Vikings, in week 17, ending their string of four consecutive division titles.
Aaron Rodgers is one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL and had to get used to Tom Clements calling the plays early in the season. With Jordy Nelson done for the year, Rodgers had to find another go to guy. Early in the season James Jones was the target. As the season rolled on, no receiver stepped up and it looked like Rodgers lost confidence in his receivers. Rodgers finished below a 100 quarterback rating for the first time since time since 2008. That was his first year as a starter.
A good running game can help a passing game. The Packers had a hard time finding a consistent running game. Eddie Lacy surpassed 1,000 yards in his first two seasons. In 2015, Lacy carried the ball 59 times less than 2014 and finished with 758 yards and only three touchdowns. As Lacy struggled, James Starks had career highs in carries and yards. Starks fumbled four times which was one less than he had in his five previous seasons with the Packers.
Tonight we grade the Packers quarterbacks and running backs. Listen in and call the show.
The Total Tutor Neil Haley will interview NCAA All American and Green Bay Packers QB Don Horn.
Donald Glenn Horn is a former National Football League quarterback. He was a 1967 first round pick as an All-American out of San Diego State University by the Green Bay Packers.
The last time Aaron Rodgers had lower than a 100 passer rating was his first year as a starter. The offensive line started the season with little depth, and could not afford any long term injuries. The starting five brought a veteran presence to the line, but the depth at this position was limited. Offensively, the Packers statistics were awful. A high powered offense had a quarterback with under a 100 rating, a running back that did not surpass 1,000 yards, and no receiver with over a 1,000 yards or 80 catches.
You can not blame the offense line for all of the offensive problems, but inconsistent play can lead to a lack of a running game. Without a running game their is more pressure on the quarterback.
Now that the Green Bay Packers season is over, its time to talk about where the Packers go from here. Troy and Evan talk about pending free agents we will like back, ones we feel the Packers could let go, and areas of need during the offseason.
Jeff Janis had a break out game against the Arizona Cardinals and Evan and Troy also talk about what his breakout game means moving forward and should the Packers have played him sooner. Mike McCarthy also called out Eddie Lacy and his weight, can Eddie Lacy come back to camp in shape and what should he do? Also staff changes have happened as Mike McCarthy has fired two on his staff.
In week 16, the Green Bay Packers visited the Arizona Cardinals. They left the desert battered, bruised, and searching for some confidence. After a scoreless first quarter, the Cardinals finished the half with a seven play, 80 yard drive to take a commanding 17-0 lead after Aaron Rodgers threw a red zone interception. This turnover happened with under two minutes left in the half and was the turning point, in the game. With the score 10-0, the Packers were driving and ready to cut into the lead before the half. Not only did the Packers come away with no points, the Cardinals increased the lead.
The second half did not get much better. Rodgers lost two fumbles that were returned for touchdowns and the Cardinals were never threatened. The blowout loss fell clearly on the offense as the Cardinals defense outscored the Packers offense 14-8.
Can the Green Bay Packers compete with the Arizona Cardinals? Yes, the Packers did compete with the Cardinals in the first half. As poorly as they played, they had a chance to go into halftime down by one score. Take away the two defensive scores and the two play 28 yard drive set up by a turnover, and you have a 17-8 game.
To compete on saturday, the Packers need to protect Rodgers and elminate the key turnovers. The offensive line should be healthier heading into the game. With a healthier line, the Packers should be able to have a better showing. With less pressure, the Packers can eliminate the turnovers.
The Green Bay Packers enter the NFL playoffs in unfamiliar territory. For the first time in five years, the Packers are a wildcard team. They travel to Washington to play the Redskins. They clinched the NFC East by winning their last four games. Preseason expectations were different for both teams. The Packers were a Super Bowl favorite by many media outlets, while the Redskins were the team that was going to be in the middle pack in a poor NFC East. An injury to Tony Romo in Dallas, Chip Kelly losing his team, and the Giants losing fourth quarter leads allowed the Redskins to quietly sneak up and win hte division.
17 weeks later, the Packers are sputtering on offense, and the Redskins are feeling confident. This could be the game the Packers have waited for on offense. The Redskins are ranked 28th in the NFL, and are banged up in the secondary. The Packers will need to control the clock and finsih drive with points if they want to stay alive in the NFC playoffs.
The Packers defense has allowed the team to stay in games when the offense was not scoring. The key in this game will be to shut down the Redskins running game to take away the play action pass. Secondly, they must apply pressure to Kirk Cousins. Field position is always a big factor, in playoff football, and if the defense can create turnovers the Packers should advance to the next round.
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Despite a Herculean Hail Mary at the end of regulation, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers fell 26-20 to the Arizona Cardinals in overtime in the NFC Divisional playoff round. With reports of assistant coaches fired just three days after the loss, what does the future hold for the Packers in terms of its free agents and the 2016 season? What will you think of when you think about the 2015 season? We talk with 247Sports' Brian Carriveau to start off the show.
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