The Packers picked up where they left off in January, looking exceptionally sluggish on both sides of the ball before the offense tried to rally late in the fourth quarter. The season-opening loss was just Mike McCarthy’s second as head coach of the Packers. Green Bay has a short week ahead, hosting the impressive Chicago Bears on Thursday.
Dom Capers’ defense is not any better than last season. The Packers had trouble stopping Frank Gore without inside linebacker Desmond Bishop and allowed San Francisco to establish a rhythm on offense. Other than Clay Matthews, the Green Bay pass rush looked very ordinary, routinely allowing Alex Smith to find his receivers for first downs.
Randall Cobb has the ability to be a game changer. After muffing a punt early in the game, Cobb got down to business, leading the team in receptions and returning a punt for a touchdown that temporarily brought Green Bay back in the game. The Packers’ use of Cobb in the backfield proved successful as No.18 showed his worth as a superb underneath option.
Jarrett Bush cannot stay a starter for long. This comment may be premature provided that Bush looked good as a tackler against the 49ers. However, the pedestrian defender gave receivers an enormous cushion in favor of being beat downfield. Bush has a low ceiling as a cornerback and has no business going up against the opposition’s No.1 and 2 receivers.
The Green Bay coaching staff isn’t perfect. The 49ers came out with a great game plan and executed the same way the Giants did at Lambeau in the playoffs. To be ill-prepared for an opponent after having months to study them on film is flat out unacceptable. Dom Capers in particular needs to come up with better ways of forcing three-and-outs.