What We Learned Against the Browns
Last Updated on Monday, 16 August 2010 02:55 Written by John Rehor Sunday, 15 August 2010 14:06
Preseason game one is in the books with a 27-24 loss to the Browns. Thanks to the good people at NFL.com who made the entire preseason available online, being able to watch the game instead of listening to it on a fuzzy reception on WTMJ, so much more was able to be seen firsthand. Here are a few Quick Slants of last night’s game without re-watching the game…yet. A few of the highlights can be seen here.
- Aaron Rodgers was good. Very, very, very good last night (12-13, 159 tds. 1 TD)
- Jermichael Finley stretching the field is going to make covering Jennings and Driver very difficult.
- The running game, except for Quinn Porter and Kregg Lumpkin in scrub time was non existent
- A.J. Hawk is absolutely terrible in coverage
- The offensive line was excellent. I may have started to change my mind on Bulaga starting at left guard as a result
- Giacomini held his own, as did (gasp) Allen Barbre
- The best pass rush of the night came from Justin Harrell and Mike Neal. That is a scary thought assuming Capers was not tipping his hat too much (we hope). Not much was coming from anyone else.
- Mike McCarthy was NOT a happy camper at halftime-very evident during his halftime interview
- If Quinn Johnson could block against starters the way he blocks against second and third teamers, he would be an All Pro. He was blowing up defenders in the 3rd and 4th quarter.
- Special Teams coverage is still atrocious. How does Shawn Slocum preach all offseason and come out and stink like they did.
- Jarrett Bush still sucks
The pass defense in the first quarter left so much to be desired, words cannot do justice to what we saw. Aaron Nagler at Cheeseheadtv (cheeseheadtv.com) breaks it down into perfection here but I will add one more thing.
The Packers were torched in the passing game against the Browns last night. The Browns. This is a team who ranked dead last in 2009 with 129.8 yards per game. Have the Browns added that much to their offense that they could throw for 211 yards against the fearsome Packers offense? Do the names Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace strike fear into opposing defenses? I would hope not, although both are veteran quarterbacks who have seen their share of defenses in the past.
There was essentially no pass rush last night, and the coverage issues which existed at the end of last season were there again last night. Dom Capers was criticized last season for showing too much in the preseason, especially against Arizona when he came out with everything but the kitchen sink. Understanding that this is only the preseason, and this is the time to make mistakes and learn from them, I hope Capers looks at this film and realizes that although the end result means zero in the standings, the rest of the league should now take note of the approach the Packers used in the defensive scheme and analyze it. If the Browns can pick the D apart, who knows what other teams that are substantially better on offense could do. Hopefully vanilla is Capers’ favorite ice cream flavor, because that is all we saw last night: page one of the playbook.
One comforting thought of last night is this: in 1996 the Packers went 3-1 in the preseason. They went on to win the Super Bowl. In 1999, the Packers went 4-0 in the preseason. They finished 8-8, missed the playoffs, and the Ray Rhodes era came to an abrupt end. Lesson learned: preseason results dictate nothing.