With the sting of the game still lingering in our thoughts it is hard to look forward but that is just what we need to do. The management will be making some tough decisions in the next few weeks about free agents, etc. The one that most fans are worried about is Randall Cobb, the way he played this year made him a high priority as a slot receiver but the real question is how high did he make his price tag? Ted Thompson is the best at keeping the Packers salary cap in order but with Cobb’s play this year he may have raised his price tag too high for the Packers to retain him. They have other players like Bulaga/Williams and House they need to make decisions on as well. While I would love to see Cobb stay in 2015 I would rather see them retain the big guy to protect Rodgers even more. Bulaga is a big reason the Packers offense was great this year, we all saw what life was like without him when he went out for a couple games and Derrick Sherrod filled in! Bottom line is they need to keep this O line intact even if it means letting Cobb walk. They will have Abbrederis and Janis back next year and R. Rodgers/Adams will be playing as second year players. The two rookies were making leaps and bounds in the second half of the year to become targets as well so while losing Cobb would be a blow to the team it is not the end of the world. Just look back a few years when Thompson let top players like Jones and Jennings walk and Driver retire, We all thought he made big mistakes then but look how things worked out. All year they have kept Janis sidelined for what ever reason but I believe it was to bring him along slowly for next year or, I should say, this year! I would not be surprised if he is the ace in the hole that McCarthy has been grooming to be opposite Nelson with Adams and Abby as there slot guys Aaron could have plenty of good weapons to go to this year even if Cobb goes elsewhere. All we as fans can do is keep our trust in Thompson to do the right thing to keep our team playing at a high level. Who knows maybe Thompson can work his magic to keep Cobb and Bulaga along with a few others that need to be brought back.
Now for the coaches, I am not happy with how McCarthy called the second half of the title game, by him going to the prevent football and playing not to lose instead of playing to win like he did the first half cost them the title. If he can’t call plays to be aggressive for 60 minutes maybe Thompson needs to take that power away from him! As a coach he does a great job. He has taken the team to the NFC north title four years in a row so he does know how to win but it is the big games he seems to lack the ability to go for the throat after getting a lead and that worries me for the future of the team. How can they defeat great teams that never stop playing for 60 minutes if he is willing to take his foot off the gas when the game is on the line? Bottom line is there is nothing we can do about his lack of killer instincts but hope he learns from his shortcomings and starts coaching with some enthusiasm.
As for the defense I do have to admit Capers finally put together the right schemes with personnel after the bye week so if he can carry this over into this year he gets a pass in my books but if he is also the one that called for the prevent defense the second half, well his head should be on the chopping blocks also!
Slocum should have coached his last game. He had all year to fix the issues on special teams and has failed to do so.
Back to the players, I for one hope Brad Jones is sent packing this year he has been nothing but a problem all year with the exception of a few plays. AJ Hawk should retire and maybe slip into a coaching job but his play has regressed so much that another year would be hard to watch. Guion or Raji or both? This will be interesting to watch, maybe Raji will sign another one year prove it deal. Guion played very well so if not I could see them keeping him over Raji actually.
Well there are a lot of players I could go on about but going to wait and see what Thompson does, Keep the faith and never stop believing in our Green bay Packers!
Go Pack Go!