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Packer fans can blame their coaches
November 5, 2009 - Per Peterson
Last Sunday was one of a few times you will see the Vikings not being outcoached. But it wasn’t because they outcoached the Packers.
Instead, the braintrust on the Green Bay sideline embarrassed themselves as they continue to put their players in bad situations. The Vikings, to their credit, took full advantage, especially defensively and on special teams.
For some reason unbeknownst to me, the Packers — after giving up 32 sacks in the teams’ first meeting, didn’t give their offensive lineman hardly any help in containing the Vikings’ front four, which once again were given plenty of chances to break Aaron Rodgers into little pieces. The Packers’ young O-line stinks and better catch on to a better way of protecting Rodgers, who has all but become the face of this team.
On special teams, I kept wondering during the game why Green Bay chose to kick off to Percy Harvin — and right down the middle of the field to boot. Harvin’s the best return man in the league and is playing with a ton of confidence right now. Kicking the ball to him over and over is like teasing a shark with chub — sooner or later you’ll lose your right arm. Or, in this case, a football game.
Harvin’s faster than any Green Bay player, hits a hole like a bullet and has escapability — you don’t see one man bring him down too often. Yet the Packers continued to kick it deep, between the hash marks, allowing Harvin to set the Vikings up in prime field position again and again.
The one time the Packers did kick it short, they forced a turnover. Go figure.
Green Bay didn’t deserve to win that game because the Packers aren’t making the right adjustments or correcting their problems. It appears they’re just hoping they go away.
Yes, Brad Childress outcoached his counterpart across the field Sunday. There’s something you don’t hear too often.
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