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The End is Near: Dom Capers

Capers

I will be up front with all of you. I have been in Dom Capers’ corner for the last two seasons specifically.

When the defense completely tanked in 2011, finishing last in the NFL I was a believer that a coaching change was not needed, but rather more personnel. After last season’s debacle in the playoffs against the San Francisco 49ers, I was the same way. It was not Dom Capers fault that he was working with the likes of Erik Walden, a thin defensive line, and a complete liability at the safety position.

The words from various players that they were not prepared for quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s ability to run did not sit well with me, but it was something I was willing to look past.

Early in the season it looked foolish to be in that corner. The Packers faced the same team that knocked them out of the playoffs, and their defense was absolutely lit up. Kaepernick threw for more than 400 yards, 208 of which went to Anquan Boldin, the only viable 49ers receiving threat on the outside at the time. Those who were calling for Capers head were louder than ever.

Some of those calls quieted down when Capers defense turned in a dominant performance against the Washington Redskins, and played well enough to win against the Cincinnati Bengals going into the bye week.

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It’s time to fire up the Matt Flynn signal

With Aaron Rodgers getting hurt, former Packers backup Matt Flynn would be a great choice to step in.

With Aaron Rodgers getting hurt, former Packers backup Matt Flynn would be a great choice to step in.

It’s only been one game, but I think it’s fair to say that Seneca Wallace isn’t a capable quarterback.

First of all, he’s 33. There aren’t a lot of 33-year-old backups that can still make the majority of throws NFL quarterbacks must make. With Wallace under center for the Packers, that number gets trimmed to less than a third. He showed trouble on the move, couldn’t hit the crossing route and even struggled with the open receiver.

All year long, we all wondered how the Packers would fare if the all-world quarterback Aaron Rodgers missed significant time with an injury. Now we know. It would be a steady diet of seven and eight man defensive fronts as opposing defenses dare the Packers to pass.

When’s the last time that happened? Defenses actually daring the Packers to throw. That hasn’t happened in Green Bay since 1991 when someone not named Brett Favre or Rodgers hasn’t led the Packers in passing.

It’s time for Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy to turn on the Matt Flynn signal. He knows the offense and would be welcomed in a huddle that he has already taken charge of.

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Green Bay Packers Bye Week Review

Jonathan Franklin

The Green Bay Packers season has gotten off to a bit of an uneven start. After disappointing losses to the San Francisco 49ers, and Cincinnati Bengals combined with a win against the Washington Redskins the Packers currently sit at 1-2.

The 1-2 record may signal some panic within the fan base, however the Packers do have some bright spots to look at through the first three games.

All offseason the talk through the Packers organization was about improving the running game. With the addition of Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin through April’s NFL Draft there were plenty of reasons to be optimistic. So far the early results have been impressive. Lacy has yet to get going after missing most of two games with a concussion, but got better as he went along in his first game. James Starks broke the Packers streak of games without a 100 yard rusher by gashing the Washington Redskins at Lambeau Field while the Packers rolled to an easy win.

Starks, unfortunately suffered a knee injury just before halftime in the game against the Bengals, and gave way to Johnathan Franklin. Franklin, who struggled most of the preseason did not miss his chance to shine. Franklin burst onto the scene, rushing for over 100 yards, and averaging 7.9 yards-per-carry in his only time of extended action. Despite a late fumble, that ultimately led to the Bengals game-winning score Franklin’s performance was extremely encouraging. Franklin’s presence along with the return of Lacy should give the Packers a potentially dynamic backfield when they return to action against the Detroit Lions.

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Ted Thompson proves why he bypassed Steven Jackson

Steven Jackson was injured in Week 2, solidifying why Ted Thompson passed on him.

Steven Jackson was injured in Week 2, solidifying why Ted Thompson passed on him.

How many messages of ‘Atta Boy do you think general manager Ted Thompson received in the last few days?

I’ll tell you: none.

After the Packers pulled out of the Steven Jackson sweepstakes, there were legions of fans that were livid after Thompson decided not to bring the 30-year-old aboard and try to shore up a fledgling running game.

Let’s not forget that Jackson has carried the rock over 250 times in seven of his previous nine seasons. The tread on his tires are nearly bald. Hopefully he doesn’t have to maneuver on wet or icy conditions.

And he proved it in Week 2. The thigh bruise that he suffered vs. St. Louis could keep him out for the next four weeks. And even if he comes back by then, who’s to say that he won’t show the same signs that Robert Griffin III is showing in Washington? Griffin has been 80 percent at best as the Redskins’ starting quarterback and now Washington is suffering because Griffin cannot regain his 2012 multidimensional form.

I thought bypassing Jackson was very smart. The Falcons opened up the checkbook and gave the tired veteran a deal worth three years and $12 million. From how it looks now, the Falcons will be lucky if Jackson sees the end of his contract let alone keeps putting up consistent numbers.

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Heat of the Moment: The D-Bacle in San Francisco

Heat 2

In a special edition from Packers Talk Radio Network, five hosts converge to break down everything from the Packers’ playoff loss to the 49ers. In this show, CD Angeli (@TundraVision), Chris Lempesis (@OlBagofDonuts), John Rehor (@jrehor), Colleen (@WhatRUTinkin), and Jersey Al Bracco (@jerseyalgbp) hash out everything from Dom Capers, Mike McCarthy, Tramon Williams, roster cuts, and the 3-4 defense. Listen in. It’s therapeutic.

Listen in using the player below or download the podcast from the Packers Talk Radio Network on Itunes.

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