Is it Finally Time to Pull the Plug on Capers? (Or others):
The Fire Dom Capers articles always begin to circulate each year when the Green Bay Packers go through their first stretch of poor play of the season. A couple weeks after these articles are written and online petitions are signed, Aaron Rodgers and the offense, usually go on to win six out of their next seven games en route to capturing yet another NFC North division title.
With Aaron Rodgers potentially done for the season with a broken collarbone, “Aaron Rodgers games” and fourth quarter heroics will not be able to mask the continually deficient defensive unit. Over the years the defense of the Green Bay Packers has not shown up when the stakes were at their highest. In recent years, the Packers have seen both a weakened run defense and a depleted secondary which has caused their offense to be faced with the immense pressure to keep on scoring on every possession.
To this point in the season, players on the defensive unit have not been able to make a consistent impact day in and day out. These sentiments have proven to be the norm throughout recent memory and it has everyone thinking that a change may finally be in order.
Thinking ???? Out Loud:
My bone of contention that has me questioning the state of the Green Bay Packers, is that this team has proven to lack the infrastructure that is necessary to win a super bowl.
The proof of this statement is the fact that Aaron Rodgers play affects whether the defensive and offensive units have a harmonious continuity on a weekly basis. Aaron Rodgers is the thread that joins the offense and defense into one cohesive unit. In lamens terms, He makes the Green Bay Packers the Green Bay Packers. In comparison, The Patriots went had a record of 10-6 the year that Tom Brady tore his ACL. The Patriots and their offensive and defensive units rallied around Matt Cassel and went 10-5 during Brady’s season-long absence. That season would have never been possible if it was not for the infrastructure that the Patriots had in place behind Tom Brady.
The moral of the story is that an organization is in charge of drafting and acquiring talented and impactful players, that fit into the organizational scheme. The amount of these types of players that an organization can acquire, will determine the strength of the infrastructure that is in place around franchise players like Aaron Rodgers. Yes, a precipitous fall will occur when any team is faced with the reality of losing their star player, but it is amazing to consider just how vital a role Rodgers played in the success that the Green Bay Packers have had, year in and year out.
Rodgers has literally made me rewrite articles that I nearly completed that detailed the weekly struggles of the offensive line, defensive line, and secondary. It is truly amazing, how one late hit by Anthony Barr instantly changes the narrative from Superbowl hopeful to a dissection of the coaching staff and organizational regime in a matter of seconds.
Contribute to the dialogue:
The main focus of the article this week is, I want to hear from you Packer nation. I want to hear your thoughts on the ever-popular trending topic of the Green Bay Packers defense and what parties if any are to blame.
I want to hear who you hold responsible for the continued subpar play of the defense and whether you think Dom Capers and others within the organization should be held accountable. (Say Ted Thompson for missing on defensive picks, or whether you think it may be time for a regime change)
I want to hear if you think that the defense is progressing well to this point, and you think that the poor play in recent weeks is due to a lack of continuity because of injuries. I want you to tell me whether you think it is too soon for doom and gloom because the Packers defense is close to a permanent breakthrough. (Silver lining: The Packers defense has had multiple turnovers forced in consecutive weeks)
I want to hear from you if you think that the Packers must continue to trust the process and stay the course with this regime and organizational game plan in place.
I hope to hear all of your opinions on the state of the Packers from now until the two-minute pre-game primer that I will post prior to next Monday Night’s game against the Lions.
Until then, continue to hang in there Packer Nation.——————
David Michalski is a recent college graduate from Princeton New Jersey who has been a life long Green Bay Packers fan. Like the great Vince Lombardi, he values God, family, and the Green Bay Packers in that order. You can follow him on twitter at @kilbas27dave