Well, that didn’t end well. Here are the things that stuck out to me.
McCarthy Had His Team Ready
These guys did not come out and lay down feeling sorry for themselves. They came out pumped and ready to rock. The defense was looking like the big pays were never going to end and the running game came out blazing. Even when it got rough towards the end, they battled all the way down to the goal line. That’s a positive to build on.
Just keeps getting better.
Damarious is not an All-Pro, but he’s getting his confidence, even if those aren’t mouth-dropping plays and we could use that. Davon? That dude came to play. His pick was an All-Pro highlight. He was all over his man, all the way down, and was not going let that play end until he had a pick. Please do that more.
It’s not that I didn’t think he was good, it’s just that I didn’t want to get carried away. I have said for weeks that his vision is his strength and it’s fabulous. Now that he’s proven he can do it over a few games, he seems more like the real deal. I’m becoming a believer. His basement is Packers starter, that argument should be done. It would be amazing if he could do that every week and carry the team like 2013 Eddie Lacy while Brett Hundley grows in this offense.
Enough About Playcalling
I don’t want to hear about Mike McCarthy “babying” Hundley or complaints like “what good is grooming him for three years if you won’t turn him loose?” It was his first NFL start ever. It was raining. Every throw he attempted longer than 8 yards was… “less than Rodgersesque.” Could McCarthy call plays differently? Sure, but look at what worked: Aaron Jones runs. Those were basic, basic play calls that were well-executed. The Packers don’t need a bunch of exotic nonsense that you dreamed up on Madden. They need basic plays executed to perfection That’s how McCarthy runs his team – it has nothing to do with babying. Hundley didn’t make plays like a top QB. I’ll give him time, but it’s not like if the play-calling changed, he was gonna be lighting it up. They lost they best player at the most important position and they got beat by a good team. You don’t need to fire everyone.
Only three teams in the conference have more wins than the Packers. Rodgers isn’t coming back, but Hundley (despite a poor passing performance in the rain during his first start) can still grow into a decent QB this season (maybe more, but I’m not getting my hopes up). If the defense can play reasonable and the run game can control the tempo, they just might make it in again. From there, anything can happen. Probable? Maybe not, but let’s enjoy the season.