Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) fumbles after
Seattle Seahawks' Michael Bennett knocked the ball loose in
the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 4,
2014, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 36-16. The Packers
recovered the ball in the end zone, resulting in a safety.
While they received relatively good news on the injury front
Friday, the Green Bay Packers still must fix all that went wrong
during a season-opening loss to the defending Super Bowl champion
Mike McCarthy confirmed Friday that starting right tackle Bryan
Bulaga escaped major damage to his surgically repaired left knee.
He said running back Eddie Lacy, who suffered a concussion late in
the Packers' 36-16 loss on Thursday, had already passed one of the
initial post-concussion tests.
shoddy tackling to poor communication from the sideline to an
uneven performance from what was supposed to be one of the NFL's
top offenses, McCarthy acknowledged that there is much to be done
before the team's next game on Sept. 14 against the New York Jets
at Lambeau Field.
puts so much into the opener. We understand that," McCarthy
said, one day after the defense gave up 398 yards, including 207
yards rushing, to the Seahawks.
a hard look at everything, we'll correct it, but (then) we will
move onto the Jets. This is not a one-game season.
going to sit here and dwell on it. Trust me, I get the
disappointment. I felt very good going into the game. But I had to
go back and check my preparation, because I think anytime as a
coach when you feel your team's prepared and they don't perform, I
think the first guy you have to look at is yourself and look in
the mirror. That's what we spent a lot of time doing today.
Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy looks toward the scoreboard
late in the second half of an NFL football game against the
Seattle Seahawks, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in Seattle. The
Seahawks defeated the Packers 36-16.
making crazy changes. We don't feel that's the right answer. We
have a program, we have a process and I promise you our team will
be better this coming week against the Jets."
It would help if
they have both Bulaga and Lacy on the field. Bulaga, who missed
all of last season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in
his left knee during a team scrimmage at the start of training
camp, was rolled up on during the first half against the Seahawks
and did not return.
With Bulaga out,
the Packers turned to 2011 first-round pick Derek Sherrod, who
hadn't played a meaningful snap in regular-season play since a
career-threatening leg injury in December 2011.
Sherrod gave up
two sacks one by Cliff Avril on a critical fourth-and-5 play
from the Seattle 41-yard line midway through the third quarter.
And then another
by Michael Bennett that resulted in a sack and fumble that Sherrod
recovered in the end zone for a safety. He was also pushed into
quarterback Aaron Rodgers on a 2-point conversion failure.
Bulaga wants to give it a go when the Packers return to practice
on Wednesday, but if he can't go against the Jets, McCarthy said
Sherrod would get the start.
Derek will play better than he did this week," McCarthy said.
"There's some things that we weren't totally in tune with (as
a group). That first sack, we had a protection call there that
everything wasn't done correctly so Avril was able to get the edge
Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman, right, runs for a
touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against
the Green Bay Packers, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in Seattle.
The Seahawks won 36-16.
sack, you know, really, we were playing uphill there. That's
something that we could probably do a better job of as we move
But on defense is
where the Packers must do significantly better. After working on a
4-3 look all offseason and throughout training camp, McCarthy and
defensive coordinator Dom Capers unveiled it against the Seahawks,
and it was ineffective.
3-4 team, the Packers lined up outside linebackers Julius Peppers
and Mike Neal as defensive ends, played 3-4 ends Datone Jones and
Mike Daniels inside and then had three more linebackers A.J.
Hawk, Brad Jones and Clay Matthews completing the front seven.
Most of Seattle
running back Marshawn Lynch's 110 yards rushing came against that
things that are best suited for our players," McCarthy said
of the scheme change. "Now, some of the things we did, did
not get off to a good start as far as wins and losses with the
particular personnel groups. (But) it's one game. We have a big
commitment (on defense). We're going to continue to do the things
our players do best. That's what coaching is."
said the coaches bear some responsibility for the poor defensive
performance, including on Lynch's 9-yard touchdown run in the
second quarter, when the Packers only had 10 men on the field
because nickel back Casey Hayward was on the sideline.
There's no need for any panic right now," Peppers said.
"It's one game. I am not dismissing the fact that we got beat
pretty soundly. (But) it's one game."
And as of now,
that one game has left the Packers with a lot of room for
"I mean, you
are what you are," McCarthy said. "And after one game,
we've put out there our performance and our next opponent will
stress us in those areas that we did not perform very well