GREEN BAY -
Packers coach Mike McCarthy says there is no magic formula
to get Green Bay back on track following its fourth loss in
the play calling, he said. Rather, it's the execution of
I think too much is made of scheme," McCarthy said on
Friday morning, less than 12 hours after a 17-13 loss.
"At the end of the day, it's about running your routes
or defending the route or blocking your guy or getting off
the block and eventually tackling the guy and getting the
you have a chance to get your hands on the football, you've
got to take advantage of it," McCarthy said.
starting the season 6-0, the Packers have fallen to 7-4. The
major reason why is a malfunctioning offense, despite the
presence of Aaron Rodgers.
leading the league in points last season, Green Bay is
scoring about seven points less per game this season. In
three of the losses this month, it scored 10 points vs.
Denver, 16 vs. Detroit and 13 vs. Chicago. In the other
loss, the Packers finished with 29 points against Carolina,
but needed a late rally after failing to gain a first down
on seven of the first 12 possessions.
MVP quarterback Rodgers' accuracy is indicative of the
offense's problems. He completed 51.2 percent of his passes
against the Bears, with his 53.8 percent in five November
games being the worst rate of his career.
Thursday, James Jones didn't catch any of the six passes
thrown his way, and fellow receiver Davante Adams caught
just two of the 11 for 14 yards. There also were plenty of
drops in the wet conditions.
just on different pages," Rodgers said after the game.
"When you miss throws, when I'm throwing at a certain
depth and the receiver's running a certain depth, obviously
we're on different pages. So we need to have some better
communication and make sure there's not those discrepancies
in the depths and the adjustments."
those problems, the Packers had two turnovers — a fumble
by Eddie Lacy and an interception on a pass from Rodgers to
Adams — after entering the game with a league-low six.
McCarthy said both turnovers were the result of sloppy play.
took a step back following a 30-13 victory at Minnesota on
Sunday, which temporarily moved the Packers back into a
first-place tie in the NFC North.
have to solve their issues in a hurry with a game at surging
Detroit on Thursday. After a 1-7 start, the Lions have won
three in a row, a streak that started with their upset win
at Lambeau Field on Nov. 15.
reality is we're not that far off," McCarthy said.
"It's the attention and the details. Our issues are
technique and discipline in the technique, and quit worrying
so much about the plays. Just win the route or win the play