Sunday, September 20, 2009

Cheer up, Sleepy Gene.

Today's game was bad. Really bad. But cheer up. Step away from the ledge. Things will get better. In fact, things can only get better. Here are some silver linings to help you through next week.

The offense is playing poorly in part due to a leaky offensive line, that just got a little worse with Clifton rehabbing his ankle. That's the bad news.

But that's only half of the story. The other half is that Packers' best offensive players---Rodgers, Jennings and Driver---are playing well below their ability. And that (believe it or not) is the good news. The reason this is good news is that Rodgers, Jennings, and Driver are all very good players. I guarantee that these players will bounce back, and when they do the Packers offense will be markedly improved.

I expect the offensive line to continue to struggle, but the Packers will be able to mask some of the problems by bringing the offense back towards the line of scrimmage (this is called the "West Coast Offense"). I doubt we will see the same explosive offense that we saw in the preseason, but this offense will be able to move the ball and put up points. So don't despair.

The defense is a work in progress. There will be some ups and downs. This was expected all along. As I said two weeks ago: "don't throw up your hands in disgust if the defense enters the season shaky. There will be a learning curve. Let's give it some time."

If none of this cheered you up, try this:

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