I recently wrote about Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers and how the defense needs to show improvements in the final five games of the season if he wants to keep his job. Well after the debacle that happened on Thanksgiving against the Detroit Lions, I’ve seen enough.
The Lions carved up the Packers’ defense like a turkey on Thursday. Although they were able to force four turnovers and even scored a defensive touchdown, the defense held true to who they are and made so many mistakes on their way to giving up 40 points and a whopping 561 total yards. These are numbers that would make any Packers fan sick, and is a story that is way too common this season.
This season, the Packers are allowing over 375 yards per game against opposing offenses. Add to that the atrocious tackling and lack of ball skills, and you have a team that is 5-6-1 and looking at missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
I have always been a guy that believed the players are the ones to blame because they are on the field. I am not going against those beliefs, and they must get better. However, Capers deserves just as much blame, and I think the Packers have been patient enough with him. The schemes the defense is drawing up clearly are not working, and there is no doubt that they are not stressing tackling.
If they had been stressing the fundamentals and worked on tackling, they wouldn’t be as putrid as they are.
The team has four games remaining and just like in any other sport, anything is possible. The Lions could lose their final four games and the Packers could win their final four to reach the playoffs. One reason I don’t believe this will happen is the defense. Regardless of what happens, it has been a down season for the Packers and if I were Ted Thompson, the first priority on my offseason list would be to part ways with Capers.