In the preseason, some thought the Green Bay Packers were headed for the Super Bowl. (Yes, I’m looking at you, Rosenthal. I mean, didn’t you realize the Redskins were the superior franchise?)
Instead, the Pack back into their bye week at 2-2, with a home loss to the Bengals and a road loss to the Vikings.
And though he didn’t go quite as far as his counterpart in San Diego in calling out his team, Packers G.M. Ted Thompson has addressed the sluggish start in Green Bay.
“The preseason and the regular season are a whole different kettle of fish, but yeah, I would have thought we would have played a little bit better starting out,” Thompson said Friday, according to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “But at the same time, we feel like we’re a work in progress, and we’re going to get better.”
One of the problems has been a near-complete failure of protection in the passing game. But Thompson wouldn’t pin the blame entirely on an offensive line that has been limited by injuries and otherwise shredded by opposing defensive linemen.
“The whole protection issue is a combination of things,” Thompson said. “It’s the blocking, it’s the reads [by quarterback Aaron Rodgers], it’s the route running, it’s the running game, it’s the whole thing. All those things have to come together. I think we have a very potent [offense], but obviously we’ve stubbed our toe a little bit in terms of getting off to a good start.”
Still, it would help if they find a way to improve the offensve line. There have been reports that veteran tackle Mark Tauscher could be re-joining the team, but nothing has happened yet, and Thompson told Demovsky that there is “nothing to report.”
With the trading deadline coming up in ten days (more on that later), the Packers should be scouring the rosters of the teams that already have no hope for the playoffs in search of one or two guys who might be available for the right price.