The Packers have done little to inspire confidence during their three-game losing streak in any phase – offense, defense, or special teams. But while the special teams have been benign all season long and the offense has understandably taken an enormous step back without quarterback Aaron Rodgers, there was hope when Rodgers went down that the defense might elevate its game. That hasn’t happened, especially in the secondary, where the Packers let Detroit’s Matthew Stafford throw for 361 yards on Monday night.
“As of late, nobody has played well, on the team. We’ve lost what, three in a row?” cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt said. “From our group, we have to get the ball more. We need to play better on third down, situational football as a defense. And at our position, it’s not been good enough. We’re not playing (well) – situational, third down, two-minute, red zone. None of it has been good.
“We have to play it better, we have to coach it better. It starts with us and then once they understand what they have, we can’t have foolish penalties when they’re not needed, we can’t have blown assignments, we can’t have free runners. It’s not acceptable. That’s what we have to do as a position, as a defense, as a team if we want to get back into a winning category.”
That doesn’t mean the offense can continue to be so ineffective. Backup quarterback Brett Hundley (above) didn’t make any glaring mistakes against the Lions – he didn’t throw an interception after throwing four in the previous two games – but he has to start making plays.
“We got the ball out, we were moving it. We’ve just got to put points on the board,” Hundley said. “Once we get in a rhythm and once we get going, we were moving the ball efficiently. We just have to take that and make it points every time we do that.
“The urgency to win is always high. But at the same time, we can’t self-implode. We’ve got another opportunity this week and we’ve got to go out and do what we do – score points and win.”
Jason Wilde covers the Packers for ESPN Wisconsin. Listen to him with former Packers and Badgers offensive lineman Mark Tauscher weekdays from 9-11 on “Wilde & Tausch” on 100.5 FM ESPN Madison.