The Green Bay Packers dropped to 2-4 following an embarrassing 19-17 loss to the woeful Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon. Despite having two weeks to prepare, Matt LaFleur’s offense came out of the gates stagnant, again, and failed to score a first half touchdown for the fourth consecutive game.
What is worrisome is that the players and coaches seem just as confused about what could be wrong as fans do. In fact, one defensive player has gone so far as to say the team has absolutely no “fire” and are clueless in regards to what the game plan is.
Green Bay Packers Defensive Player Makes Controversial Statement Regarding the Offense
According to Bill Michaels, who covers all Wisconsin sports teams, an anonymous Packers defensive player told him that there is just one game plan, barely any second half adjustments, and that the players have no clue what is going on:
A @Packers D player says, on the QT, that there’s one plan for the game, at halftime….there isn’t any “fire” or emotion….just a minor change and guys aren’t even sure what they’re doing.
— Bill Michaels (@Bill_Michaels) October 23, 2023
This certainly seems problematic, and is far from a good look for head coach Matt LaFleur. From the way the offense has performed in the first half all season long, it certainly has looked like the Packers come into their games, week in and week out, with no game plan on offense. This seems to confirm that idea.
The Green Bay Packers Could Be 5-1 if They Could Figure Out How to Score in the First Half
As mentioned, the Packers have failed to score a touchdown in the first half of their previous four games. They are 1-3 in those contests thanks to an incredible fourth quarter comeback against the New Orleans Saints in Week Three.
Even in Week Two, the Packers failed to score at all until the second quarter. Aside from their loss to the Detroit Lions in Week Four, all of theirs losses have been by one score. An extra touchdown in any of their losses to the Falcons, Raiders, and Broncos wins them the game.
That is what is so frustrating about these losses. For all the mistakes Love has made, he has also proven that he has the arm talent to be a starting NFL quarterback. Yet, the front office has failed to surround him with veteran skill players that can be a security blanket for him and on-field leaders/teachers for the young players.
Now, regardless of whether or not what that anonymous player said is true regarding the coaching/game planning, it is a concerning look that any player would even consider saying that to a reporter. It is indicative of a bigger problem on the coaching staff, one that needs a hard look as the season goes on.
The fact of the matter is that this team is lacking leadership, both on the field and in the locker room; among players and among coaches.
No one is stepping up.