Packers cannot afford anymore special teams coverage meltdowns : Packers Insider

Packers cannot afford anymore special teams coverage meltdowns

December 2, 2009 by  
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By Mike Vandermause, Green Bay Press-Gazette
Dec 2, 2009

Solid play on offense, defense and special teams generally is required to produce a contender in the National Football League.

In the case of the Green Bay Packers, they have been forced to settle for the proverbial “two out of three ain’t bad” motto this season.

The defense is ranked No. 1 in the NFL, while the offense isn’t far behind at No. 6, and on the strength of those impressive numbers, the Packers are well positioned in the NFC playoff picture with a 7-4 record.

If not for the underachieving special teams, the Packers could be challenging the Minnesota Vikings for the division championship.  

“The coverage units are something that have played at a very high level, and it’s the one or two that break out a game, and that obviously shows up in the statistics,” replied McCarthy.

“The coverage units are something that have played at a very high level, and it’s the one or two that break out a game, and that obviously shows up in the statistics,” replied McCarthy.

Shoddy special teams play was most responsible for the Packers’ loss at Tampa Bay, and contributed greatly to defeats against Cincinnati and the second Minnesota game. If the Packers had turned in merely respectable special teams performances, they could have won any of those games.

How much better would things look if the Packers were 8-3, 9-2, or even 10-1?

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