Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Black and Blue all over: Digging out
By Kevin Seifert
Green Bay coaches started digging out from a 503-yard hole Monday. After giving up that many passing yards Sunday to Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, there was plenty to consider.
Coach Mike McCarthy believes the figure was an anomaly and not likely to happen again this season, writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers said the Packers will be prepared if opponents take the Steelers’ approach and spread the field to create favorable matchups against their depleted secondary.
The Packers are also going to have to look at when they use their sub defense packages, especially the dime group that was on the field Sunday for the final, game-winning play. At this point, that group isn’t comprised of the best 11 defensive players the Packers can get on the field.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Changing personnel is not in McCarthy’s plans for the defense, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- Defensive lineman Johnny Jolly traveled to Houston on Monday to post $10,000 bond in his drug possession case, notes Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee.
- Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune notes one more deficiency for the Bears defense: It can’t cover tight ends.
- David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune: “A funny thing happened to Jerry Angelo on the way to explaining why money is no object when deciding Lovie Smith's future. Angelo introduced logic that potentially opened the door to his exit too. If Angelo can disregard the $11 million and two years remaining on Smith's contract, then theoretically Bears ownership could ignore the four years and millions left on Angelo's deal.”
- Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago offers three suggestions for replacing coach Lovie Smith.
- Detroit benched 2008 first-round draft pick Gosder Cherilus on Sunday and it isn’t clear whether he’ll regain his starting right tackle job, according to Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press.
- Lions coach Jim Schwartz hopes to determine this week’s starting quarterback by Wednesday, writes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.
- Minnesota coach Brad Childress took the blame for not giving left tackle Bryant McKinnie more help with Carolina’s pass rush Sunday night, notes Chip Scoggins and Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.
- Tom Powers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press witnessed Childress go “ballistic” in the locker room after Sunday night’s game at Carolina.