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There's no defense for this Packer defense
January 25, 2012 - Burt Angeli
Green Bay’s absence from this year’s Super Bowl can be blamed on “the worst defense in franchise history and the second-worst defense in NFL history.”
U.P. Hall of Famer Bob McGinn, a heralded pro football writer with Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, tore into the defense following the 37-20 playoff loss to the Giants.
“Once again the defense was its usual porous self,” wrote McGinn, noting the defense “stunk up the place” in giving up 420 yards. “In the final reckoning, the defense in Green Bay was found guilty of gross ineptitude.”
In the first half, Green Bay missed eight tackles and yielded the “Hail Mary” touchdown pass.
In a season-ending assessment, McGinn rips Packer GM Ted Thompson for keeping linebacker AJ Hawk and paying him $33.75 million over five years.
“His contract is by far the worst contract that Thompson has ever enacted,” wrote McGinn, believing Nick Barnett, now with Buffalo, would have been a better option. “It’s beyond me how Thompson can come back with Hawk as the starter next season.”
The pass rush was pathetic other than Clay Matthews. That department was certainly hurt when Cullen Jenkins left for Philadelphia.
“What went on at the linebacker and secondary levels was shameful,” McGinn wrote. “Aaron Rodgers and the offense would have scored 50 points or more if given a shot at this inept defense.”
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