The sea­son in three plays

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On the heels of the most epic loss in Packer his­tory, I con­tend that the sea­son ended pre­ma­turely be­cause of three bad plays and a weak of­fen­sive strat­egy seen all sea­son long.

Play 1: In­com­plete pass to a wide open Nel­son at Buf­falo. Suc­cess­ful pass would have meant a win, then home field ad­van­tage for play­offs.

Play 2: Muffed on­side kick re­cov­ery in NFC game. Mo­men­tum shifts to Seat­tle.

Play 3: Weak ef­fort to de­fend Seat­tle’s pass for two-point con­ver­sion. If in­com­plete, the Pack wins with field goal in­stead of gain­ing the tie.

Weak strat­egy: In­abil­ity to get short yardage into the end zone. The of­fense was too pre­dictable; too de­pen­dent on Lacy; too eas­ily de­fended; and got too many three-point­ers in­stead of TDs. Th­ese are in ad­di­tion to the oft-men­tioned in­abil­ity to ad­e­quately de­fend against the run.

What must the Pack­ers do to fix the prob­lems and win the Su­per Bowl next year? The pri­or­i­ties must be to get the tal­ent to stop the run and the coach­ing to cre­ate an “un­pre­dictable of­fense.”

Jim McCor­mack

Fair­fax, Va.

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