Backup QB Kizer looks shaky in re­lief of Rodgers

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Pack­ers beat writer Ryan Wood an­swered ques­tions from read­ers Mon­day, a day af­ter Green Bay’s 24-23 vic­tory over the Chicago Bears at Lam­beau Field. Read the tran­script at www.json­­ers.

Q: No. 12 was amaz­ing, but what about the backup QB sit­u­a­tion?

A: It’s ... not great. DeShone Kizer’s pri­mary job as a backup quar­ter­back is to not turn over the foot­ball, and that’s just what he did. Kizer let Khalil Mack take three points out of his hand. Then he tossed a touch­down pass to the wrong team. One thing Mike McCarthy just said was the screen call that led to Mack’s pick-six kept him awake last night. McCarthy was try­ing to help Kizer get into a rhythm with an easy play, es­pe­cially be­cause he thought Kizer might have to play the sec­ond half, but he re­gret­ted mak­ing that call in hind­sight. Just run the foot­ball and get to the locker room down 10-0, in­stead of 17-0. Bot­tom line, Kizer has to play a lot bet­ter. Last night didn’t cut it, and al­most cost the Pack­ers the game.

Q: Clay Matthews looked re­ally old, fall­ing down mul­ti­ple times while chas­ing QB and blow­ing con­tain. The late hit was the ic­ing on a bad cake. If he can’t bring an out­side rush, is it time to move him in­side?

A: They might get there even­tu­ally, but first the Pack­ers will give Clay Matthews ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to be a pro­duc­tive edge rusher. If he’s un­able to pro­duce from the edge, it sig­nif­i­cantly lim­its their de­fense’s ceil­ing. So they’re not there yet, but last night was not a good show­ing from him.

Q: I feared the Packer D might be worse than last year. Do you fear I’m right? De­spite this “Mir­a­cle” win, I think Rodgers might have to win a few 38-35 games.

A: I mean, the Pack­ers only won be­cause the de­fense kept them in the game. Af­ter the first 15 scripted, un­scouted plays, the Pack­ers barely gave up any­thing. It’s im­pos­si­ble to make any grand con­clu­sions based on one game, but last night was some­thing the de­fense can build on. Like Aaron Rodgers said, the Pack­ers de­fense only al­lowed 16 points. The Pack­ers should win when their de­fense only al­lows 16 points. Q: Where were our tight ends?

A: Two catches, eight yards for Jimmy Gra­ham. One catch, 13 yards for Lance Ken­dricks. And that was it. Re­ally sur­prised they didn’t get more from Gra­ham, but part of that was how well the top three re­ceivers played, es­pe­cially late. If you look at the re­cent his­tory, it’s taken time for the Pack­ers to work their new tight ends into the of­fense. I guess it’ll be no dif­fer­ent with Gra­ham.

Q: Any idea why House didn’t play? He’s not that deep on the depth chart is he?

A: Davon House is the No. 5 cor­ner­back. So, yes, he is that deep.

Q: What changes can be made on the of­fense as­sum­ing Rodgers will have lim­ited mo­bil­ity against a Vik­ings pass rush?


passes, Just em­pha­siz­ing what you saw Rodgers last night. get­ting A lot the of ball quick-tim­ing out of his hand.

Q: Is this de­fense a 2 to 3 year re­build­ing project via trade and free agency? Pet­tine may have some bet­ter schemes, but they looked just like last year’s de­fense.

A: I think you quit watch­ing af­ter the first se­ries. There was a whole rest of the game af­ter that, in which they gave up nine points to­tal.

Q: How about Ty’s block­ing down­field on Cobb’s TD?

A: Yeah, that was the crit­i­cal part of that play. Even bet­ter vi­sion from Ran­dall Cobb to know when to cut back and use his blocker. But that TD hap­pened be­cause Ty Mont­gomery played through the whis­tle, even if it meant sprint­ing 80 yards down­field.

Q: Well, that’s a fun way to start a sea­son. Thought the new se­condary was all they could hope, but would have liked to see some of the newer guys on of­fense more. What were your big­gest ex­pec­ta­tions that were met, and big­gest dis­ap­point­ments?

A: I think Geron­imo Al­li­son showed he’s in­deed primed for a break­out sea­son. And the new se­condary did look good. Their big­gest dis­ap­point­ment had to be the of­fen­sive line’s strug­gle. Knew there were depth is­sues, but thought the start­ing unit would be sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter than that.


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