The Green Bay Packers dreams of running the table all the way to the Super Bowl were crushed yesterday in Atlanta.
Once again, much of the blame can be laid at the feet of a defense, that time and time again, has proven to be the Packers Achilles heel.
In every year since Green Bay won the Super Bowl in 2010, the defense has come up short in the postseason.
In 2011, it allowed 37 points to New York and 45 to San Francisco in 2012. Then in 2013, 2014 and 2015, the defense was on the field, at the end of the game, with either Green Bay ahead or tied.
Each time, it failed to stop the 49ers, Seahawks or Cardinals from tying or winning the game.
The Packers lost all three. Two in overtime.
Sunday in the NFC Championship game, Green Bay gave up 44 points. It was an absolute massacre and underscored again, just how far this defense is from retuning to a championship level.
The personnel needs to be upgraded. Ladarius Gunter cannot be the top cover guy. Quinten Rollins and Damarious Randall both look like busts.
There is still a lack of dynamic players. Where was Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Clay Matthews or Mike Daniels yesterday?
They made a nice play or two sure, but anything impactful? No.
So Ted Thompson, if he remains the GM, which it appears he will, has work to do.
But so does Mike McCarthy. He needs to find a new defensive coordinator. The Packers have become stagnant on defense and it’s time for a change.
Even if it means promoting from within. Darren Perry (safeties) and Joe Whitt (corners) are both good, young coaches. They will be coordinators someday, why not now?
Obviously, Capers needs more help. But he doesn’t seem to get the best of his players anymore and that’s the problem.
Sometimes you need a new voice or a new strategy and after the massive failures of the last six postseasons, it’s clear this defense needs change.
And that change, should be a new defensive coordinator.