Can Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur Find a Way to Win in the Playoffs?

The Green Bay Packers have won 13 games in the regular season in each of the last seasons and have earned a playoff bye all three years that Matt LaFleur has been the head coach of the team. But in the playoffs, the Packers have come up short, going 2-3 in those years once the postseason got underway.

So, what do the Packers have to do to get to the next step and reach the Super Bowl for the first time in more than a decade?

In 2019, the Packers went to the NFC Championship Game. They traveled to Northern California to face the 49ers and San Francisco just ran all over the Packers and beat the 37-20. The Packers didn't seem ready to play and trailed 27-0 at the half.

Green Bay couldn't stop the San Francisco running game as the 49ers gained 285 yards on the ground and rushed for four touchdowns. The Packers run defense was so ineffective that Jimmy Garoppolo threw only eight passes all game for 77 yards.

The Packers lost on the road in the playoffs in 2019 and vowed to get home field advantage in 2020. They again won 13 games and earned the top seed in the NFC and another first round bye. After beating the Rams in the Divisional Playoffs, the Packers hosted the Tampa Bay Bucs in the NFC Championship Game.

The matchup of Tom Brady versus Aaron Rodgers was hyped up by the media but it was the Packers defense that suffered some breakdowns late in the first half and early in the second and the Packers fell behind 28-10 in the third quarter before the Pack mounted a comeback.

The defense intercepted Brady three times in the second half but the offense was unable to cash in on the resulting chances and the Packers comeback fell short in a 31-26 loss.

In 2021, the Packers overcame injuries and again captured the top seed in the NFC and homefield advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Unfortunately, the Packers offense supttered on a wintry night and scored only 10 points.

Worse yet, the special teams cost the Packers at least 10 points, one touchdown on a blocked punt that tied the game in the fourth quarter and resulted in the 49ers only touchdown and three more on a blocked field goal try just before the half that could have put the Pack ahead by 10 points at the break.

The Packers lost 13-10 and missed a chance to reach the NFC title game for the third straight season.

In each of these three games, two things were very apparent. One if that the Packers did not play to their potential in any of them. The team was not emotionally ready to play against the 49ers in 2019 and seemed almost overwhelmed by the moment.

Against Tampa Bay in 2021, the Packers at least had their chances but failed to take advantage of the opportunities they had after intercepting Brady three times. The defense also floundered right before and after the half. Again, the Packers fell behind and were trying to play catchup football and just couldn't quite pull it off.

This year against San Francisco, the defense was stellar from the start of the game but the offense struggled and the special teams were atrocious.

To win in the playoffs, you must be playing at or at least close to your potential. You are facing the best teams in the league and to win, you have to be at your best. Under LaFleur, the Packers have yet to reach that standard in any of the three playoff games they lost.

LaFleur also got outcoached in those three games or was slow to adjust to the problems that came up during the game. The Packers had no answer for the 49ers rushing attack in 2019, couldn't capitalize on offensive chances in 2020 against the Bucs and couldn't put the 49ers away when they had the chance due to their struggles on offense and poor special teams play.

The Packers enter 2022 as the overwhelming favorite to win the NFC North for the fourth consecutive season. The team has talent on both sides of the football, a future Hall of Fame quarterback who won the last two NFL MVP awards and more talent on defense than they've had in a long time (on paper at least).

The big question is how do they avoid another playoff disappointment? Rodgers is going to be 39 by the time the playoffs start and he'll only have so many chances to win another Super Bowl.

LaFleur has proven himself to be a players' coach and a winner during the regular season. He must figure out hot to get this team to play at their best in the postseason to win a championship and to cement his place among the best coaches in the league right now. The challenge awaits.

You can follow Gil Martin on Twitter @GilPackers

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Pantz_Burp's picture

July 14, 2022 at 03:58 pm

Yesssss, start Love in the 4th QTR!

No Love...Lost. Waittt, if LaF grows bUsHy eyebrows for the playoffs, we might have a chance! Plus LaF needs to gain 40 lbs to look like a winning HC. Fat is beautiful baby! 👍✌️👌 He is just too damn good-looking for the playoffs...get mean and nasty and ugly for the playoffs!

And, I ain't done just yet. No one with a #17 Packer jersey is allowed in Lambeau during the playoffs for fear super Turbo boost #12 catches a glimpse and tosses one up for ol' times sake.

Better yet, let's make Love,...the starting QB.

(that was easy) 😁

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mnbadger's picture

July 14, 2022 at 12:27 pm

How about starting him in the 2nd quarter? GPG!

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porupack's picture

July 14, 2022 at 06:28 pm

Such poetry. Beautiful!

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mnbadger's picture

July 14, 2022 at 12:22 pm

He DAMN WELL Better!

Though, today's optism will be tarnished by the realities that the coming regular season will expose.

But assuming they overcome the regular season and get in, They DAMN WELL BETTER! win the games! GPG

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TarynsEyes's picture

July 14, 2022 at 12:24 pm

Whether or not any of the previous teams or this one being created for the 2022 season, and regardless of the finger-pointing reasons, the if only's that are often used, the most significant thing all these teams have had in common is the near total look of unpreparedness to play for 4 quarters and the inability to adapt to what was happening. The ability and limits of each player are on record, as provided by the regular season, and still, that info seems to be discounted/ignored in the game plan, the in-game adjustment, and that is on the HC.

MLF has his work cut out for him this season and another 13/14-3 record will not be enough for TitleTown fans, perhaps for DivisionTitleTown fans, but the sound of that name alone is enough to make one puke. Many will not accept this, but time is running out on MLF as it is for Rodgers, and if it's only about enjoying the ride, heck, then you can get that from any game and team, and the season end for GB is of no matter. And no, Love isn't all MLF will need after Rodgers is gone, to retain his job, less win an SB.

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mnbadger's picture

July 14, 2022 at 12:35 pm

the gag reflex you're experiencing when saying "TITLE TOWN" is generated by the internal comparison your intuition performs between whatever team you root for and the best franchise in professional sports.
Notice I didn't say winningest, though they do have the most wins and championships. You may say that's because they've been around so long, but again, they've been around so long because they are best franchise.
Compare your team's wins and championships at the 100 year mark, against the GBP and see how they compare. That's assuming that your team is still playing in the same city under the same name. It takes a very good franchise to make that happen. Right now, there's only a few that will make it to 40 years, let alone 100.
GPG! and take the negative naysayers with you!

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TarynsEyes's picture

July 14, 2022 at 01:10 pm

History is no longer the comfort zone that fans or teams can fall back on, especially since history is being erased in all other areas. Sports has become and will be going forward as the ' what have you done lately' and regretfully for you and your ilk, it (history) isn't enough, especially when those who are paid significantly high salaries in order to win championships.

Perhaps I'll say it differently. It isn't that I don't understand how hard it is to get there, but the self-destructing manners yearly that have undercut the times when it was obvious GB should have been in the SB, and it isn't a fluke when it happens regularly the last 11 seasons with as near a guaranteed SB talent team in at least 4-5 of those seasons. Perhaps then and even if not getting the wins, history would still be relevant in defense of the last 11 years, and especially the last three.

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Leatherhead's picture

July 14, 2022 at 03:28 pm

If I'm reading this correctly, Taryn, you seem to be saying that GB should have been in the Super Bowl more often. I'd agree with that.

You talk about Super Bowl talent being on the team for several seasons. I agree with that.

And we should replace the people who've made this possible?

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TarynsEyes's picture

July 14, 2022 at 04:31 pm

"And we should replace the people who've made this possible?"

No. I said they need to figure out why these talented teams are so unprepared in the playoffs because regular season win records cannot replace or be enough to ignore the failures of the post-season. McCarthy had winning records and he got fired, why would MLF and staff be any different.

Being an average, team, at best in the '70-'80s was hard to swallow, how about being that or worst after Rodgers is gone and his last 12 years being no better because without Championships, is it really different. Will the future GB historian crying fans be so with only Division Titles of the recent past inspire the same bravado?

As a previous article mentioned, the regular season has been minimized in value, and so have Division Titles, as they have become nothing more than playoff rankings which are, and recently proved by the Packers, often, and in successive seasons, to be worthless in the game and against the opponent to be played.

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porupack's picture

July 14, 2022 at 06:32 pm

Ok, so the final answer you have is: they better figure it out.

I think that settle it. We all agree. Yes, they better figure it out. Ok, what's next to discuss.

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LambeauPlain's picture

July 14, 2022 at 01:16 pm

If you are having a good day, you can even it out by reading comments from Taryn. He's a nattering nabob of negativity.

I just read the book by Christl and D'Amato: "Mudbaths and Bloodbaths." It is devoted to the rivalry between the Packer and Bears. Quite a read. Only covers up to 1997 (publish date) but talk about rabid fans and tough players from both teams!

Our contemporary rivalry now is with the vyqueens who I despise so much more than the bears. Yet Packers v Bears is still the longest, most storied NFL rivalry and won't be surpassed.

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Pantz_Burp's picture

July 14, 2022 at 01:54 pm

Hey L-Plain,

Thanks for the book mention, I love the title.

Yeah, those Vikings:
What does a stolen vehicle and the Vikes have in common? No title

Why are the Vike's colors predominantly purple?
You would be purple too if you choked for the last 50 years.

Thanks to the Vikes, I had to look up whizzinator...

I was in Target (in MN) the other day and asked the cashier if Minnesota has a professional football team. 😁

Go Pack Go!!!

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TarynsEyes's picture

July 14, 2022 at 01:58 pm

"He's a nattering nabob of negativity."

I'm neither a he nor any type of Muslim. Try again.

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Packers0808's picture

July 14, 2022 at 02:55 pm

Doesn't matter what or who you are you really need to just stay off this page. If you want every day to be black clouded fine go for it, but the rest of us enjoy the team and not beat a knock down day in and day out. Time to quit looking for your day in the sun! It is boring and tiring.

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TarynsEyes's picture

July 14, 2022 at 03:53 pm

"Doesn't matter what or who you are you really need to just stay off this page"

Kiss my arse.

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Packers0808's picture

July 14, 2022 at 04:21 pm

Nah.

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Johnblood27's picture

July 15, 2022 at 08:19 am

You are on a roll today taryn!

Lots of thumbs up from me!

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Turophile's picture

July 14, 2022 at 03:16 pm

TarynsEyes
You also don't understand alliteration and take things too literally.

I've criticised you before for your failure to appreciate any season unless it ends in a Superbowl. Enjoyment is not a binary yes/no.

Enjoy a season as it unfolds and reveals all the twists and turns, week by week. It's those twists and turns that help to cancel out all the negativity. Your posts should (like with most of us) rise and fall in positivity/negativity, as good or bad things happen - no need to only sit on one side of the balance scale.

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TarynsEyes's picture

July 14, 2022 at 03:51 pm

I do enjoy the season as it unfolds, but if you and others can comment after it's over on why they lost, I can comment on why they didn't win. It's the same thing but from different viewpoints, however, it seems any opposing point to others is only to be allowed. I watch every game as a fan and for the enjoyment, which includes becoming the Champion.

Most people today take the truth, however, presented, as negativity. I'm really the most positive person here because I accept the harshness of truth and won't accept false narratives or fantasy beliefs to supplant it. I know, I'm delusional, because insults are the only recourse to protect a false narrative, as is so prevalent here and in the media.

I find it mundane, copy/paste/back slap, to repeat the positives of the team as so many do because the positives aren't the issue, and as usual, my original comment was why we lose, and all others want to talk about is the same stats, ancient rivalry, and an era of Packer greatness long, long gone.

One man, playing at age 45, has been to twice as many SBs then the Packers have been in since its conception, and has won three more. I bet he isn't talking about the positives he knows about, but the negatives that needed to be addressed and fixed to win another. The Packers, it appears don't do it or care to do so as long as they have their ancient history to defend the yearly failures, and enough fans just want to enjoy the season, win or lose.

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Turophile's picture

July 15, 2022 at 07:27 am

I'm glad you take enjoyment in the unfolding season, it hasn't seemed that way with how you express yourself in posts.

One thing that should be pointed out though, is that most of what we all post is NOT 'the truth', but simply an interpretation of events that is neither true or untrue, but an opinion.

It is very usual for posters that tend to be negative, to style what they say as 'the truth', as if others can't handle that. It is more likely though, that they simply don't agree with your take. Anyway, time to move on.

PS The 45 year old man you mention (Brady) is an extreme outlier as far as QBs are concerned, and about as far from typical as you can get - though I'm not surprised you eschew the typical for the extreme.

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Leatherhead's picture

July 14, 2022 at 03:44 pm

First off, congratulations on winning the Spiro Agnew award, LP.

I don't see the Minnesota team as a "rival". They're a division opponent. Since they entered the league in 1960, we've won 7 Championships to their zero. Since Favre threw their season away in 2009, they've won 2 playoff games.

To me, a rival would be SF who has ushered us out of the playoffs 4 times now since 2012. And who have won multiple Super Bowls.. Or the Cowboys, who we beat in the 60s and lost to in the 90s and who have won 5 titles in that time. Or even the Giants, who've knocked us off twice on our own field.

The Purple is a division opponent who WISHES they were our rival.

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Johnblood27's picture

July 15, 2022 at 08:20 am

Was my suggested reading your motivation to grab the book? just wondering...

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Tundraboy's picture

July 14, 2022 at 01:47 pm

Exactly right!

"The ability and limits of each player are on record, as provided by the regular season, and still, that info seems to be discounted/ignored in the game plan, the in-game adjustment, and that is on the HC."

Drives me crazy. I fail to understand how the entire staff, players, and everyone else involved are oblivious to making the obvious adjustments.

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Leatherhead's picture

July 14, 2022 at 03:06 pm

Yeah....I don't agree with that "near total look of unpreparedness to play for 4 quarters...." stuff. I think that the Packers look pretty well prepared to take the field most of the time. I think the common thread is an underperforming offense and a few key plays, but that's JMO.

I'm also not on the "time is running out on MLF" stuff. Yeah, time is running out on Rodgers, but MLF has just gotten off to the best 3 year start of any coach in history. And IMO, the team keeps getting better. Compare and contrast what we have now with what we had in 2019. We're absolutely stronger.

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LLCHESTY's picture

July 14, 2022 at 09:11 pm

Whew boy, that 1st paragraph could use some editing.

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LLCHESTY's picture

July 14, 2022 at 10:24 pm

Hey somebody stuck up for Taryn! Nice.

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packer132's picture

July 14, 2022 at 01:08 pm

Good recap of the last three Packer playoff losses, Gil. The million-dollar question is how to adjust or outsmart the other coach. There are 32 teams and it's very difficult to get to the Super Bowl. Usually, it's two or three plays that determine a win or loss in the playoffs. As was pointed out, all three phases need to be performing without big mistakes. On paper, this team looks to have a great chance to finally get another Super Bowl. LaFleur is still young (42) and has coached on 6 teams in the NFL. I hope he shows this year he has learned and improved to be a very good head coach. The players should take it from there.

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jannes bjornson's picture

July 14, 2022 at 01:20 pm

RUN (the ball more than 20 times)
BLOCK ( keep the QB clean)
TACKLE ( stop the 285 yards, stop the 3rd and 8, cover your man with 7 ticks on the clock)

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LLCHESTY's picture

July 14, 2022 at 09:44 pm

Looking at it objectively last year's team wasn't as good as the 2020 version. Point differential is a good indicator of a solid playoff teams, SB winners are overwhelmingly 1st or 2nd in their winning seasons with some occasional outliers. The Packers were middle of the road in point differential last year and struggled to put away the handicapped Ravens and Browns down the stretch.

There's also the question of getting hot at the right time and even in the two playoff games they won they didn't look like world beaters. They let Seattle back in the game after having a commanding lead with Seattle on their 9th RB and let the Rams hang around with their best player hurt and Goff at QB.

This year the defense should be the best it's been in years and the STs shouldn't be a complete trainwreck. We'll see about the offense but Rodgers should smooth over the struggles there. What would be nice is a "we're pissed and out for blood" attitude from the team. Maybe LaFluer needs to worry less about his eyebrows and more about keeping the team hungry and unsatisfied.

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Leatherhead's picture

July 14, 2022 at 03:18 pm

First off, when you say "CAN Lafleur" do something, is that the same thing as saying "WILL" do something. I said that Love CAN lead a team to the Super Bowl (statistically, better than a 20% chance, IMO), but was told I was actually saying "WILL lead a team to a Super Bowl", which I wasn't.

HOW TO WIN IN THE PLAYOFFS

1. Make the playoffs. Beat your division opponents and win your home games and make the playoffs.

2. Play at home. We lost by a lot on the road in 2019. The home losses have been a helluva lot closer....one play would have changed things.

3. Try to be as healthy as you can. We've been sabotaged the last two years by injuries to our offensive line. IMO, that means that we should share the LT position between Bakhtiari and Nijman, in practice and in games. It means drafting Runyon and Myers and Newman and Rhyan and Tom.

4. Turnovers matter. If you consider a missed/blocked FG a turnover (which it is), then we had two turnovers in both home losses. Against Tampa, those two turnovers were quickly converted to 14 points. Against SF, it was a 10 point swing.

I believe LaFleur can learn how to win in the playoffs, and I'd furthermore submit that I think the organization IS learning lessons on how it's done. We are close.

4.

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13TimeChamps's picture

July 14, 2022 at 03:27 pm

"First off, when you say "CAN Lafleur" do something, is that the same thing as saying "WILL" do something. I said that Love CAN lead a team to the Super Bowl (statistically, better than a 20% chance, IMO), but was told I was actually saying "WILL lead a team to a Super Bowl", which I wasn't."

Geezus dude...move on. You've explained the difference between "CAN" and "WILL" about 20 times now.

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Leatherhead's picture

July 14, 2022 at 04:21 pm

You are the reason. I’ll say what I want, when I want, as often as I think is necessary.

So since I’ve explained it, what is the difference between what I said and what you misread?

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TarynsEyes's picture

July 14, 2022 at 04:40 pm

"I’ll say what I want, when I want, as often as I think is necessary."

I'll expect you to say the same, in a comment whenever someone says I shouldn't be on this site speaking my opinion.

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13TimeChamps's picture

July 14, 2022 at 05:00 pm

What you don't seem to understand is no one cares what the difference is except you.

As far as saying what you want, when you want is fine with me. Too bad you don't afford other people who disagree with you the same latitude.

No need to respond. This topic has become beyond boring.

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Leatherhead's picture

July 14, 2022 at 05:59 pm

People disagree with me all the time. I have ASKED you to avoid commenting on my posts , because I think you are mentally ill, and I have refrained from commenting on yours.

But even though I CAN do that, you WILL not extend me that courtesy.

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splitpea1's picture

July 14, 2022 at 03:43 pm

MLF has won two playoff games, so it's not like he's hung a career doughnut up there like Marvin Lewis or Jim Mora. The Packers' divisional win vs. the Rams was very solid.

In order for him to reach the Super Bowl and win it, MLF needs to complete the transition from glorified offensive coordinator to a take-charge-of-everything head coach. Remember that he was hired to revive a stagnant offense, to be a friendly collaborator with Rodgers, and probably not ruffle any feathers in the front office; the DC was already in place, along with the usual nonchalant attitude about special teams. Now things have somewhat changed.

Before we even reach the playoffs, MLF will still have to successfully navigate through the development of new receivers and offensive linemen in the regular season--which should be a little more challenging than normal and not to be taken for granted. Necessity is the mother of invention now that Adams is gone, and it will force better ball distribution and hopefully more creativity in the offensive game plans. Unfortunately, the MLF/Rodgers tandem has gotten stuck in autopilot mode during a couple of the playoff losses. This needs to change.

It would be nice to see a more of a dynamic and outspoken version of MLF, if possible, when the postseason arrives. I don't think it's overly beneficial to keep everything in-house and not speak frankly about improvements that an individual or a particular unit need to make. Sometimes a little public acknowledgment doesn't hurt...and maybe lights a fire under the right place.

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Pantz_Burp's picture

July 14, 2022 at 04:44 pm

The Packers will get over the hump (of #12's cash) eventually...in the meantime, I will be checking out the talent at my local watering hole.

Hey barkeep, please pass the beer nutz down here and I'll take another Leinies while you are up. (and, is it just my imagination or are those 3 lovely ladies admiring me?....ahhh, just wanted to confirm.)

We all will be fine, just fine......

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13TimeChamps's picture

July 14, 2022 at 03:57 pm

It'll be interesting to see if MLF finally breaks through like Sean McVay did last year...or starts to wear the unenviable label of a young Marty Schottenheimer. The talent, minus injuries, is certainly there. Let's hope this is the year.

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Gman1976's picture

July 14, 2022 at 04:55 pm

We have a great head coach who couldn't overcome a lackluster defense and injuries his first 2 years. Last year, he refused to replace his ST coach who was unable to do the job and it really hurt the team in the NFC Championship; and he also replaced a LT who was doing well with a vet who was coming off an injury and working a different position (for the same game). Our coach's record speaks volumes about how good he is, but he needs to learn from his mistakes so we can win the big games.

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Johnblood27's picture

July 15, 2022 at 08:26 am

where to begin...

GB didnt lose in the NFC championship game last year, they didnt make it that far.

the OL musical chairs that in part cost them the SF game had nothing to do with trying to get Bakh into the lineup, that was vs Det.

Please, get the basics right.

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Handsback's picture

July 14, 2022 at 05:38 pm

To me, the Packers seem to play scared in the playoffs. I don't see the team playing with abandoned. I see individual players go all out, but not the team 's units. You will see a gunner one side of the field be in position because of his hustle, but he gets blocked or misses the tackle and the rest are coming late. I don't think that's the way they planned it. Four offensive linemen do a great job, but one guy is late, doesn't make the block or whatever. I think you get the picture. They don't have cohesiveness during the playoffs. Usually that's either not being prepared, or intimidation from the other team or both. It's fixable, but these are professional athletes, not college guys. They get paid a lot, sometimes not as much as college players, to play a sport that is wrapped in violence every play.
I suspect MLF knows where he's missing that spark in the playoffs and expect to see a different team in the playoffs this season.

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Ferrari-Driver's picture

July 14, 2022 at 05:51 pm

Winning in the playoffs is no easy task. That is where we don't find the pushovers like the Detroit Lions and the other mediocre/poor teams. On the bright side, we will have a full season of play for our rookie wide receivers to to develop that magic with Rodgers and for the top draft choices on defense to hone their chemistry with the rest of that strong defense. We simply cannot have our special teams cost us the game like it did last season. Rich Bisaccia has to be able to pick his players and turn that unit into at least a middle of the pack or preferably a top 10 special teams unit.

I think we have the horses so if we can combine a little luck on the injury front and some sound coaching and decision making under the pressure of playoff conditions, YES, we can win in the playoffs and we can also get into and win the Super Bowl.

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Swisch's picture

July 14, 2022 at 07:25 pm

The winning drive by the Lombardi Packers in the 1967 Ice Bowl was the culmination of nine seasons of building a team of discipline and excellence and even love.
After a total of minus-9 yards against the Cowboys in the second half, the Packers methodically drove 68 yards in less than five minutes, culminating in the glorious quarterback sneak for a touchdown by Bart Starr with less than 20 seconds on the game clock.
Interesting to note that half of those yards were gained by running back Chuck Mercein, who was signed off the street during the regular season.
Team. Team. Team.
It was the third championship in a row for the Packers, and fifth in seven seasons -- accomplishments unmatched before or since.
Those Packers achieved more together than any of them could have achieved alone. In giving to each other, they became the greatest team of all time in the NFL, truly a team of legends.
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If all of this has no relevance for today, then I am truly stunned and profoundly saddened.
The Packers of today have in their own home stadium of Lambeau Field a hall of fame that tells the story of their predecessors of the 1960s as the epitome of a diverse group of individuals joining together for group success.
Study it. Immerse oneself in it. Revel in it. Take it on the field in 2022 every play of every game.
Does this seem so outlandish, so outdated, so out-of-touch with today?
Not to me. The principles of the Lombardi Packers are timeless. Their lessons are the best way for the LaFleur Packers to make it over the top for a 14th celebration in Titletown, U.S.A.

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Pantz_Burp's picture

July 14, 2022 at 07:57 pm

Swisch, I tip my cap to you sir....keep on, keeping on....

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Johnblood27's picture

July 15, 2022 at 08:32 am

That was beautiful.

In todays world, getting that point over to todays players can be difficult.

I could see MLF taking the entire team into the Packers HOF and giving a speech about what it takes to be a champion BUT adding that outside the field todays challenges are very different, BUT once you step onto the field everything is exactly the same. How will you respond ON the field? Will your pictures be in this building in the future?

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Coldworld's picture

July 14, 2022 at 06:46 pm

If he can’t win with the last roster he will have this year after not winning with the ones he had the last two, LaFleur is indeed in danger of being the coach who couldn’t win with Rodgers.

That’s the sort of thing that can come back to roost fast. Sports is a fickle business. Yesterdays great hope can be tomorrow’s failed pretender.

The rest of the NFL seems to have respected the rosters. In that circumstance, in the absence of crippling injuries it’s the QB or the coach. It certainly doesn’t seem like the jury believes it is Rodgers so that leaves LaFleur.

If LaFleur doesn’t show when it matters this season his seat will be getting hotter fast, especially if the mistakes are repetitious again. Ultimately, this is likely a critical season to show that the Packers can win the strategic and tactical coaching battle when it really matters.

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canadapacker's picture

July 14, 2022 at 07:58 pm

I totally agree with most of the comments and the article. But one thing that has not been mentioned too much. During the regular season - we have had teams by the throat many times and then we either let them off the hook by passive defense or we did a bunch of 3 and outs on Offense and let them back in the game. Just look at the Arizona game (and I am only going to detail 3 of the worst) - could have or someone might say should have lost that game - because we never put them away when we could have. Cleveland game same thing 3 and outs all second half. Let the Ravens come back from 31-14 and almost win except for the missed 2 pointer. So if there is something to be gained going into the playoffs ( and lets hope the disasterous Red Zone offense if fixed - run run run - without Davante) it is getting both sides of the ball to play a full 60 minutes and stomp guys down - not let them have any life when we are ahead - there is not such thing as running up the score.

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LLCHESTY's picture

July 14, 2022 at 10:02 pm

Good point. LaFluer is a very good offensive mind but he does tend to get the deer in the headlights look when things aren't going well. Maybe he's too nice of a guy for the team to get that killer instinct. That's when you need a couple leaders with bad attitudes (in a good way) to get vocal when they feel guys are coasting, especially on defense.

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Coldworld's picture

July 15, 2022 at 09:18 am

Good coaches make the uncomfortable decisions and yet earn their players respect. I fear LaFleur is more a friend and mentor than he is a leader who inspires. I know it’s hackneyed, but I can’t see Lombardi or Bellicheck in him. He needs to be a leader not a friend to both his coaches and his players. In the end winning is what matters to players as well as fans. Being a nice guy gets one nowhere in that business though it may buy time and false hope. LaFleur really has to show he can lead and do so successfully. The clock is ticking and there is increasingly little to hide behind.

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pacman's picture

July 14, 2022 at 09:37 pm

Similar article to last week (Regular season minimized) so I will repeat my thoughts:

Evidence against MLF is very clear:

MLF did not fire Drayton for incompetence even when a child could see it.
MLF has not been able to adjust mid game / rally his team to recover..
MLF was not able to get other receivers involved as AR continually focused on DA while others were open.

It doesn't seem like he has the fire/guts/balls to do what needs to be done.

Not happy about it.
Pls prove me wrong, Matt.

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LLCHESTY's picture

July 14, 2022 at 10:31 pm

"MLF was not able to get other receivers involved as AR continually focused on DA while others were open."

People really need to get over this. Kupp had 22 more targets last year than Davante and had much better WRs playing with him. Man, if Stafford wouldn't have focused on Kupp so much last year the Rams might have won the SB!

There were 7 WRs that had within 10 targets of what Adams had last year and the only one that came close to matching his production was Justin Jefferson. Giving an All Pro WR less targets seems like a great idea. Especially when you look at who else was playing WR for the Packers last year.

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Coldworld's picture

July 15, 2022 at 09:22 am

I think he was referring to the Championship game. If so, it’s a valid point.

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Guam's picture

July 15, 2022 at 08:02 am

Excellent summary pacman!

"MLF has not been able to adjust midgame..." That is my largest concern with our head coach. If his initial game plan does not work, he has shown little ability or willingness (stubborn?) to adjust that game plan and find different ways to attack the opposing defense. I am hopeful his new offensive brain trust (Stenavich and Clements) will help him make better in-game adjustments.

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LambeauPlain's picture

July 15, 2022 at 11:17 am

Matt did adjust after the 2nd half vs SF last year.

He got away from the quick pass, play action run game that moved the ball effectively and efficiently. Then abandoned this for the 5-7 step drop backs, long developing routes and treating the run as an afterthought.

That puzzled me. Even then, the game was for the taking. Lousy tackle play by Kelly and even Turner as Nijman watched from the bench...and of course the death wish named STs.

Matt is good coach and seems to hold himself accountable. He did get rid of Pettine and his squishy soft run D...and jettisoned two poor ST coaches in 3 years...albeit both stayed way past their self life.

No one will ever be Vince...but I recall Holmgren went 9-7 his first 3 years and took him 5 years to make it to a SB. I like Matt and like his potential to continue to grow as a leader.

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Guam's picture

July 16, 2022 at 07:34 am

MLF has done more than a few things that have puzzled me too. He has also done many things well. But he is going to have to correct a couple of those puzzling things or the Packers aren't going to get to the SB with him at the helm. He may have (finally) fixed one major issue with the hiring of Bisaccia. Hopefully Stenavich and Clements can help him fix another major problem. If he gets those two corrected, I am optimistic about him joining the pantheon of great Packer coaches.

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PhantomII's picture

July 15, 2022 at 06:01 am

I don't know: Can ML look at the multiple levels of his coaching where he failed....and learn from it??? It has not happened in 3 consecutive years. Until proven otherwise GB does not go to or win a SB until everyone not named ML wins in spite of the coaching mistakes or lack of adjustment, poor game plan, abandonment of run game.

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