GREEN BAY—Next man up has suddenly taken on a new meaning. The next man has to replace “The Man.”
The Packers lost
“Tough loss. You never want to lose at home; division game,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said in a subdued voice, as he assessed his team’s performance. The media begged for an assessment of Aaron Rodgers’ left shoulder. At best, a diagnosis might be forthcoming on Tuesday, McCarthy said.
“They want to run more tests. They don’t have an exact diagnosis,” McCarthy said. “No timeline, no exact diagnosis; that’s where we’re at.”
The Packers lost Rodgers for the game on the Packers’ first series of the game, which ended with Bears linebacker Shea McClellin sacking Rodgers and driving the quarterback’s left shoulder into the ground.
“I thought we ran the ball very well. We weren’t very productive in the passing game, especially on third down,” McCarthy said.
The Packers were a dismal one of nine in third-down conversion attempts. The stats favored the Bears in nearly every way. They converted six of 14 third-down attempts, gained 442 net yards, passed for a whopping 271 yards and dominated time of possession by more than six minutes.
“Defensively, we didn’t do a very good job of stopping the run. It looked like a lot of missed tackles, and the passing game,” McCarthy said, his voice trailing off.
The Packers defense was at its worst following a touchdown by
The loss leaves the Packers in a three-way tie with the Bears and the Lions for the NFC North lead at the exact midpoint in the season. The Bears hope to get injured quarterback Jay Cutler back this Sunday. Packers fans are left to chew their fingernails as they await news on Rodgers.
“We’re on a short week. We have the Eagles coming in here. New staff; uncommon opponent,” McCarthy said. “We didn’t play well enough. They (Bears) beat us.”
Wallace was left to confess what didn’t need to be confessed. He played poorly in his first game as a member of the Packers.
“I tried my best. I put a lot of pressure on myself. I love to compete. I feel like I should’ve played better,” he said.
Will he be under center when the Packers host the Eagles this Sunday? That’ll be the burning question for the next few days, as Packers fans await a diagnosis on Rodgers and a decision on who the Packers’ quarterback will be going forward.
“I’ve been in this situation before. It’ll definitely get better,” Wallace promised. “I feel like my skill set is good. I was brought here for a reason. Like I said, it’s going to get better.”Complete game coverage