It’s a word NFL coaches, and General Managers go out of their way to avoid, but it’s clear that’s what is happening in Green Bay.
It was easy to be lulled into a false sense of security after the Packers week-one throttling of the Bears, and explosive first half in a week-two loss to the Falcons, and comeback win over the Saints in week-three.
The reality, however, is that the Packers maddening inconsistency, lack of flow on offense and defensive malaise are signs of a team that lacks experience and continuity.
Coming off a bye week, the Packers were about as well stocked as they could be Sunday and failed to score until the second half against the worst statistical defense in the NFL.
In Broncos territory trailing by two with less than two minutes to play, the Packers were pushed back to their side of the field thanks to a holding penalty, and lost a timeout after Christian Watson was injured reaching his hands back for a pass as he folded to the ground. On third and twenty, Jordan Love was intercepted, essentially ending the game.
Apply any descriptive word you’d like. The only way you’ll feel less annoyed about the situation is if there are clear signs of growth.