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An Open-Ended Letter to Mike McCarthy

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Dear Mike McCarthy,

Let me start by defining the term discipline for you. Discipline, as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is "training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character." It's also considered "a system of rules governing conduct or activity."

I just want to make sure that you understand the terminology because clearly the bunch of irresponsible athletes you're leading is anything but disciplined. Seriously. Get in control. You're the coach, and you're team is a bunch of sloppy and penalty-ridden players. It's painful to watch. Fix it.

Thank you,

A concerned fan

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The Packers loss to the Washington Redskins was totally avoidable. Washington overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, and the game came to an end when Graham Gano kicked a 33-yard field goal 6:54 into overtime, giving the Redskins a 16-13 win.

Green Bay had the opportunity to win the game in regulation time, but Mason Crosby hit the left upright from 53 yards with one second left in regulation. The loss is not due to Crosby's missed field goal, however. Green Bay's nine penalties for 63 yards are a major factor contributing to our shoddy play, not to forget our 2-13 third down efficiency. The offense simply could not make a play on third down today. Though Rodgers went 27 for 46, resulting in 293 yards (worth noting is his strong connection with wide receiver James Jones), but his final interception in overtime gave the Redskins field position for their final drive.

The injuries we sustained during the game are also a major concern. The Packers saw tight ends Jermichael Finley and Donald Lee, defensive end Ryan Pickett, and linebacker Clay Matthews all leave the game due to injuries. And the Packers started the game without running back Ryan Grant, safety Morgan Burnett, linebacker Nick Barnett, linebacker Brandon Chillar, and tackle Mark Tauscher.

This team needs to take this week to heal and regroup. And McCarthy needs to find a way to scare his players into reining in the penalties.

It's called discipline, my friend. Look into it.

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