This is a question we hear time and time again.. I was watching a broadcaster on the radio and i think he summed our problems perfectly.
All season we have played bad at first then got better near the end. Even with shaun hill.. Our offense was completely flat in arizona, minnesota, houston, green bay, and indy until we were down and needed points badly.
I personally think it boils down to two main reasons and the first one is the very same thing singletary stresses all the time to the team.. being aggressive. the second one is being afraid to turn the ball over on offense (conservative play)
When we are down, the team suddenly "snaps" and starts to push the ball down the field putting pressure on the defense.. instead of playing conservative and trying to limit turnovers, we simply dont care and put the ball up..
I heard this best from a broadcaster on the radio.. he said "look at the best QB's in the nfl. When they throw and push the ball downfield, they dont fear turning the ball over. Fear of doing something wrong brings up hesitation. And hesitation makes ur worst fears come true(perfect descrition of smith) . this is what plagues our team and especially our coaches.. The "Fear of the turnover". they call conservative plays at the start and rarely throw the ball downfield because they dont want the int..
The fact is that green bay was putting pressure all game.. even in the second half.. they didnt let up.. alex was hit 10 times in the second half.. so the GB defense wasnt playing soft. Even a green bay analyst said this on knbr. The difference was that we were the aggressor, we pushed the ball downfield, and we did not fear turnovers.