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Please Stop Complaining About the Running Game

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It’s a common refrain. Even during yesterday’s incredible win, it was a common refrain: “Hey Mike, run the ball!” If McCarthy called a drive with one or two running plays in it, my twitter feed would blow up with calls to run the ball. You know what? I get it. I know why fans want McCarthy to run the ball: it’s incredibly important to suck the defense in and “keep them honest.” The play action is an incredibly important part of this offense, but that’s what the running game is. It’s a means to an end, not an end itself. The assumption that the Packers have to run the ball functions on the following assumption: there is some sort of monolithic running game, and there is some sort of homogeneous passing game. NFL football, with the brilliant minds that run it, is not like that. Read the rest of this entry »


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December 27, 2010 at 9:02 am

The Curious Case of Mike McCarthy

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McCarthy’s record this season in games decided by seven points or less—not stellar. It’s not a record one can take to the championship. I don’t care anymore that this offense is as potent as any in the league. I don’t care anymore that McCarthy’s game plans devastate opposing defenses. 3-6. That’s all that matters. If the record is 4-4, or even 3-5, the Packers can still win the division. But it’s 3-6, and the question is why. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 23, 2010 at 4:26 am

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Matt Flynn like Derek Anderson? Come on, man!

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Listening to Green and Gold Today introduces one to a lot of insane comments. For example: the Favre cult that keeps calling in pretending to *not* be Favre culters, only to be outed by the Prime Minister for what they are. Or the James Starks Hall of Fame balloters. But perhaps the most inane thing I heard came from an emailer (or was it caller?) who said that Matt Flynn is basically Derek Anderson: a bad QB surrounded by tons of good wide of whom he is unable to take advantage.

Excuse me? What game were you watching?

Before I go on further, allow me to say that I don’t think Matt Flynn played an amazing game. I’m not going to confuse him with Aaron Rodgers any time soon. He doesn’t have as much zip on the ball as Aaron. He doesn’t move as well as Aaron. He isn’t as accurate at Aaron (especially on the deep ball). There’s a reason why he’s a backup. But I judge backups on the following criteria:

1: Can he implement a good game plan? (meaning not baby game plan but an actual NFL one)
2: Can he make the right reads at the line?
3: Can he keep from making egregious mistakes?
4: Can he make a play or two?

After watching his 5 series of the second half multiple times, I can give an unequivocal yes on 1 and 4, a qualified yes on 2, and an unfortunate no. Let’s take a look at each quality: Read the rest of this entry »

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December 18, 2010 at 5:42 am

NFL Gameday: Packers Vs. 49ers Quick Reactions

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First Defensive series:

  • The pressure is getting there through the middle, but not so much from the left (defensive) side. Is Clay Mathews hurt?
  • Peprah is making plays in the run game and the screen, but he bit on Crabtree’s fake and gave up a big play.
  • The pressure saved the day against the last play. Shields got beat off the ball

First Offensive Series:

  • So far, the Packers have used four wides only once
  • Two straight running play! Isn’t that against McCarthy’s religion?
  • J. Starks has run twice for five yards
  • Blocking doesn’t seem to be great
  • QJ is playing a lot in running packages.
  • So far, Packers using quick, fast routes.
  • With catching it short of the first down, James Jones once again shows his inability to keep his head in the game
  • B-Jax’s nice run came behind big blocks by Wells and Sitton
  • Packers going strictly fast routes vs. the blitz, even on third and long. Wind bothering them? Or afraid of the protection? Read the rest of this entry »

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December 5, 2010 at 1:14 pm

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An Important Play Lost in the Chaos

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Amidst all the doom and gloom of the Packers’ loss to Atlanta, one of the key plays in the fourth quarter has kinda gotten lost. If the Packers convert here, they probably get at least a field goal, if not more, and their chances for winning greatly increases. Let’s break down the situation and see why exactly the play failed (i don’t have the coaches tape, obviously, so I’ll just be using the broadcast video). Read the rest of this entry »

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December 2, 2010 at 7:35 pm

The Packers’ Running Game

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This has been a hot topic amongst fans and experts alike during the last few weeks, and especially after the dismal performance of the running game during Atlanta. I’ve made a short video (about five minutes) highlighting a few plays that I though were significant and fairly indicative of the overall performance. What I’ve found is the following: Read the rest of this entry »

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December 2, 2010 at 6:22 pm