I usually reserve comment until Tuesday, but I simply can't contain the desire to write about the game yesterday, or this Packers team, which seems on the verge of becoming a very, very good football team.
I can hear you now. "On the verge? Did you see the game!!???"
Yes, they beat a 'supposedly' superior team, in dramatic fashion. That said, there were still obvious weaknesses that could easily doom the impressive start the Packers are enjoying. The obvious weakness is the lack of a running game, but yesterday it seemed less a question of the ability to run the ball, than it was simply McCarthy playing to the strengths of his team, and I can't say how impressed I am. So many coaches, solid football coaches, get caught up in "establishing the run" for the sake of it, no matter how fruitless it is. (Norv Turner fell into this very trap yesterday. Say what you want about his head coaching ability, he is acknowledged league-wide as a first-rate play caller. Yet there he was, predictably banging LT into a wall on first down yesterday, almost never throwing on first down in the second half.) McCarthy simply spread the field and played to his strengths on offense, which are a talented receiving corps and, of course, a Hall of Fame quarterback.
Another weakness, more worrying to me, is the play of nickel back Jarrett Bush. The Packers have been able to hide him a bit up to this point, but the Chargers went after him early and often yesterday, and pretty much had their way with him. Now, was he Ahmad Carroll bad? Um, no. Few things are. But you have to think the coaches will be looking at Will Blackmon and Frank Walker a little bit closer this week in practice.
I'll obviously have more as the week wears on. For now, I'm going to sit back and soak in this fantastic start to what COULD be a magical ride.
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