I mean, how much clearer can it get?
The Packers’ offensive line has been a vortex of disappointment ever since Ted Thompson took over as General Manager, but particularly since Joe Philbin was elevated to the post of offensive coordinator and the job of coaching the offensive line fell to James Campen. Under Campen’s watch we have seen an up and down affair nearly every week, specifically in the running game.
Now, some of this is due to a deficiency in talent along the way. Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher were never the greatest run blockers even on the best of days. The Packers have needed to protect a franchise quarterback for going on 18 years and they’ve done a good job of that, save for the first eight games of the 2009 campaign.
But be it scheme or how the scheme is taught, Campen’s crew has been a perennial disappointment when it comes time to run the football. More troubling still is that even when trying to lean toward the run blocking talent on the right side of the line, where Josh Sitton and Bryan Bulaga currently reside, the run game has been either stuck in neutral or worse – going in reverse.
Many fans and media members alike have questioned McCarthy’s reliance on the zone blocking scheme. With three games left, now is not the time to throw out an entire scheme. But now is the time to see if Campen can do anything to right the ship. Because right now, however the scheme is being taught, it is failing the Packers when it matters most. A team with playoff aspirations simply can not head into December not knowing which offensive line will show up.
Campen has three games to show that he knows how to get his guys to show up every week.