I started blogging about the Packers in 2007. In the four years since, I’ve tried to make a habit of owning up to opinions I have that turn out to be misplaced or, to put a finer point on it, flat out wrong.
Earlier this season, I wrote the following:
Grant takes way too much time to get to the line, let alone get through it. On run after run yesterday we saw Panther safeties crashing down and turning what could have been decent gains into minimal ones because of Grant’s labored efforts at attacking the defense from deep I formations.
It’s time for the coaches to gently but firmly put Grant on the sideline save for when Starks needs a breather. They’re only cheating the offense by not doing so.
Well, ever since Thanksgiving or so, Ryan Grant has made me look completely foolish.
Not only has he regained whatever burst I thought he’d lost, (seriously – that 80 yard touchdown catch and run?), he’s found his vision, excelled in pass protection and showed softer hands out of the backfield on screens and checkdowns than at any point in his career. He has done all this while still being a punishing runner who almost always gains yards after contact and who has brought a much needed sense of stability to a backfield that seemed perilously thin not just a few weeks ago.
The running back will never be a major star in Mike McCarthy’s offense, but having one who is playing as well as Grant is makes things a lot easier for both McCarthy and his quarterback.
And it requires blowhards like myself to acknowledge that I was flat out wrong about Ryan Grant.