After getting through a game without giving up any sacks for the first time all season, McCarthy is making the only call he can make by stating, as he did in his press conference today, that he'll be starting the week using the same five that finished the Cleveland game for game planning purposes.
I don't doubt this is the right decision - Lang looked worlds better than Clifton or Colledge at left tackle. But the real revelation, especially yesterday, has been Scott Wells. He was just about fundamentally perfect going up against one of the best nose tackles in the NFL yesterday in Shaun Rodgers. Yes, there were several times where Rodgers blew up INTO Wells and got into the Packers' backfield. But the key was the fact that Wells never allowed Rodgers to explode THROUGH him. Several times, it was as though Wells was simply acknowledging that, yes, you're a monster of a man and I will now allow you to think you've made a play - only to seal Rodgers off from whichever lane the ball carrier was headed to. It was simply one of the best performances the Packers have seen at the position in quite some time, and no, I don't think that's hyperbole.
The one negative to Wells' play, of course, is how it calls into question the decision to go with Spitz at center in the first place. While solid, Spitz has been nothing but average when he's been in there. Making things worse is the extremely tepid (alright, poor) play of Daryn Colledge at left guard. I realize the desire to keep continuity as much as possible, but I think if McCarthy and company were being truly honest in their evaluations (hey, why start now?) they would pull Colledge in favor of Spitz at LG, leave Wells at center and make whatever call they need to make in regards to Tauscher (though my inclination is to leave Barbre in there). If the idea is to have your best five out there, that equation does not include Colledge at this point.
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