During his Monday press conference, Mike McCarthy spoke to something that’s been bugging me the last few weeks in regards to the running game.
From his presser:
When we put our run play together, we are trying to not be predictable on who runs what plays or who runs what concepts. We spend more time self-scouting ourselves more than ever because we don’t want to be predictable conceptually.
I understand what McCarthy is trying to say – but sometimes you can out-think yourself in this regard. Look no further than the play below:
It’s 3rd down. You’re in shotgun. You want to be “unpredictable” and call a running play out of the gun. All of this is fine.
But calling what looks like an outside zone play…for JOHN KUHN?
I get wanting to “keep the opponent guessing”, but when you start asking guys to do things they just aren’t built to do (ie asking your bruising north-and-south runner to run a stretch zone play out of the shotgun on third and two) just for the sake of an extra layer of deception (they’re already running out of a passing formation) seems self-defeating. Brandon Jackson may not be the greatest running back in the world, but he’s 10 times more suited to running that play than Kuhn is.
McCarthy would be wise to pay a bit of attention to his quarterback’s words – get your best players on the field and let them go to work.