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More Cowbell!

If, by 'cowbell', you mean Ahman Green.

It took one play on Sunday for Green to show what he could do to help the Packers' offense in an area that has been nothing short of abysmal under coach Mike McCarthy. Catching a  short swing pass out of the backfield it looked like he was dead to rights. But Green slipped the tackle, turned up-field and ran for a first down. It's a play we've seen Ryan Grant fail to make time and time again, but Green makes it look effortless.

Mu hunch is that we'll start seeing an almost equal split when it comes to playing time between Grant and Green within a few weeks. The offense just operates on another level when there's a competent receiving threat out of the backfield, and Grant has proven incapable of elevating his play in this part of the game.

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bomdad's picture

He looked like Antonio Chatman on KR.
Ok, a little better than that.

packeraaron's picture

I could care less about what he does on KR - I just want to see more from scrimmage. (AG on KR is a joke anyway...)

alfredomartinez's picture

i got a disease...

ZeroTolerance's picture

Grant excells in 1-yard runs, goes down like a domino on first contact, and can't catch a pass to save his life. I was impressed with Green's catch and run, commenting at the time it was the first time in a long while I saw a Packer back break a tackle in the open field. I agree - more batman.

Ron La Canne's picture

I agree Aaron, his presence will help, especially catching the ball. But, I sit here and wonder to myself just why am I getting excited about a guy we let go and had two non-existant years elsewhere.
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The fill with draft choices theory is looking more and more tenuous every day. With the UFA's and no-cap coming up the upcoming off-season will be the most contentious since Sherman left. Sherman left TT with a bunch of Old Guys and after this season TT will only have young guiys. Unfortunately, not many have stepped up to their level of expectation yet.

bleedsgreen's picture

Why is was Grant instead of Green in for the two point conversion boggles my mind. Where Grant bobbles and drops, Green habitually grabbed and gutted out two or three yards at least. It seemed a ready made play for Green to specialize in, yet the rut is set and Grant it was. Result - PAT FAIL, loss of momentum, the slow drizzling fizzle of defeat commences.

packeraaron's picture

In Grant's defense, the ball was deflected - that's a tough catch no matter who's in there.

NickGBP's picture

I mentioned this in the live blog. After that play I figured we'd see a lot more of him in the game.
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It's sad that a washed up RB who hasn't played in a year is more explosive than Grant :(

bucky's picture

I've long argued that we've been missing a guy who can catch the ball out of the backfield. While we don't have the guy I was hoping for, Green is a significant upgrade in that department from the other guys on the roster. Now all we have to do is convince the coach to call some plays for him.

PACKERS's picture

I can see how this use for Green is a good idea, BUT WHY IS HE RETURNING KICKS!! He was absolutely worthless agains Minnesota. We need someone like Harvin. Of course, that's the least of the packers problems right now so I'll just shut up.

retiredgrampa's picture

I doubt that MM will deviate from his comfort zone. He abhors change. Grant will continue to be allowed to fail while Green is there only to show that TT HAS done something positive. If only coaches and GMs didn't have such huge egos..............

fish's picture

Was just watching Grants highlight video from 2007 Seahawks snowbowl game. Not sure what happened between then and now other than a fatter paycheck, but Grant was actually running around other players for extra yards. Seriously.., he would run, then if someone was in his way, he would run around him and keep going. Sometimes he would even leave the center of the field towards the sidelines for some major yard gains.

bleedsgreen's picture

Re: deflected PAT pass.

My memory serves me ill. I stand corrected. My apologies to the reputation of Ryan Grant.

That said, it still seemed a play more suited for Green than Grant.

greenbaypackerbob's picture

How ironic. I though TT was finished working with over the hill 'old washed up guys'.... now we are getting Green who's been on the bench in Houston for the last 2 yrs off/on with injuries?

Maybe TT had an epiphany about 'old washed up guys' after visiting MN? (but why couldn't he get one who helped produce a 13-3 season).

Jim in DC's picture

Brent is gone and he's not coming back, Bob. Get over it.

greenbaypackerbob's picture

Jim

As long as MM and TT are in GB the Favre legacy will remain squarely on your soil.

Enjoy the season. Did you catch that Tampa game?

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