This just dumbfounds me:
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers offered up an interesting detail in explaining his interception on the Packers’ first play of the game. According to Rodgers, tight ends Donald Lee and Jermichael Finley ran the same pattern. “We had a little bit of miscommunication,” Rodgers said.
Emphasis mine. And here’s Rodgers’ full quote regarding the play:
It was a bad decision. The tight end actually ran the same route so we had a little bit of miscommunication there. I thought that after Jermichael cleared that Donald Lee was going to come back towards me and we were just on different pages. But that’s definitely a poor decision on my part.
Now, never mind the interception. Never mind Rodgers’ poor decision. Never mind that this all happened because Rodgers ran to his right after not finding anyone initially.
Forget all that.
If what Rodgers is saying is true – that on the first play of the game, Finley and Lee both ran the same route when one of them wasn’t supposed to – that is simply atrocious on the part of not only the player that ran the incorrect route but of McCarthy’s preparation of his offense as well. And unfortunately, it speaks to a bigger problem, one that has reared its ugly head throughout McCarthy’s tenure. For whatever reason, this team ALWAYS starts slow. The above is but a small piece of the puzzle as to why. I mean, how in the world do you script your plays, practice them, go through a walk-through prior to the game…and still have a route run incorrectly on the very. first. play?