So let me get this straight - A.J. Hawk has been praised by Winston Moss and others on the coaching staff as being 'assignment sure' and yet time and again we saw Hawk out of position or just flat-out getting beat against the Bengals. Meanwhile Desmond Bishop sits on the bench, completely unused because the coaching staff, according to Tom Silverstien, is "committed to playing Hawk".
I tell you what, I may have to BE committed if this keeps up much longer...
As Jason Wilde pointed out when he appeared on Packer Transplants, the Packers no doubt are sticking with the player they feel will be rock solid, assignment-wise, over the player that, while he may make a few more plays, is prone to making mistakes as well. I'm having a hard time getting on board with this seeing as Hawk is making more than his own fair share of mistakes but STILL isn't making plays. Yes, he played the opener with more intensity than he's shown in years. So what? He was as dull and lifeless against the Bengals as he was energetic against the Bears. And he was completely taken out of the game by the Cincinnati o-line. Completely.
In the clip below, watch how Hawk abandons his responsibility trying to make a play, and in the process allows Benson about eight or nine yards. We saw Danny Lansanah run this in preseason a hundred times. Hawk's responsibility is to take out the gap between the center and the right guard - but for some reason he makes a last second adjustment and tries to shoot through the center of the line, or '0' gap as it is sometimes known. Of course, this does nothing but get in the way of everything that would have contained this play for a minimal gain. Take a look:
Meanwhile, Desmond Bishop, a player with some of the same limitations as Hawk in coverage but with twice as many big plays on his resume despite 1/100ths of the playing time, sits on the bench contemplating weather he should ask for a trade. This is a big-time screw up McCarthy, Capers and Moss. Big time.
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