I am getting pretty sick and tired of hearing about how the Packers need to work on fundamentals. What a crock. The only part of fundamentals that means anything is "duh."
This statement by Mike McCarthy really leaves me with more questions than answers.
"I'm not particularly satisfied with the level of fundamentals that we're playing after having two weeks of competition."
After two weeks? How about after a lifetime. Maybe I am wrong here, but it seems to me that fundamentals should have been something that has been taken care of years ago. Things like blocking, tackling, and footwork have been staples in these guys lives since they were in highschool. Am I wrong here? Is blocking and tackling in the NFL completely different than in college? Is there a third arm, or some kind of move I am missing? Of course not, it's all bullshit.
These coaches and players are paid hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars to have the fundamentals down before they even get into the NFL. Having to teach a guy making a hundred grand a game how to tackle is completely and totally pathetic if you ask me. For god sakes, you have been doing the same things since you started playing football.
When hear the statement, "We need to work on fundamentals" it only says one thing to me.
"We are in a boatload of trouble here."
Just like Rome, fundamentals aren't built in a day, and thinking that a week of practice is going to fix that fact is naive. While other teams are working on schemes and game plans, the Packers are working on tackling and blocking.
This is a conversation that shouldn't even come up, and using it as some kind of fix all is stupid. If you can't tackle or block this week, there is no golden ticket that says you are going to be able to next week. Quit throwing out the phrase. The truth is that these guys are not playing with any heart or any urgency. That's the one fundamental that should be getting all the attention right now.