At a time of relative quiet in terms of true Packers news, there is little to discuss or analyze. There are no more OTAs, no more mini camps, no more softball games, and (hopefully) no more arrests or investigations.
Posted by: Cheese5
It’s summer time, and the next time we should hear substantive news about football will be in early to mid July, when the higher round draft picks start to sign their contracts. I will also skip the inevitable news out of Minnesota that should also start around the same time.
So today I decided to torture myself and watch on the NFL Network the replay of the Packers/Steelers game from last season. As I watched the first few minutes of the game, I paid close attention to a certain player on the Packers’ defense.As I watched Roethlisberger toss a ball 60 yards for a touchdown, I remembered something I had almost forgotten during this time of content:
I HATE JARRETT BUSH
Hate is such a generic statement, a mean spirited statement. But time after time, he has proven to be inept as a cover corner. Hopefully his move to safety will correct his terrible coverage skills. Who knows. Watch the “highlight” film to understand.
Now I’m not sure who shouted his name, what girl he saw in the stands, or where the UFO came from, but why during the middle of deep man coverage would he turn his head away from his receiver and slow up? It boggles my mind. I am not a coach, scout, or player-all I can do is watch and review. I do remember when I played in high school something my coaches used to preach to the defensive backs: Never lose sight of your receiver. So what does Bush do? Turns his head and bye bye Mike Wallace, touchdown.
This play got added to the monumental list of screw ups this guy has performed since joining the team. So he can’t cover anyone. Or fall on a football when it’s only the most important game in years. At least he can play special teams. Oh, that’s right. That has already started this year as well. As only Greg Bedard could put it on June 21:
“Bush offsides on FG. Crosby missed first attempt from right hash mark 45 yards. Not kidding”
Same day later on, he partially justified his roster spot. At least for now. Again thanks to Greg Bedard:
“Wow, Bush just made a phenomenal play on punt coverage keeping it out of the end zone so it was downed at the one”
Who knows what would have happened if he had not given up that touchdown last year. Would the Packers have won? Maybe, but we will never know. Would it have changed the outcome of the division, or given the Packers a chance to play a playoff game at home? We will never know. What I do know is “potential” is not something that should keep a player on a roster heading into a season where they are expected to compete not just for their division, but a trip to the Super Bowl.
Bush may have tons of physical talent, but it’s not there on the football field. It hasn’t been there for years. If he does make the roster coming out of camp, I certainly hope the incriminating photos of Ted Thompson are finally made public. It would be the only logical reason he should be on the team this season.
Rant over. Please return to your summer.