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Mike McCarthy has talked a lot about 'availability and accountability' and the need for his players to be those very things - available (ie not hurt all the time) and accountable (ie if you screw up you will not play/be part of the team)

So it is more than a little surprising that Jarrett Bush, a man who the entire world of football fandom would tell you gave the Packers just about the worst performance in a defensive backfield since the glory days of Ahmad Carroll this past Saturday, was not only still in the dime package in practice this week, but was the nickel back when Al Harris sat out to rest his ailing back.

So what McCarthy is telling us is that if you get burned repeatedly by second and third string wide receivers, and not just in one preseason game, but repeatedly over the course of your two years in the NFL, you will still keep your job from scrimmage because of your value on special teams? I mean, that's it. That's the only way that makes sense. And even that doesn't really make sense. Not unless you're a crazy person. And let's face it - McCarthy was party to getting rid of a legendary quarterback - so perhaps that is the case...

Because Jarrett Bush is awful. Just plain awful. Corey tried to back up McCarthy last year when McCarthy explained that every NFL team goes after the third corner, and that went doubly so for the Packers because of the strength of their starters. And to some extent, that's true. But teams are specifically finding Bush, not a position. Sanders moves Woodson inside to the slot on third down, leaving Bush on the outside, exposed to the onslaught that is sure to come once the quarterback finds the welcoming numbers 2 and 4 on his jersey.

It took Carroll one truly horrible game for Thompson to cut him, a game the Packers were still in at half-time and that was blown open in the second half by the Eagles when Carroll couldn't cover any receiver to save his life. A good part of that loss was directly attributed to Carroll. The Packers can not afford a repeat with Bush this year in a season where wins will be much harder to come by than a year ago.

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caleb's picture

Ok so I know that he's been struggling, but he's not ABSOLutly terrible.. the guy has some talent why not keep him around, what is there to lose? Plus, he wasnt a first rounder like carrol so its not like he has to go out there and perform like a starter.

and when he got burned in san fran those were not backup WRs.

dustybricks6's picture

Besides, if Mccarthy is still putting him in there. Obviously the other guys aren't TAKING the job from him. If Williams, Blackmon or Lee were THAT much better than Bush -- they would be in there. And hey, it's still preseason. I will be concerned if he's lined up on week 1.

packeraaron's picture

Wait, I'm sorry, I just woke up and read the two comments above. It sounds like you guys are saying that Bush is not that bad. Must be my grogginess. I'm goin' back to bed.

infact's picture


MM and the coaches see Bush every day.

Aaron and the commenters here do not.

Thus, be patient. It's ONLY the preseason.

Give MM and the coaches your trust now and you'll feel better if and when the team plays well when the season begins.

If Bush is not "the man" for the job, we'll know soon enough.

Here's hoping that P. Lee emerges as a precocious rookie. That's why TT drafted him. You don't go that high and not get projected as starting material.

packeraaron's picture

infact, Agree for the most part.

However, if a player is heading into their third year and they are making the same mistakes they were making in their first year, I don't need to see him at practice. He's clearly not improving. And yes - I think it's only a matter of time before Lee takes his spot in the Dime package.

I'd also like to add that if you take a good look at this blog over the course of the past few months you'll see that I am more than on-board with McCarthy and staff. I have taken untold amounts of grief for giving them my trust on the Brett Favre issue. Just because I trust them, doesn't mean they can't be questioned.

dustybricks6's picture

In NO WAY did I say Bush is good, even capable. What I did say, is that (in the eyes of the coaches) we may not have anyone BETTER.

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