Big Five

Rather quietly, Mike McCarthy is becoming one of the most creative game planners in the NFL. This past Sunday saw yet another new wrinkle in his league leading passing offense, the five wide receiver set, dubbed "Big Five" by Coach McCarthy. He only used it 6 times (resulting in 3 completions) but it's yet another aspect that opposing teams must now prepare for when facing the Packers. The formation would not be possible without 5 receivers that deserve to be on the field, which the Packers certainly have with the emergence of Ruvell Martin and the addition of Koren Robinson. (Another feather in the cap of one Mr. Ted Thompson)

On a side note: It's interesting that 'Big Five' is about as far away from the 'U-71' or 'U-Bacon' Jumbo formation that Sherman ran as you could possibly get. Both packages reflect their respective coaches styles. From a fans perspective, it's nice to have a new offensive formation with a cool nickname that's easily recognizable. Anything that's easily identifiable and fun to yell while watching the game is fine by me.

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