Don\'t Expect Big Offensive Changes

Pete Dougherty has a piece in today's Press Gazette entitled "It's Time To Find Identity For Offense" where he lays out the case for the Packers forging their offensive approach over the course of the next two preseason games. It's a lengthy, well written piece.

And a complete waste of time.

Mike McCarthy is never, and I mean EVER, going to morph into a run-first playcaller. He just isn't. No matter how much he talks about the running game and its importance, no matter how many 'Falcon' or 'Rhino' formations he comes up with, no matter if the Packers somehow, by the grace of God, found Ladanian Tomlinson in their backfield - the man will always default to throwing the football.

McCarthy is like one of those Madden players that runs the ball once or twice at the beginning of the game and when it doesn't work, finds himself in the 'Gun- Empty Quad' section of the playbook again and again. (And yes, one of those types of play-callers may happen to reside in my house) It doesn't hurt that McCarthy's drug of choice, the tall, muscular receiver that is great after the catch, keeps getting supplied to him by his own personal dealer (Thompson has furnished fresh smack for McCarthy in the persons of Greg Jennings, Terrence Murphy, James Jones, and Jordy Nelson - or did you think it was a coincidence that Thompson keeps drafting receivers?)

Just look at McCarthy's time as offensive coordinator with the Saints. The guy had Deuce McAllister at running back and Aaron Brooks at quarterback. You would think he would lean heavily on McAllister, and yet there was McCarthy, chucking it around the dome. (People tend to forget, the year the Saints won a playoff game, McCarthy was being talked about as head coaching material. His season in San Francisco tends to wipe that from the memory banks.)

No, dear readers, all the puff pieces about 'offensive identity' and 'establishing a running game' can be dismissed from now until McCarthy retires/is fired as Head Coach of the Green Bay Packers. The man loves to throw the football. Period.

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