Speaking of Roster Spots...

... it's interesting to note that the Packers currently have 13 wide receivers on the roster. Plenty of pundits were surprised when the Packers used their first pick on a wide out, and were even more surprised when the team added another one in the 7th round, and then signed several as undrafted free agents. There's a reason for this bolstering of the receiving corps, and I think it speaks volumes  about what McCarthy is planning for the Packers' offense.

McCarthy has said over and over again that if he could run the ball 50 times a game, he would. I'm calling that a bald-faced lie. McCarthy's whole offense is predicated on throwing the football. It always has been, even when he had Aaron Brooks as his quarterback. He loves to play into the Pittsburgh, tough-guy stuff, but in reality, he's much closer to a Mike Martz or an Al Saunders than a  Mike Sherman or a Norv Turner. Remember the much-debated goal-line, 4th down debacle against the Chargers? How McCarthy spread the field without a back in sight on 4th and Goal from the one? THAT is Mike McCarthy.

I'm not saying he isn't good at what he does. He is one of the best play-callers currently employed in the NFL. And Thompson is clearly giving him as many tools as he needs to make his offense as good as it can be. But don't for a second buy into the idea that the Packers will try to run the ball more this season.

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May 07, 2008 at 08:09 pm

I think it's important to consider that some of the incumbent recievers may have looked better because Brett was throwing them the ball. I, for one, thought Corey Bradford was the man in 1999. Oops. And who doesn't love Billy Schroeder, but he didn't do much after leaving the Packers. I have alot of love for James Jones, Ruvell Martin, and Koren Robinson, but these guys are in no way guaranteed roster spots.

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May 07, 2008 at 11:03 pm

Would have to disagree about Jones, but you are dead on about Robinson and Martin.

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