Saturday, October 02, 2010

But What Is the Running Game?

On Tuesday, the media asked Mike McCarthy, “When you went back and watched the tape, how did you evaluate the run game?” This is the opening of McCarthy’s response:

The run game? Well, it’s—I think you have to, you know… look at the—what’s the definition of “run game?”

So what is this guy? A second-year grad student? What’s the definition of “run game?” This is football, not existential philosophy. Last I heard, the running game happens when (1) the quarterback hands the football to the running back, (2) the O-line punches a hole through the D-line and (3) the running back carries the ball through the hole toward the endzone.

Silly Talal. Trix are for kids! Apparently Mike McCarthy has redefined the concept of running game to mean “throwing lots of short passes” so that our offensive line will not be taxed to excess. God forbid the O-line be troubled with opening a hole for the running back to run through. Right guard Darryn Colledge recently said, “We’re an optimistic offense. We’ll take the yards any way we can get them, whether it’s run, pass or A-Rod scrambling for them himself.” Yeah, we can even have Rodgers run the ball in himself for the first down. Darryn Colledge calls that optimistic.

Personally, I call it desperate, but as Coach points out, this is apparently all a matter of definition. Apparently, Packers football is no longer played for the reality-based community.

I hate Mike McCarthy. The Packers O-Line will stink for as long as he’s here. Here watch these. I can’t write any more. This is making me sick.

5 comments:

Kirk said...

The Packers also missed out on the Marshawn Lynch trade yesterday. I read somewhere that Aaron Rodgers campaigned to trade for him but I guess the 4th round and conditional 6th round picks the Seahawks gave up for him was too much for the Packers. Seems like a small amount to give up for a former 1,000-yard RB who is only in his mid-20's. He may have a bad attitude but they could ride it out for a year or two until they found a better option. At this point I venture a guess that the entire Packer team won't run for as many yards the rest of the season as Lynch does by himself.

Cuphound said...

> but I guess the
> 4th round and
> conditional 6th
> round picks the
> Seahawks gave up
> for him was too
> much for the
> Packers.

Ted Thompson never trades unless he believes he's getting a huge bargain. He's all about winning in the long-term, rather than winning now. The problem is the term seems to get longer all the time.

> At this point I venture a guess that the
> entire Packer team won't run for as many
> yards the rest of the season as Lynch does
> by himself.

For what it's worth, he'd have spent most of his time running into our useless O-Line's backs. They don't really know how to block for the run.

Vince Lombardi's team can't block for the run. I could die.

DinurD said...

Not a big surprise that Rodgers campaigned for Lynch, given that they played together at Cal (I think one year, possibly two)

DinurD said...

* and obviously, you wouldn't want a QB and RB to have chemistry/history together (note the sarcasm)

Cuphound said...

Running shmunning. Rodgers is so powerful he'll just score touchdowns by using his powers of mental telepathy to vaporize the opposing defense....

I HATE MIKE McCARTHY!!!!