Bored by the play-calling
After watching Sunday’s opener against the Seahawks, I’m wondering what all the hype was about regarding our up tempo, high-powered, prolific offense. This of course, was premised on McCarthy’s genius playcalling, the most lauded quarterback in the NFL, and supposedly the best tandem of receivers in the league.
Yeah yeah, I know the Seahawks have a great defense, but Big Mikes play-calling and Rodgers’ great fear of making a mistake only made them (the Seahawks) look much better than they really are.
After exhausting (I’m assuming) film study in the off-season, did Mc- Carthy and our offensive brain trust really not see what was coming? Just once it would be nice to see McCarthy actually observe what is happening on the field and make “calls” or “adjustments” to take advantage. Isn’t that what coaching is all about?
Anyone can put together a list of plays on a laminated clipboard and order in the next play. You have Aaron Rodgers and the best receivers in the game and your game plan strategy is to throw 5 and 7 yard passes with defenders all over their backs (let’s see how long they can stay off of the IR)?
The only time that you throw the ball down the field is if it’s a “free play” because someone is offsides or there are 12 defensive men on the field? Rodgers is virtually crushed in the pocket on every play and you don’t roll him out or call more than 2 screen plays? If you are inside your own 20, you are content with 3 running plays (especially with 8 or 9 guys in the box – they know what’s coming) and a punt? Is the only running play that you have designed off tackle? Does Mike even know what a jet sweep is?
I guess you call it “conservative play-calling” or “playing not to lose”. Maybe Mike can watch some Patriot or Falcons game film to see what is really possible. Because, I would love to see this team playing to its fullest potential and having some fun!
Yes, I know we won the game. But minus several bad calls against the Seahawks defense, a rare Wilson fumble and a defense that overachieved (nice work guys!) and we lose.
We caught a break this time. But, with Mike’s predictable and noncreative play-calling, Rodgers being stuck in the pocket and fearful of throwing an interception or throwing the ball down the field, it will all catch up with us soon. As soon as… next week against the Falcons.
Bored to death. Gregory J. Molle Eden Prairie, Minn.