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Analysis: QB Rodgers & Offensive Line

From PackerBackerBlog Senior Writer, Author, & Consultant John C. Redfern

In reading the reactions to the Vikings game, fans inquired about the offensive line debacle and who is to the blame for the eight sacks including the events leading to the fumble and the safety. After reviewing each sack series in the game film, some interesting conclusions are made about the offense team.

QB Rodgers had a rough game making questionable decisions under pressure failing to use available options. Leroy observed that, He looked conflicted.”  In the two critical game changing offensive series, he held the ball too long and failed to follow field progression with safety values available in the fumble and safety offensive series.

True, QB Rodgers got awful pass protection, but remember these points: “He deserves partial blame on no fewer than five of Vikings’ eight sacks; he held the ball too long on three of them; two of the eight sacks came on one-on-one losses; & LT Colledge and RT Barbre shared blame in two sacks.  Thus, as another reviewer added: “Rodgers was as much to do with the Vikings eight sacks as his injury-plagued offensive line. Of the eight sacks against the Vikings as many as five of them can be blamed at least in part on Rodgers.”

Looking at the offensive line, a reviewer observed: “The Vikings rushed only four men on six of their eight sacks. That should be a numbers mismatch & a five-sack night is a warning sign of either physical inferiority or a basic schematic flaw.”  Specifically, C Wells and RG Sitton played well enough.  LG Spitz was marginal.  RT Barbre and LT Colledge had awful games. Rookie T Lang should start ahead of T Barbre.

Commentary: Fan, you have the answers.  Fortunately, T Clifton will be back after the bye. T Tauscher is expected to be signed shortly.  By the Detroit game, the offensive line should be ready to go to be an effective offensive machine.  Regretfully, rookie T Lang and T Barbre have predictable development issues in the season that only can come with practice and experience.

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5 Responses to “Analysis: QB Rodgers & Offensive Line”

  1. g man says:

    barbre blocks like malibu barbie, and the rest of the offensive line blocks like blow up dolls. toughen up and protect your quarterback.

  2. Fans,

    The QB Rodgers and OL analysis has been updated to be more clear that the blocking scheme had a role in the sacks too and, to be fair, RT Barbre and RT Colledge had both ups and downs. Finally, the coaching staff has to bear some responsibility to get their players absolutely ready to play as a cohesive unit in the game. Predictably and hopefully, RT Barbre and rookie LT Lang will get much better with experience.

    John C. Redfern Senior Writer, Author, & Consultant

  3. nfl_fan says:

    Cool! GO PACKERS !!!

  4. johnny pack fan says:

    The o-line stinks and they are all tommys boys!! Barbie(opps I mean Barbre) couldn’t protect his mother from a shopping cart!!! Hawk looks more like a 7th rounder than the 4th pick in the draft. Thompson can’t build a team just from the draft If Thompson and McCarthy are here after week 5 when they lose to the Loins, then we all know this is a cost cutting measure like the 60s when they just wanted to fill the seats and who cares how bad we stink!!!!!

  5. johnny pack fan says:

    sorry i ment 80s not 60s

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