Memo to Green Bay Packers Coaching Staff: Wake Up and Smell the Pass Rush
After Watching Rodgers get sacked eight times in the first half of the team's Monday Night Football bash against the Seattle Seahawks, Mike McCarthy and his coaching staff finally changed things up a bit. It's a damn shame it took them that long to make necessary changes.
The fatal flaw in their game plan was that the Packers didn't run the ball in the first half. Even more egregious is the fact that McCarthy and his staff didn't make any in-game adjustments in the first half after Rodgers started getting hit on a regular basis.
Cedric Benson, their most reliable running back, only carried the ball two times for four yards in the first two quarters.
The Seahawks are solid against the run, but there's no excuse for abandoning it altogether—especially on the road in a tough environment like CenturyLink Field where it's hard for offensive linemen to stay in sync with the snap count.
The Seahawks' pass-rushers were able to pin their ears back and get after Rodgers without any fear of getting beaten in the running game—a strategy that hardly ever works out well in favor of offenses.
How many carries should Benson get to keep defenses honest?
The second half of the game saw Benson get 15 carries. And though he wasn't able to break off any big gains, he kept the defense honest, allowing Rodgers and the rest of the offense to operate more efficiently.
Going forward, it's clear that McCarthy needs to make sure he doesn't hang his quarterback out to dry any more this year. Benson, if healthy, needs to be getting at least 15-20 touches a game. The team's offensive line is just too weak to absorb a constant pass rush, and if things don't change, Rodgers is going to end up getting destroyed.
Even for a guy like Rodgers—the undisputed best in the business—balance is key. He's been sacked now 16 times in three games, and it's time to make a change.
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