Sunday, September 13, 2009
Paging a right tackle
By Kevin Seifert
Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
I wasn’t planning to post anything at halftime of this Chicago-Green Bay game. I’m not there and won’t pretend to bring you the kind of insight we expect to get on site.
But I’ll just throw this one out: Green Bay is going to have to find something better than Allen Barbre at right tackle. Like, now. Otherwise, quarterback Aaron Rodgers isn’t going to make it through this game.
I know. There are so many angles to a game Green Bay leads 10-2 at halftime. (That’s not a typo.) Jay Cutler has three interceptions amid a surprising ratio of 22 passes to 11 runs. The Packers defense is swarming, and Cutler seems in total disarray.
But Barbre has been no match for Chicago defensive end Adewale Ogunleye, who has tossed him aside for two sacks and at least four other post-throw hits on Rodgers. It’s no coincidence that Rodgers is getting a case of happy feet, and he’s missed on what would have been two long touchdown passes -- one to Donald Driver and one to Greg Jennings.
And we don’t have to remind you about the Packers’ depth behind Rodgers. Second-year player Matt Flynn, who is still recovering from a sprained shoulder, is the long and short of it.
The Packers’ primary option at right tackle Sunday evening is rookie T.J. Lang. Breno Giacomini is inactive. If they’re not keen on putting a rookie into this game, the Packers will have to at least give Barbre tight end help on every pass play.
Talk to you when this one is over. I mean it this time.