Sunday, September 20, 2009
Wrap-up: Cincinnati 31, Green Bay 24
By Kevin Seifert
Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that Green Bay’s offensive line transition hasn’t worked according to plan quite yet.
I know there are a lot of things to jump on after Sunday’s 31-24 loss to Cincinnati. But I can’t get past the fact that Bengals defensive end Antwan Odom sacked Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers five times. FIVE TIMES. F-I-V-E T-I-M-E-S. Those are Derrick Thomas numbers. Those are Lawrence Taylor numbers. Sorry, those aren’t Antwan Odom numbers.
It’s true, Packers left tackle Chad Clifton departed with an ankle injury, forcing the Packers to shift left guard Daryn Colledge over one spot to replace him. But a couple points on that: First, Odom victimized Clifton a couple times before Colledge moved over. And second, didn’t the Packers want to avoid this type of multi-positional backup situation in the first place?
The performance was particularly alarming when you take into account the struggles right tackle Allen Barbre had in the season opener against Chicago. To me, it goes beyond personnel. When an individual is struggling to that level on a given day, isn’t it incumbent on a coaching staff to stop the bleeding, even if it requires multiple adjustments elsewhere? Can you really let a guy keep motoring to a five-sack day?
The Packers have now given up 10 sacks in two games this season. Rodgers isn’t going to make it through the season at that rate. No quarterback would.