Re: linemen, that was as badly as I've ever seen a GBP OL get whipped by a defensive front seven. I've been screaming for better OL for years... kept getting told that it's not that important (IT WOULD BE THE WORST CATASTROPHE IN PACKER HISTORY IF WE SPEND THAT #1 PICK ON OT!!! I was told by several), or they have plenty of good OL, or they have plenty of 'depth', and my personal favorite: they have 'guys in the pipeline'.
Well, where TF are they? Better open the valve and get some of those 'pipeline' guys on the field. Those that are playing ain't getting the job done. And it's exactly what I said: Bakh - Jenkins - Myers at the level he was at last his rookie year - Runyan - Tom might/probably would have been able to get by and at least not be a total embarrassment.
But look at reality:
Jenkins gone for at least the next few weeks
Myers regressing - I swear he's getting noticeably worse by the day
Runyan on one leg
Tom banged up as well
And the reality is, there's no one in any mythical pipeline whose going to come in and save the day. They have NOBODY capable of playing on an NFL level who is ready to come in for ANY of those guys. Zero depth. Absolute zero.
So to summarize: 2 starters out (one maybe for good), 1 starter regressing badly, 2 playing hurt, and absolutely zero backups/depth.
Result: what we saw last night...
Where to go from here? To the 2024 draft, where:
- TRADE!! GB's #1 pick and the Jets' #2, to Pittsburgh for their current backup LT (sorry, just had to throw that one in...)
-#2: Draft the top C
-#3: the top G
-#4: the top remaining OT
-#5: the top remaining G
- And do whatever you want with #'s 6 and 7.
And hope like hell all those guys are ready to start the day they're drafted.
Yes, that's a total hyperbole, over-the-top post. But it is just beyond my comprehension how an OL can go from a team strength (which it was not all that long ago) to an absolute embarrassment this quickly...
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