Cory’s Corner: Assistant coaches don’t excite me
It’s usually pretty hard to get excited about assistant coaches.
But now the Packers have the highest number of middle management in the NFC North.
And I’m still not excited.
Granted, Mike McCarthy knows that changes need to be made, but I don’t think having 21 assistants is going to be the difference. Does Ron Zook really get anyone excited? And what exactly does an assistant special teams coach do?
That’s quite a fall from grace for a two-time major college football head coach.
But new assistants are just window dressing. This team needs personnel. It needs players that don’t give a half-hearted effort like B.J. Raji and then turn down $8 million from the Packers.
It needs Tramon Williams to play like it’s 2010 and Derek Sherrod to start his first NFL game in his fourth season.
This team needs Clay Matthews to start 16 games for the first time in his career. It needs a tight end to fill Jermichael Finley’s shoes but do it without chirping.
I think we all saw how important a mean streak is. The Seahawks and 49ers approach the game like the movie, “Slapshot.” Both teams try to blow you up on every single play and it’s about time the Packers thought the same way.
Green Bay doesn’t have that on-field sergeant that will not only impose its will but make the opposition think twice about something just because of the physical ramifications.
By the end of the first quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII, the Broncos wide receivers knew they were beaten. They knew they weren’t going to outmuscle, out tough and outwork the best secondary in football.
I need to see more out of guys like Nick Perry and Andy Mulumba to get an accurate gauge. But adding a dynamic linebacker for the 3-4 defense wouldn’t be a bad thing.
This team needs more creativity from the offensive play calling. Just because it’s first down, it doesn’t automatically mean you have to run the football. This team needs more quarterback pressure out of the front seven to ease the burden on the secondary.
And finally this team needs Jarrett Boykin to take the responsibility and grab the No. 3 receiver job. He has had flashes this past year in a fill-in role, but he must prove he can be counted on consistently.
What this team does not need are more assistants to talk about what didn’t work and what should work.
This team needs action, and unless Zook straps on the pads, bringing him onboard doesn’t mean much to me.
Cory Jennerjohn is from Wisconsin and has been in sports media for over 10 years. To contact Cory e-mail him at jeobs -at- yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter: Cory Jennerjohn