Obviously it was disappointing to see the Green Bay Packers drop a home game in December and one that could have helped their confidence heading into next week’s showdown with the Chicago Bears. The frustrations were high during the game (see my Twitter timeline) among many fans and were directed at coaches, the Packers front office and players.
One player who always seems to draw the ire of Packers fans is offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse. The burning question with Newhouse is how and why is he still on the team?
Being a somewhat new Dad, I find myself up at odd hours of the night with these questions and thoughts swirling in my head. So who better to help me tackle this question than another new(er) Dad than our own Adam Czech? I caught up with Adam for a quick Q & A and to get his thoughts on Newhouse.
JP: Newhouse has extensive experience with this offense and was a big part of the offensive line during the 15-1 season in 2011. This year, Newhouse was beaten out by David Bakhtiari at left tackle and Don Barclay at right tackle. In the few snaps Newhouse has seen, why has he been so ineffective?
AC: He probably figures it’s not Aaron Rodgers back there, so why bother blocking anybody? Perhaps Newhouse is actually trying to speed up Rodgers’ return. If he whiffs on enough blocks and every single backup QB the Packers sign gets injured, Dr. McKenzie will have no choice but to activate Rodgers and the Packers will march to the Super Bowl.
JP: When Mike McCarthy needs an extra body on the line, why is he still calling on Newhouse who can’t seemingly move anyone or hold a block? Does Newhouse have photos of McCarthy in a speedo during his summer vacation or what?!
AC: Remember Milton from the movie “Office Space?” He was the guy in the basement who loved his stapler. Everyone also forgot that he was still with the company. That’s Newhouse. McCarthy probably forgets that Newhouse is still on the team until he accidentally wanders on the field, screws something up, then tries to trot off without anybody noticing. McCarthy makes a mental note to cut Newhouse after every game, but then a bunch of other players get injured or something else goofy happens to the Packers and McCarthy just forgets.