Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Importance of Jermichael

Just how CRUCIAL is the loss of Jermichael Finley? Many have compared the downturn in third down conversions to his absence but the Packers 2010 offensive line-up is virtually the same as the one coming into the 2009 season. Coming into the 2009 season, the Packers had been tabbed as a top offensive team as well and those estimates were not dependent on Jermichael Finley becoming the threat he became at the end of last season and this season before injuring his knee.

There's no doubt that Finley had potential to be one of the 2010 season's top offensive stars. He's an absolute stud and will be for quite some time. The surgery is in his best interests long term as well as the team but this is still a fantastic team with one of the top receiving corps, one of the top quarterbacks and an improved offensive line. The offense just doesn't seem to be on the same page at times and that can be attributed to the loss of Finley but the loss of Ryan Grant is the key as well. While Brandon Jackson's numbers have been improving, as you'd expect with a guy who is getting his first shot at being a number one running back, the running back transition hurts in other ways.

The lack of effective play-action pass opportunities, which are key plays in Mike McCarty's offense, really hurts as well. With the passing of the trade deadline, Ted Thompson and McCarthy have decided that this team has the pieces in place to win. This is still a good team and while the loss of Finley is tough, as long as the they can start "clicking" and we can get some guys back on defense, this season is far from over.


Anonymous said...

does quarless kinda remind you of a young finley?

Turtle said...

Possibly but we haven't seen enough of him. He's gotta start catching the ball though.

rory said...

Finley is an amazing talent, but I'm incredulous of him ever becoming a true star. And it isn't because of his mouth, either, though he does need to learn to shut that thing once and awhile.

Rather, I just can't see Finley ever staying healthy. With the way he plays, he's always going to subject himself to big hits over the middle. He missed time last year, and he only played in five games this year.

I know he's only 23, but the more hits he accrues, the less he'll be able to take advantage of his athletic ability. He isn't going to get any shorter, and his hands will probably remain one of the best on the team, but his speed will start to decline, which is what made him such a match-up problem.

This team needs to learn to be successful offensively without Finley, for in the years to come, I think they'll be without him more than with him.

Oh, and I'm not even going to comment on what it will take to sign him long term. Oh boy...

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