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.
JP: Would you agree with the idea that Newhouse was likely going to be a training camp casualty until the team lost both JC Tretter and Bryan Bulaga to major injuries?
AC: Because he has so few of them, Ted Thompson loves players who don’t get injured. If you can stay on the field for 10 consecutive games without breaking a bone or straining a hamstring, you have a job for life with the Green Bay Packers. Hell, A.J. Hawk has made millions of dollars just because he’s the only player on defense who never gets hurt. Newhouse’s agent likely sends Thompson daily emails (does Ted know how to use email?) to remind him that Newhouse hasn’t been on IR since late in the 2010 season.
JP: Why Newhouse over Lane Taylor? Can Taylor possibly be any worse than Newhouse on any given day?
AC: I have no freaking idea. No.
JP: I don’t know a ton about offensive line play in terms of scheme and mechanics, but besides Aaron Rodgers covering up many of the problems on this team, how did the Packers manage to hide Newhouse in this offense for two season and have so much success?
AC: Newhouse has good feet. The guy used to be able to move a little bit. If you have good feet and a 300-plus pound body, you have a shot to have some success in the NFL. Once teams figured out to go at Newhouse with power and take advantage of his lack of aggression, it was all over for him.
Jason Perone is an independent sports blogger writing about the Packers on AllGreenBayPackers.comFollow Jason Perone: