McCarren shows why Rodgers' bodyguards have Lambeau advantage vs. Vikings
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers' offensive line will get a much-needed home field advantage when it faces the Minnesota Vikings for the second time in seven days in Saturday's NFC wildcard game.
Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Packers color commentator and TODAY'S TMJ4/NBC26 reporter Larry McCarren, a former Packers offensive lineman, showed "Wisconsin's Morning News" why the great outdoors of Lambeau Field will offer an easier setting for the so-called "big uglies" to protect Aaron Rodgers against Jared Allen and his fellow Vikings pass rushers.
McCarren said that inside a dome like Mall of America Field in Minneapolis, the site of Sunday's Packers loss, "your advantage of the snap count is negated, and there are times when the offensive tackles have to look inside."
"While you're peeking inside, it kind of discombobulates you, and that's why teams like the Vikings are better pass rushers at home. They get the burst off the ball."
Instead, at Lambeau Field, Larry says "you have the snap count, and you can vary that snap count a little more. Aaron Rodgers is very good at that. You take away that initial burst off the ball."
McCarren complimented the offensive line's play in recent weeks.
"I think the offensive line as a whole is where it should be," said McCarren.
"It's come together well. Don Barclay has been adequate at right tackle. He's been a decent replacement at a critical position."
His bookend, Marshall Newhouse, got even more accolades for his two games this month against one of the best pass rushers in the NFL.
"I think Marshall Newhouse has been kind of unsung. Newhouse played very well against Jared Allen, a Pro Bowl player. He did a heck of a job."