McCarren: Running game, secondary offer warning signs for Packers
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers produced a 24-15 win over the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars, but lots of warning signs came to the forefront.
Newsradio 620 WTMJ Packers Radio Network analyst and TODAY'S TMJ4/NBC26 reporter Larry McCarren discussed how both the running game and the secondary have major issues to solve.
"It was surprising to see a struggling team like Jacksonville make some big plays," said McCarren on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."
"The fact that the defense couldn't prevent big plays from a team that previously really struggled to make big play, Blackmon, Shorts, they were able to make plays against the Packers defense. That was a disappointing aspect.
Jacksonville quarterback Blaine Gabbert delivered 303 passing yards, including 116 by receiver Cecil Shorts on eight catches.
The Packers running game didn't perform much better than the Charles Woodson-less secondary, with just 66 yards on 26 carries.
Alex Green produced 54 of them, for fewer than 2.5 yards per carry.
"On occasion, he looks pretty good, but those occasions are few and far between," explained McCarren.
"The word finish comes to mind. Plays that seem to have a promising start end poorly. That's when people start on their blocks and don't finish their blocks...the offensive line and tight ends have got to do a better job of finishing blocks...and giving the Alex Green's of the world more of an opportunity."