McCarren discusses whether Packers are better than 2012
Most Green Bay Packers fans have great hope the team will rise farther than they did in the 2012 NFC playoffs and be able to compete for a Super Bowl championship.
But will they? Are they truly better?
"I don't know if I have a very, very good answer. I'm waiting to find out," said Packers analyst Larry McCarren on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Afternoon News."
"Preseason, and I've seen every play of every game, I've seen every practice, I really don't know yet. I'll be interested to see."
He cited how the Packers' first-teams played "sparingly," a situation that doesn't happen when games count in the standings.
McCarren did give the offense credit for moving the ball more than well in its first-team appearances, though they didn't score a touchdown.
"I watched Aaron Rodgers those five series he played...they may have been held to a field goal, but 60 minutes of that kind of pressure, they're going to score a bunch of points."
He also cited how the defense didn't exactly show much.
"Clay Matthews, the real difference maker has not played a ton. Let's wait and see...the potential is there to be better, but I don't know that," said McCarren.
"They're doing some different things. I don't know if they're appreciably better."
One thing the team believes is that it will be able to run the ball better than it did in 2012, when teams covered Packers receivers deep and dared them to run the ball.
"I'm hoping one of the pleasant surprises is that they actually do have a running game," explained McCarren, admitting that the running game in preseason "averaged 3.0 a carry, which is lousy."
However, the starting running back, rookie Eddie Lacy, seemed to show a lot of promise.
"Lacy looked the part. You've got to give him a prayer up front, but he looks like a real deal running back."
No matter what, the proof comes in the regular season opener against San Francisco.It's for real. It'll be faster."
"The defensive guys get shot out of rockets. Everybody's healthy. There's a more emotional feel to it."
"The regular season opener, always special."