Actually, Jimmy Graham has exceeded my expectations for early in the season. I wrote about this in the offseason, but if you go back through the history of new TEs with this offense, it takes time for them to acclimate. (Jared Cook did almost nothing in his first three weeks, then was a savior late in the season.) Graham has 16 catches for 169 yards and one touchdown (should be 2 TDs if not for a penalty), a pace that puts him on track for 64 catches and 676 yards. But the thing is, I think he'll only get better late in the season. So it's not actually a bad start historically, just needs to follow the trend of growing into his role.
Yeah, I'm not sure I'm buying the game plan either. The one thing you can say is it seems Mike McCarthy isn't putting his best players on the field with great frequency, or at least giving them the ball as much as you'd expect. But there are plenty of execution issues to point to, too.
I mean, he was trying to do everything in his power not to get a flag. I'd be trepidatious too if I'd gotten called for three roughing penalties the first three weeks.
I don't know. But I think they think they are.
I think if he really wanted that to happen, it would happen. He has great latitude at the line of scrimmage.
I'm sure they won't go 16-0, but my Super Bowl pick is looking awfully good through four weeks.
He tried that already in 2015. It was an epic fail. Now, Joe Philbin is not Tom Clements, but I don't see Mike McCarthy ever relinquishing those duties again.
Teammates don't put together the game plan, and Aaron Rodgers' complaint was the game plan.
I agree. Perhaps we could see more of that going forward.
It seemed Aaron Rodgers' gripe was more play calling, specifically calling plays to get the football to the Packers best playmakers.
Yes, they sure did. Jared Cook's agent got a lot of flack, but if you look at what Cook has done since, there was nothing unfair about what they wanted. The Packers blew that one.
I'm sure it doesn't help.
We were talking about the during our pregame meal yesterday. Not only have the Patriots been consistently great for this long, but the rest of the division has been consistently putrid.
Overall, I think MVS came out winning yesterday. Rookie mistakes are to be expected (and it sure didn't hurt that the Bills dropped that pick-6). Thought it was impressive for MVS to come back from that error with a big play. He's got the size and speed you want in a big-play receiver. Just has to put it together.
Meanwhile, the NFC is loaded.
I also wonder that. But it's just a guess.
I mean, you would've thought that in Washington. Didn't happen. I do think it's going to be very, very interesting what kind of game plan they come with next week, what with the quarterback questioning it publicly.
That was my expectation coming into the season, and I haven't seen anything to change that.
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