Hi everybody, let's get started. Our reporters at practice will be tweeting attendance relatively soon, so we'll know who's taking part at least part time today. And yes, if either of the RBs can't go, they'd have to elevate Jackson from the practice squad. No way to know for sure whether Lacy is going to play, we'll just have to see. McCarthy sounds optimistic but you never know if he really is or if it's a decoy.
That's how things get at times during the season, the pressures build, etc. I'm sure they're concerned about the offense, and McCarthy has been getting hammered with questions and stories about why the offense isn't producing like it did more or less from '09 through '14.
The last couple weeks he's started to mix in more personnel, and I'd think he'll continue to do more of it. Because that static three WR, 1 TE look just isn't producing much. We'll see on Sunday.
I doubt they'd let it get to that, they'd bring up Jackson. But even if Jackson is active, I'd think Cobb and Montgomery would get snaps in the backfield.
They did that several snaps last week, that was the first they'd done it this year from what I can remember.
I wonder the same thing. Assuming Shields is out, I could see Gunter starting at one corner and either Randall or Rollins at the other, with the other of those two as the slot guy in the nickel.
It is looking like a pretty good defense early on, have to agree there. I don't know about top five, that would be saying a lot, but top 10 appears to be realistic and should be plenty good enough to win a title. Maybe they could be as good as you suggest, though the young secondary will have to play better than it has. There is talent back there, so it could.
I find it almost impossible to judge his performance from the outside looking in. He's coordinator in name, but he has McCarthy and Clements above him in the offensive hierarchy. McCarthy calls the plays, so he's ultimately the guy when it comes to the offense.
I suspect that has something and maybe a lot to do with those guys not playing much, and I agree, at a certain point maybe you have to live with a couple wrong routes a game if those guys at least can get open more often. I don't know exactly how much sway he has, and maybe the coaches are on the same page as him as far as that goes.
OK, this will have to do it, we've gone overtime but so many good questions, which I could get to more. Thanks for coming by and sharing your thoughts. Not sure about how much 4-3 they'll be able to play, the Cowboys' normal offense is 3 WRSs, 1 TE and an RB, so Capers usually matches that with nickel. If he doesn't, that would mean an LB covering the slot receiver, and that's a terrible matchup. But we'll see, you never know what wrinkles Capers might have planned. Thanks again everybody, and remember we'll be back chatting next Thursday, same time, same place. Also check back with PackersNews.com regularly, we're regularly updating it throughout the day. So long.