Hey folks, Ryan Wood here. Fresh back from Dallas, and a thrilling game it was. Let's get to your questions.
I think it had more to do with the running back than offensive line yesterday. What I mean by that is, I think the offensive line didn't block any better or worse than past games. What you saw was Aaron Jones show burst hitting the hole, and an ability to get downfield fast. With that said, Bryan Bulaga returned to right tackle, and that certainly couldn't have hurt. Yes, Lane Taylor has done better at left tackle these past two weeks than anyone could have anticipated. It was especially impressive how he handled left tackle in an environment with more than 93,000 fans on the road.
A lot like you just mentioned. Ty Montgomery isn't going anywhere, but the Packers have needed to complement him with a conventional running back. It's only one game, but think they might have found something with Aaron Jones. What he showed yesterday was an ideal fit with Montgomery's dual-threat play style.
I thought before the season the Packers would probably be better in December than September, which is especially impressive now that you consider their 4-1 start. It isn't just the offensive line injuries, something we couldn't have foreseen before the season. It's the fact that, potentially, two of their most important players on defense were rookies, and it would likely take time for the free-agent additions, especially the new tight ends, to find their roles in the offense. Can't understate how big it is for the Packers to have started the season 4-1, while playing three primary contenders in the NFC.
Mike McCarthy said he was being evaluated, but did not specify for what. We'll hopefully find out a little more today.
I don't think he's going anywhere this week, but jobs don't last long with those issues. He'll need to correct it immediately.
I haven't had time to go back and look at the game film, but my memory is that it was pretty spread around. Overall, the offensive line played very well considering it had a left guard at left tackle on the road. Two of their sacks came on the same series early in the game.
I'd throw vision and burst into the hole in there too. As far as going forward, it's very early in both their careers. Yes, Williams could end up being the better runner. Far too soon to know.
Doubtful, no matter how much it might have looked that way.
We haven't spoken with Mike McCarthy today, so I don't have anything on injuries. Of course, Mike McCarthy will probably say he doesn't have anything on injuries either.
Mike McCarthy has long favored a two-tailback rotation. Going forward, those two tailbacks should be Ty Montgomery and Aaron Jones.
When you have a four-point lead, you never, ever willfully concede a touchdown. Because a stop means you win the game, and don't need the offense to score. The Packers almost got a fourth-down stop. Ultimately, they were playing one of the league's most talented offenses in their building, and Dak Prescott played out of his mind.
Kevin King needs to get out of concussion protocol. It was clear the Packers missed him when he went down early.
Yes. I thought yesterday was much more about the Cowboys offense playing well than the Packers defense playing bad. The difference between the Packers and Cowboys defenses were that the Packers made the Cowboys offense work, especially in the second half. The Cowboys defense rolled over.
It looked like a lot of people were confused, and the Packers were fortunate it didn't cost them the game.
He won't have to carry it. Ty Montgomery isn't going anywhere.
No. Micah Hyde was very good for the Packers, too. There's a reason he got paid in free agency.
I thought it was kind of weak. Initially, I was confused because it looked like Aaron Rodgers threw it to nobody while inside the pocket, but didn't realize he was called down. It was hard to hear the whistle. It certainly worked in the Packers' favor.
Indeed. Thought colleague Michael Cohen wrote a terrific peace on that subject. Check it out on PackersNews.com ... after the chat!
First ballot, and immediately.
There's depth at WR. Much more than there is at RB.