Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Packers Standing Pat at RT?

It doesn't look like the Packers are going to make a move for Tauscher this week. I think this is a mistake, not because the Packers should immediately bench Babre (they should not) but because they should have a better back-up plan in place just in case Babre just doesn't work out.

The stakes are too high. As much as I like Flynn, the Packers need Rodgers to be a legitimate contender. Rodgers blows out his knee, this is probably a wasted season. Rodgers rips his rotator cuff, hopefully he has a nice career in the broadcast booth because his football career is pretty much over, and the Packers are set back 3-5 years.

That's what's at stake.

As much as I profess to be a supporter of a "slow and steady" philosophy I don't want to see a repeat of the Derrick Frost situation. It makes sense to move now rather than wait. It doesn't mean "benching Babre" after one start. It will take Tauscher a few weeks to get back into football shape and coming off his injury the Packers will not want to rush him. Wouldn't it be great to have Tauscher getting into shape while the Packers have the Bengals and Rams on the schedule? If the Packers wait until they absolutely need a right tackle, chances are, the Packers are already too late.

Maybe Babre gets it together and looks great against the Bengals and Rams. Perfect. It's not like the Packers will be sorry that they have a solid veteran back-up. Over the course of a 16 game season, he will be needed.

Finally, there are people insisting that it will take Tauscher until 2010 to fully recover. That's possible, but the best and most recent information that we have is that Tauscher's recovery is way ahead of schedule and that he would be ready to go in early September.

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