Going Back to Basics
Against Crappy Rams, Packers Win 1-on-1 Battles, Game
By Bob McGinn, JSOnline.com
Sep 28, 2009
St. Louis — Mike McCarthy’s call to his players appealed to their primitive nature as professional football players.
“He said, basically, to leave all the technical stuff out the window,” one of his veterans, nose tackle Ryan Pickett, said in the locker room at Edward Jones Dome. “He said it today, last week, all week. He said just beat the man across from you and we’ll win the game.”
McCarthy had never taken such an approach in four seasons leading the Green Bay Packers, but the situation that his team would encounter Sunday seemed like a good time to try it.
The least of McCarthy’s worries were the schemes and personnel of the St. Louis Rams. Almost bereft of talent at some positions, the Rams are in the early stages of a rebuilding program under rookie coach Steve Spagnuolo and haven’t won since Week 6 of last season.
Reinforced by an upset loss to Cincinnati a week ago, McCarthy worked his players hard in practice to avoid a repeat. It was a bad time for the Rams to play the Packers, who took their opponent seriously and ended up with a 36-17 victory before maybe 10,000 green-and-gold clad fans and perhaps another 5,000 empty seats.
“We had to (win),” Pickett said. “There was not even another (option). Detroit won today. You’ve got to come out and play every week.”
The Packers were petrified about this matchup. It was in a dome. The Rams still are giving it the ol’ college try for their new coach. And the temptation to look ahead to a date with the Minnesota Vikings was real.
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