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Packers Brass put faith in Lee and Underwood

June 4, 2010 by  
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June 4, 2010, by Brian E Murphy

~A year ago this summer, Packer GM Ted Thompson and head coach Mike McCarthy were touting the ability and readiness of two young offensive linemen for the Packers.

Twenty minutes into the season opener in early September, fans across the country saw how meaningless that praise really was.

Right tackle Allen Barbre made 30-something journeyman Adewale Ogunleye look like Julius Peppers as he sacked and battered Aaron Rodgers for four quarters in a near-loss to the rival Bears on opening night in Green Bay. Barbre also missed some other key assignments on that night, which almost ended Rodgers season in week one.  

Aaron Rodgers turns away from an apologetic Allen Barbre after Barbre once-again allowed a Bears rusher to come free and sack Rodgers. This time, it was safety Daniel Manning on a blitz untouched, for a Bears safety. Barbre was fooled and blocked in on a guy who already would have been blocked by the guard Josh Sitton, and he allowed Manning a free run on Rodgers. Highlight clip shown above.

The other young guy that was being hghly touted was Jason Spitz, whom the coaches wanted to become the new center. But Spitz’s body couldn’t hold up through training camp, and the Packers had no choice but to stay with veteran Scott Wells at center. That turned out to be a lucky break for the Packers as Wells is a solid NFL center. Sometimes, coaches don’t know what they have right in front of them. And as the cliche’s go, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

Mike Vandermause has a story today about the Packers faith being shown to Lee and Underwood. Full story here

“Every time he gets on the field, he makes plays,” McCarthy said. “He has this injury hurdle that hopefully he has cleared. I'm excited about his participation and what he has shown so far in the OTAs.”

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