Veteran tackles on Packers’ line turn porous : Packers Insider

Veteran tackles on Packers’ line turn porous

September 13, 2010 by  
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Sept 13, 2010 ~ by Bob McGinn

~Philadelphia — Tackles Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher had been so effective all summer long.

It was almost as if they had discovered the National Football League’s version of the fountain of youth in their 11th seasons as bookends for the Green Bay Packers.

Any sense that it would be all continued smooth sailing during the regular season went up in smoke Sunday when the two old pros had shabby first-half showings in the Packers’ 27-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Clifton was directly responsible for one sack and probably will be charged with a second, both at the hands of right defensive end Trent Cole. 

Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Chad Clifton in the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Miles Kennedy)

  Tauscher gave up a sack to Juqua Parker, a 10-year veteran who split time at left end with rookie Brandon Graham and former Raven Antwan Barnes.

“We were a little surprised,” offensive coordinator Joe Philbin said in reference to the early sacks. “I don’t know if our guys were nervous. We were a little bit out of sync early in the game as an (offensive) unit.”

The first half probably wasn’t the most cheery of occasions for coach Mike McCarthy, who has pledged to do everything in his power to make dramatic reductions in the 56 sacks the Packers yielded in 17 games a year ago.

Not only was Rodgers sacked three times, he was knocked down after six other passes and flushed at least twice.

“I’m not worried,” said Rodgers, who wasn’t sacked during the exhibition season. “The only thing that worries me a little bit is that it was the four-man rush.   Rest of story from McGinn here

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