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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Mark Tauscher Earns Rave Reviews


October 2, 2007

Mark Tauscher and his fellow linemen continue to earn rave reviews for their pass protection, especially in light of how many passes the Packers have thrown in their last two games (90).

Ted Thompson took a lot of heat in the off-season for not adding any help to an offense that ranked 22nd in points scored in 2006.

As it turns out, maybe the playmakers were here all along. A young offensive line forced the Packers to keep seven men in to pass block most of last season, but this year it's mainly the linemen on their own, putting more skill players out in patterns.

As a result, the Packers now rank 8th in points scored.

Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin said, "Tom Clements and I were talking about how everybody last year was saying we were a seven-man protection team and this year we are only five -- we skipped right past six. Everybody has to be on the same page because you don't have a running back behind you to bail you out if you miss, but our guys have done an excellent job with that scheme."

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