Tauscher’s return key to Packers’ better blocking
Heading into the stretch run of the regular season,
But one of the biggest factors in the
But with the offensive line in turmoil in the first part of the season, the
And he’s trying to help some of his younger teammates along the way.
“Obviously, I’ve played a long time and I see stuff,” Tauscher said. “When I got back it was kind of fun just being around and kind of explaining what I saw. But for the most part, guys, you always kind of lean on older guys. I did it and I’m sure the young guys do.”
Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin said Tauscher’s play doesn’t always stand out until the end of the season, when coaches tally up sacks and realize Tauscher didn’t allow many.
“You kind of tally everybody’s sacks and everybody’s hits, and lo and behold, at the end of the year you say, ‘Geez, he did a pretty good job of keeping his guy away from the quarterback,”‘ Philbin said. “And I think in these couple games, he’s been doing pretty much the same thing he’s been doing since he’s been with us.”
Rodgers has confidence in Tauscher.
“He’s just smart,” Rodgers said. “He knows his limitations. He knows how people are going to attack him. You can’t really bull-rush him because he’s stout. When you run upfield, he’s just going to push you by. He’s not extremely quick and like I said, he knows his limitations. I have a good feel that when he’s in there and he’s running a guy by I can just step up, or if he’s getting bull-rushed I can just sit there for a bit. I just have a good feel when he’s there.”
Rodgers and some of the other
But even if Tauscher doesn’t look the part, he certainly can play it.
“With a guy like that, you just know he’s going to get out there and he’s going to perform his job,” Colledge said. “You can say, ‘OK, right tackle, we’re good. Let’s focus elsewhere.”‘
But for all the compliments, the front office wasn’t in a rush to bring him back after the injury last season.
Green Bay went into this season with third-year player
Reeling from inconsistency and injuries early in the season, the
He returned to start the
“I feel good, man,” Tauscher said. “It’s been a long road, but I think the more I play, the more comfortable and the better I’m going to feel.”