And the rains came once again … The 48,000-plus Packers fans who showed for Family Night at Lambeau Field were for the third time out of four years left without the chance to fully see their team.
Many of the fans arrived early and made a day of it … But by the time the team hit the field around 6:30 p.m. for wam-ups the threat of rain was already in the air.
“We need to look at the Farmer’s Almanac or something,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said after his team left the field Saturday night. “Unbelievable. You really feel bad for the fans. This is such a special evening for the families, the kids, the fireworks, the whole deal. Everybody looks forward to it.”
But the night wasn’t a total washout – there was some football played as the offense and defense squared off before cutting things short because of the storm.
As it is only preseason, we’re hoping Aaron Rodgers got the kinks out early because on the first play from scrimmage the Super Bowl MVP threw a pick-six to cornerback Brandian Ross …
Who? Yeah, my question, too.
Anyway, the undrafted rookie from Youngstown State picked the pass and covered 25 yards for the early defensive score.
However, Rodgers and the rest of the offense had more shots downfield … And there were some good things to see.
… Rookie receiver Randall Cobb turned an off-side free play into a 40-yard gain;
… James Starks showed power and some moves on two strong runs;
… And Jordy Nelson caught a nice corner fade for a touchdown.
“We have a lot of work to do,” McCarthy said. “You’re probably tired of hearing me say it, but it’s where we are as a team, and we’ll continue to work through it. We’ll be ready to go when we hit Cleveland.”
But before that first preseason game, the packers will hit the field again starting Monday for four consecutive night practices before flying to Washington, D.C., to visit with the president at the White House Friday, Aug. 12, and then head to Cleveland to face the Browns.
With one month still remaining before the first regular season game, what Coach McCarthy says is true: There is still a lot of work the team must do.