Larrivee: 'Different cast week-to-week' asked to make impact
Jarrett Boykin, Andy Mulumba, Jake Stoneburner. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Next man up" has been a mantra of the injury-riddled Green Bay Packers in this first half of the 2013 season.
It's had to be, with the rotating and reshuffling the Packers staff has had to make with its roster, with the nine players on the injury list entering Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns and the growing list of guys having to take time off including playmaking wide receiver Randall Cobb.
"I was at practice yesterday and I didn't have a roster, and I needed one," admitted 620WTMJ's Voice of the Packers, Wayne Larrivee.
"It's a whole different cast week-to-week as we go along."
Without Cobb, and potentially without James Jones at wide receiver, the Packers are making lots of game plans with two unknown commodities along side a Pro Bowl candidate.
"You're going to have Jarrett Boykin. You're going to have Myles White and Jordy Nelson," Larrivee said on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."
"On offense, I still think James Jones is somewhat of a long shot, but that's me just speculating."
Larrivee explained that Jermichael Finley will have to become more of a focal point in the passing game.
"He becomes the guy you're going to split off the line quite a bit more. You're not going to ask him to block on the interior as much, which could be a good thing. He's going to be out there and be one of your playmakers. Maybe you put him in motion a little bit more."
Then, there's the rotating linebacking corps, with Clay Matthews, Brad Jones, Nick Perry and now Mike Neal all suffering from injury.
"How comfortable are you with Nate Palmer and Andy Mulumba?" asked Larrivee.
"Palmer and Mulumba have been on the roster the whole time. They shouldn't have to make too many adjustments in terms of play calls."
But he does expect defensive coordinator Dom Capers to change a few things with the complication level of the schemes.
"They adjust some of the exotic things they do on third downs. It's just a matter of knowledge," said Larrivee.
"You have to adjust to the strengths of what these guys can do and what they know. I think there will be some adjustment."