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Tauscher Next In Line?

That's the word from Mike McCarthy via our good friend Brian Carriveau from Railbird Central.

I know Packers fans (and Jason Wilde) have been clamoring for Tauscher to be resigned and I recognize what he meant to the offense last year - he basically came in and saved not only the offense, but the season. And I know the idea of moving on at right tackle is not a popular one with the team apparently set for a run at the Super Bowl. But I would caution that Alan Barbre's flop was very much an anomaly, rather than the norm when going with a younger, unproven player at the right tackle position. McCarthy and his staff simply got enamoured with the guys athleticsism and the fact that he had "waited his turn" so to speak. It was to the teams detriment that they didn't give T.J. Lang a shot to win the job in training camp - because he would have.

And even if Tauscher comes back, it's a good bet he will this year.

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Jeff's picture

Signing Tauscher would add some depth to the O-line if anything. Plus Lang's got great potential, but he's not proven by any means.

Sign Tauscher, he'll be cheap and he's a proven veteran and a great Packer.

packeraaron's picture

Agree for the most part Jeff. I think I'm probably just reacting to Wilde on the radio every day saying the Packers are being 'stupid' by not having signed him yet, which I think is absurd.

PackersRS's picture

Aaron, I agree that Lang should probably start. However, don't you agree that Tauscher played better than Clifton last year, and that Lang did very well when he subbed in for Clifton?

I know, MM won't play Lang at LT, but IMHO it would be the best setup, Lang at left and Tausch at right...

packeraaron's picture

Gotta disagree RS. Lang played well, but not nearly well enough to displace Clifton, esp in the passing game. He did very well - for a rookie. He looked much better at RT in the Tampa and Dallas games, imo.

Dilligaff's picture

With possibility of Tauscher coming back almost certain, Lang will be in a situation much like Wells found himself in early last year. Lang may not get the starting position at the beginning of the season, but with Clifton/Tauscher with the age and history of injuries it will be a sure bet Lang gets a lot of playing time despite not starting. The big decision that MM will face will be that Spitz's back is not healthy and Colledge continues to under perform at the left guard position, does he continue to ride Lang on the bench or play him at left guard? This would be a no brainier if Clifton/Tauscher were healthy enough to make it all season, it not a question if but when Lang will be needed to fill in for an injury. IMO would love to have Iupatai fall to the Pack at #23 pick, then the O-line would be improved from last year (not just maintained), a big improvement for the left side. With Clifton/Lang and Iupatai on the left side would be great.

Nypacker's picture

I heard that because Tauscher is overseas many teams haven't expressed interest in him. With the Packers following suit is there a possibility TT faces competition when trying to get a deal done? In other words will his market value go up high enough that it'll be financially unreasonable to resign Tauscher?

packsmack25's picture

I think the fact that he went overseas at the same time that free agency started says a lot about his plans. I think he's either gonna play for the Packers or consider retirement. Doesn't seem to me as though he wants to play anywhere else.

NickGBP's picture

Getting Tausch for a backup role would do a lot to ease the transition, but it'd have to be for a realistic price. I'm sure Tauscher is realistic about his situation (unlike Colledge...) and understand his role. So hopefully they can get him for a price that reflects that.

They aren't "stupid" for not signing him because he won't and perhaps even shouldnt start all 16 games. But it'd certainly help.

JerseyAl's picture

I've been clamoring for BOTH Clifton and Tauscher, mainly to provide depth. We all saw what a few injuries did to the OL last year. I hope TJ gets stronger and wins a job. But knowing Tausch is there just in case will make me happy.

FITZCORE1252's picture

Absolutely feel the same Al. 100%.

GBP 4 LIFE

Cuphound's picture

I also agree with Al. And I think the new format is pretty spiffy!

PACKERS.'s picture

Something like 3/4 of the sacks ocurred without Tauscher. We definitely need him back.

Go Pack Go!

PackersRS's picture

Without Tauscher and Wells. It's a very important aspect, Wells, because IMHO he was the one who solidified the line, as he made all the protection shifts and calls (together with Rodgers).

Before he came in, there were a lot of times where a rusher just came untouched (Julian Peterson vs Lions, Afalava (I think) in week 1...). But after he came in, no more confusion with the Line.

Spitz was better phisically, but he just didn't have the intangibles of the Center position...

Nypacker's picture

Dilligaff it sounds like you're a fortune teller. I understand that Clifton is getting old but '09 was the only season he's started less than 15 games in the past couple of years. You're absolutely guaranteeing that Clifton won't last the whole season AT ALL. How are you so certain that he won't rise up and come back and play all 16?? And not just play but play well?

NickGBP's picture

He also just came back from significant surgery. Combined with being old I don't think it's a stretch to assume he'll have a tough time making it a full season.

Dilligaff's picture

I am not guaranteeing anything. I believe there is a good chance that one of the Tackles (Tauscher or Clifton) will go down with injury. Not just Clifton.

WoodyG's picture

Tausch is Badger Red & Packer Green ...... I couldn't see him wearing any other colors....... From Auburndale, Wisconsin (< 800 people) ........ Smack dab in the middle of Wisconsin ..........

Some interesting info:

" Auburndale High School has an annual "Bring Your Tractor to School" day, in which school members are encouraged to drive their family farm's tractor to school. "

I can see Taush doing this.

FITZCORE1252's picture

What's coming out of your pictures mouth?

WoodyG's picture

That's the women's tongue in shape of a football player catching a football ........ Ran acoss it years ago ........ A little off the wall.

FITZCORE1252's picture

Nice. Just a little too small for me to make out on here.

madden07's picture

If the entire starting line from the end of last season is under contract, is it possible that the packers don't take a linemen with the top pick?

Graham's picture

How many contract negotiations can TT handle at one time? Even more complicated is Taush being out of the country. He is going to sign a 3 yr deal worth $15 mil with $2 up front. Trust me TT has had other things to do.

An additional not, Clifton and Taush will not both have 16 starts this season. Where they dont start Lang and a draft pick will. We need both because one is bound to go down and there is only one Lang to fill in at this point.

FITZCORE1252's picture

Somebody else is rockin' Vince. Time to give Chuck some love.

GBP 4 LIFE

FITZCORE1252's picture

Hey... that's not Chuck!

FITZCORE1252's picture

What's your major malfunction 'Gravatar'?

NickGBP's picture

I see Chuck for you, Fitz

FITZCORE1252's picture

Weird, I still show Vince.

packsmack25's picture

Sorry, is this better?

CSS's picture

Having both Clifton and Tauscher certainly gives one piece of mind in pass-pro, but one could argue (should they both be starting at the same time in 10') that they are by far the poorest run-blocking tackle tandems in the NFL.

Nypacker's picture

"it not a question if but when Lang will be needed to fill in for an injury." Sounds like a guarantee to me. I also don't understand what you're basing these statements off of. Age? Injuries? Tauscher and Clifton have been injured in the past, it's true, but they each have come back and played full seasons year after year. Just as it's possible for them to go down, it's also just as likely for them to ride another full season.

Dilligaff's picture

It is ok to disagree, I may have been over the top in my use of words to make a point. You feel that both will play a 16 game season and a playoff run, fine. I am saying if I had to bet my life savings I would bet one of the two will go down in that time frame. A little touchy here, I don't understand.

LACheez's picture

what does everyone think of the throwback uniforms? they need to get those in stock and for sale ASAP!

FITZCORE1252's picture

I think they're SWEEET, put me down for 4.

GBP 4 LIFE

Hyperrevue's picture

2 years for Tausch. Nicely done.

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the throwbacks are great.
http://www.jsonline.com/sports/packers/87544642.html

Nypacker's picture

I'm not guaranteeing a major comeback in the same instance you were calling out the exact opposite. Nonetheless just got the news Tauscher got a 2 year deal. Nicely done.

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