You probably know Brett Goode from his long and distinguished career with the Green Bay Packers…
No idea who the hell Brett Goode is?
Well, he’s your emergency offensive lineman, we learned this week.
When the Packers faced the Lions last Thursday, they were dangerously close to being down to four available offensive linemen. Both T.J. Lang and Bryan Bulaga were inactive. That put Lane Taylor and Don Barclay in the starting lineup.
It also left the Packers with just J.C. Trotter and Josh Walker on the bench.
Then starting center Corey Linsley went down, which put Tretter into the game. Then starting left tackle David Bakhtiari went down, which put Walker in the game.
At that point, we were like, “Hell, what happens when another one of these clowns goes down?”
There was no apparent answer and frankly, we’re happy we didn’t have to find out.
Walker briefly got mauled at left tackle, but Bakhtiari was able to suck it up and return the next series.
This week, we found out the answer to the aforementioned question.
Goode is the Packers’ long snapper.
In the event of an emergency like we nearly witnessed, Goode would come in to play center. Tretter would shift outside to guard or tackle.
And you’re probably thinking, “Yeah, that’s fine. Goode snaps the ball all the time, he can play center just fine!”
Well, probably not.
Goode weighs only 255 and he hasn’t actually played the position full time since high school. By comparison, both Linsley and Tretter are over 300 pounds.
Goode is a specialist just like a kicker or punter.
Most likely, he would have gotten mauled worse than Walker did in his brief appearance. And that would have been ugly.
Keep your fingers crossed it doesn’t come to that.