It was aggravating to watch Jeff Janis sit around and do nothing while the Green Bay Packers receivers struggled mightily in 2015.
We understood the reasoning why the Packers didn’t play Janis — because his route running needed work and he didn’t have the trust of quarterback Aaron Rodgers. At the same — it feels like we’ve said it 100 times — you put talented players in a position to make plays.
That’s your fucking job as a coach.
Nah, not Mike McCarthy though. Not his job, even though he paid some lip service to adapting your system to good players not so long ago. That’s just typical McCarthy. Say one thing, do another.
But listen, guys!
This is the year the Packers get Janis involved!
“Great kid, hard-working, very powerful,” McCarthy said. “But there were just a lot of things, when he does them, they’re for the first time. Hopefully we’re out of that phase of his development. I look for Jeff to take that next step. He made the step in your second year that you look for. He did it first on special teams.”
And so this year, McCarthy obviously expects him to do it on offense.
What that means is not what McCarthy suggested. That the Packers value good players and will adapt their system to fit those players’ skills.
It means that Janis will have to do everything precisely how McCarthy and Rodgers want him to or he’s going to be sitting on his ass on the bench for another season.
At least the Packers actually have a receivers coach to work with the guy now.
That’s a plus.