Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has talked about routinely going for two after scoring a touchdown, rather than kicking the extra point, this season. To do so, you want a play with a 60 percent or greater success rate.
That play and player were unveiled on November 23, 2014 in a 24-21 Packers’ win in Minnesota. From the 1-yard line, Eddie Lacy hurtled himself over the backs of his linemen and landed hard, three yards into the end zone — and that was without reaching out with the ball.
It was a “dive” or “plunge” play that can be made through the smallest of gaps, or by going over the backs of your blockers if there is no gap. It’s a quick-hitting thrust, giving the defense no time to penetrate.
It calls for commitment and a massive or rugged running back. Most of all though, you need someone with the guts to hurl one’s body into the abyss.
Never mind his Lambeau leaps, Lacy creates the needed momentum with his massive size and leg strength. His rocket-like thrust in that important win against the Vikings gave the Packers a whole new persona: smashmouth football.
The NFL’s most notable practitioner of the touchdown leap/dive/plunge — which long-time Packer fans had to endure all too often — was Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton. Good company, I’d say.
So how did the Packers capitalize on this new offensive weapon?
They retired the play, of course. Typical Mike McCarthy…
This play should be a major option on the Packers’ two-point conversion menu. And it should be automatic whenever the Packers are at the 1-yard line, or have a third or fourth down and a yard or so to go.
“It’s a quick-hitting thrust, giving the defense no time to penetrate.”
Be careful, that Lil’ Dramon kid might see this comment and even further his obvious obsession for things that penetrate
My name is not Lil Dramon you retarded ape.
Well it sure isn’t “Draymond Green” so I am gonna go ahead and give you a name that matches your whiny, belligerent and juvenile attitude. Don’t get me wrong, you are entertaining but ever so lacking in cognitive narrative. Well, hence the entertainment factor. Thanks Lil’ Draymond!
Except the ball is spotted at the TWO-yard line for two-point conversions *facepalm*.
EXCEPT WHEN YOUR STUPID DICK IS AT THE 1 YARD LINE LOOKING LIKE YOUR PEEING. MIKE MCCARTHY DESTROYED THIS TEAM MIKIE MCCARTHY IS A MORON MIKE MCCARTHY IS A DICK I WILL KICK MIKE MCCARTHY IN THE BALLS AND BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF HIM AT TRAINING CAMP. AND I WILL TAKE MY BROTHERS STEPH CURRY AND KLAY THOMPSON WITH ME.
Just so they don’t use Ripowski for the old…”We’ll fool them with John Kuhn taking the handoff at the goal line” play that got stuffed 90% of the time.
Forgot the K, Ripkowski. The one who looks like Kuhn.
Eddie “The Hammer” Lacy. He was born for the 2 point conversion role. Always been excited about this guy’s potential, no matter how many times he got back in line at the Chinese buffet. With his weight loss, we could all have a true renaissance on our hands.
I like this new writer, Rob Born. He is no spring chicken and I like that perspective.
Plus Lacey gets stuffed on 3-1 and 4-1 all the time.