But Linsley, out of Ohio State, is not gonna be the kinda kid that runs scared from a fight. The position of center is played from the mind, through the heart and out to the limbs and I think Linsley has enough to get it done. Here are three reasons I think Linsley will be alright:
Reason #1: The Play Calling
Mike McCarthy is going to have to, to some extent, play call Linsley into success. Now this doesn’t mean that Linsley is not going to have to do his job…he is. But especially in the opening series or two, the play calls can help calm Linsley down and let him settle in. I would like nothing more than to see the first play from scrimmage a play-action to Eddie Lacy with Aaron Rodgers throwing a quick slant to Cobb. Let the Seahawks defensive line waste their energy thinking their brutality will be effective, and use our MVP caliber quarterback and pro-bowl caliber receivers take some of the pressure off initially. Then, as the defense is forced to adjust to off tackle running, slants and passes to Lacy out of the backfield, go ahead and strike with the inside run or take a 5 step drop.
Reason #2: The Guards
On either side of Linsley will be TJ Lang and Josh Sitton. These two veterans will be invaluable to Corey Linsley during the course of the game. The communication between the center and the guards is crucial and you can bet that Linsley has been spending extra time with TJ and Josh in the filmroom this week. There will be times when Linsley is exposed and there is nothing Sitton and Lang can do about that. Add to that the crowd noise that makes communication itself difficult and this will be a tough test for Linsley. If he can get through the first series, with a chance to debrief with these guys on the sidelines, he can settle in and just play football. And believe me, this guy is a football player.
Reason #3: Aaron Rodgers
So the Packers will need to put Corey Linsley in position to be successful. Its a team sport so Linsley will rely heavily on Aaron Rodgers and his two stellar guards. But in the end, Linsley will be called upon to win some battles, play smart, and play sound. If he does so, it bodes very well for the Pack.