Posted by Josh Katzowitz
The Year Of The Take Over (also known as YOTTO, the acronym that’s blared on seemingly every one of his tweets) will have to wait until next season. That’s what Green Bay TE Jermichael Finley wrote on his Twitter page late this afternoon, seemingly confirming the news from earlier today that he’s done for the season after a knee injury last Sunday.
Originally, it was thought Finley would miss (maybe) a few weeks while recovering from meniscus surgery. But when doctors opened his knee, they found more extensive damage.
Earlier, we told you about the report that said he was telling his teammates he’s done for the year. Now, he’s telling everybody else.
So, we turn the page and figure out what this means for the Packers the rest of the season and for the opponents which have to gameplan against Green Bay. For that, we look to the National Football Post’s Matt Bowen who writes that Finley typically would have been the biggest matchup problem of any defense he’d face.
That’s because he was too big and physical for a cornerback or safety to cover but he was too fast for a linebacker to trail in pass coverage.
“Doesn’t matter if you use a nickel corner, a strong safety or a(n) outside linebacker who can run,” Bowen writes. “If I am calling the coverage for the defense, I don’t like that matchup at all.”
More from Bowen: “I try to compare it to what I experienced as a player. For example, the times I played on defenses that went up against Tony Gonzalez. I don’t want to say that panic broke out in the meeting room when we talked schemes and matchups, but there was a level of discomfort knowing that the TE was going to be a big factor. More to prepare for.”
In the absence of Finley and backup Donald Lee, who is out a few weeks with a chest sprain, Andrew Quarless will move into the starting spot. On Sunday vs. the Redskins, the fifth-round pick out of Penn State caught four passes for 58 yards.
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