I was reading the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel website this morning, when I saw a picture of Cullen Jenkins that caught my attention. Under the photo, taken by Mark Hoffman, I saw the caption, “Photos of the defensive linemen in the 2009 season with comments from Bob McGinn.” When I clicked on the link I noticed this photo gallery was posted on May 20th. Sorry if I’m a little late with this post, but if you haven’t seen the photos and read McGinn’s excellent commentary, you can find both right here.
The more I think about it, the more I realize how lucky Packers fans are to have a writer like Bob McGinn. In fact, the entire Packers’ staff at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is pretty phenomenal considering the team they cover plays football over 100 miles north on Highway 43. But getting back to Bob McGinn, he is truly a master of his craft. Throughout the slide show McGinn bestows his wisdom and insight in short, simple captions.
For example, the caption under a picture of Johnny Jolly assisting on a tackle of Bears’ tight end Desmond Clark reads:
Johnny Jolly: By far his best season. Under the expert tutelage of Mike Trgovac, Jolly became much more cognizant of gap control as a 3-4 DE than he had been as a 4-3 DT.
McGinn only wrote two sentences, but managed to say quite a bit. Bob McGinn looks at a photo of Johnny Jolly making a tackle and envisions defensive line coach Mike Trgovac on the practice field tutoring Jolly on the finer points and the importance of gap control in the 3-4 defense. This is what separates McGinn from other sportswriters and especially from the average fan. The author of two books and hundreds of articles is a worthwhile read any time he puts his pen to paper. Now if we could only convince him to get on Twitter…