Five questions with Packers play-by-play man Wayne Larrivee

Posted Oct. 06, 2011 @ 9:45 a.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

Each week throughout the season, PFW executive editor and resident Packers expert Dan Arkush hooks up with a personality who has connections with the Packers and asks him five Packer-related questions. This week, Dan connects with Packers play-by-play man Wayne Larrivee.

1. Is it possible that Aaron Rodgers is actually getting better every week? Is he your top choice for league MVP at the quarter pole?

Larrivee: Rodgers is at the top of his game. I don't know how much better he can become, but I am sure he feels there is room for improvement. And yes, I believe he is the league MVP at this point in the season.  

2. What's your take on Clay Matthews having only one sack through four games? It seems like he's still playing pretty well to me.

Larrivee: Clay is playing well and draws everyone's double-team pass-protection schemes. He needs to benefit from more than one source. The coaches feel he is playing at a high level, and his mere presence creates opportunities for others in terms of sacks. Matthews was dominant against the run in Chicago.

3. It seems like the Packers are not missing a beat with Edgar Bennett switching from RB coach to receivers coach, and Jerry Fontenot handling the ground game. Do they deserve any credit for how good the offense is looking?

Larrivee: Sure, I believe they deserve a lot of credit for the Packers' offense getting off so quickly this season.

4. Mention the Packers, and the usual suspects — Rodgers, Finley, Jennings, Matthews, Woodson and Williams — immediately come to mind. But is there an unsung hero on this team up to now in your mind (i.e., a guy who's playing really well with relatively little fanfare)?

Larrivee: Jarrett Bush is playing very well on both special teams and in the defense, and no one knows.

5. What do you think the key matchup might be this Sunday against the Falcons?

Larrivee: The key matchup in this game is how well the Falcons cover the four- and five-receiver sets of the Packers. They couldn't last January.