Green Bay Coach Bart Starr was so upset at his team's performance against the New York Giants Monday night that he didn't want a photographer taking his picture when he managed a faint smile.
"People might get the impression I'm pleased with something," he said, after watching his team get humiliated, 27-3, in front of a national television audience at Giants Stadium. "We were embarrassing ourselves out there."
This is what Starr was talking about:
* The Packers had four turnovers on their first four possessions of the third quarter, which led to 17 New York points.
* They had third and goal at the two and failed to score.
* They gained only 53 yards rushing and gave up 208. Credit the Giants for much of Green Bay's misery, though.
The big experiment of moving outside linebacker Lawrence Taylor to one of the inside linebacker positions didn't noticeably cause the Packers any more trouble than they caused themselves.
Taylor, who was credited with six sacks, said he felt fine playing inside, but still prefers the outside, where he has been all-pro the past two seasons. The move was made when the Giants lost regular right inside linebacker Harry Carson to knee surgery last week.
New York's offense wore No. 26. It was on the back of Rob Carpenter, where most of the Packer defenders spent the evening, too. Carpenter, who is built like and runs like John Riggins, ground out 116 yards on 28 carries and scored on a marvelous 14-yard run in which he left three frustrated Packer tacklers strewn in his path and carried two others on his shoulders for the final four yards to the end zone.
The most impressive play was that of Mark Haynes, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound cornerback, who met tight end Gary Lewis (6-5, 238) head-on at the goal line on fourth down and bulldogged him to the ground.
"We felt that play should have been a walk-in," said Starr.
Instead, the game was a walk-over.