AM Quickslant: Long Term Lacy?

One of the best surprises of the 2013 season, well, let’s face it, the BEST surprise of the 2013 season

Eddy Lacy brings the thunder.

Eddy Lacy brings the thunder.

was Eddie Lacy. Watching Eddie Lacy truck linebackers and cornerbacks was one of the highlights of the season, especially for Packers fans like myself who had been saying that we needed a successful running game for years. Eddie Lacy brought balance to the Packers offense like Anakin Skywalker brought balance to the force in Star Wars…just because he brought balance, didn’t mean nobody got hurt.

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Quickslant: BJ’s Best Camp?

A lot of Packers fans were not high on BJ Raji this offseason, stating that he did little or nothing BJ Rajiduring the season to make the case that he should be re-signed. The thinking was that he would cost too much, had done little, and that there would be a replacement available when the Packers picked in the first round.

I was NOT one of those people even though I too was a bit disappointed in BJ’s performance. When news of the contract came out, I was happier still because one year for 4 million with $500,000 guaranteed was much easier to stomach than 8M a year.  Continue reading

AM Quickslant: Get Ready For Assault And Peppers

There’s an old saying in the NFL that has come en vogue again after last year’s Super Bowl: “Offense wins Julius Peppers 2014 Training Campgames, defense wins championships”. Within a defense, there is nothing more valuable than an elite pass rusher. Last year’s Packers’ defense put little pressure on quarterbacks in the absence of Clay Matthews…and we didn’t win a championship. That is about to change. Continue reading

Not Lookin’ Back: 3 Reasons The Safety Position Will Improve

Morgan Burnett

Will Morgan Burnett improve his play in 2014?

Last season’s defense was a sore spot for Packers fans. The injury bug bit harder than a hungry, Northern Wisconsin mosquito and the run defense had more holes than baby swiss. After the draft, and now with the start of training camp, it is becoming clear that the Packers have not left this position to its own devices but have moved with intentionality to improve what was the position of most need on the Packers defense, the safety position.

Here are three reasons I believe  that the safety position truly will have an upgrade this year.

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AM Quickslant: Now It’s For Real, The Pads Come Off

Well it is the first day of padded practice this morning and as you pour yourself that morning cuppa Packer Defensive BacksJoe on this Monday, may visions of big hits and flying helmets dance in your heads…wait…scratch that. May visions of big hits that DON’T cause injuries and the soon-to-be flying helmets of Seattle Seahawks dance in your heads. It makes a difference when the players put the pads on and today will be the first day of separating the men from the boys.  Continue reading