Coach McCarthy set a high bar for Datone Jones coming into the 2014 season. The reason the Packers selected Jones with their first pick was because he was supposed to give Dom Capers more flexibility and creativity on defense. This is the year the Packers see that creativity come to fruition.
With the addition of Julius Peppers and presumed health of Clay Matthews, Dom Capers will be able to release the hounds this year. If, as many Packers fans hope, Ted Thompson is able to draft some help for the backend of the defense, we could see a big improvement on the defense. And a big improvement on the defense could translate to the difference between being a “one-and-done” playoff team and bringing Lombardi back home for the first time since 2010.
Here is a refresher on why Ted Thompson picked Jones in the first place. Gotta take the bad with the good but this guy can be a difference maker on a team that has had Colin Kaepernick as bugaboo for several years:
Well, the response of Packernation to the question of whether it was time to bury the hatchet was overwhelming! Here’s why there’s only one number 4. All the TD’s in order through 2010 (except ’02 & ’06). Oh, and let me warn you, it might make you late getting back from lunch break, yeah, there’s that many:
Word came out this week of a reunion that might have happened between Brett Favre and The Green Bay Packers last season, had not his Oak Grove high school team kept winning. It seems so many years ago that Packers GM Ted Thompson committed the unpardonable sin of trading Brett Favre. It isn’t quite so far in the distant past that Brett Favre committed the unpardonable sin of going to the Vikings.
But for one of the best quarterbacks the league has ever seen to NOT be reconciled with his team is the greatest sin of all. Let’s remember the electric plays, the escapes, the touchdowns, and the Super Bowls. Let’s bury the hatchet. And while you’re at it, have a lil’ chuckle…we’re all a little bit fanatical in Packernation.
Post your comments below or on Facebook…is it time to bury the hatchet???
A continuation of the Legacy of Champions series. Articles that chronicle the 13 Packer championships. If you’re just joining us, read about all the great Packer championships by clicking here.
In 1967, big changes were taking place in the world of professional football. The merger of the National Football League and the American Football League was proceeding. The NFL divided each of its two conferences into two divisions. The Eastern Conference, with its Capital and Century Division, and the Western Conference with its Costal Division and Central Division, of which the Packers were a part.
Some key changes happened within the Packers organization itself as the league added an expansion team in New Orleans. The Saints took Paul Hornung from the Packers as a part of the expansion and he was quickly reunited with his old tandem partner Jim Taylor as the Packers traded Taylor to the Saints.
Many thought an aging Packers team had lost a step, but they were about to prove that wrong.
Ok packer nation… the draft is just a few weeks away and what have we heard from Ted Thompson? Practically nothing. It’s frustrating, I know. We hear nothing about who the Packers are interested in, who has been interviewed or worked out by the Packers and it’s frustrating because we want to know. Especially as the actual draft day steadily approaches. And what makes it worse is that, while we all know who we think the Packers could and should draft…we all know the draft comes down to the final board of TT and his minions.
Ted Thompson has a strategy here, no matter how frustrating his particular strategy may be. However close to the vest TT is with the fans…it translates to keeping other teams in the dark as well. And when it comes to the draft, that can be important. The last thing we want is for other teams to have any solid information on who Green Bay covets, especially as the NFC North champs (Go Pack!) and picking at number 21.
It was inevitable that James Jones would find his way out of Green Bay before the end of his career; the question was more about when it would happen. Jones had drawn little interest in the off-cycle free agency period of 2011 and was ultimately brought back to Green Bay at a bargain.
History did not repeat itself this March as a desperate Raiders club with a soft spot for Packer players gobbled Jones up for much more than he’s worth. The No.3 wide receiver spot is now Jarrett Boykin’s to lose – something that should excite Packers fans, rather than make them nervous.
Yeah…I know, it’s pre-season. But it is still football. The NFL announced the Packers’ pre-season opponents this week. For those who live outside the state of Wisconsin, the good news is that the game against the Raiders will be nationally televised. Here is the rundown: Continue reading →