A.M. Quickslant: Packers OTA’s Are About The Team

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IMG_0989.JPGWell, supposedly Adrian Peterson is expected back with the Vikings at OTA’s today. Big whoop! You mean he will be doing what he should be doing as a player, team-mate and (supposedly) leader? I just can’t believe that a guy gets in legal trouble, takes a year off, and then comes back wanting to have his contract revamped. I am so happy to be a Packers fan, where more or less the OTA’s are about making the team better. 

When OTA’s come around, I start getting excited. Not because the guys are going to be out there doing anything spectacular. I don’t really get a lot out of watching players in jerseys and helmets doing jumping-jacks and trunk rotations. But I do get excited for football as OTA’s are a reminder that Trainig Camp is coming and Training Camp is a reminder that the pre-season is coming and the pre-season is a reminder that another great season of Packers football is on its way.

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I also love this time of year because it is time for some young players to make a name for themselves. Thankfully, most Packer players make a name for themselves on the field, not off of it. The Green Bay Packers are a team oriented organization as evidenced by the head coach willingly choosing that it was time to hand over play calling duties for the good of the team. And if our offense improves because of that fact…the rest of the NFL has just been put on notice.

Of course, the good of the team also requires subtractions. One that comes to mind is Brad Jones, andimgres there will be plenty more as the roster is trimmed and trimmed again to form the final 2015 Packers team. No one relishes those decisions but again, they are for the overall good of the team and today’s OTA’s will again be a chance for the coaches to work toward those final roster choices.

One thing that I am more and more convinced of (with a few question marks admittedly) is that this year’s Packers team will be better than last year’s. I think the special teams were improving toward the end of last season (the gaffs in the NFC Championship aside) and the defense was really hitting its stride. With some of the additions on offense, I think improvement on an already great unit is in the works.

And with OTA’s back for a few days, I will be gleaning every bit of information I can to find out who is taking the next step, standing out, and making a bid to be a member of this year’s Packers team.

Go Pack!

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Jeffery Hayes

Jeffery Hayes is a contributor to www.greenbaypackernation.com. Jeff was born and raised in Kenosha Wisconsin Currently resides in Brooklyn Wisconsin. Been a Packer fan since the 70's

10 Comments

  1.   January 18, 2016, 12:32 pm

    Tough year but it did on a great season ending game despite the loss. My one question that will haunt me all off season is what happened to the team after the first loss to Denver? After that game they were not a team anymore . Arguments on the sidelines, throwing I-pads, and total confusion. Then at Washington it all changed. Why?
    Anyway I’m Green and Gold forever! Next year we will return to greatness

  2.   January 18, 2016, 11:33 am

    I agree that they did better than they probably should have with the receiving core they had and that they needed the speed of Janes but his hands and routes will cost us too many interceptions in key moments. Even in his biggest play of his career in Arizona (yes I was there in person so did not get to see all the replays) he managed to drop it and get lucky to have a second chance before it hit the ground. Nelson and Montgomery should be ahead of him on the depth chart as should Abredaris (sp?)….my concerns were why Cobb can’t get open without Nelson and Janis in general!! If we could trade Janes and get something for him I would do it in a heartbeat….by the time you look at a WR depth chart where is Janes in your mind?
    Nelson
    Cobb
    Jones
    Adams
    Montgomery
    Abredaris
    Janis
    ???

    •   January 18, 2016, 12:11 pm

      Jones probably won’t be re-signed so you go with your list, in that order, minus Jones.

  3.   January 18, 2016, 11:32 am

    If Sam Shields catches that ball for an INT, we win the game…..

    •   January 18, 2016, 7:51 pm

      Yes, for me that was the biggest frustration of this game. His two drops cost us 10 points. To take that a step further, on the AZ tipped pass for a touchdown, Randall and Heyward were blanketing their receivers. Shields was so far off Michael Floyd that he wasn’t even in the TV shot when Floyd caught it. Had he been covering like the rest of his defensive backfield, there wouldn’t be a catch off the tip. My biggest rant: Big contract money and failure in the big moment from our veteran defensive back.

    •   January 18, 2016, 12:09 pm

      He dropped two that resulted in 10 points for the Cards.

  4.   January 18, 2016, 10:55 am

    Couple of things. I think Mathews might have a valid point. In golf s “sudden death” playoff goes until someone actually wins, in basketball they play until someone wins, hockey the same. Why only in football does a team not get a chance to play? Nest, I think the Coach is maybe a little conservative in his decisions. OK that is it. Have a great off year.

    •   January 18, 2016, 6:29 pm

      Ya agree they should have to play the whole over time so each team gets a chance to win the rule suck and they need to change that rule at least it would be fair to all teams.

  5.   January 18, 2016, 10:36 am

    So, yes, we had many injuries – Jordy, Sam B., Andrew Q., Morgan B, Sam Shields, Ty M., DaVante A., each O-Lineman, Eddie’s rib, and likely a few that don’t come immediately to mind.
    Yes, big names. But, every team has injuries, and those we relied on (when they were healthy) didn’t deliver at a level we needed.
    I think when we talk injuries as a driver of our shorter-than-desired playoff run, or in regard to the season in total, we have to talk about execution, or lack thereof, by those that did play when healthy. Drops, sacks, missed tackles, dropped INT’s, fumbles, missed blocks and many a penalty. Keep these in mind for next year too, please – as we may have been “hurt” more by poor execution than by injuries. That said, we played better than expected vs. AZ, so yes, there is a lot of optimism for next year, provided we execute. That’s on both the players and the coaches, so all involved have something to work on and build on.

  6.   January 18, 2016, 9:55 am

    Well said on all points. The Pack will be back on top next season of that I have NO DOUBT!!!

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