What 2 Watch 4: The Offseason Ends TODAY!

Well, even though it is not the regular season, the offseason ends today. Packernation will be once gbhaagain able to see their team collide with an opponent for the first time since the end of last season. In a year in which even Family Night did not have a scrimmage, Packers fans should be pretty pumped.

Well we all know that the starters will be taking very few reps until the third preseason game and we also know that the Packers are not going to be pulling out all the stops in the preseason anyway. The defenses will be pretty vanilla and the offense won’t likely be very tricky or complex yet. The point is to highlight the play of individual players when they are given the opportunity, not to test whether they know every last detail of every concept to the Nth degree.

But there is a lot that we will see that will be exciting. Here are some things that I can’t wait to watch for but be sure to check out our poll and leave me a comment as well. Continue reading

Yes…Preseason Games Are Important

So the preseason is here and every year the same derision slices through Packernation as people take ten-titans-revolutionsides on whether or not the games are important. Let me make it clear…THEY ARE!

Are the points important?…no. Are wins and losses important?…no. Do we play too many preseason games?…perhaps. But live action contact football against another NFL team is CRITICAL to the progress of each NFL team in each NFL year. Here’s why? Continue reading

Quickslant: Packers Take the Field Tomorrow

Tomorrow night will be a big night for Packers fans! Preseason games are in full swing and coaches Julius Peppers 2014 Training Campand players alike are finally getting some much needed live action against live opponents. Of course we all know that wins and losses are beside the point but seeing how the first teams look and what young players jump out to possibly overtake a starter is still exciting. It starts to come together when the Packers meet the Titans in Tennessee.

There is going to be plenty to watch tomorrow night and a LOT of questions that are about to be answered. Will the combo of Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers show flashes of greatness and make Packers fans believe that we are going to be a big time pressure defense this year? What receiver is going to step up and take their place behind our top three returning starters? Who will be the starting tight end? Players are gonna answer those questions for us tomorrow night but there is one battle I am particularly interested in. Continue reading

What 2 Watch 4: Derek Sherrod Part 1

First of all…what a shame to go through another season having lost a key lineman before it ever began. Don Barclay’s ACL injury is a blow to the depth of a Packers offensive line that could have Derek Sherrod made fans feel much more comfortable about Rodgers’ protection this year. Trade Bulaga for Barclay and we lose lose last year’s starter for last year’s lost starter…yikes! Continue reading

If Aaron Rodgers Says So…And I Will Give you Four More Reasons

OK, this is a post I wanted to write for a long time. The fear of backlash, jinxing the 2014 Packersteam…and the possiblity of being chewed up and spit out by Packers fans from here to kingdom come. But yesterday I was watching Steve Mariucci interview Aaron Rodgers (which was enlightening in more than one way) and Aaron himself made a comment about something I had been thinking for a long time.

Aaron mentioned what he thinks of as one of the best things that happened to the team last season. If you didn’t see the interview, take a guess what THAT is, then read on. Continue reading

What 2 Watch 4: 3 Things To Keep Your Eye On When The Packers Play The Titans

Well, the preseason has begun and the Packers have their first preseason game this coming Saturday Julius Peppers 2014 Training Campagainst the Titans. While preseason games are not the most exciting games, I am SO pumped for this game for a couple reasons:

  1. It is the first chance to see the Packers in action
  2. I’m gonna be at the game!

Everybody says that the preseason doesn’t matter…WRONG. While it is true that the scores of the preseason games don’t matter and the wins and losses make no difference whatsoever, the games themselves are critical to the final evaluation of the players. Now, am I saying that the coaches need four preseason games to evaluate? Probably not, in fact a lot of coaches have said that they think there are too many preseason games but that doesn’t change the fact that the very BEST way to determine whether a player should stay or be cut is to watch them in live action versus a live opponent. Continue reading

3…[4]…14…15…66…92: The Packers Schedule Retirement of Brett Favre’s Jersey

Well, it’s official! The Packers today announced that they will induct Brett Favre into the Packers brettkidHall of Fame and retire his jersey in 2015. Packers President Mark Murphy made the announcement about the jersey retirement while Perry Kidder, President of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame announced the induction.

 

2015 will be 45th anniversary of the Packers Hall of Fame and the first inductee will be none other than your own Brett Favre! What a momentous occasion as the Hall of Fame expands to a new two-story space and at the same time welcomes Brett Favre back into the fold. Packernation will be abuzz with anticipation of that induction banquet…slated for July 18th, 2015.

But that is not all…Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy also announced the retirement of Brett Favre’s jersey at the same time, the first time these two events have happened simultaneously…in Packers history! Well I thought it couldn’t get better but then we heard from Bob Harlan who spoke of the way in which Brett brought a franchise that could not compete in the NFL to a point of seemingly perpetual excellence…the smallest town in the NFL with a bigger punch than cities like New York, Los Angeles, St. Louis and New Orleans. This is Green Bay Wisconsin…home of the Green  Bay Packers!

On that day…Brett Favre’s jersey…number 4…will join those of just FIVE other Packers to be retired on the North end of Lambeau Field. His will be raised aloft to join those of Tony Canadeo, Don Hutson, Bart Starr, Ray Nitschke, and yes…Reggie White. The symbolism is obvious…”no one will wear your number again…because there will never again be another player like you!”

Steve Mariucci chimed in to congratulate Brett… and then…Brett himself got on the line to say a few things to Packernation. He expressed how honored he was to be able to be counted among the greats of the greatest sports franchise in the world. He answered Steve Mariucci’s question as to whether he would be open to coming back to Green Bay before the induction in 2015 by saying yes, he would love that and “wouldn’t it be nice to flip a coin with Bart Starr before a game…I think that would be an electric moment.”

Brett left no doubt as to how he thought of himself and his loyalties…stating “That’s what I am is a Packer and always want to be remembered as that”, he also said “I am a Packer, will always be a Packer…it was like borrowed time playing elsewhere.”

Brett related the excitement of being inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame and having his jersey retired to his first NFL victory…the moment he threw the touchdown pass to Kitrick Taylor. “I look forward to it.”

brettjerseymemeAnd finally, a couple of quotes from the two who really made this thing happen…

Brett Favre: “It is time to come back.” …Bob Harlan: “It’s good to have old friends home again…”

Agreed? What do you think Packernation? Leave me a comment below.

GO PACK!!!