The trade of Jerel Worthy to the Patriots last week triggered widespread realization amongst fans that the Packers 2012 draft class hasn’t amounted to much. Outside of proven contributors Casey Hayward and Mike Daniels, the only remaining draft pick of the eight original selections is injury-plagued Nick Perry, who now faces split playing time with pro bowl pass rusher, Julius Peppers. Not such a good sign for one of the NFL’s most draft-dependent clubs.
No, the 2012 draft won’t go down as one of GM Ted Thompson’s best – and this may have something to do with the seeming abandonment of his Best Player Available draft strategy that year. Just months after the Packers finished last in the league in defense, Thompson ‘coincidently’ selected six straight defensive players. Whether the Packers’ GM reached for talent in these selections or not, the defense can’t afford too many more misses.
After watching the Browns v. Redskins game last night, I found myself reflecting on our quarterback situation as Packers fans. The Browns fielded two quarterbacks, none of which were…well…good. Brian Hoyer went 2-6 for 16 yards and Johnny “football” was 7-16 for 65 yards, one touchdown and one middle finger to the Redskins fans caught on video. Classy…very classy.
I’m SO thankful to be a Packers fan right now, and here’s why: Continue reading
The competition for starting tight end has gotten interesting. Andrew Quarless, Brandon Bostick, and Richard Rodgers all seem to be in the mix as the third preseason game approaches this coming Friday. Will there be a shakeup…a change? Continue reading
It so peaceful this Sunday morning. After a great night’s sleep following a Packers win, I awoke to the birds singing and early morning cool streaked with sunshine. All is right with the world…
So why would I choose right now to go on a tirade? Well, in this peaceful setting, I feel like I can get this rant out of the way and do it with as much grace and understanding as possible. So with that said, here goes… Continue reading
Well the Packers hit the halfway point in the preseason with a 21-7 win over the Rams. The big high-point of this game was the two pitch-perfect series that Aaron Rodgers executed. Admittedly, the second drive ended in a field goal after a Jordy Nelson touchdown was nullified by penalty. But Aaron’s passer rating was 133+ which is outstanding even against the vanilla defenses that the Rams put out on the field.
Here are some takeaways from the game… Continue reading
The biggest win for the Packers during Week 2 of the preseason may not have been their 21-7 victory over the Rams but rather the ability to come away from the game without a single serious injury. Though one could argue that the pass defense allowed too much productivity from a pedestrian St. Louis offense, the Packers looked sharp in most other aspects of the game.
Mike McCarthy played the starters for two series and then allocated the remainder of the game to players fighting for roster spots. Green Bay’s third preseason game scheduled for next Friday should feature at least a full half of playing time for starters. One must consider whether the extra playing time for Aaron Rodgers and Eddie Lacy warrants the additional injury risk. Furthermore, every series played by Rodgers takes time away from Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn, who are battling for the No.2 quarterback spot.
We have talked about how the Packers would have to shorten their routes and use Eddie Lacy out of the backfield to reach play count goal that McCarthy has for this team. Well, we are seeing it. I am LOVING the tempo of this Packers team.
It’s not just going “no huddle”, there’s more to it than that. The Packers put the Rams against the ropes…and then pushed. I see three things that I like about the Packers no huddle offense in this game. Continue reading
Well, apart from the obvious desire to see Aaron Rodgers in action again (though hopefully not MUCH action…let’s keep the guys safe and healthy), There are several positional battles I am interested in…this list could go on forever but I’m gonna choose three.
- The backup quarterback position
- The starting tight end
- Inside linebacker
Well the Packers second preseason game against the Rams is almost here and Packernation looks forward to watching their team play a dry game this time. The Rams will be a serious test for the Pack when starters meet starters. This is a team that has not made the playoffs since 2004, right about the time the balance of power shifted to the Seahawks. Now with the 49’ers also recently winning in the playoffs, the Rams have all but drifted into the Mississippi and floated away into the gulf of Mexico to NFL fans. But this is a good team with 53 sacks, 14 interceptions and 21 forced fumbles last season.
This team gets pressure and will give the Packers O-line a chance to show their mettle. At the same time, we will perhaps see a glimpse of a new focus for offense. Now, we know that teams are not going to show their hand in the preseason, but we could see some shorter passes and throwing over pressure in this game which is how Green Bay will need to manage the pressure (along with, of course, a strong running game) of the St. Louis defensive line. Continue reading
Bears fans will make light of Peppers’ move away from the dark side by claiming that he’s all washed up and quoting his sack total from last season. But, what do the numbers really say about Julius?