Would You Risk It?

sefBrian Baldinger had an interesting mock draft the other day. No QB’s taken in the top ten and his pick for Green Bay at number 21 was tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. My first thought was “No way! We could get this guy in the second round!” But the idea is intriguing…especially given the physicals (6’5″ 262 lbs and a basketball player) that Sefarian-Jenkins could bring to a team that may be losing Jermichael Finley. But I think the pick would be unlikely for several reasons:

  • BPA Policy – Ted Thompson more often than not sticks to his best player available philosophy and I find it hard to believe that there would not be several better players available that also fill more pressing needs…Choosing another offensive player would require that he be a difference maker and it is questionable that Sefarian-Jenkins would be that.
  • Need – In terms of need, it is likely that the Packers will have a need at tight end especially with the injury to Jermichael Finley. To add a 6’5″ tight end with basketball skills would be a welcome thing for sure, but again…do we take a tight end here or do we wait to see if this guy is available in round two?
  • Development – Seferian-Jenkins needs to develop as a player and especially as a blocker. Do the Packers pull him at pick 21 and work with him for a year, possibly passing on a player that could be “plug and play”?
  • Availability/Consistency – Had a stress fracture in his foot, but that should be fine. His play has been somewhat inconsistent and Aaron Rodgers needs consistent play from the tight ends. But if he grows into his professional career, he could be a legitimate threat to opposing defenses in the red zone for a long time to come.
  • Character – This could be the biggest risk of all. Sefarian-Jenkins pled guilty to a DUI and was sentenced to jail time…bad…very bad. Also suspended for the season opener against Boise State as a consequence of the DUI. Sound like a Packer person? It’s so hard to tell but it does up the RISK.

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Legacy of Champions: Packers 1996 Championship

Packers 1996 Super Bowl XXXIA 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 1996, after 29 years removed from the biggest stage in the NFL, and following several hopeful season, the Packers finally returned to the top. Continue reading

Schedule Released!

So we’ve known since December who the Packers opponents will be and whether we will play them home reveor away, but tonight the NFL released the actual game schedules during a 3 hour special on the Network. Here is what I got from the Packers schedule:

NFC North rivals: Packers fans know that Green Bay will play some good quarterbacks twice each this season against the Lions and the Bears…and after the draft, the Vikings may have a new quarterback as well…and yes, it makes us nervous because of the underachieving of our defensive backfield last season. But with some guys healthy and with the addition of Julius Peppers along with some defensive draft picks, the Packers remain the favorite in the NFC North…depending on what they do in some of the other match-ups that are out of Division. These out of division match-ups could be crucial though they are always secondary to beating the division opponents. Here is the Packers 2014 schedule:

Week 1: At Seattle…this could be a doozy!

Week 2: Jets come to Green Bay to try to make a point

Week 3: Green Bay at the Lions early in the season. This will be a good win to get under our belt!

Week 4: At Bears for another division opponent away…get the the Bears at home later? I will TAKE it!

Week 5: Thursday night, the Vikings come to Lambeau to get theirs!

Week 6: Packers at the Dolphins… a good away matchup.

Week 7: Panthers come to town to be tamed.

Week 8: Rodgers vs. Brees? Oh yeah, that’s big time!

Week 9: Bye – like to see it past the midpoint of the season

Week 10: Bears comin’ ta town!

Week 11: Eagles come into Lambeau…this is a good team and NOT to be overlooked.

Week 12: Packers need to visit the Vikings and keep things going.

Week 13: The Patriots visit Green Bay and folks, this could be a statement!

Week 14: Monday night and the Falcons have to travel…this one will NOT favor the Falcons!

Week 15: Packers have to travel to take on the Bills, but this should be a win.

Week 16: Packers close out at the Buccaneers…meeting Lovie…and showin’ him NO LOVE!

Week 17: Lions for a second time.

Wow! Packernation…the schedule is out and Green Bay can make a statement if they can bring their defense back from a less than acceptable season. What do you think? Make your opinion known in the comments below! Go Pack!

 

Defense Wins Championships

I got this hunch…what do you think? What is the Packers defense gonna look like when next season is over clayand the dust has settled? Make your opinion known! Poll closes at 5:00 so check it out!

OK Packernation...Where will the Packers defense be at the end of next season?

  • Much improved - upper third in the NFL (49%, 121 Votes)
  • Dominant - Top ten defense (33%, 81 Votes)
  • Healthier - but still gives up too many yards and points (14%, 35 Votes)
  • No change - Combination of D-coordinator and Draft picks MUST be revamped (3%, 8 Votes)
  • Worse than last season (1%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 245

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Datone Jones: Good Complement to Matthews & Peppers?

Coach McCarthy set a high bar for Datone Jones coming into the 2014 season. jonesThe 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:

Haters Gonna Hate…There Was Only One Number 4

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:

 

Time to Bury the Hatchet?

Word came out this week of a reunion that might have happened between BRETTBrett 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???

Go Pack!

Legacy of Champions: Packers 1967 Championship

Packers 1967 ChampionshipA 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.

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