Follow The Trend: Running Back Corps Short But Still Deep

With news that Johnathan Franklin has been released, the Packers find themselves once again bitten by the edinjury bug before the season even begins. This is probably the last hesitation for fans who for the most part have truly begun to believe that this coming season could be special. But this running back corps is deep even though it will be short one rising fan favorite before training camp. Hang in there Packers fans, there’s hope:

This is a Packers running back group that is deeper than it was in the past. Franklin will be missed but James Starks and DuJuan Harris are ready to step in for their lost team-mate. Of course, both of these guys have had injury problems of their own but their role now will be to spell Lacy, not carry the load so it should be a symbiotic relationship: Starks and Harris spell Lacy to keep him fresh down the stretch, and with Lacy carrying the bulk of the load, the injury prone can watch the Hammer take away some of their risk.  Continue reading

Rodgers Says “Goodbye” to JV

According to Kevin Patra of Around the League, Aaron Rodgers is happy with the improved size of his aordteam this year. A bigger, faster, and stronger Packers team bodes well for the Packers chances of success outside of the NFC North where they have been posted up as the team to beat for what seems like forever. But the playoffs have been less than satisfactory to the Packers team (and fans) of late. An increase in size and speed and an intimidating attitude on the field could be just the ticket. Continue reading

The Verdicts in: And Video Proof at the End

Some Clarifications

Well yesterday we polled Packernation as to whether we should ban people who dropped “Packers suck” smallforwebcomments onto the Facebook fanpage, and then smugly disappeared into the ether of the web. The response was OFF THE HOOK!

However, in reading some of the comments, I wanted to make a couple disclaimers and clarifications:

  1. We had a lot of people say that we should only ban people who curse, and we TOTALLY AGREE with that. We think even Packers fans should show class when talking about other teams and their fans and omit the crude language. This post was about whether we should ban people who just drop in “Packers suck” and disappear. Such comments add nothing to the conversation and tend to lead threads in a negative direction. It’s kinda like the neighbor who has his dog crap on your lawn…but without the dog. Ha!
  2. Packernation is ALL ABOUT free speech. We love the guys who paid the price to give us our freedom in America (some of whom are related to us, and one of whom…my good friend John, paid the ultimate price) and we protect it as well. The question “Should haters be banned” could easily be misinterpreted so let me clarify:

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Should Haters Be Banned?

Wow! I just posted about some folks on the Facebook fanpage that were droppin’ insults. I didn’t know largeforwebhow big of a response it would get! Since this issue seems to be important to Packernation, we are going to do it up right.

The Question

The question arose after a post about Jared Allen and how his coming to the Bears may or may not make the Bears somehow able to contend with the Packers…something they have not been able to do basically since the 80’s…ha! I don’t think Jared Allen is a be-all, end-all solution to the Bears defensive problems (which are many) and I posted about it because I think the news media is giving too much credit to a guy who is a good player coming to a team that needs a LOT of work.

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If You Don’t Get Love…You Make It!

Here comes the RADAR…get down!

Last night, Bucky Brooks put his top 5 pass-rushing duos in the NFL. Not surprisingly, this list did not claycontain one duo that many in #packernation are very excited about…Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers. My first thought was “hey, these guys haven’t even taken a snap yet so…sure”. That was until I scrolled down and saw DMarcus Ware and Von Miller at number four. Sure, those guys should be there but they haven’t taken a snap together yet either and the injury situation with those two (especially Miller – ACL) is more severe. So our guys didn’t get any love…but I for one am just fine with them flying under the RADAR. Peppers is just a season removed from 11.5 sacks and is now on a team with the best complement he has ever had in Clay Matthews. Matthews may still have some healing to do but is expected to be 100% and is alone a force to be reckoned with. He is one year removed from 13 sacks.  Continue reading

And the Winner is…

It’s Been Fun!

Wow, it has really been fun this week thinking about how close at hand the football season is and seeing Packers vs Read OptionPackernation’s response to the question of what to call the Matthews/Peppers duo. Packernation’s creativity showed and their passion for the men in Green and Gold. This is a team that needs to take the next step and those two guys are gonna be a big part of the Packers plan for this upcoming season.

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Three Reasons The Time Has Come

The Arrow Flies…

Allow me to remind you of a time…it seems so long ago now because the arrow of time always flies and brettkidnever lands. A time when football team was resurrected from the mire of years of mediocrity. A time when one kid stepped on the field and stayed there for what seemed like forever…One kid got dumped by the Falcons and picked up by the Packers and…in the words of Robert Frost “that [has] made all the difference” Remember when Brett Favre was the most exciting player in football? When his boyish enthusiasm captivated the world? Remember when we forgave him for his addiction to pain killers because we loved the way he played the game and we loved having a great quarterback who gave his team a chance in ANY circumstance? That is the Brett Favre I choose to remember. I know he threw a lot of INT’s but he also threw more TD’s than anyone in the history of the league to date. Brett Favre has said that a reunion with the Packers “is going to happen”. And it seems likely that this reunion will take place this coming season. Further, Brett told Sirius XM radio that his relationship with current Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is good. For some Packers fans though, it is gonna be hard to forgive Brett for the way he exited Green Bay. Here are three reasons I am glad time is bringing Brett Favre back to Lambeau: Continue reading

You Decide…The Matthews / Peppers Duo Nickname

Packernation steps up

We put out a call to try to influence all of the NFL and in particular Packernation by giving the Clay Matthews/Julius Peppers defensive duo a nickname. The response was incredible and we want first to thank Packers vs Read OptionPackernation for all the great responses…you really stepped up. This is, of course, to be expected of fans of the greatest team in the history of the NFL.We had to close the poll out because the list was getting too long!

The Candidates

jpGuys, we have to pare down the list! Yes, I have my favorites but I want this to be decided by Packernation. Continue reading