Dom Capers’ defense finished the 2011 season 32nd in total defense and 32nd versus the pass. Perhaps it’s not surprising that – despite the six defensive players added in the draft – the unit enters training camp with questions all over the place. The Packers have responded well from defensively challenging seasons in the past (2009) and must do so in 2012 to have a shot at returning to the big game.
The Packers will have to do without Anthony Hargrove for the first eight games of the season this year. While there’s little doubt the defensive line could really use his contribution in the first half of the season, I’m wondering if there is a surprise benefit to Hargrove not hitting the field until the Arizona game on November 4th. Continue reading
Johnny Jolly is still waiting to find out if he’s going to be reinstated into the NFL. While it’s kind of a “counting your chickens before they’re hatched” issue, the question everyone wants the answer to is, “Which team will he be playing for?” Continue reading
For the first time since 2008, the Packers will enter training camp with a different set of faces throwing beside reigning league MVP Aaron Rodgers. While not as thrilling as the battle at safety, the situation at backup quarterback is still very relevant. To see why, let’s briefly recap the Aaron Rodgers era in terms of who was sitting behind him on the depth chart.
Four years ago, it was Louisville product Brian Brohm who was viewed as “insurance” behind Rodgers, as No.12 entered his first season as a starter. However, as early as the preseason, it was clear that rookie seventh round pick Matt Flynn was the more serviceable of the two backup quarterbacks. Brohm quickly amounted to nothing and the Packers had no choice but to trust the inexperienced Flynn as their only option after Rodgers.
There’s a great deal of question how many receivers the Packers will keep in 2012. It’s a good thing to have so many good receivers to choose from and Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press Gazette thinks we’ll actually keep seven receivers this season.
What do you think? Which receivers will NOT be a part of the Packers’ bid for a 14th title?
Which Packer receivers WON'T have a roster spot on opening day?
- Shaky Smithson (94%, 80 Votes)
- Diondre Borel (44%, 37 Votes)
- James Jones (20%, 17 Votes)
- Tori Gurley (15%, 13 Votes)
- Donald Driver (9%, 8 Votes)
- Jordy Nelson (1%, 1 Votes)
- Randall Cobb (1%, 1 Votes)
- Greg Jennings (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 85
There is always opportunity for growth in a Packers organization full of youth and elite coaching. While it will be difficult for some players to top 2011 performances, there are others who have more than enough room to improve. Which Packers will be the Jordy Nelson and Bryan Bulaga of 2012?
The Packers suffered against the deep ball last season when Charlie Peprah was paired with Morgan Burnett deep instead of Nick Collins. However, Burnett has endless talent and room to improve and should be looked at as a driver of secondary production in 2012.
I was reviewing some stats from the 2011 season and one particular stat caught my eye… defensive scrimmage plays. I suddenly found myself wondering if the defense wasn’t hitting the field tired halfway through the game because the offense was scoring so fast that there really wasn’t much time for the defense to rest. Continue reading
When the Green Bay Packers announced in April the release of former Pro Bowl safety Nick Collins, many Packers fans began to think of the inevitable: is this the time Charles Woodson moves to safety full time?
A season after intercepting the most passes in the NFL while also giving up the most passing yards, there are many questions surrounding the Green Bay defensive backfield.
Will corners Tramon Williams and Sam Shields return to their 2010 level? How will Morgan Burnett perform after playing his first full season? But the No. 1 question will be at what position the Packers’ defensive captain will be at this year.
Athletic tight ends have become a hot commodity these days in the NFL. That’s why the Patriots have to be happy about locking up pro bowl tight end Rob Gronkonski for six more years at such a “reasonable” price. The Packers hit gold with the financially sound yet short-term contract they handed over to Jermichael Finley in February. However, there is a good chance that Finley will be unaffordable when his two-year contract expires.
Finley’s history of injuries and “me-oriented” playing style make the short-term nature of the contract a positive. Further, players like Finley tend to approach their peak performance around age 27, the same age Finley will be at contract expiration. So, provided with the “rental” nature of Finley’s contract, how do you manage the development of the tight end position behind Finley?
Just as offseason programs got underway, Ted Thompson and the Packers front office opted to bring back DWTS champ and aging veteran receiver Donald Driver. The decision produced mixed reactions from experts as practice squad standouts Tori Gurley, Diondre Borel and Shaky Smithson continue to wait their turn in joining the league’s premier wide receiver corps.
Driver’s resigning doesn’t necessarily shut the door to the youngsters’ hopes in Green Bay; the Packers kept five tight ends on the Week 1 roster last season and – with their emphasis on special teams – could do the same at wide receiver this season. However, any extra receiver retained shares a limited role in the offense for as long as Driver is around.