Knowing that least a handful of Packers make the NFL’s Top 100 list each year, let’s examine some of the names that may find their way onto the list this summer. Where is A.J. Hawk, you ask? The criteria used in constructing this list puts equal weight on the player’s importance to the team versus his overall level of talent. Hawk certainly plays an important role on defense but is as ordinary as they come at inside linebacker.
Most of the time, we hate being wrong.
There’s no way the worst team in the league in 1997 could ever beat the unstoppable juggernaut that is the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers. After going 15-1 and striking fear in the hearts of every opponent, the Packers will walk through the playoffs untouched to their second consecutive Super Bowl title. And, there’s no way an out-manned Denver Broncos team will even challenge the Packers in Super Bowl XXXII.
However, there are times when we’re thrilled to be wrong. For example, every year lots of people predict the Packers’ final record. The realist in each of us, announces a handful of losses, but the Packer fan in us hopes we’re dead wrong and the Packers don’t lose a single game on their way to bringing the Lombardi trophy back to Green Bay.
Which brings me to the current item I have (thus far) been wrong about. Continue reading
Heading into Mike McCarthy’s 7th season as head coach of the Packers, few experts regard the Packers anything but one of the best teams in the game. However, Green Bay’s talent-rich roster doesn’t change the fact that win-loss predictions for the league’s oldest franchise are lower than a year ago. It just so happens that the 2013 schedule is significantly more difficult than last year. Continue reading
My friend Ray Rivard (aka apackphan) over at Lombardi Ave has a great blog. Definitely something you need to add to your daily reading list. Tons of good stuff all the time.
Most of the time, Ray and I see absolutely eye-to-eye on the Packers. That said, today was one of the very rare instances when he and I have differing opinions. Continue reading
There has been so much talk about the Packers’ running game this off-season. Fans are excited about the potential DuJuan Harris showed at the end of last season and pumped about the new draft picks.
This week I contemplated what kind of improvement the Packers run game would need to make to impact their offensive production.
I don’t think the Packers need to have the #1 rushing team in the league. We have one of the best quarterbacks in the league right now and you always… always want the ball in the hands of your best player. So, the Packers will continue to be very pass heavy.
But, what if the Packers could have a top ten rushing offense? Continue reading
The Dom Capers era in Green Bay got off to a booming start in 2009 when the defensive whiz turned a sluggish 4-3 unit into one of the NFC’s best. Without taking away from Capers’ accomplishments, the coordinator had a lot to work with. The Packers boasted at least five pro bowl-worthy defensive players in 2009 and 2010. Over the past two seasons, however, talent has seemingly disappeared from that side of the ball.
Green Bay Packer Defense: Key Concerns
The secondary has suffered the most severe demise, with noticeable declines in production out of Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams over the past two seasons. The aging Woodson has since been let go and effectively replaced in the slot by emerging youngster Casey Hayward. While Hayward has shown serious potential, the Packers are yet to capitalize on the type of play that made Woodson the league’s defensive player of the year in 2009.
Football is all about scoring touchdowns. Granted the highest scoring players in the league are generally kickers, but no team wants to score a bunch of field goals in a game and very few games are won without scoring a touchdown.
If Packer fans had a choice, every pass Aaron Rodgers tossed in the air would result in a touchdown. Of course, that’s never going to happen, but just how many of Aaron’s passes DO result in a touchdown?
The answer might shock you. Continue reading
I’ve been wondering what Nick Perry will bring to the Packer defense in his sophomore season. Technically speaking, he isn’t a rookie any more. However, he spent most of last season on the sidelines, so he certainly doesn’t have the experience most rookies have of at least taking part in practice.
Still, Perry has had a year to absorb the defensive play book and study film and that alone should make him a better player out of the gates.
Let’s take a look at some clips of Nick from last season. Despite his short tenure on the field, there are some interesting things happening here. Continue reading
The selections of Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin in April’s draft bring both excitement and question to the Packers’ backfield for the coming fall. In Lacy, the Packers get the goal line force that they have lacked for years, and in Franklin, a three-down speedster. Both backs are virtual locks for the Week 1 roster, if they remain healthy. With these two rookies now in the mix, what becomes of James Starks, Alex Green and DuJuan Harris?
The Jets new offensive coordinator, Marty Mornhinweg, made a recent statement that he’s not worried about passer accuracy. For some time now, Packer fans have been proudly pointing out how accurate Aaron Rodgers’ passing is.
So, the question is, does it really matter?
Let’s look at the numbers… Continue reading