Training Camp Analysis: Cornerbacks

111512-NFL-Tramon-Williams-LO_20121115123633113_600_400Since Mike McCarthy’s arrival in Green Bay, the Packers have been nothing short of well-off at the cornerback position. Charles Woodson was a household name since signing as a free agent and was always paired with at least one other standout, whether it be Al Harris or Tramon Williams. Even without Woodson, this year is no different; the roster boasts impressive depth at cornerback entering the first full week of training camp. However, with great depth eventually come big decisions. These decisions start with Tramon Williams, whose stay in Green Bay may not be as long as we once anticipated.

Since being known as one of the league’s premier cornerbacks in 2010, Williams has shown little to warrant a starting position in the NFC North’s best secondary. The former undrafted free agent received a four-year contract extension at the tail end of the 2010 regular season and followed the deal up with three critical interceptions that postseason. But in 2011 Williams was nagged by a shoulder injury and then, at full health, proceeded to turn in an underwhelming performance in 2012. It’s now clear that Williams is far removed from his 2010 self.

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Filling the Packer Void

playing catchThe long drought of Packer news is driving me nuts. I’ve been trying to fill the void with highlights and even full games. I’ve watched some rugby matches on YouTube. I’ve completed some projects around the house that I needed to get done.

But, for some reason, I’m much more stir-crazy this season than in past seasons. My restless anticipation for the start of the season is more intense this season.

Then it dawned on me why that is… Continue reading

Has Tramon William’s Play Declined?

Tramon Williams InterceptionThere’s been a bit of discussion about inconsistency in Tramon’s play over the course of the last couple of seasons. Mike listed him as #8 in his Ranking the Top 15 Players on the Packers article.

While Tramon struggled mightily in some of those games, the stats tell a different story. Continue reading

Ranking the Top 15 Players on the Packers

090911_Randall-Cobb_400Knowing 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.

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When Packer Fans Love Being Wrong

Aaron Rodgers DurabilityMost 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.

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Predicting the Packers’ 2013 Record

ravensHeading 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

Was Greg Jennings a Sucker for Going to the Vikings?

Greg JenningsMy 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

The Packers, a Top Ten Rushing Team?

Packers Running Back DuJuan HarrisThere 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.

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Packers’ Lack of Talent on Defense Beginning to Take its Toll

tramon-williams            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.

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