Quickslant: BJ’s Best Camp?

A lot of Packers fans were not high on BJ Raji this offseason, stating that he did little or nothing BJ Rajiduring the season to make the case that he should be re-signed. The thinking was that he would cost too much, had done little, and that there would be a replacement available when the Packers picked in the first round.

I was NOT one of those people even though I too was a bit disappointed in BJ’s performance. When news of the contract came out, I was happier still because one year for 4 million with $500,000 guaranteed was much easier to stomach than 8M a year.  Continue reading

AM Quickslant: Get Ready For Assault And Peppers

There’s an old saying in the NFL that has come en vogue again after last year’s Super Bowl: “Offense wins Julius Peppers 2014 Training Campgames, defense wins championships”. Within a defense, there is nothing more valuable than an elite pass rusher. Last year’s Packers’ defense put little pressure on quarterbacks in the absence of Clay Matthews…and we didn’t win a championship. That is about to change. Continue reading

Not Lookin’ Back: 3 Reasons The Safety Position Will Improve

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Will Morgan Burnett improve his play in 2014?

Last season’s defense was a sore spot for Packers fans. The injury bug bit harder than a hungry, Northern Wisconsin mosquito and the run defense had more holes than baby swiss. After the draft, and now with the start of training camp, it is becoming clear that the Packers have not left this position to its own devices but have moved with intentionality to improve what was the position of most need on the Packers defense, the safety position.

Here are three reasons I believe  that the safety position truly will have an upgrade this year.

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AM Quickslant: Now It’s For Real, The Pads Come Off

Well it is the first day of padded practice this morning and as you pour yourself that morning cuppa Packer Defensive BacksJoe on this Monday, may visions of big hits and flying helmets dance in your heads…wait…scratch that. May visions of big hits that DON’T cause injuries and the soon-to-be flying helmets of Seattle Seahawks dance in your heads. It makes a difference when the players put the pads on and today will be the first day of separating the men from the boys.  Continue reading

Quickslant: 2 Things NOT To Worry About

Well day one of Packers Training Camp is in the books and what a great day it was. There was mike conferencePackers news flying around all day. Some of it was pointed and accurate as an Aaron Rodgers pass and some of it random and erratic as a Jay Cutler interception, but all of it good because THE PACK IS BACK! There was so much joy that The Cheese ran a funny post about Santa Claus thinking he had missed Christmas in Green Bay.

But the day was not without its concerns and so this morning I want to talk about those and put some fears to rest (including some of my own). Continue reading