March 15, 2014
I love this signing. I know he’s old (34) but I think he can still play. And I know he wasn’t great last year but the Bears D was awful – especially the d-line, wasn’t his fault. There are a few reasons in particular why this is a great signing: 1) it’s an admission from TT that relying so heavily on the draft isn’t the best approach; 2) Peppers opposite Matthews (or even being on the fieof at the same time) should be scary for QBs; 3) Peppers will add some degree of veteran leadership or at the least veteran presence on a D that didn’t had it last year; 4) we addressed, on a fundamental level, a huge need position- our pass rush was awful last year which made thInge harder for an already bad secondary.
Overall a big signing. Nicely done TT.
March 12, 2014
There are some very good veteran players that could really help out the Packers right now. Yes some would come with salary issues and I know, I know, TT doesn’t like jumping into the free agency frenzy early on. Still, there are some players out there that could make an immediate difference for the Packers. (It’s too bad Donte Whitner and Jarius Byrd already got scooped up – either one of those guys would have helped our secondary.)
- Justin Tuck DE- effective pass rusher, especially when he’s opposite another good pass rusher (like Matthews)
- Julius Peppers DE - I know he fell off a bit last year but he is still a threat to the QB and would pair nicely with Matthews)
- DeMarcus Ware DE – while I know his cap # became unsustainable for a team that manages that poorly and I know he had a significant injury last year, I was still surprised by his release. He would be a massive upgrade opposite Matthews though his contract could be a bit on the ridiculous side.
- Daryl Smith ILB – Smith played well filling in for retired Ray Lewis and we have major needs at ILB.
- Jon Beason ILB – Beason enjoyed a good season last year with the struggling NY Giants. A fantastic tackler, he could also provide a much-needed veteran leadership presence for the defense.
- LaMarr Woodley OLB – while there is some concern about why Pitt would give up on the guy, Woodley is a good player and would be an upgrade over the options we have now.
- LeGarrette Blount RB – Blount is a gamer and would be the kind of backup opposing defenses would hate to see after getting beat up by Lacy.
- Owen Daniels TE – he sort of fell out of favor in Houston mostly because of frequent injuries, but Daniels could be a solid addition to our TE group. Very good pass catcher.
- Kenny Britt WR – I realize this would be a long-shot option given Britt’s attitude and his injury history. But the fact was, there was a stretch within the last few years when Britt was quietly one of the dominant WRs in the game. If he could effectively learn the Packers’ system, I think he could thrive as a #3 or #4 WR.
- Darren Sproles RB – while we may have to trade for him (as he hasn’t been released…yet) I think he could be a huge difference maker for the Packers. He would be a complete contrast to Lacy and when on the field at the same time as Cobb, would present a major match-up issue for opposing defenses.
Any other free agents you all are thinking about?
February 24, 2014
I have been wondering about this now for a while. But when I read today here that Clowney posted an unofficial 40 time of 4.47 - a positively absurd time for someone who weighs 266 lbs – I’m starting to think that making a super aggressive play for him might be a smart move. We’ll have the cap space and we can give up a few draft picks. We’d also be protected a bit by the contract limitations the NFL placed a few years ago on draft picks. I think his presence in our lineup would have the potential to change our defense from one of the worst to top 5. Lined up opposite Matthews (if Matthews is healthy…becoming a big if anymore), opposing QBs would suddenly have very little time to make decisions. If we learned one thing from last season it’s that defense still matters – and consistent pressure on QBs is something that the great defenses of last year did exceptionally well (San Fran, Seattle). Another quiet factor with Clowney is that with that kind of speed and some good coaching, he might be able to offer coverage skills that we lack from our front 7.
January 31, 2014
According to Jermichael himself, this is the case. While I’m doubtful the Pack will make any serious effort to retain him, I have to say I’m glad that he has recovered as he has. Hate to see careers end that way. I have a hunch that he’ll land in New England.
January 14, 2014
…I think they will instantly become a better team. I have written about this before but I have a difficult time understanding why Mike Zimmer has been overlooked for coaching vacancies so often. He has made it known in the past that he wants to be a head coach and he’s done a heck of a job over the years as a defensive coordinator. I will be worried if the Vikes hire him because I think he’ll make that defense better and the entire team more competitive (no matter who the QB is).
Zimmer’s defenses since he took over at Cincy in 2008 have finished:
- 2013 – #3,
- 2012 – #6
- 2011 – #7
- 2010 – #15
- 2009 – #4
- 2008 – #12
January 8, 2014
Suggs is heading into his final contract year and Balt is apparently not sure if they want to keep him. He has a huge cap number of $12.4M. While that is an obvious issue, if Balt opts to cut him loose to save money, this could be the kind of splash TT could make that would instantly change our defense. Even a slower/older Suggs lined up opposite Matthews would be an absolute nightmare for opposing offenses. And his leadership and veteran savvy having been on some of the best defenses in NFL history would no doubt be huge in a locker room full of youngsters. While my guess is Balt ultimately keeps him, I find it interesting that this is even on the table at this point already in their off-season. Interesting that part of what could make him expendable is Balt’s quick move last year to pick up pass rusher Elvis Dumervil from Denver after that bizarre contract snafu by Dumervil’s agent. Ozzie Newsome is a good GM.
January 6, 2014
Read here. Interesting article from Tom Silverstein quoting Tramon Williams. Williams essentially says what I had said in the previous post – that the defense (though he focuses on the secondary) lacks a veteran presence. Given that he’s probably buddies with some of the young guys he was essentially criticizing, it couldn’t have been an easy comment to make. But he is right about this. When Woodson left and our defense got younger and younger, the younger guys then have fewer veterans to guide them in the ways of the NFL. That may sound ridiculous but it’s not. As Tramon says, veterans should have their place too and TT has to find a way to achieve a better balance of youth/experience.
January 5, 2014
Chances of us scoring a td with less than 1 minute higher than dawson missing chip shot.
January 5, 2014
Of the broken play. He has that football instinct that can’t be taught. Just an incredible player.