October 18, 2014
As more information comes out about the Harvin situation, it really seems like he was a major headache in Seattle (causing fights, being a div…o?. And as readers have pointed out the contract would have been difficult to absorb. Verdict – not worth the headache.
But the main impetus behind my last post was a look at matchups. While I’m somewhat pleased with Davante Adam’s last game and I hope he can really develop fast, the truth is the Packers have 2 reliable targets in the passing game and need a 3rd really good one, I believe, in order to go anywhere in the post season (if they get there). Right now there is way too much pressure on Aaron Rodgers delivering perfection each game – especially with Lacy’s contributions being irregular. Another really good target would relieve lots of pressure.
One option may be Jeff Janis – I’d like to see him get an opportunity here.
October 17, 2014
Wow. Read here – Percy Harvin traded to the Jets. Not sure what was REALLY behind this (I’m guessing some kind of attitude problem or something), but this seems crazy. I know he’s injury-prone but he is a rare talent. My understanding is that the Jets only gave up a conditional mid-round draft pick. That seems crazy to me for someone with Harvin’s talent. Imagine the match-up nightmares for other defense if the Packers had Lacy, Nelson, Cobb and Harvin. Just having Cobb and Harvin on the field at the same time would be brutal for defenses.
October 17, 2014
This move by Christian Ponder and his wife was really neat. Can’t imagine what this family is going through. Even if it was only a momentary elevation of their mood – pretty cool thing for the Ponders to do.
October 16, 2014
Last week, reader DaveK made a good point about Clay Matthews’ play recently: not good. He was positively a liability in the Miami game – how many times did they run inside through the huge gap he left when rushing up field? It was like he wasn’t even trying to anticipate what kind of play they were going to run. He had no tackles, no sacks. And the truth is, this year, he hasn’t seemed like himself out there. Now, I know we’re going to start hearing things like “he’s playing his role and covering his assignments as asked….etc…etc” as we’ve heard about Hawk now for 9 years. But if that is the case, then Capers needs to find a different assignment for the guy. Right now, it’s not a stretch at all to argue that Nick Perry is outplaying Matthews right now. (The other thing I’ve noticed that is frustrating is he continues to have untimely injuries – he’s not been on the field in big moments of a few big games because of those injuries…frustrating.)
Even Clay admits he’s not on his game. Read here.
Interesting. I decided I should take a full look at stats before completing trashing Matthews’ season and I’ve uncovered something notable. Matthews is tied for 5th in the NFL – the entire NFL – in passes defensed with 5. He leads LBs in this stat and his name is listed among a whole slew of DBs, hardly any other LBs. And who is tied for 6th in the NFL and 2nd among LBs for passes defensed? You guessed it – Julius Peppers. As I had suspected watching the games, Capers seems to be dropping these guys back into coverage a lot (might also explain why they both have a pick). I don’t like this. I think Capers sometimes gets too cute with his schemes and this to me is an example. I can understand dropping these guys into coverage occasionally so there is a surprise element but the number of times it happens I think takes away from the surprise. And most importantly, it also takes our two best pass rushers away from pass rushing (only to be replaced by some ill-conceived inside pass rush attempt by guys like AJ Hawk). This may also explain why the Packers are very much average in terms of overall sacks. Let these guys do what they do best – rush the QB.
October 2, 2014
I think he could actually contribute this year.
October 2, 2014
That is ridiculous. I realize the game is out of hand but they were 7 yards from the endzone. Weak.