March 24, 2015
Read here from Tom Silverstein at jsonline. He talks about why the lack of depth/personnel presently at inside linebacker could be a problem for the Packers. I get where he’s coming from for sure and there are pieces of the article I agree with. But the basic notion that this is a problem for the Packers right now, is something I disagree with. Why?
Because the Packers have been poor at the ILB position since Desmond Bishop left – so at ILB, there is nowhere for the team to go but up. Brad Jones and AJ Hawk were poor ILBs. Period. And they used up key roster spots and lots of playing time (until the end of last season). The emergence of Sam Barrington last year brought some hope to the position, as did moving Matthews to ILB on occasion. I am convinced that almost ANY combination we go with at ILB next year (likely Barrington, occasionally withMatthews and occasionally with a newer guy) will do more than Hawk and Jones have. Even if Capers’ scheme tends to render ILBs less valuable or something (as some have contended in the past), I am convinced we will see more productivity from the ILB position next year than we’ve seen since Bishop manned the middle.
March 9, 2015
I really like Randall Cobb and I have been monitoring the Packers offseason this year carefully waiting for news like this. The Packers would have been hurting offensively without Cobb. Yes Adams and even Janis show promise, but in today’s NFL, I think teams need at least 3 disruptive pass receivers to create the kinds of mismatches that win games consistently. (Yes, I think while Adams was decent this year and helped at times for sure, we were one major pass catcher short of having a totally unstoppable offense). Anyway, Cobb does something better than any WR on the team and really in the NFL (even Jordy – though Jordy’s good at it too), and that is simply that he has a telepathic connection with Aaron Rodgers. It is extraordinary to watch those to when the play is broken up. They know exactly what each is going to do. So many times Cobb has picked up a huge first down because of this (or scored season changing TDs against the Bears!)
This is a huge signing and frankly, it doesn’t surprise me that he may have passed up more lucrative offers. First of all, if you’re making $10M in a year, honestly, how much more does $1.5M really add? At $10M a year, wisely invested, Cobb and family will be set for not just life, but generations. Secondly, why would Cobb want to go to a (likely) weak team, learn a new offense and play with a QB nowhere near Rodgers’ level? Cobb signing this contract tells me pretty certainly that he is such a competitive player that he’d rather win than make a couple extra bucks. And lastly from perhaps a more selfish angle, if Cobb cares at all about his own legacy in the league – and his is shaping up to be a very fine one – then he doesn’t want to take the chance on having a rotten QB throw to him. Think about guys like Greg Jennings – when you go from Rodgers to anyone else, your numbers will suffer in part because you have to work that much harder to get open. With Rodgers, a defender can be inches away and he can wedge it in there – he is in the business of making WRs seem really good. Couple that with the already significant talent level that Cobb has, and you have a great combination.
Welcome back Randall!
February 25, 2015
To be clear – I liked both of these guys as people. By all accounts Hawk and Jones were very good guys, well-liked, high character guys. And in the case of Hawk, he was also apparently a quality defensive leader (scheme-wise, not physically). I also do appreciate Hawk’s ability to stay healthy and his embrace of Packer-ness. I think that counts for something for sure.
But the truth is, neither of these guys has belonged on the team for the last 3-4 years. This move should have been made years ago and it has been rather frustrating to watch management’s willingness to let this go not just because they were under-performing but because they were eating up valuable roster spots – quite likely delaying the development of other potential studs. Barrington finally got his chance this past year and look what he did with it! He has a lot more to learn but he very quickly showed how much more effective he is than Hawk was.
Mark my words, as another young talent comes in and takes over at ILB or if Matthews makes more of a full-time switch, it will become evident quite quickly just how much we’ve missed a legit presence in the middle of our defense.
I also wonder if dropping Hawk today may mean that the Packers are trying to work something out with Peppers who I heard will count a bunch against the cap if he doesn’t restructure. With Hawk and Jones gone I think we recover $7-8M of cap space. I’d like Peppers to come back…
February 10, 2015
Great story here about a couple that found a Vince Lombardi sweater at a thrift shop – for 58 cents!
January 19, 2015
There were 2 calls (1 call and 1 no call) I did struggle with – both of which had a huge impact on the game. Sweezy’s late hit on Matthews was ridiculous. The fact that we ultimately had to decline that penalty doesn’t make any sense. It was a late hit. PFT claims here that the NFL says that’s a judgment call. How could that be? Isn’t the definition of a late hit a hit after the play is dead? Wilson was down and Matthews was hit. That would have made it 2nd and 45 which would have made it virtually impossible for Seattle to go down and score a TD. That could have changed the game.
The other poor no-call was when Baldwin whipped the ball after his costly drop on that bloop pass from Wilson. That was a 15 yard penalty that again, would likely have stopped that drive. He was on the field when he did it and it is the definition of unsportsmanlike conduct.
January 18, 2015
Read here from Steven Ruiz of USAToday. Well written analysis contending McCarthy is primary goat here. What I like about this is that he doesn’t totally trash Mike McCarthy because the truth is McCarthy is definitely good at some things as a coach…in fact really good at some things. But managing the game, in the game, is not one of them. Ruiz points to a very troubling possibility – that McCarthy stuck with the run late for Lacy BECAUSE HE WANTED TO MAKE SURE LACY GOT TO 20 carries for the game! So he made play calls at the end of the game based on something he wanted to achieve before the game. Regardless of the situation. Again, read this article because it’s a well balanced, objective look at a big reason the Pack lost this game. And he fairly highlights both MM’s talents as an “offense builder” and his challenges as a game manager.
January 18, 2015
Epic Collapse. More to come…just in shock right now.
January 18, 2015
Just waiting for it. Peppers, Burnett, Perry, or Matthews – come on. One more huge play guys!
January 18, 2015
Instead of worrying about his legacy being tarnished by iffy coaching. he need to pull these guys together and tell them to play as aggressively as ever. COME ON FELLAS!