Where do you suppose the word “tidbit” came from? Strange word.
2 things I wanted to point out this morning:
- Last night, on Fox 6 news, non-sports correspondent Chris Goodman (who often appears as though he’s affected by some kind of stimulant…very hyper) interviewed these two guys who have declared that they would root for Favre if he plays against he Packers someday. The interview went as you might suspect such an interview would go and the whole story was sort of non – until the end. Goodman said that when the 2 guys were holding up a sign asking “Why Ted” or something to that effect re the Favre situation, several players walked by and gave the guys the thumbs up. When Aaron Rodgers walked by and saw the sign, he looked at the guys and gave them a thumbs down. Now, whether or not this really happened, it does point to the real possibility that the locker room may be divided right now with some people thinking TT is the bad guy and others thinking Favre is being the moron.
- Bill Johnson on this morning’s D-List was asked re what he thought re Grant not being re-signed. He said it wasn’t that big of a deal and that they’d be fine if he didn’t sign until after the 1st pre-season game because he wouldn’t play that much in that game anyway. He also argued that the Poppinga signing was fine because it was for a player at a different career stage, so it was understandable that happened and not Grant getting signed. He then went on to attribute much of Grant’s success to the zone blocking scheme getting better. Johnson and many others who are weighing in on the Grant signing issue are dead wrong. Brother Steve and Dan Needles, Johnson’s D-List counterpart are right (both dislike the timing of the Poppinga signing and are ticked that Grant has not been signed yet – they’ve had 6 months to get this done and apparently aren’t even close). Listen, as Needles pointed out, last year, Grant and Favre accounted for 84% of the Packers offense. What I worry may be happening here is that the team has become too confident in the McCarthy “system” to the point where they think anyone can just be inserted into a spot and things will work out. Signing Grant should have been the #1 priority starting 6 months ago. We need Ryan Grant on that field. And, this new info re Grant getting a low-ball offer is pretty much what we had worried about in previous posts. Grant just plain deserves a nice contract, and I can’t imagine why the Pack wouldn’t be willing to negotiate on an incentive-based contract (which is what Grant’s agent indicated they initially proposed). That seems to make the most sense and would quell any concerns re Grant being a fluke. If he sucks, he just won’t make much money and that’s fair. Why not just give him a nice signing bonus (if all he was guaranteed is $1.75 million, that is insulting) and then make it incentive-based?