- I was at the game.
- One thing everyone saw was our starting defense get used by Cleveland’s offense. I know some guys were missing, but we had most of our starters. The Cleve was able to run the ball OK, but they carved us up through the air. And it was Jake Delhomme doing it too – not pretty. It was a poor start to the overall season but I’m not ready to get too worked up about it yet.
- AJ Hawk seemed to be solely at fault for one of the TDs (the third one I believe). He really struggles in coverage. The guy put one quick move on him and had an easy TD.
- I was seriously relieved to see what seems to be a legit punting duel. While I know I missed some apparently questionable punts at the end of the game, I saw a couple huge punts with fantastic hang time. I realize that there’s not really anywhere to go but up for our punting game, but I was still encouraged by the legs of both punters.
- Brady Poppinga had a couple nice plays – but I have no idea why he started the game (or at least played most of the snaps) at LOLB. From what I could tell Brandon Chillar barely played with the starting group (it was Jones and Poppinga in the outside spots).
- Finley will be unstoppable this year. The guy is seriously talented and perhaps more importantly, seems to absolutely love playing the game. Not sure what the TV crowd could see, but Finley was pretty active getting the crowd pumped up before series would start, after getting a first down, etc. I’m already thinking Finley may end up being one of the sneaky best draft picks by TT. And while we’re at it, let’s give credit to the coaching for bringing him along like they have.
- On a related Finley note, it was very evident to me just how much his presence (especially when he spreads out wide) causes serious match-up issues for defenses. LBs in coverage have no chance – none. And CBs are too small (and also when CBs switch over to cover him, it seems to open things up for Driver and Jennings.)
- Last year, when Rodgers was asked why he was sacked far less frequently in the 2nd half of the season, his answer was simple and somewhat surprising: Jermichael Finley. He essentially said that when Finley is in there, defenses have so much trouble figuring out how defend him that Rodgers can get rid of the ball quicker.
- Didn’t take much from this game overall – but here were a few players who looked decent to me: Charlie Peprah, Mike Neal, Quinn Porter, Andrew Quarless.