Archive for June, 2011

A fast and furious free agent frenzy?

June 28, 2011

Check out this link of potential free agents. Assuming a deal is reached soon here, there is a strong possibility that there will be a fast and furious free agent frenzy soon. So, start thinking about which players might appeal to the Packers. Even though TT doesn’t often dive into the free agency frenzy, for some reason this year, I wonder if he might. There are some quality players on this list and I’m guessing there are others Prisco doesn’t even list. (By the way, I disagree with Prisco’s order here. Unless he knows re injuries or something the order is off.)

Here are the guys that caught my eye:

  • Charles Johnson, DE Carolina – if we don’t keep Jenkins which it seems like we won’t, Johnson would be a huge acquisition
  • Zach Miller, TE Oakland – imagine Miller and Finley at TE, with our WRs and RBs and Rodgers
  • Paul Posluszney, LB Buff – seems like a TT kind of guy
  • Ahmad Bradshaw, RB Giants – bet Giants re-sign him, but picking him up would make us ridiculous offensively
  • DeAngelo Williams, RB Carolina – could be lots of competition for he and Bradshaw, but landing either one would nicely supplement our backfield
  • Justin Blalock, G Atlanta – Blalock could add some nice depth to our O-Line and depending on the Colledge sitution, could possibly start
  • Stephen Tulloch, LB Tenn – this guy is a monster and will have an immediate impact on whichever team he goes to
  • Ike Taylor, CB Pitt – doubt he’ll get to the market, but if he does he is a high quality cover corner; though the Pack acquiring him is highly doubtful unless Capers is preferring to switch Woodson to safety now
  • Santana Moss, WR Redskins – though he’s likely to get scooped up pretty quickly, he would be an amazing fit on the Packers as anyone but the #1 WR. He has been so limited in Wash by a lack of WR support that if he played for a team deep at WR like the Pack, he could be a headache for opposing teams.
  • Steve Smith, WR Giants – like lots of the guys above, he’s likely to be expensive or unavailable (though I’m not aware of how extensive his injury issues are presently). But this guy is a very good player who could make a difference for this team.

Again, while TT will most likely wait for the big names to be overpaid, there are some guys on this list whom I believe would be worth paying decent cash for. One of the greatest challenges in sports is making a great team better. This involves some degree of risk taking and I’m hoping we can snag a couple players (on this list or not) who can positively influence games for us.

PFT and Teddy Bruschi bored, off the mark picking on the Pack

June 8, 2011

Read here for an article quoting Teddy Bruschi who criticizes the Packers for not having had organized team activities. If he truly means “activities”, then he’s just off the mark. The players have gotten together for multiple activities including the Donald Driver softball game, golf outings, etc. And they will have the ring ceremony next week. Maybe they haven’t had organized team “workouts”, but I’m not too concerned about that. While I am hoping that their individual workouts are gradually increasing in intensity to prepare them for the possible season, I have no problem with the players on this team taking this time to heal and to enjoy life a bit. They worked their tails off from last June to February of this year. They deserve to enjoy this time.

Of course, Bruschi also conveniently left out mention of the lockout. This year is different than any year he played and this team has a very different character from the ones he played on. Yes, players should be keeping themselves fit and preparing for the possibility that the sides come to an agreement. But this Packer team doesn’t need quite the bonding time that all the other non-Super-Bow winning teams may need. The main reason why I have been relatively quiet posting this offseason is because there is just not much happening because of the lockout. I think this is an example of guys like Bruschi and the folks at PFT just running out of things to say. So they try to create something out of nothing.

I say have another beer Donald.

Old Man Mind Injury?

June 7, 2011
Ok, not sure how else to characterize this. But I have caught myself doing some amazingly absent-minded things lately and it has me concerned I’ve suffered some kind of an Old Man Mind Injury.
  • When I’m bored and surfing the internet, I have noticed that there are times when I type in the website address of the website I’m already on. Yep, I head right back to the same site I’ve been on.
  • And when I get into the car in the morning, I have noticed that there are times when I start changing the radio stations…before I’ve turned the radio on.
Either I’ve suffered an Old Man Mind Injury or the prospect of no football is overwhelming my simple brain.

Packergeek: “Owners and Players reach agreement”

June 2, 2011

How do I know this? Well, I don’t. I actually just said this to myself and then decided to use this quote for the post title. I have no inside sources and I haven’t read anything compelling to lead me to believe this. I am, however, intent on spreading another rumor. While I do have a hunch that something productive may have actually happened over the last 3 days – and that a real settlement isn’t far away, the bigger reason I am posting this is to start a massive rumor so that it puts pressure on both the players and owners if a deal hasn’t been reached.

Really, this is getting ridiculous.