Archive for March, 2015

Why ILB is NOT a problem for the Packers

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.

Relieved that Cobb is back

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!