Category Archives: Seasons

Packers Therapy #256: Packers Raked by Eagle Talons

Packers Therapy Podcast

The first quarter of the Green Bay’s tilt against Philadelphia was so brutal, young children were escorted out of Lambeau Field so as not to scar them for life. But not to worry: It was a meaningless preseason game, so Chris and Dave offer a meaningless podcast to discuss it. The injury to Randall Cobb is picked over, as is the prospect of a receiver corps led by Davante Adams, the play of rookie Brent Hundley, the battle for the third running back, and the boys meditate on why the Packers special teams are anything but.

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Posting its first show in 2005, Packers Therapy is the longest-running Packers podcast on the Internet. Hosts Chris and Dave began the show as a way of capturing the spirited chats the two co-workers had about the team around the office. The two have no pretense about being experts: they are just two opinionated shareholders who love the team, follow it closely, but don’t always see the Packers fortunes eye to eye.

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Packers Escape Huge Scare With Randall Cobb

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According to ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky, the Green Bay Packers believe wide receiver Randall Cobb has a good chance to play in the Week 1 opener at Chicago after tests confirmed a sprained shoulder. This likely means Cobb only suffered the Grade 1 sprain of the AC joint, although it’s unlikely that the Packers will ever reveal such detailed injury information.

Cobb initially feared that he had broken his collarbone after he laded on the shoulder after attempting to catch a pass along the sideline on the third play from scrimmage. Eagles cornerback Eric Rowe landed on Cobb’s shoulder as well, which also gave reason to worry.

The person who should be breathing the biggest sigh of relief is head coach Mike McCarthy, who irresponsibly had Cobb and Eddie Lacy in the meaningless game to begin with. McCarthy would have gotten ripped to shreds if Cobb had suffered a serious injury and rightfully so.

I’m in the school who hates second guessing head coaches, but this was an easy first guess. With Aaron Rodgers on the sidelines, what was Cobb possibly going to gain playing with Brett Hundley? How is that gain worth more than the possible risk? The same goes for Lacy. What was he to gain running behind a line minus three starters against perhaps the best front three in the NFL? Predictably, Lacy had no chance in the run game and took unnecessary hits. The Vikings have it right by never playing Adrian Peterson in the preseason, and he turns out alright every regular season. Lacy takes and gives out enough punishment in the regular season.

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Injury Bug Hits Packers Again, Eagles Beat Green Bay 39-26

Packers Receiver Randall Cobb

The Green Bay Packers lost Randall Cobb, Bryan Bulaga and Micah Hyde to injuries and the Philadelphia Eagles used a precise passing attack led by Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez to hand the Packers their second straight preseason loss.

Green Bay was unable to slow the Eagles’ fast-paced and highly efficient offense, especially early in the game. Philadelphia jumped out to a 25-0 lead before the first quarter had even ended, and led the Packers 39-14 at halftime.

Quarterbacks Brett Hundley and Matt Blanchard led the Packers offense, which was effective for most of the night. After throwing a pick-six on Green Bay’s second drive, Hundley rebounded to complete 22/31 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns. His performance likely guaranteed him a roster spot as the team’s third string quarterback.

The Packers saw their record in the preseason drop to 1-2, and once again had to deal with a slew of injuries. After losing Jordy Nelson for the season in last week’s loss to the Steelers, Green Bay watched as three of its starters left the game in the first half due to injuries of their own.

Cobb suffered a shoulder injury that is not believed to be serious, Bulaga had an ankle injury, and Hyde injured his neck. The severity for each injury has yet to be determined, but it appears that the Packers may have dodged a bullet this time.

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Looking Back at Green Bay Packers #40 Eddie Lee Ivery

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Last Sunday, when Jordy Nelson landed awkwardly on the turf at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh during a preseason game, Green Bay Packers fans were heartrendingly reminded that season ending knee injuries are a part of football. Later that day I was reminded of another Green Bay Packers player who sustained not one, but two knee injuries. His name? Eddie Lee Ivery.

Former Green Bay Packers running back #40 Eddie Lee Ivery “thought his legs were weapons.”  His running style was compared to Chuck Foreman of the Minnesota Vikings and Gale Sayers of the Chicago Bears.

Ivery played college football at the Georgia Institute of Technology from 1975-’78. He was inducted into the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Football Hall of Fame in 1983 after accumulating 3,517 rushing yards; 3rd most in Yellow Jackets history. In a snow socked game against Air Force, Ivery rushed for 356 yards.

A feat, which I’m sure, impressed the Packers when they decided to select the Heisman Trophy nominee 15th overall in the 1st round of the 1979 NFL Draft. After this pick, Packers fans seemed upbeat, given Ivery’s tremendous college career.

However, in his first NFL season game (1979), after just a mere 3 carries, Eddie Lee Ivery tore up his left knee in the season opener against the Bears at Chicago. Many Green Bay fans who watched the game recall the play, because expectations for the young speedster with great athletic cuts and moves were so high. What seemed like a promising NFL start was now going to have to wait for a year.

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Predicting the First Wave of Packer Cuts

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As we get closer to the end of camp, that means that, unfortunately, “The Turk” will come calling for players. And when he tells them that coach wants to see them, they know that their time is up. For the Packers it is no different, except that this year the cuts are much more difficult.

The first cut down needs to take place by Tuesday, and the roster has to be down to 75. Currently the Packers sit at 88. This first wave of cuts will be extremely tense and a lot of players are facing the block, but only twelve need to go after Jordy Nelson is placed on Injured Reserve. With Saturday’s game still to come, here is my early projection for who will be cut from the Green Bay Packers.

WR Ed Williams #5

While replacing Nelson is a task that is needed now, Williams has not been able to separate himself enough to gain a roster spot over guys like Larry Pinkard or Myles White. Plus at age 24, he is old for a rookie and the team doesn’t have time to wait for him to develop over guys like the aforementioned or Ty Montgomery.

WR Javess Blue #10

Blue hasn’t practiced or played in either game so far and his injury has put him behind the eight-ball. Unlike a guy like Jared Abbrederis who appears to be getting closer to health, we haven’t heard anything on Blue which makes him a great candidate for either a trip to IR or an injury settlement.

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Cheesehead Radio: 87 Down

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Oh, no! It’s Jordegeddon on Cheesehead Radio, and Al, Jayme, and a sleep-deprived CD gather to commiserate all of the ramifications of Jordy Nelson’s preseason injury. Tune in for the latest news, the best tweets, and some of the finest Green Bay Packers commentary you’ll find anywhere on the internet. Plus, an extremely lonely Giants fan calls in to the show from his mother’s basement. You’ll not want to miss a second of Cheesehead Radio!

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Ol’ Bag of Donuts: Playing in the Dark

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In one of the darkest weeks of recent Green Bay Packers training camps, Ol’ Bag of Donuts take the airwaves to talk about the Jordy Nelson injury. Davante Adams and Jeff Janis may be the two guys everyone is talking about, but Chris and Adam suggest otherwise on which Packer needs to step up his game the most in Nelson’s absence. In brighter news, the guys also go over which players have shone the brightest in training camp and have played their way onto the roster. Lastly, listeners questions are answered through the Twitter Mailbag and the new Titletown development is discussed.

Ol’ Bag of Donuts is a part of Packers Talk, serving up enough weekly podcasts to satisfy the most fervent of Packer fans. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and subscribe over at iTunes.

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