As i jumped up and down running from my friends living room to his kitchen, and kitchen back to his living room, and living room back to his kitchen, in what was surely a display that confused my new puppy, I couldn’t help but think: how did this even happen? Now, after an incredible 61 yard bomb from the boot of Justin Tucker, I live in a world where the 2013 Green Bay Packers, despite the apocalypse of bad luck and injuries that have befallen them, control their own playoff destiny. Not only do they control their own playoff destiny, but there are many signs that QB1 is coming this Sunday.
So remember all that senseless drivel that I wrote about tanking the season and loading up for 2014 with high draft picks? Eff that noise. I am nothing if not a guy who won’t stick to his guns. In fact I’m completely abandoning those guns. I am a passionate fan who prides himself on not reacting as harshly and maintaining optimism but I cashed this season in. I wasn’t going to call for anyone’s head. I think maybe Capers needs a wakeup call or maybe to be shown the door, but that’s not where I placed the blame for this wayward season. The team wasn’t constructed that poorly, it just got hurt. The spots where the defense struggles, ILB and S, are definite talent issues. It’s not really TT’s fault that his biggest playmaker in that fashion, Desmond Bishop, suffered a career altering injury at the age of 28. A lot of things that happened this season aren’t anybody’s fault. Read more...(804 words, estimated 3:13 mins reading time)
I would imagine that a lot of you reacted to Aaron Rodgers wincing in pain and jogging off of the Lambeau Field turf the same way that I did. I was silent. I was more concerned for a person whom I have never met than I probably should have been. I was constantly refreshing my twitter feed for anyone, anyone to tell me that my quarterback was going to come back in to the game and beat the hated Bears. It didn’t happen. We lost. Chicago won. At our place. Seneca Wallace looked less than adequate and the defense played uninspired football. It was terrible.
But the team has to move on. The fans have to move on. No one knows how long Aaron Rodgers is going to be unable to compete. The number 3 weeks was thrown around on Tuesday morning, but that now seems to be optimistic. If I were to throw a guess out there, I’d suggest that Rodgers will miss the next four weeks, including the Thanksgiving showdown with the Lions, and use the 10 days between that game and the home contest against the Falcons to get the team ready to compete. Chances are that the Packers are going to have to duplicate the first half of the season’s 5-3 record to get to 10-6 and in to the playoffs. Keep in mind that this team has won a Super Bowl as a 6 seed with that very same record. Now, more than ever, Coach McCarthy needs everyone, players and fans alike to keep calm and carry on. Read more...(680 words, estimated 2:43 mins reading time)
Due to the unfortunate circumstance of Eddie Lacy suffering concussion on a hit by Brandom Merriweather in last Sunday’s Redskins game, he was unable to participate in a scheduled memorabilia signing this week. But no worries, Eddie has rescheduled for October 1st at Waukesha Sportscards on October 1st. Also signing that day will be Nick Perry and Jerron McMillian.
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The 2013 season for the Green Bay Packers is upon us.
The players have decended into the city by the bay, and have reported to Lambeau Field for their physicals in preparation for Training Camp, which begins Friday at 820am.
Expectations are high for the Packers this season, as they are every year.
The league’s best player in Aaron Rodgers leads a potent offense, which features the likes of Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Jermichael Finley to name a few. This high octane offensive unit should receive an added boost with the addition of running backs Eddie Lacy and Jonathan Franklin from this year’s draft, as well as the continued development of DuJuan Harris and Alex Green.
On the defensive side of the ball, Datone Jones is expected to make an immediate impact on a squad which features Clay Matthews, BJ Raji, Nick Perry, and Casey Hayward.
The Packers loss to the 49ers in the playoffs which ended their season still stings, and left some unfinished business on the field.
That business is about to be settled, and it starts tomorrow.
With that in mind, please enjoy some highlights from the 2012 season-a season which created some incredible memories, even if it ended far too quickly:
When one considers the embarrassing defensive manner in which the Packers exited the playoffs in 3 of the past 4 seasons, one might assume that the Packers would not have depth (or talent for that matter) in the defensive backfield. Kurt Warner, Eli Manning, and Colin Kaepernick all had huge individual games that ended the Packers seasons (well there was that one season a couple years ago where the defense tightened up even though it was missing a million starters and then WE WON THE FREAKING SUPER BOWL!). In 2009 against the Cardinals, the Packers didn’t have Burnett, House, Hayward or Shields. in 2011 Eli’s numbers wouldn’t have looked that great without a fluky end-of-the-half Hail Mary. I’ve watched the film on last year’s loss to the 49ers in the playoffs, and in my professional opinion, roughly 570 of the 49ers 579 offensive yards can actually be attributed to now-Indianapolis Colt Erik Walden (bitter much?). The truth is actually quite the opposite, as the Packers have 4 starting quality cornerbacks on the roster. This is a fantastic problem to have. Former All-Pro Tramon Williams, speed demon Sam Shields, should-have-been-DROY Casey Hayward, and physical 3rd year man Davon House are vying for 2 (read: 3) starting positions.
Earlier today on this site you (hopefully) read a well-reasoned and realistic take on Ted Thompson’s methodology of team building. Of course, there are those that disagree completely, even vehemently.
Harsh words belie their anger towards the Packers GM that has them in the playoff hunt every season. They seem to prefer the approach teams like the Eagles and Jets took – going out and signing expensive free agents.
That begs the question, which teams have been utter failures the last two years and are now deconstructing their teams and starting over? Well, you know the answer…
So, for your perusal and without any judgement on our part, here are some comments found on the Packers Facebook page and other Packers Facebook fan pages:
“Ted Thompson needs to go every time we get a chance to get a good player he doesnt do anything to get them fire him”
“someone has to get there act together they are letting to many good players slide by”
“Ted Thompson ‘s ego is starting to make Jerry Jones self righteous narcissism look like childs play”
“And that 1st round bust mike Neal better be on his way out the door”
“TT NEEDS TO GO…BITCH GOT LUCKY IN 2010…..BUT SAME OL BULLSHIT….FIRE TED”
“do cheeseheads not understand he dismantled our team”
“No need to get upset peepz, its TT, his Ego is bigger than the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field.”Read more...(565 words, 2 images, estimated 2:16 mins reading time)
Chris and Adam return with their latest Ol’ Bag of Donuts podcast, reflecting on the recently released Charles Woodson and debate where he stands in the pantheon of Packers defensive greats. With the scouting combine underway and the free agency on the horizon, they also take some time combing over various mock drafts and uncovering some potential “under the radar” free agents who could be good fits in Green Bay.
Chris Lempesis and Adam Somers bring their offbeat brand of podcasting to Packers Talk Radio Network, with the latest rumors, news, and prognostications about your Green Bay Packers.