Saturday, October 22, 2005

Trying to Get in the Groove

Well hopefully Green Bay knocked all of the rust out and are willing to start the season anew with the merciless win over the New Orleans Saints a couple weeks ago. The good news is that they come out of their bye week against a struggling Minnesota Viking team. So with another win this weekend, that should help build up some confidence for the Packers as they head into a tough stretch of the season. Following the Vikings, the Packers have to play the red hot Cincinnati Bengals away, followed by the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Atlanta Falcons. With no teams in the NFC North above .500, the Packers have not played themselves out of a playoff position or even a division title.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Another Rough Week for Packers

It looks like the 0-4 Packers are in for another rough week. They are playing the New Orleans Saints, but it looks like their biggest opponent this weekend will be themselves. The Packers will have to play even more shorthanded than they already are with tight end Bubba Franks, running back Ahman Green, and left tackle Chad Clifton all questionable for this Sunday’s game. If the Packers are to dig themselves out of this hole, they would need to begin this weekend with games coming up against the Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles, and Atlanta Falcons.

Monday, September 26, 2005

3 in a Row

The Packers are 0-3 for the first time since 1988. The Packers are trying to rebuild so it’s understandable when the team makes mistakes. But when your veterans are making the silly mistakes you know you have a problem. Brett Favre already has 7 interceptions this year, Ryan Longwell, Packers’ placekicker, missed an extra point, his first in 156 attempts, and fullback William Henderson fumbled, which led to a Buccaneers touchdown. The 17-16 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was a heartbreaker, and things are definitely not going the Packers’ way, but there is a silver lining. No team in the NFC North has more than one win, so they haven’t played themselves completely out of contention. Next week is against the Carolina Panthers, let’s hope the Packers are ready to play.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Walker Out For Season

Quite possibly some of the worst words a receiver can hear are, "You have a torn ACL." But that is what Javon Walker heard on Monday. Walker, Green Bay's number 1 receiver, will be out for the rest of the season. In the third quarter of the Packers loss to Detroit on Sunday, Walker caught a 55 yard pass to be rewarded with surgery and an 8 to 12 month recovery period.
"Certainly his impact as a football player and as a person in the locker room is huge," said Packers coach Mike Sherman, "but I think our team will be fairly resilient in regard to that. People are going to have to step forward. When you have an injury like this, as difficult as it may be, it's an opportunity for other people."
The opportunity is going to Donald Driver, Robert Ferguson, and rookie Terrence Murphy. Murphy is coming off of an injury, but this is a time where he has to shake it off and prove to the coach and team he belongs on the field.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Stepping Up

Due to the hold out from Javon Walker it is really important for wide receiver Robert Ferguson to remain as healthy as possible this up coming season. Ferguson is what you would call a raw talent. The guy only played one year of college ball, so he is far from polished as compared to his counter part Donald Driver.

Ferguson still has the talent and ability to get off the line of scrimmage and not get pushed around. His deep threat potential is not as great as others but Ferguson is stronger than most receivers, so look for him over the middle.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Forever Young

It is good to hear that Brett Favre is staying in shape and still has the 05’ season on his mind. The Packers gave Favre permission to be excused from the mini-camp sessions. Unlike Javon Walker who is holding out because he wants more money. Favre has bigger things on his mind and I am sure we all have an idea of what they are. Favre was give a personal trainer from to team to help him stay in shape. I can only hope and pray Favre will come back in full force.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

What do you Think?

Cornerback Al Harris seems to be in a bit of trouble these days. Apparently he has been accused of ‘forcing himself on a striper’ at the Cheetah Strip Club. No charges have been pressed yet since the police are still investigating if he really did it or if the stripper just wants money… you can’t trust anyone now and days.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Same Mistake

This is so funny. Apparently Packers running back Najeh Davenport has hired on Drew Rosenhaus as his agent. Do you all know who Rosenhaus is? Well he happens to be Javon Walker’s agent as well. The agent has it out bad for the Packers it seems.

For those of you cheese heads who should know and don’t know, Javon walker is holding out from camp demanding more money. At this rate don’t expect to see him in a Packers uniform next year.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Mini-Camp Battles

In the sixth round of the 2005 draft the Packers choose rookie Mike Montgomery, a defensive linemen, who stands at 6-5 and weighs 273 pounds. Montgomery has a very good motor and would quite possibly be the starter at left end when the season begins.

Montgomery has a good amount of potential to become a great outside pass rusher since he is not too consistent at getting low when he plays inside the line. The job at LE is not wide open for the taking. Aaron Kampman is penciled as the starter for now. Even if Montgomery does not earn a starting role, expect there to be a good mix of both Kampman and Montgomery by mid-season.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Question...

I was jumping around message boards, and I have noticed the increasing number of Packer fans. With all the new these new fans coming out of the wood work, I'm curious to hear anyone's story as to why they are Packer fans and when they decided to become a cheesehead:)

Monday, May 09, 2005

Sherman's Last Stand

Brian DeLucia, OURLADS.com / Special to FOXSports.com
Packers coach Mike Sherman can't be feeling too good about his future in Green Bay these days.

New Packers personnel boss Ted Thompson returned to Green Bay this off-season from Seattle at a difficult time. The future is uncertain as future Hall of Famer Brett Favre is winding down his career, but the Pack must remain competitive while he's still playing quarterback. At the same time, the man who lost his title to Thompson, Mike Sherman, is still on the sidelines.

Thompson does have more security at quarterback for the long-term with first-round rookie Aaron Rodgers coming aboard, but he is faced with some extremely difficult
decisions for this season due to salary issues.

Sherman lost three cornerstones of his playoff teams — starting guards Mike Wahle and Marco Rivera, plus safety and defensive leader Darren Sharper. The only saving grace is that they didn't play left tackle, quarterback and cornerback.

The defense has been an Achilles' heel for Sherman the past few seasons. He's hired a new defensive coordinator in Jim Bates, but the personnel situation is no better than last season. The closest thing to immediate help through the draft could be fourth-round safety Marviel Underwood.

There is absolutely no pass rush outside of Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila. They lack playmakers throughout this defense.

Thompson is doing the right thing by trying to clean up the Packers' salary structure. The Pack weren't moving forward under Sherman's personnel decisions.

As for Sherman the coach, the future doesn't feel too comfortable as Thompson likely prefers to have his own man patrolling the sidelines, especially following an uncomfortable changing of the guard atop the Green Bay hierarchy.

The NFC North will be a lot tougher this season with Chicago and Detroit expecting to be more competitive, while Minnesota has significantly upgraded its defense. So much for off-season optimism.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Safety Net

For the 2005 draft it seemed the motif was one of need rather than quality. Well that trend broke with the 24th pick overall, when your Green Bay Packers took quarterback Aaron Rodgers from Cal, after the 49ers decided on Alex Smith and left Rodgers ‘flapping in the wind’.

This decision belonged to first year General Manager Ted Thompson and I have to give my ‘props’ to Thompson for not letting need dictate his pick. Thompson took the best player that was on the board.

In all honestly I find this pick to be smart simply because the future of Brett Favre is yet undetermined. Don’t get me wrong I think Brett Favre is hands the best in the league. Favre is a warrior and true leader on and off the field but he has had rough this past two years and is considering retiring. So consider Rodgers as a safety net.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Target Practice

from Foxsports.com
New coordinator Jim Bates needs more speed at defensive end, linebacker and safety, and Thompson will try to oblige. The first three or four selections could be defensive players. The team's primary need is at safety, but Georgia's Thomas Davis likely will be gone by No. 24. Oklahoma S Brodney Pool is a possibility in the first round, especially with his 4.5 40 time, but more than likely, the best available player will be a defensive end.

The strong outside pass rushing of Oklahoma E Dan Cody or Troy E/OLB Demarcus Ware would bolster Bates' system, which relies on pressure from the front four. Linebacker is another area of need, and the team wants someone who can run. Nick Barnett can play all three positions, and Na'il Diggs can play at least two, so it doesn't matter what spot the new linebacker plays. Tennessee LB Kevin Burnett has the size, speed and know-how that Bates appreciates. The exception to the team's focus on defense could be at quarterback or guard.

The club might consider Akron's Charlie Frye, Auburn's Jason Campbell or Purdue's Kyle Orton as a developmental quarterback. After losing top-flight free-agent Gs Mike Wahle and Marco Rivera, the team will be on the lookout for young replacements.

The club has had a lot of luck drafting starters in the late rounds and likely will draft a guard late. But the team could take a chance on an athletic guard such as Alabama's Evan Mathis or BYU's Scott Young if one is available the first day. The Packers also might look at a running back after the second round; Ahman Green and Najeh Davenport will be unrestricted free agents after the season.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

A little scouting report...

Defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins made the roster last year because he showed a knack for creating pressure up the middle. Jenkins doesn't have the size to eat up blockers on running downs, but he is quick out of stance, light on his feet and in constant pursuit of a sack. There's a definite place for him in the third-down package because of his pass-rush ability, but to play in the base defense he'll have to play lower to the ground and with a commitment to stopping the run.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Updates.....

from Foxsports.com
It's unlikely the club is going to address its safety position until the draft. Right now, it isn't overly interested in any of the available free agents, especially at more than minimum-wage prices, and the team will use at least one of its top three draft choices to try to replace departed starter Darren Sharper. In addition to the draft, the club will target veterans who are cut after June 1, relatively certain that there will be potential starters available. Safety will be a priority in the draft, and finding a playmaker in the deep secondary will be more important than finding someone who can play the run at the line of scrimmage. . . .

Running back Najeh Davenport isn't drawing much interest in the restricted free agent market, mostly because he is recovering from shoulder surgery performed two weeks ago. The club issued the low tender for Davenport before it knew his shoulder was a problem, and the gamble probably will pay off. However, the injury highlights Davenport's limitations the past three seasons and raises questions about whether he can be the successor to starter Ahman Green should the club be unable to re-sign him after this season. It doesn't appear the team will make an effort to extend either one before the start of the season, especially given general manager Ted Thompson's unwillingness to overpay free agents. . . .

Recently signed guard Matt O'Dwyer should provide some insurance if tackle Kevin Barry can't make the switch to right guard. O'Dwyer, 32, is coming off two injury-filled years, and he has to prove he still has something left in the tank, but when he was last healthy he was an effective starter. O'Dwyer wouldn't provide the brute strength in the running game that Barry could, but he won't blow assignments and would provide more consistency in pass protection.

Monday, March 07, 2005

No cash for Shopping

We won't be able to go out there and snag a coner like Rolle it will be way to expensive for the Packers to do something like that. I would hope with the money in had we find some more offensive lineman to replace Rivera and Whale. That is by far the most important, so either throught FA or the draft.

We need to keep Farve protected and we need to creat lanes for Green.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Cap Status

from Foxsports.com
The team is several million dollars over the expected 2005 cap, but some of that has to do with guard Mike Wahle's $11.3 million cap number, which will be addressed before the start of free agency. Once Wahle is dealt with and all the restricted free agents are tendered, the team will be right at the $85 to $86 million cap limit, leaving little room to play in free agency.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

The Hero

I know there was recent talk from Donald Driver about his feelings regarding Favre’s retirement. In fact he felt that Favre would most likely retire at the end of the season.

I see a side of Favre that is the” never die” attitude when it comes to his love for the game. I see that, and I feel blessed to watch him play. I know Favre does not want to end the season on the down note that he did. I know he still wants some more Super Bowl action.

But…

We all know he loves his family, and more respect would go out to Favre if he walked away. It takes a real man to do something like that. I would understand if Favre retired and accept it, but that doesn’t I want to see that happen.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Establishing the Foundation

Following a disappointing loss to the Minnesota Vikings the Packers put the season under review through a microscope, trying to figure out what went wrong. Well, things were discussed between head coach/GM Mike Sherman and team president Bob Harlan.

One of the things was the hiring of a new General Manager Ted Thompson. Sherman's role with the team now is focused as the Green Bay Packers head coach.
"I've poured my heart and soul into this job since I've been here and I'm proud of what I've accomplished, both as a head coach and as a general manager," he said. "I look at this not as an obstacle, but as an opportunity for me to shift my focus to the football side of the business and less on the personnel side, although I will still continue to be involved in that process. This will in no way diminish my passion to do the very best job I can do in whatever capacity I'm called upon."

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Forever Favre

Green Bay has a lot of NFL history attached to it. The great Vince Lombardi, Lambeau Field, the first two back to back Super Wins, and a man by the name of Brett Favre. I'm sure every one has heard of the saying all good things must come to an end. Well, Favre is a great thing to happen to football, though he has doubts about returning next year.
"I told Mike Sherman just now that if I do come back I want it to be for the right reasons. I don't know how much I am expected to be paid next year but I hope that Brett Favre does not come back to play for the money. I have never done that before and I don't anticipate doing it." - Brett Favre

Mr. Favre where ever you are, what ever you decide, know that you will be missed. Also know that you would be existing before your time, but I would understand...

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Here We Go

"Its times like these we learn to ______ again." Of course people would say live since that is an actual song written by Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters, originally from Nirvana.

The point being is that the blank should be filled play. It is the post-season my fellow cheese heads, and the Vikings just can't get enough of what Favre has to offer.

As Cliche as this sounds, this is where the real season begins. Everyone dreams about going to the super bowl. Well the road runs through the playoffs. There are no second chances in the NFL. You have one shot every week to get it right. One mistake can set back a whole season.

Time to separate the men from the boys... Brett Favre style.