Archive for April, 2011
By Ghost Of Lambeau
Green Bay should have 9 draft picks going into the draft. 7 of their own, an extra seventh, and a compensation pick. This is TT’s first draft as a Super Bowl winning GM. The compensation pick is a 4th round for Kampman who signed with Jacksonville. Everyone has GB taking a DE or OLB at the end of the first round. I don’t think either of those are priorities. Yes I know Jolly may never play again and Jenkins will probably walk. But GB’s defense was at its best when Woodson and Shields were on the field together and they played only two DL. The guys they can’t compensate so easily for are on the OL and at WR. Either you have them or you don’t. A reduction in talent there could slow the offense considerably. And GB has needs in both areas and I would expect them to address both early. All the statistics shown are from the 2010 season. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the draft. No matter how it turns out, it gave us all something to think about.
1) I am limited to the same media most of you have access to.
2) I don’t get to talk with any player.
3) The ones I like more are in BLUE.
4) And I am trying to find players I think would benefit only the Packers.
WR’s followed by OL and RB needs headline GB’s offensive needs. OT Tauscher probably doesn’t return, OG Colledge may be allowed to walk, and at WR Driver’s and/or Jones may not be back. And at RB, it depends on a few things. Jackson’s return or not, Grant’s recovery, and how the coaches think Starks can learn. It is hard to believe that GB won a Super Bowl with all the uncertainty.
October 3rd, 2010 * Lambeau Field * Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 weeks into the 2010 season, the Green Bay Packers were 2-1 but had yet to put together any type of performance that would separate them from the rest of the NFC. So, in hushed tones in some corners and out loud in others, the questions were being asked as to whether the Packers really had what it took to be a contender.
On a gorgeous fall afternoon at Lambeau Field, the Packers could have gone a long way toward providing at least a few answers against the winless, but improving, Detroit Lions.
Everything was on the Packers’ side, including a remarkable streak in which the Packers had not lost to the Lions in Wisconsin since 1991—a span of 19 straight games—but when the game was over, the questions continued to swirl.
“Mike [McCarthy] had to remind us twice in the locker room that we did get a win,” fullback John Kuhn said after the game.
Indeed, the Packers seemed well in control of the contest early in the 3rd quarter when cornerback Charles Woodson did what he’s always done best—intercepting a Shaun Hill pass :36 seconds into the 2nd half and returning it 48 yards for a touchdown and a 28-14 Packers’ lead. However, that would be it for the Packers on the scoreboard.
It was the great sleeping beast, the elephant in the room that the Green Bay Packers knew they eventually had to confront: for the past 3 seasons, the Packers had the dubious distinction of being one of the NFL’s most penalized teams.
Only the Oakland Raiders, renowned as the NFL’s most undisciplined team, was consistently flagged more than the Packers in recent seasons. Mike McCarthy’s frustration was palpable. He preached accountability and he preached intelligence. He’d plead with his team to read the rulebook, for crying out loud! He did what every other team in the NFL did—bring a league referee to training camp to talk about the rules—and he’d have game officials watch practices and call penalties.
Nothing seemed to work and yet, somehow the Packers often overcame penalties by sheer ability, and yes, luck.
But on a key early season Monday Night matchup in Chicago those demons finally came home to roost for the frustrated, embarrassed Packers. Ultimately, Green Bay lost to the unbeaten Bears when Robbie Gould kicked a 19-yard Field Goal with 4 seconds left in the game. The seeds for that loss were sown much earlier in the contest.
The Packers were called for a staggering team-record 18 penalties for 152 yards and they were penalties of all sorts—from off-sides to personal fouls to pass interference—that kept Bears’ drives alive. It was, in short, a complete breakdown few in the NFL could remember seeing previously. While the Packers vigorously disputed a number of the calls, facts were facts, and those penalties went a long way toward the Packers losing their first game of the season.