9 guys the Packers need to step up

Every blogger writes stupid top 10 lists, I don't think I ever have. So I'm attempting one on my favorite subject, the Pack. The team was better than expected last year and this year is a potential NFC champ. However, if that's going to happen, I've got some guys who will need to step it up.

Every blogger writes stupid top 10 lists, I don't think I ever have. So I'm attempting one on my favorite subject, the Pack. The team was better than expected last year and this year is a potential NFC champ. However, if that's going to happen, I've got some guys who will need to step it up.

Bengals holding ground on Johnson holdout

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3358557

According to reports, the Washington Redskins offered Cincinnati a 1st round pick this year and a conditional 3rd round pick next year (which could potentially be a 1st rounder) for angry receiver Chad Johnson.  What did the Bengals say about this generous offer?  NO!

Quoted in the above-linked ESPN.com story, Bengals coach Marv Lewis said the following about the situation:

“I’ve stated our case with Chad,” Lewis said. “He has a contract through 2011. He’s stated without an opportunity to go to a different team and a new contract, he wasn’t going to play. I think he’s a man of his word and says he’s not going to play, so don’t play.” read more

Raiders Trade for Hall – Give him $70m

So now the Raiders are going to have Asomugha, Hall, Routt, Washington in the corner spot.  That’s like $35 million a year in defensive backs!  Are they going to make a trade or start playing a Dime base defense?

Okay, this is way too much

The Patriots are being sued for winning the 2001 Super Bowl.

Insane.

Alright, let’s run with this very briefly.  First, you need to prove that the Patriots actually videotaped the walkthrough.  Reports are that there is no evidence.  Next, you have to prove that this altered the outcome of the game (if the walkthrough revealed some unstoppable play to block a game-winning field goal, I might believe it).  I just don’t see that happening.

Seriously, let’s just throw Belichick in jail, take the Patriots away from the Krafts and move them to L.A.  Impose a 30 year ban on pro football in Boston.  Re-write Manny’s contract so he can only play every other home game and give him a co-GM role.  Force the Celtics to Trade KG/Allen/Pierce for sub-six foot white guys who are US born.  Sell the Bruins to NY and force every local 6PM news broadcast in the Boston area to replay the game-winning catch by Plax for the next year.  Oh yeah, while we’re at it, re-release Bird jerseys in Laker purple.  I mean, we’re already throwing the Patriots under the bus, let’s just make it a little more obvious and destroy the entire city at the same time.  read more

Packers Running Into 2008 Season

Run-down feeling

McCarthy wants to beef up Packers’ ground game

So McCarthy thinks the Packers need to improve their ground game.  I’d agree.  If you want to look at just one big reason the rushing attack didn’t really get going in 2007, look at the performances in 2007:

  • Week 1 vs Philly: 17 carries - 46 yards
  • Week 3 vs San Diego: 13 carries – 42 yards
  • Week 4 at Minny: 20 carries – 46 yards
  • Week 5 vs Chicago: 21 carries – 77 yards (if you subtract a 44 yarder by Wynn)
  • Week 6 vs Washington: 20 carries – 56 yards
  • Week 12 at Detroit: 16 carries – 69 yards (if you subtract a 31 yarder by Grant)
  • Week 13 at Dallas: 18 carries – 62 yards (if you subtract a 62 yarder by Grant)
  • Week 15 at St Louis: 22 carries – 31 yards (if you subtract a 24 yarder by Grant)
  • Week 16 at Chicago: 20 carries – 59 yards (if you subtract a 66 yarder by Grant)
  • NFC Championship vs NY Giants: 14 carries – 28 yards (13 yards of that came on 1 run by Grant)

During those 10 games, if you subtract the biggest runs (some games have multiple big runs, but I only counted the longest for simplicity) the Packers averaged 18.1 carries for 51.6 yards.  That’s a terrible performance.  Their rushing success wasn’t much better in other games, but I’m simply pointing out the ones where they gave up on the running game (with less than 25 carries per game).  It’s obvious that their rather pathetic numbers are heavily inflated by a few long rushes in each game.  I don’t count big runs as carries because it’s more a result of that particular play going great for the offense and terrible for the defense, it’s not a good judge of offensive line performance overall. read more