Posted on: October 2, 2008 1:48 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2008 1:54 pm

Finger Pointing In The Wrong Direction

After the Packers lost their second straight game fans and media start the normal process of dealing with losses... Finger pointing

Does Aaron Rodgers have the durability to be an NFL quarterback?

Can the Packers run the ball at all?

Could Frost have been the reason? Field position has been horrible.

Is the defensive to hurt to keep up with any resemblance of an offense?

And of course.... Was the decision to let Brett go, one of the worse in Packers illustrious history?

So which one is it?

My vote goes for Ted Thompson.

Although he has been given much of the credit for putting a young team out that competed for supremacy just 10 months ago. With Brett Favre gone, the lapses in judgment by the Packer managements seems to be more and more apparent.

The Packers off season free agency over the last couple years has been none existent. Ted Thompson refuses to pay for high end veteran talent, to help support a very young and talented packers team. Instead would rather stock pile draft picks and create his own team from scratch. The most public example being the Randy Moss free agent miss of a little over a year ago.

If Green Bay had Randy Moss last year could things have been different? Thompson's inability to see past the history of player, and notice the maturity that Moss is now showing with the Patriots may have cost Green Bay a title in 07-08.

Another disaster in the making has been the contract of Ryan Grant. As if barely averaging 2 yards a carry in the last two games hasn't been bad enough, both of the last two games have been punctuated by a key fumble by Grant. The first being on the opening drive of the Cowboys game, that left Dallas in field goal position when they received the ball for the first time. Second one lead directly to a defensive touchdown by Tampa Bay.

Above all of this, is the fact that the Packers are over 20 million under the cap. An undersized and aging line is needs more talented young players to replace the ones that have held the Pack strong for so many years. The defensive line has been depleted by injury along with casual losses to free agency. With money at the fingertips, the Packers answer is to sign Pettway, a released DE from Jacksonville.

Added to this the Brett Favre saga that owned every sports radio and tv show in the country this off season. The forceful trade of a hall of fame quarterback will be under a microscope as long as the famous #4 continues to play. 

Many other things such as bad situational play calling, key injuries, young QB (backed up by younger QBs), and penalties are all other aspects of what have hurt the Packers so far this season. But if being a GM is measured by the act of putting the best players on the field on Sunday.... Ted Thompson fails.





Category: NFL
Posted on: September 24, 2008 11:04 am
Edited on: September 25, 2008 9:35 am

Week of Disarray

Welcome to a new weekly review of some of the most intriguing NFL games.

Well lets get it started.

As it is well documented, A team that less then 9 months ago look as close to unstoppable as possible has fallen to the point of getting outscored and outclassed by a team in rebuilding. New England has experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in less then a year. The critical injury to Tom Brady has shown to be more then a small bump in the road. As they were completely overmatched at home 38-13

On the bright side, the turn-a-round for Miami has got to give hope to all fans that stuck around through a long long 2007-08 Season. Even though this was only their first win of the young 2008 season, it shows how the team has made tremendous progress in just a few months.

Can someone explain how the highflying totals of the Browns offense showed up for 169 yards in Baltimore. And the once praise Derek Anderson goes 14/37 for 125 yards and 3 interceptions. And led the offense to 32nd in overall, 31st in pass and 30th in run through week 3.  High hopes in Cleveland for this year have faded faster then anyone could imagine. A team that was suppose to show their power and potential to battle for AFC supremacy, has now turned there attention in the battle of the winless Ohio teams, as the Bengals are next up on the schedule.

Once again on the bright side, while rookie starter Flacco hasn't won the games individually he has done enough not to let the hard work of the defense go in vain. Only time will tell if they can hold up with a solid defense and mediocre offense. But that has been the bases of strategy in Baltimore for years and i don't see any changes in the near future.

In what was suppose to be the biggest game of the year so far to prove NFC and maybe even bragging rights as the best in the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys captured their first victory inside Lambeau, in what most people would call an expected outcome. The Cowboys came in to Green Bay with a chip on their should and proved far and away they were the better team. Although they did it in not so expected way. With T.O. being a non-factor Barber, Witten, Felix Jones, and Miles Austin proved that Dallas has more dimension to their offense then they have showed the first 2 weeks of the season.

The Green Bay defense was punished time and time again by Barber missing open field tackles and leading barber to a 142 yrd game on the ground. And just when you thought you were going to get pounded all night, Felix Jones breaks the defense for a 60 yard rush and a game changing TD. Adding to that is two long passes from Romo to Austin, and the always reliable Witten picking up third downs without fail.

If Dallas can pull off win in a division game at home against the Redskins, they look poised to be 8-0 at the season halfway point, and have a solid chance of continuing that spree beyond that.

Green Bay on the other hand, has to be concerned about there secondary. Both starting corners and safeties are injured. With the worse being Al Harris not expected to  play again this season with a ruptured spleen. Atari Bigby is hamstring is still in question for next week. Woodson injuring has seemed to become worse after the Dallas game. And Nick Collins injured his back during the Sunday nights game. With that said Green Bay needs to be looking for answers to secure up a secondary that has already taken a beating this year.

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