Reactions to the Packers Draft

I should have posted my predictions for the Packers draft BEFORE the draft but I’ll tell you all what I thought we’d do… Initially we had 8 picks so I’m basing my predictions on that…

1) We would trade out of the first round because the value at that spot for positions we really wanted was slim.

*Results – correct

2) We would pick a wide receiver first because that’s what we needed the least (this tends to be how Ted Thompson works… ie last year we picked a DT despite that being our strongest position).

*Results – correct

3) Overall I figured we’d take the aforementioned receiver, 1 QB, 2 Offensive linemen, 1 TE, 1 RB or FB, 1 DB, and either another DB or a LB.

*Results – 2 WRs, 2 QBs, 1 TE, 1 DB, 1 DE, 2 OL…. So 6 out of 8 correct… or I could say 5.5 out of 8 as there were actually 9 picks.

Now I think the draft was ok. My major complaints are the Wide Receivers, the DE and 2 QBs. Now I knew we would take 1 WR & QB, but we hardly needed 2. Hell we didn’t even need one wide receiver, but if we were going to take one high we might as well have taken one that was regarded as top 5. Instead we traded down away from having our pick of TEs and WRs and chose one that wasn’t that great. It seems to me we did this same thing a few years ago passing up Chris Chambers for Robert Ferguson. If memory servers Chambers was largely thought by most to be the better of the two and we reached with Fergy whom really never turned out to be very good where as at least Chambers had some fairly decent years (and was likely stifled by lack of a QB). Still maybe Nelson will work out better.

Second was really that DE. I didn’t mind us picking a DE, but to trade up for one I thought was a little weird. Defensive Line is one of our stronger positions, and while KGB is getting old and our ends aren’t as strong as our tackles, I think trading up for it was a bit of a reach. I think a trade up for a linebacker would be much more appropriate as two of our starters are great, the other is questionable and the depth is near non-existent.

The rest of the guys seem fairly solid and fill needs pretty well. Ya know I really don’t buy into Ted Thompson’s draft for quality not need. He only seems to do this when there is nothing worth taking at our need positions. I have a feeling what he does is he ranks everyone and then gives kind of bonuses based on needs. Therefore we will rate people higher based on our needs and thus we WILL take people that aren’t a need if they seriously out rank other people, but usually we will just draft for need.

Thank You Giants

As a Packer fan and someone who absolutely hates the entirety of the Manning family…. Thank You New York Giants… I don’t think the Packers could have done it and am glad you guys went in there and stopped them from cheating their way into the record books. Thank you.

X-Games

I am trying to watch the x-games over the last few days but I just can’t really bring myself to do so. Now granted the Winter X has always suffered compared to the Summer X, but the competition is so irrelevant these days, I really have no idea what is wrong with them.

Honestly a number of years ago when they took out the really weird sports that were hard to put in competition format in the first place, I didn’t mind. I mean extreme sledding? Bungee Jumping? WTF!?!? But some of the sports they’ve taken out of the years have just been a shame. I mean I sort of get ridding themselves of sky-surfing, it was cool but after a few years it became notably repetitive. But why oh why have they got rid of winter mountain biking? Or the street luge (a sport that was one to really define not only what an extreme sport was, but also was one of the original big sports of the X-Games)? Or flatland bike trick? Hell it seems to me that in general the street tricks of all sports were nearly completely taken out in the last year, as well as inline skating.

In their steed we’ve seen many new additions… ones that don’t belong really in a 10 mile radius of the X-Games… snowmobiling? I think extreme sledding was more in line with what the competition was… when they added the motorbike tricks I thought those were cool, but now they are doing street races with em argh! That’s not extreme at all, that’s nascar… can’t get more conservative than Nascar! Some of them haven’t been too bad, like I said the motorbike trick wasn’t bad, they also added those shorter ski things into the winter and both sides got a big air trick which is pretty kick ass. I am also kind of fond of the high jump motorbike in the summer x that they added a couple years ago.

On top of that, the coverage has gotten extremely bad. ESPN used to send out some of their big dogs to cover the event and because of it we got quality coverage. Now they hired some old VJ throw off to host what essentially seems to be a “best of” clips show… very little is live anymore. ESPN used to send out some of their bigger people to cover X-Games because they believed in the venue, and it was worth believing in. It honestly felt like a competition that filled in the gaps of what the mainstream forgot or didn’t care about given that it was new. But since then, X-Games has forgotten about what the mainstream forgot as well and become part of them, catering more to nascar fan than to extreme sports fan. In so doing, I imagine their viewership numbers have suffered greatly in recent years. Of course the execs likely think this is because people have lost interest in extreme sports, and thus lower budgets and further complicate the issues with the X-Games even more. But for those very few unlikely execs who may somehow stumble upon this blog… get a clue. We are still here, it is you who left us.

Why Ahman Green was never good for the Packers

Don’t get me wrong, I think Ahman Green is a talented running back, I really do. Obviously he has the ability to be a solid running back. And I was always more than happy to have him on our team more than others, because at times he was a difference maker for us. However, I was never quite happy with him as our running back despite his obvious talent for a number of reasons. After watching the Packers offense so far this year, I actually feel somewhat justified by this now.

I know the Packers currently rank last in the league in rushing in every category. However, if you look at the Packers over the past two games, they are getting better and better. This week will probably prove to be our best defense we are facing since Philly came to town so it will be a good mark as to how good they really are progressing, but they seem to be really getting into a stride. They have become much more controlling offensively over the last 6 quarters than they ever were with Green. So why is this when they are doing it with virtually no running game whatsoever? (In fact, last week they didn’t even bother to run most of the time).

Well first of all there is the fumbilitis of Green. Everyone knew it, we knew it, our opponents new it, he likely dropped the ball and lost it in at least 50% of the games, more than that usually. Now normally I think a decent team can cope with it, but when you are a team who has a QB like Favre who throws from 1 to 2 interceptions per game, you are looking at nearly 3 turnovers per game through these two players alone… this is harsh and most defenses can’t overcome this kind of deficit that the team is facing almost from the start. I think having one of either would have made a better team, but overall Favre is the better player.

Second is that I think the Packers just relied on Green far more than they should. The team was predicated on the run. Sherman was in love with the guy and he became extremely predictable with many of his plays that were used with Green because it seemed like their running game was essentially a one-trick pony (the U51). Even Favre I think became reliant on him which was bad, I will note that his best season with Green came when he had Walker… he no longer could carry the team anymore, he almost seemed to force the ball more when Green was around than was without… Green became Favre’s crutch and when Green inevitably became injured in the season, Favre was lost without him. In fact, I could point to the first game and the preseason as further proofs that Favre just forgot what it was like to be Favre without Green… I can almost point exactly to those scramble plays in the middle of the Giants game as the point that Brett Favre returned from his slumber because since that point, he has been stellar… he looks BETTER now than he did in 96-98 when he won 3 straight MVPs.

Another reason I never really cared for Green was that he never really was a west-coast guy. I mean he was a great back, but not in a west-coast system. In the west coast system, you need a more complete back… someone who can not only run but also catch passes and block if need be as well. Green could make some pretty good chip blocks, but he wasn’t great against it… likely cause he was scared of being injured. But he didn’t catch worth a lick, if it was thrown at him he’d miss half the time and fumble the other half. As such, the screen game died completely. I found it interesting that against the Chargers the screen made a come back and in a pretty large way. It was often a difference maker just like it was under Holmgren. Really for the type of system west coast is, you need a more complete back like Dorsey Levens (who I think would have been a lot better had it not been for the injuries), Marshall Faulk, and Reggie Bush (does NO even run a west coast offense for him?).

Again, it is no slight against Green. He is a great back, he just never fit in with what our offense was about. It is no surprise to me that our offense is doing better all around despite the fact we are with a worse offensive line than when he was around with nil of a running game… go figure.

A new Baseball league idea.

So lately I’ve been watching baseball for some reason. I have no idea why, it is a boring sport, but at the same time it is good background noise for when I am doing something. But watching it has gotten me thinking. The sport itself isn’t horrible, but the problem with it is largely what it has become. It is for money grubbing steroid junkies that just takes too long and every game means very little in the grand scope of things. None of this sits well in the modern age, and though I think the American public still have a certain respect for Baseball and WANT to like it, they can’t for all those reasons.

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