Sunday, April 29, 2007

Packers Draft Summary... 

Only a few words need to be used to describe this years NFL Draft. Up, down, and all around. Even with the trading frenzy that was going on all around through most of the rounds, GM Ted Thompson held true to one small part of pre-draft prediction, he only made 2 trades. Which isn't more surprising than some of the picks that were made or should we say, not made. I think Packers fans are going to be pleasantly surprised with DT Justin Harrell and RB Brandon Jackson, and I'm beginning to like more and more what I see on SS Aaron Rouse, LB Desmond Bishop, T Allen Barbre and even K Mason Crosby. There's reason to be believe this will be another strong draft by GM Ted Thompson and the rest of his Packers staff.

Of course what draft would be complete without some nagging and lingering questions on the players taken in the draft. Sure, DT Harrell the #1 pick is coming off just an arm injury, OK, and RB Jackson the #2 pick has had surgery on both his shoulders, well, it goes on, almost every single player drafted has a multiple injury history. That's risky business indeed. Then listening to how LB Korey Hall is going to be used at fullback. He hasn't played FB since high school, and yet his LB credentials are impressive. What are the Packers thinking. Then they draft RB DeShawn Wynn who at 239lbs is big enough to play FB, but didn't sound like he ever has. So some things with the Packers truly are not adding up right.

One of my draft weekend email conversations went like this:

  C: BeerKid. Wow, I cannot be more unimpressed with the way today (after the 2nd round trade down) has turned out!!

BK: Anti-climatic is how I'm feeling...

C: You are much more positive than I am.

BK: (after 1st day) not optimistic... more like AC/DC's Shot Down In Flames... but I'm still expecting to pull out of the death-dive spiral and skim back up over the top of the mountain and into the blue sky... with the girl.

C: (After completion of draft) I saw smoke in the distant Western horizon. I don't think you made it over the Rockies. The girl went with someone else.

Well, it looks like the plane may have went down like the Detroit Lions draft but the Packers parachute opened during the dive and well before smacking into the ground and although we didn't get the original girl, we still seemed to have landed in a campground full of girls with lots of beer, and that has left us with growing smiles on our faces.

Come on, the Draft wasn't that bad. Spend some time and head over to Packers.Com's Draft Audio/Video Archive and listen to all of the draftee's interviews and Coaches commentaries from both days of the 2007 NFL Draft. Go Pack!

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Here's the link for all the draft talk and wrap-up - 2007's Thirsty For A Draft.

With The 243rd Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
Clark Harris - TE, 6-5, 261, Rutgers

Finally the Packers address a need that us fans have been waiting 2 days for them to address, and by taking Harris late in the 7th round we'll see if he's enough of a player to make the team better. Check this out, he was a long snapper for both punts and field goal attempts at Rutgers.

Clark Harris during his post-pick conference call said that his strengths are route-running and catching the ball and one of his weaknesses is blocking and he was the long-snapper for several years and the Packers have asked him about his ability in that area.

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Harris compiled a string of 38 consecutive games with at least one reception, the third-longest streak in Big East Conference history... Has a tall, thick frame with good overall muscle definition … Shows enough of a short-area burst to get into his routes, planting and driving with precision coming out of his breaks... 4.83 in the 40-yard dash... Bench pressed 225 pounds 21 times.

NFL.Com Draft Profile

With The 228th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
DeShawn Wynn - RB, 5-10, 238, Florida

Big enough to be fullback, you wonder where's the open position for him based on the previous picks at RB in this draft. In his teleconference call DeShawn made it sound like he had never played fullback before.

Running Backs Coach Edgar Bennett said during the post-pick news conference that DeShawn is an intriguing player that should be able to come in and compete for a position and that DeShawn's a big back with quick feet and will have to be consistant, but he has talent.

During his teleconference call DeShawn said he would have no problem learning to play fullback and described himself as physical.

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Even though he started 10 games during his final season, a rash of injury problems limited his playing time and effectiveness most of the year... Built more in the lines of a fullback, Wynn has the outstanding field vision and cutback agility that some teams are comparing to that of Rams tailback Stephen Davis. Has a compact frame with good muscle thickness... 4.6 in the 40-yard dash... Bench pressed 225 pounds 21 times.

NFL.Com Draft Profile

With The 193rd Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
Mason Crosby - K, 6-1, 214, Colorado

So now the Packers have a Kicker with a big leg, interesting pick to say the least.

During the post-pick news conference Special Teams Coach Mike Stock said that they want to promote competition at all positions and even though Mason slipped in performance his senior year the Packers still like him.

Mason said during his teleconference call that he's played soccer his whole life and knew he had a strong enough leg for football. He's kicked in bad weather at Colorado and now he's ready to compete for the starting role with the Packers. Asked about his performance last year, he responded that he was 17-19 inside 55 yards, and that the poor performance was based on attempting 9 field goals of 55 yards or longer.

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When it comes to the art of kicking off, few players in the collegiate or professional ranks boast the leg strength Crosby has. The holder of 31 school game, season and career records, he closed out his tenure as Colorado's all-time scorer with 307 points. 5.2 in the 40-yard dash... Right-footed soccer-style kicker.

NFL.Com Draft Profile

With The 192nd Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
Desmond Bishop - ILB, 6-2, 239, California

Obvious brought in to compete with Abdul Hodge at the backup middle linebacker spot although the coaching staff is betting he'll end up backing up one of the outside linebacking positions this year.

Assistant Head Coach Winston Moss said that Desmond was rated a little higher than where the Packers were able to draft him and that he was going to get some work at outside linebacker.

During his post-pick conference call Desmond said he's ready to compete at whichever position the Packers put him at and that he believes he's the best run stuffing linebacker in the draft.

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Called the "pulse" of the Cal defense, Bishop enjoyed a banner senior year, leading the Pac-10 with 126 tackles. A model of consistency, he registered at least seven tackles in 18 of the 25 games he played in for the Bears... 4.77 in the 40-yard dash... Bench pressed 225 pounds 33 times.

NFL.Com Draft Profile

With The 191st Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
Korey Hall - ILB/FB, 6-0, 232, Boise State

Another outside the box pick who's an average size linebacker that the Packers are going to give a try-out at fullback and on special teams.

Assistant Head Coach Winston Moss confirmed that Korey will be listed as a fullback on the roster during the post-pick news conference questioning.

During his post-pick conference call Korey said that he was fine with moving to fullback to get some playing time and to help the team. He also said he hadn't played fullback since high-school and that no team had really talked to him about switching to FB.

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Named second-team All-America by the Sporting News... Named Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, as well as earning first-team All-WAC honors... First among the nation's linebackers in career interceptions...

Packers.Com Draft Profile

With The 157th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
David Clowney - WR, 6-0, 184, Virginia Tech

Another average sized wide receiver with blazing speed... 4.2 on an inside track, 4.3 on grass, and 4.4 at the NFL Combine. We'll see if he can push the other WR's on the roster for the 4th or 5th positions.

Packers Scout Lee Gissendaner said during the post-pick news conference that David is a tough guy, who can play with injuries, and that he has explosive vertical speed and with great body control when running routes. Wide Receivers Coach Jim Robinson also mentioned that the Packers will give him a chance as special teams returner because he has the ability to break tackles.

David Clowney said during his post-pick conference call that he is a football player who ran track, and that he ran 4.36 at the Combine with a bad hamstring, and that he's confident he can do whatever the coaches ask of him.

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David Clowney is a two-sport athlete who excelled in track at Virginia Tech... Has a lean, angular frame with room to carry more bulk without it affecting his quickness … Has adequate power to fight through the jam and get into position to make the tough catches in a crowd... 4.4 in the 40-yard dash.

NFL.Com Draft Profile

With The 119th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
Allen Barbre - OT, 6-4, 300, Missouri Southern State

Another smart Offensive Lineman from a smaller college.

Offensive Line Coach James Campen said in the post-pick news conference that Allen is a terrific athlete, and explosive football player, had 16 legit knockdowns in one game last year, and that the Packers would play him at both Tackle and Guard.

Allen Barbre in his post-pick conference call said that he is ready to take this opportunity and run with it, and didn't even know that the Green Bay Packers had any interest in him.

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Barbre might have toiled in relative anonymity during his career with the Lions, but opposing defensive ends, defensive coordinators and professional scouts were well aware of his outstanding quickness and blocking skills. The four-year starter not only matched up and contained the opposition's best pass rusher each week, but he was also an outstanding gunner on special teams, leading the punt coverage unit in 2006. 4.88 in the 40-yard dash... Bench pressed 225 pounds 28 times.

NFL.Com Draft Profile

With The 112th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
Traded to Pittsburgh

For 2 selections, the 119th and 192nd picks overall.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

With The 89th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
Aaron Rouse - SS, 6-4, 225, Virginia Tech

Wow, a strong safety who is almost linebacker size, and known for punishing hits. You have to like the idea of it, an over-sized safety roaming around back there waiting to hit any unfortunate to cross his path.

GM Ted Thompson said in the post-pick news conference said that Rouse will be used as a Safety and he had been more productive in his early years than the last year. A heavy hitter.

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The team's coaching staff and almost every opposing offensive coordinator agree -- pound for pound, Rouse was one of the most punishing tacklers to ever wear a Tech uniform. With his size, quickness and strength, several NFL teams are also looking at Rouse as a potential linebacker candidate. 4.55 in the 40-yard dash, 35-inch vertical jump, bench pressed 225 pounds 16 times.

NFL.Com Draft Profile

Rouse could be an ideal fit for a team utilizing a Cover-2 scheme that relies on quickness, range and physicality from their linebacking unit. In 2006, Rouse finished third on the team with 57 tackles (23 solos), adding two stops for losses and a forced fumble. He batted away two passes and picked off another.

Packers.Com Draft Bio

With The 78th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
James Jones - WR, 6-2, 199, San Jose St.

A strong wide receiver who can also return punts. Not super fast but does have the ability to throw the option pass. Hmmm....

Offensive Line Coach Joe Philbin said during his post-pick news conference said that the Packers like James Jones, he has excellent hands, plays fast, runs well after the catch. The Packers thought highly of him.

James Jones in his post-pick conference call said it was a little bit surprising that Green Bay picked him even though he had spent some time with the Packers at the combine. James is also excited to be catching balls from QB Brett Favre and he also likes to go for the jump-ball. Now that's something for Brett Favre to like.

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The consummate team player, the coaching staff took full advantage of Jones' athletic ability and versatility in 2006. He not only went on to lead the team in receptions, but he also showed a strong throwing arm for the option pass, natural hands to handle punt-return duties and an ability to keep the defenses honest by getting good yardage on the reverse. 4.6 in the 40-yard dash... Bench pressed 225 pounds 21 times.

NFL.Com Draft Profile

He led the team with a career-high 70 receptions, gaining 893 yards with ten touchdowns. He rushed eleven times for 76 yards and a score and returned eleven punts for 121 yards.

Packers.Com Draft Bio

With The 63rd Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
Brandon Jackson - RB, 5-10, 210, Nebraska

I wonder if this is the long secret rumored RB that the Packers were expected to take in the 3rd to 4th round... but thought best to take him at the end of the 2nd round.  Jackson also looks like he's a kickoff returner who in high-school as a track star ran 10.6 in the 100 meters.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy said during his post-pick news conference that the Packers liked Jackson's versatility and that it stood out as they watched game tapes of him at Nebraska. Coach McCarthy also said that Jackson's size will fit the Packers lead-zone run scheme.

Offensive Coach Joe Philbin said that Brandon plays big and he should be able to contribute right away, although it might not be that easy to supplant current starting RB Vernand Morency.

Brandon Jackson said during his post-pick conference that when the Packers were on the clock that he was feeling confident his name would be called and he was ready to move on up to the next level and happy to join the team and that he was familiar with the zone-blocking scheme.

BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life! the end of the season, Jackson would emerge as the breakaway threat the Huskers desperately sought. Brought along slowly in the first five games, gaining 154 yards in the process, Jackson took over the starting role against Iowa State and went on to amass 835 yards on the ground in his final nine contests. 4.41 in the 40-yard dash... 36-inch vertical jump.

NFL.Com Draft Profile

Ran for over 100 yards in four games during his career, all coming in 2006... Averaged 92.78 yards per game as a starter and 27.09 yards in games as a reserve... Touched the ball a school game-record 41 times... (34 runs, 6 catches, one kickoff). Finished third on the team with 33 receptions for 313 yards.

Packers.Com Draft Bio

With The 47th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
Traded to New York with the 235th pick

For 3 selections, the 63rd, 89th and 191st picks overall.

With The 16th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
Justin Harrell - DT, 6-4, 305, Tennessee

There were hints that the Packers were looking at a D-Lineman to draft in the 1st round, but DT Justin Harrell kind of comes as a surprise pick.  He didn't get to play much his senior year do an arm injury, but if he stays healthy, shows some determination and drive, he should make the Packers roster easily and find a lot of playing time this year.  Pre-injury, he was originally expected to be a top 10 pick in the draft.

When asked if they could have traded down and still have selected Harrell during the post-pick news conference, GM Ted Thompson said he had felt comfortable selecting Harrell with the 16th, and that 5 teams had made offers to trade up but that the deals weren't quite worth the risk.

Justin Harrell said during his post-pick conference call that his arm injury is all healed up and he's ready to go for the mini-camps and that he is also aware that he will be following in ex-Tennessee Vol and ex-Packers Reggie White's footsteps a bit, he wore number 92 in college.

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Harrell, the team captain who wears his emotions on his sleeve, knew the veterans were needed to step up and take charge in 2006 after a disappointing 2005 season. He was primed for a banner senior year, but suffered a ruptured left biceps tendon in the second game. 5.08 in the 40-yard dash... 30-inch vertical jump... 33¼-inch arm length.

NFL.Com Draft Profile

Harrell started all eleven games in 2005, shifting to left tackle. He totaled 39 tackles (21 solos) with 2.5 sacks and 7.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He intercepted a pair of passes, returning one for a touchdown and was credited with eight pressures. He also caused one fumble and batted away three passes. For his performance, he earned second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors.

Packers.Com Draft Bio

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Packer Palace Predicts... 

Here it comes... Here it comes... The 4th Annual Packer Palace Pre-Draft Prediction Extravaganza!!!  This is where we gaze deep into our cheese-encrusted crystal ball while drinking heavily and reveal all there is to reveal to all.  We get to show you what lays before the Packers as they head into the NFL's 2007 Draft looking to improve a team that was a weak 4 - 8 before rolling out the year on 4 game winning streak to finish at, well, to be honest, even with the almost thrill of making the playoffs at the end, the finish to 8 - 8 still left the Packers a weak team.  So!  Here's the chance for a team that did almost no off-season moves, OK, re-signing LB Nick Barnett and extending CB Al Harris' contract was huge, acquiring free agent CB Frank Walker was OK, so here's the chance for GM Ted Thompson with input from head coach Mike McCarthy to improve this team.  Take it from 2006's weak 8 - 8 team to strong 2007 playoff contending team.  That means paying serious attention to getting starting quality players at running back, tight end, wide receiver, safety and perhaps a defensive end/tackle.  What does the future unveil for Packers?  Clear away the smoke in the room 'cuz here we go...

Last year was an easy year to guess what was going on with LB A.J. Hawk all but ordained to be the Packers 1st round draft pick at the number 5 spot.  This year?  Not as easy, the Packers draft in the middle of the 1st round at 16th.  Also the Packers already have 9 picks in the draft, that leaves GM Ted Thompson little room to play at his favorite game of trading down to acquire more picks, unless he's trying to get back to the elder days of the NFL and have 15 players taken in the draft.  So if Thompson can't trade down to accumulate picks, is this year we get to see him trade up?  Maybe... It will more than likely happen on the 2nd day, We just don't see it happening with the 1st round pick, but you know Ted, that 1st round pick is susceptible for trade-down scenario, well, as are all the 1st day picks.  Does anyone really believe the Packers GM can let a day go by in the draft without a trade?  We don't either...

So by using the NFL's Draft Value Chart we're able to take the Packers 16th pick which is worth a 1000 pts, and play what if, what if the Packers were to trade down with the Jets, the value would be the Jets 1st round pick (25th - 720pts) and their 2nd round pick (59th - 310pts), well the Jets would be shorted just a bit, 30 pts, which could be the Packers 5th round pick (157th - 29pts), so a trade that swapped positions in the 1st round, 16th down to 25th, should also include a 5th round pick swapped with a 2nd round pick to balance out the value. For the Packers to move up 10 spots from 16th to the Redskins 6th overall pick, they would almost certainly have to give up their 2nd and 3rd round picks in exchange.

What the Packers should do:  Stay the course and take RB Marshawn Lynch from California.  We think there's a very good chance he will still be on the board and could make the Packers perceived weakness at Running Back become a strength.  Like everyone else We saw some flashes from RB's Vernand Morency and Noah Herron, but I saw nothing that impressed me or convince me that one of these guys is going to replace the aggressive running style of the recently departed Ahman Green.  So Marshawn Lynch should be able to fit right in as the featured running back in the Packers offense. All he has to do is be able to pick up blitz's and expect that Brett is going to throw him the ball whether he's looking the wrong way or laying on the ground or what have you.  Last year Morency looked good as the 3rd down back and so the Packers are in need of a starting RB.

What the Packers could do:  This all swirls around the alleged trade with the Oakland Raiders for WR Randy Moss, there's a good chance that the Packers have their eyes on one of 3 WR's in the draft, Robert Meachem (6'3" 211#) from Tennessee, Ted Ginn Jr (6'0" 180#) from Ohio State and Dwayne Bowe (6'2" 217#) from Louisiana State.  If the Packers are trading for Moss, or waiting for him to be released, or however Brett Favre has convinced himself that Randy Moss is coming to Green Bay, it's unlikely the Packers would draft a WR in the 1st round.

What the Packers could also do:  Looking for a fast TE to split the middle of field in between the cover-2 safety's?  Greg Olson of Miami is the man.  Certain to be available at the 16th pick, this is where most of the talk that the Packers might trade down to in the middle 20's of the 1st round somewhere and take Olson there.

What the Packers won't do:  Trade up to the 6, 7, or 8 positions of the draft's 1st round.  It might be expensive to make a jump like this, and I'm not talking dollars, I'm talking giving up your 2nd and 3rd round picks to accomplish this.  Now we know that GM Ted Thompson in 2 drafts has never traded up, it's always been down, one exception was trading WR Javon Walker for Denver's early 2nd round pick.  Thompson has made 8 trades, involving 7 Packers picks with the fore-mentioned Walker and received 17 picks in return.  Not that Ted Thompson can't break his trend and do something unexpected, it's just that, don't expect it in a big way this year.

So here it all comes down to this, with red-rimmed eyes and our usual un-focus'd gaze, this is what we see the Green Bay Packers pulling off in this years NFL Draft.  We see the trade up and we see a trade down, only 2 trades for much restrained Ted Thompson this year, and our amazing cheese-encrusted crystal ball reveals the Packers are going to trade down in the 1st round of the draft (our eyes are tearing up, we want a RB) and get the TE that coach Mike McCarthy has said his offense is supposed to be centered around, that would be TE Greg Olson of Miami.  Any hopes for getting RB Marshawn Lynch will be shattered by another team taking him before the Packers turn at 16.  Not liking the players at the position will give GM Ted his 1st chance to get a trade in after waiting for a few hours, and although we would really like to get another WR at the top of draft, our crystal (really, it's cheddar cheese-encrusted, and now tear and beer stained) ball is showing that Brett Favre really does know something besides football and tractor driving, that WR Randy Moss is coming to Green Bay.  The Draft will see the Packers taking the obvious needed position players at Safety, Running Back (rumored to be late 3rd or early 4th round) and a starting caliber DE or DT.  They have 9 picks, they'll spread them around all the positions and while our Chimay's are already chilling down for the big day, waiting to be drained honorably, with nothing else left to say, we've come to the end of our 4th Annual Packer Palace Pre-Draft Prediction Extravaganza!!!  Go Pack!

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P.S. Honestly, does anyone really think TT would trade a 1 and 4 to acquire the T.O.-like RB Larry Johnson from the K.C. Chiefs? Really? Didn't think so... I'd rather trade for Moss, and I would NOT be throwing any 1st or 2nd rounders for him either.

Quoth Lombardi...

It's easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you're a winner, when you're number one. What you've got to have is faith and discipline when you're not yet a winner.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Speak Out Spew Off... 

Fun Fact Of The Week:  Can you believe that the Packers have had a worse draft than the 2003 draft done by ex-GM Mike Sherman, where the Packers took projected 2nd round LB Nick Barnett in the late 1st round, and a bunch of players that never really contributed anything, well, LB Hunter Hillenmeyer who's played for the hated Bears ever since he was cut before the season started that year. 

It's happened, back in 1944, where the Packers GM and Head Coach Curly Lambeau drafted an incredible 32 players (something current GM Ted Thompson must surely be jealous of) and not one made the roster that year, 1st round pick G Merv Pregulman of Michigan shows up as playing 11 games in 1946.  Now the 1944 Packers have a little bit of an excuse for not needing any of those 32 rookies to make the team.  The Packers were 7-2-1 the year before, and ended up 8-2 with a 14-7 road victory over the NY Giants in the 1944 NFL Championship game.

Still, to draft 32 players and not find one that could make the roster, almost unbelievable, what an anomaly, even Sherman's luck and incompetence wasn't that bad.  So we'll raise our beers and have a toast to "the worst Packer draft in history" and hope that something that low won't happen again in the future.

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I hate to say it Beerkid, but the Packers did have a worse draft then Mike Sherman’s 2003 draft. It was Mike Sherman’s 2004 draft!

Ahmad Carroll, Joey Thomas, Donnell Washington, BJ Sander, Corey Williams, & Scott Wells.

Williams and Wells are ok, but WOW what a terrible terrible draft!

Bobby in Orlando

Believe me... the 2004 draft of Sherman's was sitting there as the "dis-honorable mention" choice...

I cannot wait for this next season,watching the story of the 67 Packers and the superbowl stories on the NFL channel is making it un-b--rable!

P.S GOD BLESS Virginia Tech.

BIG ERN said so!!!!!!!!!!

When the writers post these "toughest" schedules, they only seem to focus on wins/losses. We've got a very tough schedule:

3 straight playoff teams, at Minn. and then Chicago. SD unfortunately comes here early... Then check out that Oct./Nov. sched!! Back-to-back Broncos & Chiefs on the road? Thanksgiving and another Thurs. in Dallas? 10 days to prepare for the Raiders--whoopee... Then Rams and Bears back-to-back...

Ouch! Our road schedule is as tough as ANYONE'S.

It's 2nd place schedule, although the Packers barely were able to attain that level last year. The Packers open and close with games at Lambeau Field, and that tough looking 6 game stretch before the bye week, 4 games are at home. The NFL Schedule-Makers must really believe that Randy Moss is coming to G.B. (I don't anymore) to give us 10 days of rest (I'm sure they wanted hype) before the Oakland game. Also, most of the teams on the schedule this year finished last year like us at 8-8 or 9-7, makes it look tougher on paper than it might eventually prove out to be. That's why you play the games. Gotta love it!

All right Mister, let me tell you that winning means you're willing to go longer, work harder, give more than anyone else.

Packers Signs... 

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Quoth Lombardi... 

You never win a game unless you beat the guy in front of you. The score on the board doesn't mean a thing. That's for the fans. You've got to win the war with the man in front of you. You've got to get your man.

Quoth An Old Time Football Coach...

"You've got to want to make the other guy cry in front of his Mom... then you will have him beaten."

Contributed by Coach Carl

Thursday, April 12, 2007

2007 Green Bay Packers Schedule 

Date Team Time TV
Sat 08/11 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 06:30PM STATE
Sat 08/18 Seattle Seahawks 07:00PM STATE
Thu 08/23 Jacksonville Jaguars 07:00PM FOX
Thu 08/30 @ Tennessee Titans 07:00PM STATE
Regular Season
Date Team Time TV
Sun 09/09 Philadelphia Eagles 12:00PM FOX
Sun 09/16 @ New York Giants 12:00PM FOX
Sun 09/23 San Diego Chargers 12:00PM CBS
Sun 09/30 @ Minnesota Vikings 12:00PM FOX
Sun 10/07 Chicago Bears 07:15PM NBC
Sun 10/14 Washington Redskins 12:00PM FOX
Sun 10/21 - Open Date -
Mon 10/29 @ Denver Broncos 07:30PM ESPN
Sun 11/04 @ Kansas City Chiefs 12:00PM FOX
Sun 11/11 Minnesota Vikings 12:00PM FOX
Sun 11/18 Carolina Panthers 12:00PM FOX
Thu 11/22 @ Detroit Lions 11:30AM FOX
Thu 11/29 @ Dallas Cowboys 07:15PM NFL
Sun 12/09 Oakland Raiders 12:00PM CBS
Sun 12/16 @ St. Louis Rams 12:00PM FOX
Sun 12/23 @ Chicago Bears 12:00PM FOX
Sun 12/30 Detroit Lions 12:00PM FOX

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The Lombardi Football... 

Here's a really cool video on the acquisition from Vince Lombardi of a 1965 Green Bay Packers Team signed "The Duke" football brought to us from the Antique's Roadshow on PBS. Just click here or on the above pic.

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The Golden Boy...

Here's an article on former Green Bay Packers and Notre Dame great Paul Hornung - A personal side of the “Golden Boy” from Beti Trauth, at The Times-Standard website.

Although the fun loving Hornung was always in the middle of partying hard with friends, he never lost sight of his personal goal: To become one of the very best college, and professional, football players who ever played the game. The rest, as they say, is history.

But on a more serious note...

The fact that lots of coaches and players are pulling down millions in salaries and bonuses while the guys who made it possible are ignored is, he feels, completely inexcusable.

After asking the league for years to do what's right, and being ignored, Hornung's finally decided to do something about it.

”I'm now in the process of putting together a group of some of the most well-known old-timers like Mike Ditka, and we're planning on picketing one of the opening NFL games in September to gain some national attention for our cause,” he said.

”We figure,” he explained, “if we can get the media and the general public to put some pressure on the league, these players might finally be able to get both the individual respect and financial help, that they earned and deserve.”

Go check the article out.

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Quoth Lombardi... 

Teams do not go physically flat, they go mentally stale.

Thirsty For A Draft...

Here's some NFL Mock Draft predictions for the Green Bay Packers not featuring RB Marshawn Lynch of California.  Currently RB Lynch is the odds on favorite choice of Mock Draft Prognosticators everywhere, at 65% in Packer Palaces informal glance at over 40 websites featuring mocks of the upcoming NFL Draft.  If Lynch isn't available it will be interesting to see if the Packers go for WR or TE, I especially like the 7 round draft from Dr. U that had the Packers taking 2 WAC QB's... Enjoy!

Pro Football Talk now has the Green Bay Packers draft needs up.  PFT Editor Mike Florio with Matt Miller of New Era Scouting sum up the Packers situation pretty well, which is why PFT in their new mock draft 5.0 project the Packers to trade down and take TE Greg Olsen from Miami, "...Favre surely would love to get a guy like Greg Olsen, especially since every other team in the NFC North is now using the Tampa 2 defense, which is vulnerable against fast tight ends." 

BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life!


16.  Marshawn Lynch, RB, California - I hate to have the same damn pick as pretty much every mock draft I've seen, but this is a great place to get a future featured back for an offense that could be without their top runner, as Ahman Green will almost surely go elsewhere. Lynch has all the skills to be the best back in this class, if he can just put it together for a full season, and full career. Lynch is tough, has tons of speed, and very quick feet, as his body is close to that of Mr. MVP, LT2. But then again, it all depends what happens before the draft. If Green resigns, then don't expect the Pack to snag Lynch here. If GB does actually pursue a top receiver, via trade or free agency, then I don't even expect them to go offense here. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Green Bay went best player on the board for this selection, considering the vast areas of football they could improve in. With the assumption that Green is gone, I think Lynch gets the nod here, and splits time with Vernand Morency.

Lucky Lester

16.  Greg Olsen, TE, Miami - Bubba Franks has gotten progressively worse over the past few years, so the Packers could be looking for a tight end in the first round, especially if Marshawn Lynch is unavailable. Olsen, ran a 4.45 at the Combine and dazzled scouts in every other drill. Taking him could make Green Bay's offense so much more explosive.

Walter's Football

16.  Robert Meachem, WR, Tennessee - The Pack is in a bit of a pickle. With Buffalo reaching at the running back position and likely taking Lynch, that leaves Green Bay with a rather large void in the backfield. They could go with Louisville RB Michael Bush in round 2, and the Meachem pick could not happen at all if the rumored Randy Moss / Aaron Rodgers trade happens. If the trade happens, it might not go down until the eve of the draft. For now, Meachem goes here.

NFL Draft Office

16.  Greg Olsen, TE, Miami - The Packers fill one of their needs on the offensive side of the ball and give Brett Favre a target at TE that can stretch a Defense...the Packers passed on HB Lynch and the WR's here.

East Coast Sports News

16.  Leon Hall, CB, 5-11, 195, Michigan

Huddle Geeks Mock Draft

16.  Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson

NFL Draft Mock

16.  Greg Olsen, TE, Miami - While the The Packers need a running back, they will wait to grab one later in the draft. In olden days Favre liked throwing to tight end Mark Chumura. Bubba Franks, who showed promise early on his career, has disappointed recently. Olsen will provide Favre with a reliable weapon at tight end. Now if they get Randy Moss...

Jay - 900 Football Links

16.  Alan Branch, DT, Michigan

Mike - 900 Football Links

16.  Ted Ginn Jr, WR, Ohio State - The Packers need to upgrade their secondary unit and after losing Ahman Green they could also use another back, but they can address that in the 2nd or 3rd round. There has been a lot of talk about Randy Moss to the Packers recently, illustrating their desire to upgrade the WR position. Ginn Jr. will help at WR and make an immediate impact on special teams.

My Sports Rival

  16.  Marshawn Lynch, RB, California
  47.  Paul Williams, WR, Fresno State
  78.  Ben Patrick, TE, Delaware
108.  Jared Zabransky, QB, Boise State
147.  DeAndre Jackson, CB, Iowa State
178.  Jeff Rowe, QB, Nevada
209.  Dan Santucci, G, Notre Dame
216.  Matt Trannon, WR, Michigan State

Dr. U Fantasy Football

16.  Levi Brown, OT, Penn State - Ideal size and impressive quickness, excels in pass blocking. Questionable motivation may hurt status.

Junk Yard Jake

16.  Reggie Nelson, S, Florida - Nelson is excellent in pass coverage and might be good enough to play corner. He didn't have great combine numbers, but his spectacular "pro day" where he ran a nice 4.35 second 40 yard dash. He has assured him of an early first round selection in the 2007 NFL Draft. The packers are gnashing their teeth because they coveted RB Marshawn Lynch. I wouldn't even be surprised to see the Pack trade up to get Lynch or RB Adrian Peterson.

NFL Draft Dog

25.  Greg Olsen, TE, Miami - (Packers trade down with Jets)

Pro Football Talk's Mock Draft 5.0

16.  Marshawn Lynch, RB, California - Can this pick go any other way? We will find out. But I have to believe that if Lynch is there, he is a Packer.

New England Sports

16.  Marshawn Lynch, RB, California - The Packers came closer to the playoffs than most thought they would last season, and had a surprisingly decent year. Ahman Green is now a Texan, and it would not be surprising to see the Packers go in another direction at HB. Marshawn Lynch is a back who can do it all, including catch passes out of the backfield. Good vision and the ability to elude and slip through tacklers are positives for Lynch, a junior who declared early for the draft. Throughout his time at Cal, Lynch had great success despite sharing the backfield with other talented runners. As a freshman in 2004, he averaged an impressive 8.8 yards per carry for the Bears. In a way, he is this year’s version of Laurence Maroney- a highly productive top-ten talent who will likely fall farther than he should based on his position and team needs.

Consensus Draft Services

16.  Dwayne Bowe, WR, LSU - Brett Favre clearly wants some help at wide receiver, and it doesn't look like the Randy Moss trade is going to happen. Bowe has the size and speed to be a number one receiver at the next level and would make an excellent compliment to the Packers smaller receivers, Greg Jennings and Donald Driver. Don't be surprised, however, if they trade up for Lynch.

Draft Ace

16.  Ted Ginn Jr, WR, Ohio State - This was a tough pick for me, in my heart of hearts, the Pack needs a RB, but there arent any available and worth taking at this spot, so I went with the old adage in: Take the best player available.


16.  Leon Hall, CB, Michigan - Green Bay probably won more games than they should have last year, but it was due in large part to inspired play by their defense. Adding a player like Hall would allow Charles Woodson to move to safety and really improve the back 4 in their defense.

Draft Board Insider

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

2007 Pre-Season Schedule... 

Packers 2007 Pre-Season Schedule
Date Team Division All-Time
8/11 Pittsburgh Steelers AFC N 18-13
8/18 Seattle Seahawks NFC W   7-5
8/23 Jacksonville Jaguars AFC S   2-1
8/30 Tennessee Titans AFC S   4-5

Click here to see the Green Bay Packers 2007 Opponents.

Quoth Lombardi...

In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

From The Edge Of Western Drinking... 

Comes Boz who's checking in from his Packers Family Vacation in Kauai with a challenge to the rest of us Packers Fans worldwide.  It's the "West! Who's Got North, South and East" Worldwide Extreme Region Drinking Contest. 

Fresh off a recently tasted westside wheat at the Waimea Brewery in Kauai, "The World's Westernmost Brewpub", Boz is looking for the rest of Packers Nation to match him and find the other three most extreme regional points of the compass Brewpubs and send us back pictures of yourselves in a Vincent Lombardi Face Mask enjoying the time.  So when you find yourself at one of the most northern, southern, or eastern brewpubs in the world, make sure to check in by sending us an emali of your adventure.

BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life!

Boz at the Waimea Brewery in Kauai.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Best April Fools Day Joke... 

I love the simplicity of this prank that happened in Southern California awhile back on another April Fools Day:

Draining a Beer Truck

KFMB-AM, a San Diego radio station, announced that a beer truck had jack-knifed and could not be towed away until the beer had been removed from its tank.

Over 100 people showed up at the site where the accident was supposed to have occurred to help drain it.

Now imagine if that happened in Wisconsin, 1000 people would show up, with brats and grills and more beer in case the truck ran out.

BeerKid - Still Drunken Packer Fan 4 Life!  Eh!

Hey BeerKid... 

Here's what I think I've noticed lately. The Bronco's must not believe Carroll is there next big star, with them trading for Bly and all. (where do some of these teams come up with all this money.... you swear they must be over the cap!)

That offense for the Texans is starting to look a lot like the one Sherman had in Green Bay. He has Green, Dayne instead of Davenport. Also has some new linemen. (of course they've been needing them, how long before he trades for Barry I wonder) Looks more like Sherman's team than Kubiak's!!!

I see TT and MM staying a very tight course. I applaud them for sticking to their plan! I just hope it's a good plan! Players like consistency, I think. They like to see you walk the talk and will bye in to the plan if your backing up what you say.

Lastly I was thinking the same thing as you BeerKid a few weeks back when you mentioned "I wonder if TT would sign Reggie if he was available?" I seriously wonder myself...

Long Live the Pack!!!

Hey Long Live the Pack!!!

I guess the question has become how many rookies and 1st year street agents can a team rely on to start and provide depth while still being 20 million under the cap? TT is looking for more and rejecting many that are upgrades to positional depth...

Whether sitting and back and doing little can be called a plan or not, I'm kind of tired of the trade-down in the draft all the time shtick. Seems to be an "Out of quantity somehow we'll get quality" philosophy.

One last thing, I hope that TT's plan includes extending LB Nick Barnett's contract, that's going to be one of those 35 million/20 million guaranteed money contracts.  Keeping Barnett and LB A.J. Hawk together is going to be important for the defense.

and the Texans are probably going to have a strong running game this year... Mike Sherman always believed in that and pretty much delivered every year.  I wonder if T Kevin Barry ends up in Houston, if the U-71 will be back on the scene, Ahman Green got at least 5 yards every time they ran it.

BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life!

Hey BeerKid...

I have not been compelled to write to you before but now I am. You have a great site and I read it for all my knowledgeable Packer news and humor. Enough ass kissing, I lived in GB during the last Super Bowl and am a diehard pack fan. I now live in Canada so I do not get enough Packer talk. And I am not talking Packer talk that they do on Fox 11.

Anyway. What the hell is TT thinking? He has number 4 coming back for another shot at the dance and he stands, or sits by on his hands, and DOES NOTHING!!! Make the team better for christ sakes. Get a RB, get a TE, get a WR, and then draft some OL. Get it done. It is not rocket science. If he does not do anything, what is going to happen? Another 8-8 season. Do you think number 4 came back for that? Hell NO! He wants to win it all one more time. So TT get off your ASS, sign some players (if it is not too late) and make this team a contender. Or, Number 4 will be looking for a trade next year and will embarrass you and all of us die hard green and Golders. God I hate complacency.

Keep up the good work. Your site is the cream of the cheesy crop.

Hamilton aka Sign Boy, aka C.P.

Hey C.P. in Edmonton,

Maybe TT's Crazy like a Hibernating Bear?  Part of the answer is that many players aren't interested in playing in Green Bay, WI and those that are, TT wasn't interested in, or at least not interested in overpaying them.  Even though you will always have too overpay to get decent players to come in and play in the small town frozen environment of Northern Wisconsin.

If TT went for the bold moves - a near cap busting jaunt to get Brett into the deep playoffs with a realistic chance at a Super Bowl appearance and win... I think that Packers fans would forgive the 3 years of total salary cap and roster hell that might follow as a result... this Packers fan would...

BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life!

***** and no crap from any of you that may have noticed that some of my above responses have been reused and recycled from private communications involving different persons that is totally coincidental and completely related to the bottle of Chimay Triple Lager that I'm slowly (I wish, I wish) working my through at this very moment.  Besides great comments and statements by me are meant to be recycled and reused over and over for everyone's benefit. *****
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