posted on Nov, 16 2007 @ 08:27 PM
I've always got an opinion on the Packers. It's funny that Peter King wasn't behind the Packers, because he's a Favre groupie from way back.
Things have really come together for the Packers this year for a number of reasons. They are now a solid organization from top to bottom for the
first time since Ron Wolf left. Mike Sherman was a fine conscientious coach, but was an absolute disaster as a judge of talent. He should have never
been given the GM job and he almost sunk the Packers. Draft picks like Reynolds and Carroll were terrible, though he did score with Walker and
Barnett. Where he really fell down was in free agency. The money spent on Joe Johnson and Cletius Hunt was wasted. He seemed to have problems
handling players after becoming the GM. It's hard to make proper coaching decisions when you're the guy responsible for bringing in the players.
Ted Thompson is more conservative with the Packers money, and has made excellent decisions by redoing contracts for Al Harris, Donald Driver, Scott
Wells, Donald Lee, Nick Barnett, etc. Consequently, the Packers are playing very well as a TEAM.
Even at their most productive under Mike Sherman, and they were very productive for a couple years under Sherman, they never clicked the way they are
now. Favre had several good seasons statistically while Sherman was coach, but it was also when he was the most erratic and undisciplined. The
number of interceptions during that time speak for themselves. I think Sherman lost track of what Favre does best. He turned the Packers in to a
power running, down field passing team, and Favre has never been a great long passer. What he is is the best slant, out, screen, and fit it through a
tire at a 100 mph passer who ever played the game. He needs to be in rhythm, and when he is, there is no one better. When he is in rhythm, he
becomes a great long passer, as he's shown the last few weeks.
That leads to McCarthy. He has brought a young team together and has brought Favre back to what he is best at. He has also let Favre take ownership
of the offense, which he never did under Sherman. At no point previously in his career has he called the number of audibles he does now. He is
literally picking defenses apart, and it appears he could be calling as many a 30-40% of the plays at the line of scrimmage. He's still forced a
few, but man he's a different player than he was with Sherman. Both he and the exciting young receivers he's working with are having a blast, and
when Favre is throwing the ball with a smile on his face, the other team is in trouble. I also wonder if his wife's cancer may have been affecting
him a couple years back, and now that she is better, he's back in the game.
Thanks to Thompson, McCarthy has an excellent mix of young and veteran defensive players. I am very impressed how, like with Favre, he has let Harris
and Woodsen play their game, and is willing to live with a few penalties in exchange for big plays and the intimidation they bring to the field.
Barnett is playing at a pro bowl level, this after signing a huge contract which has caused a lot of players to sit back and enjoy life.
The effort on the field is inspiring. Popinga, though he makes mistakes, plays like a wild man, and that's something they were missing. Jenkins,
Pickett, Jolly, Williams, and Hawk all go all out on every play. They are a good safety or two away from total dominance.
Which leads to Aaron Kampman, the all star trier. I don't think there is a player in the league who has as much impact as he does, working with what
he has to work with physically. He is the James Brown of the NFL, the hardest working man in football. Next to Favre, I think he is the most
important player on the team.
I really think the Ted Thompson/Mike McCarthy combination is a very good one. I'm happy to say that, because I was pretty skeptical to begin
There's a few of my Packer thoughts for you. I think they'll beat the Panthers handily this Sunday. Come on, Testeverde is old enough to be
Favre's dad. LOL.
[edit on 16-11-2007 by Musky]