Sunday, June 30, 2013
Saturday, June 29, 2013
"The problem is for those quarterbacks, one of these days, one of them is not going to walk off," Cunningham told the team's website. "It's a lot of pressure on him to physically do that. I think we all understand what the issues are and how to play it. I reflect back on my college days and it wasn't that hard to remember all that stuff because it put a lot of pressure on me in those days and it does in this league, too."
This guy makes a good case. Teams should use other formations like the pistol offense instead.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Check out 5 years of cornerback grading data here: https://t.co/odgleZ1mE2However, the article says that Woodson's high ranking is due in large part to his outstanding 2008 and 2009 seasons and he's now in the twilight of his career (obviously), so it's not expecting him to repeat that performance over the next five years.
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 28, 2013
At No. 7 is CB Tramon Williams. He might not be able to maintain that same level of performance over the next five years, there are questions being asked about him, but he's been consistent and able to play through injuries, so at least he has a chance.
Over the past five years, excepting the 2011 season, the Packers have had one of the best pass defenses. They were especially dominant in 2010, when a strong post-season from Williams helped carry them into the Super Bowl. The times are changing, three starters in their outstanding 2010 secondary (Nick Collins, Charlie Peprah, and Woodson) have been released in the last 12 months, and the players that will hopefully make them great over the next five years aren't the same ones.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Via Tyler Dunne at the Journal-Sentinel:
And it led to this tweet from Aaron Rodgers:
Not funny ESPNSchapp acknowledged the slip of the tongue, but it was ironic because Rodgers has taken of dim view of ESPN's on-air talent in the past and he took a swipe at Jon Gruden the tweet before.
— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) June 27, 2013
Not that any of it matters on the field, or will even matter when ESPN smothers him with praise next season because of his elite QB status, but it's something to pass the time during the quiet NFL summer.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Monday, June 24, 2013
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Saturday, June 22, 2013
"I have no I'll feelings for anyone over there," Jennings wrote in Saturday's edition of the Pioneer Press. "We're just back and forth. (Rodgers) jokes. I joke."
With all these interviews he's given this offseason, it's clear that what he's saying his true. He clearly doesn't want to have any hard feelings toward Green Bay. While it'll still be tough to see him wearing purple, it'll be somewhat tolerable due to what he's done in these past few weeks.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Giants, Jaguars join Vikings, Chiefs in Desmond Bishop chase http://t.co/BRQrRq68K0Bishop had an exceptional 2010 season, and recorded five sacks in 2011, but now he's coming off a lost year. The only advantage he has over someone like free agent LB Nick Barnett, who Pro Football Focus said had "two decent years in Buffalo", is that Bishop is under age 30. It would seem that Barnett's relative health (he hasn't missed a game since 2010) would offset that Bishop's three years younger, but that doesn't appear to be the case since at least three teams are in hot pursuit for Bishop while Barnett has been unemployed since February.
— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) June 21, 2013
Just in case anyone was worried that the Packers might have made a mistake in releasing Bishop, Pro Football Focus called LB Brad Jones a "Secret Superstar" while also noting that LB A.J. Hawk had his best pro season in 2012. GM Ted Thompson wasn't going to pay three inside linebackers like they were starters, so someone had to go and Bishop hasn't been outstanding since 2010.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
"(He is) extremely smart, like brilliant," Jennings said. "He's just thinking about how he can beat you the next time while he's beating you the first time. That's just the way his mind works. He sees something and it's like it's stored in a memory bank and he remembers it once he sees it and he's checking at the line."
It's good to see that there's no hard feelings between the two. If Greg showed anything in this interview, it's that he can still be liked by Packers nation despite his recent departure.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
First, he points out that the Packers' running game wasn't all that bad last season (FO ranked them at No. 13 overall). It's not that RB Alex Green was all that good (he wasn't) but QB Aaron Rodgers is a good rushing quarterback and no defense was lining up eight players in the box to stop the run.
The big problem he notes is that their running backs were lousy at breaking tackles. This has been obvious for a while; the Packers haven't had one capable of making a move in the open field since RB Ryan Grant in 2007.
And both Lacy and Franklin are very good at breaking tackles. Rivers McCown pointed out this breakdown from The Sideline View that ranked Frankin and Lacy as the second and third best backs in college last year for yards after contact. The best back was Giovani Bernard, who was a surprise as the first running back taken in the draft, but maybe it's not such a surprise considering how good he was at fighting for extra yards.
So while the Packers haven't had a back capable of making a defender miss in the open field or powering forward for tough yards in recent years, they now might have two of them.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
The release of LB Desmond Bishop is official: http://t.co/0gu2iKnWQzPrevious: Packers May Soon Release Desmond Bishop.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) June 17, 2013
Though one unfortunate consequence is that Bishop may soon visit the Vikings, who lost starting ILB Jasper Brinkley to the Cardinals in free agency. It sucks when anything done by the Packers potentially helps the Vikings.
Bishop had a surprising career with the Packers. I wasn't expecting much from him as a 6th round pick in 2007, but he made the team as a special teams player. He showed promise early on as a run stuffing inside linebacker, but it took him a couple years to figure how to cover receivers. After injuries to Nick Barnett and Brandon Chillar in 2010, he finally got his chance to start and had a great 2010 season.
Unfortunately, he wasn't as good in 2011, and then he was out for all of 2012. He'll be 29 years old at the start of next season. While he's likely to play for another team, the combination of leg injuries, age, and high price led to his release. Because of the coaches undying love for A.J. Hawk, and a surprisingly strong 2012 season from Brad Jones, the Packers are probably in better shape with them next season. Also, the Packers appear to be expecting more from second year LB Terrell Manning as a reserve. While the release of Bishop, and the previous release of LB D.J. Smith, is stretching their depth at linebacker, they appear to be comfortable with the healthy players still on the roster. With Bishop's likely demotion, his release should have little impact on them next season.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Friday, June 14, 2013
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Since the Packers only need two starting inside linebacker, paying Bishop like a starter doesn't make much sense. Especially for the Packers, who aren't known for ever keeping high priced veterans in reserve roles. Now the rumors have heated up again:
According to #NFL source, barring a contract restructure or trade, #Packers will be parting ways with ILB Desmond Bishop (@desbishop55).I can't see any team offering anything in trade for a veteran coming off a lost season (hamstring injury) who's scheduled to make over $3 million. A contract restructuring seems unlikely too. Bishop wants a chance to start, his goal is to be defensive player of the year, and he can't do that from the bench. As mentioned earlier, the Packers aren't known for keeping veterans as bench and/or special teams players. Plus, they still have depth at inside linebacker, even if Bishop is gone.
— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) June 12, 2013
Another problem is that the last time Bishop was healthy, he was bad against the run, which is exactly what you don't want from an inside linebacker. While he did record five sacks in 2011, usually after a delayed inside blitz, Jones had two sacks last season and Hawk increased his sack total from one and one-half in 2011 to three in 2012. They seem capable of making up what Bishop added as a pass rusher.
My only question is why now? Everything I wrote above about Bishop has been true for a while. This is the final week of OTAs (organized team activities) and he sat out at least one open practice due to his hamstring. That was precautionary and probably not a big deal, but the Packers apparently didn't see enough progress from him in some regard. Parting ways with him seemed inevitable to me for a while, but maybe the Packers have only recently come to the same conclusion.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Monday, June 10, 2013
Sunday, June 09, 2013
|June 23-29||Rookie Symposium, Aurora, Ohio.|
|July 11||Supplemental Draft (if necessary).|
|July 15||At 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for any club that designated a Franchise Player to sign such player to a multi-year contract or extension. After this date, the player may sign only a one-year contract with his prior club for the 2013 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the club’s last regular season game.|
Clubs are permitted to open preseason training camp for rookies and first-year players no earlier than 22 days prior to the club’s first preseason game.
Veteran players (defined as a player with at least one pension-credited season) other than quarterbacks or "injured players" (as defined in CBA Article 21, Section 6) may report to a club’s preseason training camp no earlier than 15 days prior to the club’s first scheduled preseason game or July 15, whichever is later.
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A three-day acclimation period will apply to players who are on a club’s roster up to and including the mandatory veteran reporting date. Players who join the roster after that date may practice (including wearing pads) and play immediately after passing a physical.
|July 22*||Signing Period ends for Unrestricted Free Agents to whom a "June 1 Tender" was made by|
|August 3||Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony, Canton, Ohio.|
|August 4||Hall of Fame Game, Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins, Canton, Ohio.|
|August 6||Deadline for players under contract to report to their clubs to earn an Accrued Season for free|
If a drafted rookie has not signed with his club by this date, he cannot be traded to any other club in 2013, and may sign a player contract only with the drafting club until the day of the draft in the 2014 League Year.
Saturday, June 08, 2013
Friday, June 07, 2013
As for the "I was at fault" one-liner, make sure you listen to the full Favre interview. Wasn't the emphasis of his point to WGR.Maybe it was just a throw-away line, but at least he said it.
— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) June 7, 2013
I wasn't happy with how Favre retired, and then un-retired. After years of going back-and-forth on retirement, his actions in 2008 were the final indecisive blow-up. I can understand why he had second thoughts, he could still play, but he should have given that some more thought before announcing his retirement in March 2008.
On the other hand, I wasn't thrilled with how the Packers acted either. Instead of trading him, they should have just released him. The Packers had even released Vince Lombardi from his contract, and more recently the Colts released Peyton Manning. Favre's trade was intended to keep him away from the Vikings, but that obviously didn't work. However, the 3rd round pick they got from the Jets for Favre was then part of the trade to acquire a second 1st round pick in 2009 that became LB Clay Matthews, so as usual, GM Ted Thompson knows what he's doing.
Over the past few years, I've avoided writing about Favre because it's a hot button issue for many readers, and I've read (and deleted) many angry comments about it. But time heals wounds and the issue is cooling off, though it's never going to go away. At some point the Packers will retire Favre's number, so says Aaron Rodgers, and they already tried to do it in 2008. When it does happen, it will be the public end to whatever bitterness remains between Favre and the Packers. It looks like his comments are starting to clear the way forward.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
CB Tramon Williams, after Charles Woodson moved to safety, has become their No. 1 cornerback. He had a fantastic run with three INTs in the 2010 playoff. But over the past two seasons he's only had six in total and his recorded pass defenses fell from 22 in 2011 to 16 in 2012. Part of the problem has been that he's drawn more difficult assignments. Also, he hurt his shoulder in Week 1 of the 2011 season and it's been bothering him ever since, though it looked like it was less of a problem last season. It hasn't helped him that the Packers' high powered offense has often forced opponents to throw a lot more to try and keep pace.
Cornerbacks' coach Joe Whitt Jr. has heard the criticisms of Williams and he doesn't agree with it. More interestingly, after two seasons of asking Williams to press in coverage, Whitt hopes to give more him more opportunities to play off and make big plays. From Jason Wilde at ESPN Wisconsin:
If you go back to 2010, most of his impact plays came from being off. This year, my whole mantra, and I told (defensive coordinator) Dom (Capers), I know we want to press because if you look at our completion percentage, they don’t complete a lot of balls on us. Now, we still gave up too many explosives but they don’t complete a lot of balls on us. We might give up a little more completions, but I’m going to allow them to do what they do, so you might see Tramon and Casey (Hayward) play off. But I have a feeling he’s going to make more of those splash plays .After a disastrous 2011 season, the pass defense bounced back to No. 7 overall according to Football Outsiders. The emergence of rookie CB Casey Hayward played a big role in that improvement, but Williams's presence as the No. 1 CB helped take some pressure off Hayward too. Over the past three seasons, the Packers have gone from 24 INTs as a team in 2010, to 31 in 2011, to 18 in 2012. Interceptions don't relate directly to great defense, the Packers pass defense was horrible in 2011, but they can completely change the direction of a game.
In 2010, their ball hawking secondary played a huge role during their Super Bowl run. While interceptions aren't everything for a pass defense, a secondary that make "more of those splash plays" might be what the team has been missing in the playoffs over the past two seasons.
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
"Honestly, I don't think we're far at all," Bush said Tuesday, via MLive.com. "We have the guys here to be able to win a Super Bowl."
While most football fans won't agree with that statement, I have no problem with a guy who just switched teams having a lot of confidence. He should. It makes the team and the fans like you. I still don't believe that they have any chance of having success in the postseason this year, but it's still nice to have hope.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
"I think our society is built on second chances," McCarthy said Monday, via ESPNWisconscin.com. "Think how many times you look through the history of successful individuals that probably or maybe wouldn't have happened without a second chance. Every case is different. There's no absolute right way and wrong way when you evaluate every situation. I'm glad to see Johnny Jolly going through the process that he's going through. (I'm) very proud of where he is to this point. But he still has a lot in front of him."
I honestly don't care what the team does with Jolly. In my opinion, he won't contribute to the team, so they don't need him. But he still could be an asset, so if they think it's necessary to give him another chance I guess they should.
Mike McCarthy was glad to have a couple players back: DE Johnny Jolly and CB Sam Shields. Jolly's return was delayed by the "program", I assume McCarthy meant Jolly's court ordered rehab program, but he's almost at his playing weight. The team won't rush him as he returns after a three year absence. Shields finally signed his one-year offer sheet, he'd been hoping for a long-term deal, though the Packers don't have a lot of incentive to give him one until he becomes an unrestricted free agent. He took the place of CB Jarrett Bush with the first team defense, which is definitely an upgrade.
NT B.J. Raji was asked about his contract situation and he wouldn't talk about it. Maybe they've started negotiations, but sometimes the Packers don't even tell the player or his agent what's going on. Charles Woodson wasn't even asked to take a pay cut. The Packers should want to re-sign Raji but you never know.
As for the practice itself, WR Jeremy Ross looked great when completely uncovered, RB James Starks can't hold onto the ball (a bad sign for his future with the team), and some players look great in practice and during games:
Randall Cobb remains one of the team's best practice players. Hasn't dropped anything. Several long gains today.
— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) June 4, 2013