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Posted on: January 24, 2010 9:52 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2010 9:54 pm
 

Green Bay Packers 2009 Season Review: Weeks 5-9

Week 5: Bye

The Packers took a step toward trying to improve the offensive line by signing tackle Mark Tauscher on October 12, 2009 during their bye week.  Tauscher had been a free agent due to a surgery he had to repair a knee for the second time in his career. After successfully rehabilitating that knee the Pack signed him in hopes to help an offensive line that was absolutely dismal the first four weeks of the season.

Week 6: Packers vs. Lions; W 26-0; 3-2

After making personnel improvements during the off week, the Pack now looked to make improvements on the field against a young, poor Lions team. The score says they dominated, but still struggled greatly to protect Rodgers who got sacked five times. Rodgers still played well completing 29 of 37 passes for 358 yards for 2 touchdowns and one pick. Grant rushed for 90 yards on 24 carries. Driver led the team again in receptions and yards with 7 for 107 yards.  It was the defense that played great and dominated shutting the Lions out. Clay Matthews led the team with 2 of the 5 sacks and Barnett led with 9 tackles. The defense also forced 3 interceptions and allowed only 149 yards. In short, the Pack had a descent offensive day, but an incredible defensive day.

Week 7: Packers at Browns; W 31-3; 4-2

The game against the Browns was the last chance the Pack had to make improvements in game time situations before meeting the Vikings again in week 8. Well, on this day it looked like they were able to put everything together. The offensive line didn’t allow a single sack the whole game and gave way for Ryan Grant to go off for 148 yards on 27 carries and a touchdown. Aaron Rodgers completed 15 of 20 passes for 246 yards and 3 touchdowns. Greg Jennings led the team with 5 receptions and Donald Driver led in receiving yards with 84 yards and a touchdown.  The Packer defense had its best game of the year yardage wise allowing only 139 yards. They collected two sacks, one interception, and one fumble. A.J. Hawk led the team with 7 tackles.  All looked well. The Packers seemed to be rolling and had regained their confidence and were ready to welcome the Vikes to Lambeau Field for the second showdown of the season.

Week 8: Packers vs. Vikings; L 26-38; 4-3

The Packers were ready and the fans were confident as they welcomed Brett Favre and the Vikings to Lambeau for a rematch of week 4.  At this point the Vikings were 6-1 and the Pack was 4-2. With a win the Pack would be in reach of taking the division lead.  However, by the time the Pack took the field for their first possession of the second half they were down 24-3. The Pack then scored 17 unanswered points making it a 24-20 score at the end of the third. Unfortunately, they never overcame the Vikings and were outscored 14-6 in the fourth. In the end Aaron Rodgers played well in the comeback effort going 26 of 41 for 287 yards and three touchdown and no picks, but he was sacked 6 times. The offensive line was dominated by the Viking front again and held Grant to 30 yards. Jennings was the leading receiver catching seven balls for 81 yards and a touchdown. The Pack amazingly were plus 2 in the turnover category not giving up any and recovering two fumbles. Again the defense failed to sack Favre as he shred them for 4 touchdowns. Nick Barnett led the way on defense with 7 tackles. Most were giving up on the Pack, but even at this point if they could right the ship they could still make a playoff run.

Week 9: Packers at Buccaneers; L 28-38; 4-4

Week 9 presented an apparent easy first opportunity for the Pack to right the ship against the winless Buccs who had a rookie starting his first game in Josh Freeman. The Pack could never put the winless Buccs away though and allowed them to hang around. With about thirteen minutes left the Rodgers ran in a TD from 12 yards out to put the Pack up 28-17, but the Buccs went on to score 21 unanswered points and surprise the Packers. It seemed for the first time all season that Rodgers did not play well. He went 17 of 35 for 266 yards, 2 touchdowns, 3 picks and was sacked 6 times for the second week in a row. On the other hand, Grant seemed to run well with 21 carries for 96 yards and a score. Jennings led with 5 receptions and James Jones led with 103 receiving yards. The defense could only get to the rookie QB one time and picked him off one time. Hawk led the team with 7 tackles and the only sack. Packer nation was furious at the loss as all hope for a playoff run was gone and some questioned if a winning season was now possible. There were now plenty calling for the jobs of Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson. To be honest even I as a die hard Packer fan had given up. Rodgers and the Packer defense weren't done yet and still had something to prove during the last half of an apparent disappointing season.

Getting Back to The Basics  "Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence." --Vince Lombardi

Posted on: January 20, 2010 5:20 pm
 

Green Bay Packers 2009 Season Review: Weeks 1-4

Some may consider the 2009 Packers season a disappointment. They lost both matches against Brett Favre and the Vikings, they gave the Buccaneers their first win of the season, and had a disappointing exit from the playoffs.  However, I submit to you that this season was not a disappointment.  After falling to a 4-4 record after a surprising loss Tampa Bay, many gave up on the Pack, but they responded and went on a tear winning the next seven of eight games and finished 11-5; 6-2 at home. After week 9 many said the Pack would finish 6-10 just like the prior season, but they didn’t. This amazing run the Packers made to reach the playoffs is unfortunately somewhat forgotten by losing in the wild card round, but that is not a reason to consider the 2009 campaign a failure, instead let us consider it a great success.

 

Week 1: Packers vs. Bears; W 21-15; 1-0

The Packer offense struggled to get going most of the game due in part to poor offensive line play (which was a continuous theme all the way into the playoffs). The Pack only gained 76 yards on the ground led by Ryan Grant with 61 of those yards and a touchdown.  Aaron Rodgers finished 17 for 28 with only 184 yards and one touchdown which was the game winner with a little over a minute left. He was sacked four times. Greg Jennings led the team in receptions and yards with 6 for 106 and a touchdown.  The defense allowed a couple of big plays, but ultimately kept the Pack in the game picking off Jay Cutler four times and had two sacks. Brandon Chillar led in tackles with seven. An exciting win for the Pack, but it showed signs of a long season ahead.

Week 2: Packers vs. Bengals; L 24-31; 1-1

A pumped up and confident Packer team welcomed the Bengals who seemed to be down and out after losing on a miracle play against the Broncos the week before. However, this was a back-and-forth contest that found the Pack on the losing end as they ran out of time in the red zone. The offensive line played even worse than they did the first week allowing 6 sacks. Grant ran for only 46 yards and Rodgers added 43 of his own, but only because he was running for his life. He also went 21 for 39 in the air for 261 yards and one touchdown. Donald Driver led the team in receptions and yards with 6 for 99 and a touchdown.  The defense played decent forcing Carson Palmer to throw 2 picks and sacked him twice, but allowed Cedric Benson to run all over them for 141 yards. Charles Woodson led the team with 9 tackles and two picks returning one for a touchdown.  A tough loss for the Pack considering they were in range to score, but simply ran out of time.

Week 3: Packers at Rams; W 36-17; 2-1

Against the Rams here in week 3 the Pack were looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss to the Bengals and build momentum and confidence for the big matchup coming in week 4 against the Vikes. Fortunately the Pack focused in on the Rams and took care of business. The offensive line looked a lot better allowing only two sacks, but then again the Rams didn’t pose much of threat. Grant ran for 99 yards and the Pack overall ran the ball for 152 yards. Rodgers went 13 for 23 for 269 yards and two touchdowns. Driver led the team with 4 receptions and Jennings in yards with 103. The defense played well forcing 3 turnovers, but only sacked the quarterback one time. A.J. Hawk led in tackles with eight. Perhaps the Pack allowed more points than they should have, but overall a dominating win which was just what was expected.

Week 4: Packers at Vikings; L 23-30; 2-2

The much anticipated matchup against Brett Favre and the Vikings didn’t turn out at all like Packer fans hoped. Instead all critics broke loose with negative statements as Brett carved up the Packer secondary, the defense failed to put pressure on the aging quarterback, and the offensive line once again played disgustingly horrible allowing an astounding 8 sacks. Grant actually seemed to run the ball his best so far going for 51 yards with a 4.6 yard average, but the Pack were simply playing catch-up all game. Rodgers went 26 for 37 for 384 yards, two touchdowns and one pick. In short, Rodgers played well for the most part, but could take the blame for the pick and a sack or two. Jermichael Finley led the team in receptions and yards with 6 for 128 yards and a touchdown.  Rookie Clay Matthews personally kept the Pack in the game when in the second quarter he stripped the ball right out of Adrian Peterson’s hands and took 42 yards for a touchdown tying the game at 14. Nick Barnett led the team with 7 tackles. This loss gave way to all Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson haters and already some fans were giving up on the Pack. Now the Packers had three weeks to get their act together for the rematch at Lambeau Field.

 

Getting Back to The Basics  "Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence." ―Vince Lombardi

 

Posted on: August 26, 2009 2:30 pm
 

Best Wide Reciever Corp in NFL?

I have been watching a lot of film from the 2007 and 2008 seasons of the Green Bay Packers. As a Packer fan I knew we had a good group of receivers, but when I really started analyzing them I realized that we have the best top to bottom receiving corp in all football.  The names include Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, James Jones, Ruvell Martin, Jordy Nelson as the top five.  Let's look at a few reasons why most would not think that this is the best receiving corp.

First of all, you may be thinking if you're not a Packer fan that you have never even heard of the last three or at least one or two of the last three. Well, just because you have never heard of them or they are not big names arcross the NFL doesn't mean they aren't good.

Secondly, not a single one of these guys finished in the top five of any of the major receiving categories last year. Only Greg Jennings finished in the top ten in a few of them.  He finished 6th in receiving yards, 9th in average yards a catch, 8th in touchdowns, and 8th in yards per game. Once again in 2007 Jennings was the only to finish in the top ten in any category. He finished 4th in average yards a catch and 4th in touchdowns.

So now you are wondering then why I think this group of receivers is the best in the league. Well, the reason none of these guys have finished in the top ten in any category the last two years except Jennings is this: because they are each so good at what they do Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers have found it easy to spread the ball around to all five receivers as well as to tight ends Donald Lee and Bubba Franks.  Because the Packers use the five receiver set so often the opportunities for one guy to compile league leading stats greatly diminishes.

Let us also just consider the two starters Greg Jennings and Donald Driver. Both of these guys finished with over 1,000 receiving yards in 2008. Therefore the two of them alone accounting for over half of Aarond Rodgers' passing yards. Driver finished with 74 receptions and Jennings with 80 receptions which means that nearly half the competions Rodgers threw were to these two men.

Now let us also consider that they have vastly improved in the turnover category. In 2007 they lost six fumbles, but in 2008 Jennings was the only one to lose a fumble and he did only once.

However, I could keep giving you stat after stat, but to truly see why these five guys are the best group in the business you'll have to go back and watch their performances the last two years. The yards after the catch and the fact that they are very difficult to bring down. These guys are tough in fact you rarely see Driver fall backwards when being tackled. He is always pushing and falling forward for that extra yard or two. Coach McCarthy even said that all five can line up in any spot on the line and play it well. Each one of them can play the slot and the wide out which makes the possiblities for the coaching staff endless.

No these guys aren't singularly the top elite receivers with Larry Fitzgerald or Randy Moss (although Jennings is close), but as a group they are undoubtedly in my (call it bias if you want) mind the best wide receiver corp in the National Football League.
Posted on: July 21, 2009 10:37 pm
 

Let's Talk Rodgers

I posted this on the Green Bay Packers Fanatics fan page, but thought for my first blog that I would post it here too. Feel free to comment.

As a die-hard Green Bay Packer fan, I love Brett Favre and what he did while he was our quarterback, but he is gone. I wish him the best whether he becomes a Viking or stays retired. Although, if he becomes a Viking it will leave a "bad taste" in the mouth as some of you have put it, he will always be a hero to true Packer fans everywhere. He took this team from nowhere to the favorite up and coming team in the '90s. Even during the years when the Pack finished below .500 they were always feared by opponents and never considered a weak opponent because of Brett Favre.

With that said I'd like to move on from Brett Favre talk (by the way EJ great article) and talk about our current starting quarterback Bret...I mean Aaron Rodgers (still getting use to that after 16 years) Although A-Rood had a great year statistically the team performed at a sub-par level last year. Although the Pack didn't make any major roster changes last year we forget about the major injuries they suffered throughout the year. That is what I consider to be the reason for the let down.

James Jones was bothered by a knee injury all year, Atari Bigby was limited to seven games with ankle and hamstring injuries, Nick Barnett was done for the season after nine games with a torn ACL, Cullen Jenkins was gone after playing in only the first four games, our center Scott Wells was troubled most of the season with a few different injuries, and, although it didn't cause him to miss any games, Ryan Grant was bothered by a hamstring injury most of the season.

With that said I don't believe it is a debate of whether Brett or Aaron would have been better for the team last year. Perhaps Brett would have made them better but ultimately I think they would have still come up short with those injuries plaguing them.

This year looks to be a promising year, though. All of those guys mentioned earlier are now healthy and ready to improve. Now Aaron Rodgers is being discussed as one of the top five QB's in the NFL and rightfully so I believe. With a stellar statistical year last year considering it was the first time he was a starter, he will definitely improve this year. He is our guy and I like him. He doesn't have the fun personality that Brett played with, but he does have the competiveness.

I was browsing around the internet trying to find someone else who was talking about Aaron Rodgers instead of Brett Favre and found this great article on yahoo sports.

"Most would consider there to be a big three with the quarterback position this year – Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. While I won’t argue that, I would contend Aaron Rodgers makes it a big four. Because of his weapons on offense and ability to run the ball (207 rushing yards with four scores last season), I actually think he has more upside than Manning, but because Rodgers is a much bigger health risk, he remains outside the big three for now. Still, this is a QB who got 7.5 YPA with a 63.6 completion percentage and 32 touchdowns in a season he entered having never started a game in the league. Over his final four games, Rodgers got a staggering 8.6 YPA while tossing eight touchdowns. Donald Driver may be aging, but Greg Jennings has established himself as a star, Jordy Nelson impressed as a rookie, and James Jones is an overlooked talent who will finally be healthy after a knee injury limited him throughout 2008, so the Packers are loaded at wide receiver. Rodgers could blow up."  (by Dalton Del Don)

I'm not entirely conviced that Donald Driver is slowing down or that Aaron Rodgers is a "much bigger health risk," but I really agree with the comments. Aaron Rodgers is one big season away from being an elite quarterback. I hope that big season is this year.

GO PACK!
 
 
 
 
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