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Team checklist: Green Bay Packers

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The Packers will get their biggest influx of talent from the large group of men who landed on injured reserve during a season that nevertheless culminated in an NFL championship.

Thus, they don’t need to do much by way of acquiring talent in order to get ready for their run at a repeat.

Here’s where the Packers should focus their efforts as soon as the lockout ends.

1.  Re-sign Cullen Jenkins, or find his replacement.

Jenkins, a looming free agent, is expected to solicit a financial offer of a magnitude that the Packers wouldn’t be willing to muster.  So if they’re going to let Jenkins go, they need to replace him.

The Packers didn’t look to the draft for help, waiting until the sixth round to select a defensive lineman.  Howard Green and C.J. Wilson provide the top in-house options, with Wilson possibly poised to bust out.  (Mike Neal, whom we forgot to initially mention on that list, also will be in the mix, assuming that he is recovered from the shoulder injury that limited him to two games in 2010.)

The grow-from-within Packers are likely to go that route in lieu of paying for a 3-4 defensive end.

2.  Cut ties with Johnny Jolly.

Regardless of what happens with Cullen Jenkins and C.J. Wilson and anyone else considered to play defensive line for the Packers in 2011, it’s time to move on from Johnny Jolly.

Sure, he has avoided jail despite a pair of drug arrests, including the most recent incident in March 2011.  But the Packers simply can’t rely on a guy who is a slip-up away from a lengthy suspension and/or jail.

3.  Bring in one or more veterans who are hungry for a ring.

Based on their decision to engage in a grand total of, um, zero lockout workouts, the Packers possibly have become complacent after winning the Super Bowl.  The best recipe for avoiding that sense of satisfaction is to add a veteran player or two (or more) who are hungry for a ring of their own.

While some would contend that players like running back Ryan Grant and tight end Jermichael Finley, who have rings that they know they didn’t help earn, will provide the Pack with enough of a kick in the ass to get another, the fact remains that Grant and Finley and every other player who landed on injured reserve during the season have rings.

Though the Packers don’t like to overspend on free agents, they can give a player who has earned plenty of money the one thing money can’t buy.  And they should sit back and wait for the best veteran at a position of relative need (like outside linebacker and/or offensive line) to offer to take whatever the Packers will pay for a shot at a title.

Of course, any veterans would have to also fit in with the locker room, and not create distractions or disruptions.  If the Packers can add the right player or two (or more) who can bring hunger and extra accountability without derailing the back-to-back express, yet another Lombardi Trophy could be added to the case in which it belongs.

4. Make a decision about Ryan Grant.

The lockout has given the Packers an opportunity to take two weeks to assess Grant’s ability to recover from a season-ending injury in 2010 before paying him a $1 million roster bonus.  Due on the 15th day of the league year, the trigger now will fall deep into training camp.

It would be a surprise if the Packers simply cut him, but they have the ability to do so, if they decide that James Starks and whoever else they can block for is ready to go.

Though Grant may still have plenty left in the tank, the fact remains that the Packers managed to play 19 games without him in 2010 — and to become the best team in the league along the way.

5.  Unload Nick Barnett and Mark Tauscher.

As our friends at Rotoworld recently pointed out, dumping linebacker Nick Barnett and offensive lineman Mark Tauscher would clear more than $10 million in cap space.

Farewell, Nick Barnett and Mark Tauscher.

When the Packers locked up A.J. Hawk over the long haul, their plan for Barnett was obvious.  It’s only a matter of time before they pull the plug.

Tauscher appeared in only four games last year, and he’s 34.

Farewell, Nick Barnett and Mark Tauscher.

6.  Start locking up good young players to long-term deals.

The Packers have spent plenty of money over the past few years on contracts, but not for veterans who previously hadn’t played for the team.  Instead, the Packers have been re-signing the men who’ll provide the nucleus for the organization over the long haul.

It will be important to get key players signed before they get a whiff of the market, especially since their attractiveness on the open market will only grow as the team continues to succeed.

Thus, whether it’s Clay Matthews or Jermichael Finley or B.J. Raji or Jordy Nelson or any, some, or all of them, now is the time to consider finding a way to give them enough green and/or gold to keep them in green and gold deep into the decade.

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  1. superdanlp says: Jul 17, 2011 11:07 PM

    How can you have number 1 and 2 both be about replacing guys on the defensive line and never once mention mike neal (who happens to be the most likely replacement)?

  2. stairwayto7 says: Jul 17, 2011 11:09 PM

    Cancer survivors will not get a Aaron Rodgers autograph!

  3. MCxShow says: Jul 17, 2011 11:11 PM

    Honestly if the Packers do all of these things AND stay healthy, there’s no reason why they wouldn’t repeat as Super Bowl champs.

  4. hansenbrothers says: Jul 17, 2011 11:16 PM

    They won’t resign Jenkins. Mike Neal, last year’s second round pick, will be his replacement. They won’t really bring in any veteran free agents, because Ted Thompson doesn’t do that. The guys that will be hungry for a ring will be the rookies, and the guys who want two rings. They will need both Grant and Starks. Other than that, good post.

  5. woodyg says: Jul 17, 2011 11:19 PM

    The Pack is the elite of the elite ….. The standard that all other teams try to obtain …. It’s almost unfair in this day & age that the Pack have sprinted out to an uncontested lead over whoever the 2nd best team is in the NFL …. Eventually down the road, fans of the other 31 teams will cry foul because they will continue to fall by the wayside as the Pack dominate ….

    How sweet it is to be a PackFan in the 21st century ….. Can you say ‘dynasty’?

  6. herlies says: Jul 17, 2011 11:24 PM

    Team Checklist:

    #1 – pound Cutler

    #2 – block Detroit

    #3 – win a game by 4 points or less

    #4 – spot somebody more than 7 points for once

    #5 – earn Rodgers his first home playoff game

  7. eastsideballa says: Jul 17, 2011 11:26 PM

    #6 Lose to the Lions twice this year baby!!! Lions are out for blood son!! 12-4 EASY! Allahu Akbar everybody!!

  8. shaggytoodle says: Jul 17, 2011 11:27 PM

    I agree completely they need to figure out what they want/need to do with certain players (which would have all ready been done if not for the lockout)

    They do have a good solid core worth investing moremoney in, I think they all ready started with Williams, Hawk Jennings, I think they are willing to commit respectable amounts of cap to playmakers like CM3 as well.

    I think there is plenty of talent coming back off the I.R. all though it may clutter chemistry. I believe most teams wish they could have the kind of problems GB may turn up with.

  9. wamj2008 says: Jul 17, 2011 11:27 PM

    6. Win Super Bowl.

  10. racineexpat says: Jul 17, 2011 11:33 PM

    I guess it would be nice if you actually knew something about the packers. I see that you’ve corrected the omission of Mike Neal from your Cullen Jenkins post. Cullen is gone. No resigning him.

    Johnny Jolly is a non-story and certainly not a priority going into 2011. The Packers don’t have to do anything regarding Jolly, he’s suspended. He’s sick, he has a drug problem – he needs to get well.

    The Packers have no veteran needs in free agency. The outside linebacker position is fine. Perhaps you missed last season, they won the super bowl with their number one outside linebacker on IR. The Packers will have to address the Nick Barnett issue, that would be a priority.

    The number one player up for contract extension is Josh Sitton, who should have been in the Pro-Bowl.

    And call me cynical, but players don’t sign for less money to chase a championship. They’re pro’s, they play for money.

  11. jazzytrav says: Jul 17, 2011 11:33 PM

    Could Ryan Grant possibly be any more underrated? Two and a half years of everything from above average to sheer dominance, and he gets cast aside because of one injury.

    I think Starks will be decent, and I really like Alex Green, but there’s no reason to put extra wear on their tires when there’s a perfectly good, proven back on the roster.

  12. keramidas21 says: Jul 17, 2011 11:45 PM

    @eastsideballa says: Jul 17, 2011 11:26 PM

    #6 Lose to the Lions twice this year baby!!! Lions are out for blood son!! 12-4 EASY! Allahu Akbar everybody!!
    ——————————
    That’s funny!!!! The Lions will be good this year, but they are no where near as good as the elite Packers. When their China Doll QB can last a whole season and they win 10 games, then we might be able to consider mentioning the Lions in the same sentence as the Packers.

  13. gimmeabruschi says: Jul 17, 2011 11:45 PM

    Before the playoffs last year I said watch out for the Packers because they are dangerous as long as they don’t shoot themselves in the foot, even though lots of folks were scoffing at them.

    Now I’m saying repeating is extremely hard. It won’t happen. It’s a long season for the champ. Everybody is gunning for you. But they do have a helluva QB.

  14. rcpj22 says: Jul 17, 2011 11:47 PM

    Typical ignorant post by myopic bear fan…way to go stairway to idiocy! Of course you never let facts get in the way of your own oignorance! I appreciate Lion fan having hope but 12-4 really? No way!

  15. possiblecabbage says: Jul 17, 2011 11:49 PM

    I’m really having trouble thinking of veterans who: a) are free agents, b) play at a position where the Packers could use an influx of talent, and c) are inexpensive enough that the Packers would consider signing them as free agents.

    Seriously, can anybody come up with any names?

  16. bearsbeware says: Jul 17, 2011 11:54 PM

    keramidas21 says: Jul 17, 2011 11:45 PM

    @eastsideballa says: Jul 17, 2011 11:26 PM

    #6 Lose to the Lions twice this year baby!!! Lions are out for blood son!! 12-4 EASY! Allahu Akbar everybody!!
    ——————————

    I’ve been hearing a lot of smack from Lions fans lately, the last time they talked this much they ended up 0-16, not saying that will happen again but don’t get your hopes up yet… Now as a Muslim myself, how does Allahu Akbar fit in this post exactly? It’s football dude

  17. xxbomberxx says: Jul 18, 2011 12:01 AM

    “#1 – pound Cutler

    #2 – block Detroit

    #3 – win a game by 4 points or less

    #4 – spot somebody more than 7 points for once

    #5 – earn Rodgers his first home playoff game”

    Great list…. we do those things last year and we go undefeated, but I’ll take a Super
    Bowl!!!

  18. blackheld says: Jul 18, 2011 12:21 AM

    Okay, let’s look at the Packers.

    World Champions. Kicked Pittsburgh’s butt.

    THE BELT!!!

    Have 99 gazillion guys coming back off injured reserve.

    Lead pipe cinch to dominate football for years.

    Except…

    The Packers didn’t even win the NFC North, last year.

    Aaron Rodgers has potential concussion issues.

    The Packers split their games with the Lions, including Week 14, which they lost, 7-3. That’s SEVEN to THREE, folks. Drew Stanton and Shawn Hill outscore Aaron Rodgers and…what’s-his-name…by four points. Green Bay has no backup QB. None.

    The 99 gazillion guys coming back from IR include only two starters from the beginning of last year, one of those guys is leaving, and the other one might be cut.

    The Packers had no off-season workouts.

    Jenkins and Barnett are both leaving. Neal will get a shot, but basically no proven replacements for either, and no draft choices, either.

    Woodson is a year older and no proven replacement exists for him.

    Ted Thompson doesn’t sign veteran free agents. The Packers are going to need two or three veteran free agents.

    The division is going to be just as tough as last year…perhaps tougher…and the Packers didn’t win it, last year.

    I’m not quite ready to jump on the Packers’ dynasty wagon, quite yet, even though they’re still a very good team.

  19. title13xtown says: Jul 18, 2011 12:25 AM

    I dont get this obsession to replace Grant. He isn’t Chris Johnson so everybody thinks he sucks.

    He got hurt last year….oh no! Most backs get hurt at some point….it’s not like he tore a ACL.

    He doesn’t make that much money really….his contract isn’t going to hamper GB from doing extensions.

    He will be the starter…Starks will play the role of Robin and Green will be worked in.

    Now,if Starks runs for 500 in a backup role and shows durability I can see GB letting Grant walk but for now there is no reason to even thunk about cutting or demoting him.

    You can’t give Cullen 40 million when Raji is due for a blockbuster soon. Neal will have first shot…Capers will scheme the other guys in.

    The Packers aren’t going to sign a FA of a any note. Maybe a 4th string veteran corner who will fight for a spot……I love how after all these years people still link GB to notable Freeagents….or call for them to fill a hole with one…..lol….PAY ATTENTION!

    Saying the Packers might be complacent is a total slap into the face of McCarthy and Rodgers leadership.
    If Rodgers had organized a workout and Nelson tears an ACL then what?

    I predict Nelson and Raji get new deals early and they will work on Clay….Finley needs to finish a season before he gets his. If Clay gets done before too long JM could get the tag.

  20. goawayeverybody says: Jul 18, 2011 12:26 AM

    Historically it has been extremely difficult for a Super Bowl Champion to repeat. The Packers have as good a shot as anyone I suppose. But history suggests that they will not. Also, historically, the losing team from the Super Bowl falls on hard times the following season. I hope this occurs because I can’t stand the stupid Steelers.

  21. MossMoon2Packers says: Jul 18, 2011 12:39 AM

    Hey, Mike, you forgot one:

    7. If the NFL hires the World Anti-Doping Agency to do drug testing, the Packers must either scramble for replacement masking agents so that Clayroids stays juiced and at the top of his PED-propelled game, or, if that doesn’t work, replace Clayroids with a run-of-the-mill LB cuz that’s where his performance will end up. On the bright side for Clayroids, at least his testicles won’t be raisin-sized anymore.

  22. dawkattack says: Jul 18, 2011 12:57 AM

    Packers Elite lol lmao rofl gtfoh smh

  23. SpartaChris says: Jul 18, 2011 1:01 AM

    Bring in veterans? Like who, and for what position?

    Seriously, the only place the Packers might use veteran talent would be at the OLB position opposite Clay Matthews, and even that’s not needed. Frank Zombo was undrafted last season and showed tremendous promise as the season went on. Eric Walden did a great job filling in when Zombo couldn’t go and Brad Jones had 7 sacks in 2009. Unfortunately he missed last season due to injury.

    The Packers really don’t need to do a whole lot to be ready to defend the championship. I’m not saying they’ll repeat, but they do seem to have a better chance than most. At least on paper anyway.

  24. assassins14 says: Jul 18, 2011 1:10 AM

    #1 Move to L.A. so they can play in a real city! Green Bay? Come on is that even on the map?

  25. tokyosandblaster says: Jul 18, 2011 1:13 AM

    I think Stairwayto7 is a misguided Steelers fan, who is upset that his team was clearly outclassed in the Super Bowl. I think that everyone realizes that the Packers will probably get to 7 Super Bowl wins before the jailbird steelers, who are going to be on the decline. James Harrison is going bye bye!

  26. tokyosandblaster says: Jul 18, 2011 1:15 AM

    And the only 12-4 that the lions are going to get would be 12 games that Stafford misses and 4 games that he plays.

  27. hamdiggitty says: Jul 18, 2011 2:12 AM

    You Packers Fans LOL…..if I’m not mistaken our starting QB was out when we played Green Bay the second time of the season…..WE PUT YOUR STARTING QB OUT OF THE GAME….an WON!!!!

    sign Lions foever

  28. spidey817 says: Jul 18, 2011 2:32 AM

    Wait, haven’t you been harping on how bad of an idea it is to lock up young guys to long contracts ever since the Eagles started doing it?

  29. woodyg says: Jul 18, 2011 4:36 AM

    @ possiblecabbage …….

    ” Seriously, can anybody come up with any names? ”

    You couldn’t be anymore right …… The Pack has all the veteran leadership they could possibly need ….. Bringing in a couple veterans would only cause GB to cut someone younger, faster & stronger ….. Will never happen ……

    Considering that GB is SB Champ, this posting shows a real lack of knowledge concerning the team ….. A little more research by the author would have helped …….. “Sign good, young players??” …… Seems like all 32 might want to consider this strategy …….

  30. Matt-NC says: Jul 18, 2011 5:54 AM

    Because team players didn’t announce they were getting together to work out, does that mean it didn’t happen?

  31. krow101 says: Jul 18, 2011 6:25 AM

    I think the Packers will be a dynasty. Just like the Giants, Steelers, and Saints were.

  32. dd393 says: Jul 18, 2011 7:15 AM

    Bring in a free agent? Who? At what position? To provide veteran leadership? Not needed.

    BTW, if the Lions win eight games this year, they’ll be exceeding expectations. They’re just not that good. Especially with a porcelain quarterback.

  33. ghostposter12 says: Jul 18, 2011 8:18 AM

    hamdiggitty says:
    Jul 18, 2011 2:12 AM
    You Packers Fans LOL…..if I’m not mistaken our starting QB was out when we played Green Bay the second time of the season…..WE PUT YOUR STARTING QB OUT OF THE
    ———————————————–
    Yeh, 7-3 the Lions won. One of 2, 4 point losses the Packers suffered last year. The most the Pack lost by all year.

    Don’t forget to send a postcard to Packer WR Greg Jennings for dropping a pass enroute to the end zone that made that victory possible. He catches it – and it was in his hands – the Lions lose. Looks like he lost it in a light or something because he did not react when it hit his hands.

  34. jimmysee says: Jul 18, 2011 8:20 AM

    assassins14 says:

    Jul 18, 2011 1:10 AM
    #1 Move to L.A. so they can play in a real city! Green Bay? Come on is that even on the map?

    ————————————————————

    The Packers can’t move and never will move.

    All those stockholders would never permit it.

    That’s the greatest benefit of community ownership.

  35. scoops1 says: Jul 18, 2011 8:24 AM

    hamdiggitty says:
    Jul 18, 2011 2:12 AM
    You Packers Fans LOL…..if I’m not mistaken our starting QB was out when we played Green Bay the second time of the season…..WE PUT YOUR STARTING QB OUT OF THE GAME….an WON!!!!

    sign Lions foever
    ———————————-

    If you’re goin to shoot your wad over a reg season win, then keep shooting away…

    While you waste all your man juice on that win, The pack will be too busy shinning that SB ring they just won…

    Sometimes by losing the battle you find a way to win the war

  36. tsi4431 says: Jul 18, 2011 8:32 AM

    blackheld,

    Starters on IR in 2010
    Nick Barnett
    Brad Jones
    Morgan Burnett
    Mark Tauscher
    Jermichael Finley
    Ryan Grant

    The rest were starters, or became starters after injury. This is IR not just injuries.

  37. melonnhead says: Jul 18, 2011 8:36 AM

    “yet another Lombardi Trophy could be added to the case in which it belongs.”

    Pander much?

    Lombardi Trophies in the Packers’ trophy case = 4.

    Lombardi Trophies not in the Packers’ trophy case = 41.

  38. romeisfallingagain says: Jul 18, 2011 8:44 AM

    blackheld says:

    “The Packers didn’t even win the NFC North, last year.”

    -Um, who cares? They won the Super Bowl. I have no idea why people continue to bring this up. It’s beyond pointless. I’m pretty sure a world title matters more. Ask the Seahawks. And the Bears. Pointless.

    “Aaron Rodgers has potential concussion issues.”

    -No he doesn’t. He came back stronger than ever after his concussion and played much smarter. He hardly took a hit afterward.

    “Green Bay has no backup QB. None.”

    -This comment proves you are clueless. They have possibly the best backup in football. Did you watch the Patriots game? Matt Flynn almost took out Lord Brady. Miss that one? To even compare Shaun Hill and Drew Stanton is laughable. Flynn is a future starter in this league.

    “The 99 gazillion guys coming back from IR include only two starters from the beginning of last year, one of those guys is leaving, and the other one might be cut.”

    -The offense was built around Jermichael Finley. That’s more than just a “starter.” That’s a difference maker bigger than any team will add via free agency. Also, Brad Jones is the best LB coming off reserve. Nobody cares about Barnett. Jones was playing great before his injury. Not that it matters, because Capers made Walden and Zombo look like vested vets. Not sure who you mean when you say “one is leaving.” No other decent player coming off reserve is going anywhere besides Barnett, and he has already said he will renegotiate to stay. So, again, more pointless dribble.

    “The Packers had no off-season workouts.”

    -Who cares? Do you have any proof these coachless workouts matter at all? They were mostly a mess from what I’ve read.

    “Jenkins and Barnett are both leaving. Neal will get a shot, but basically no proven replacements for either, and no draft choices, either.”

    -C.J. Wilson and Howard Green were outstanding last year in reserve roles. Mike Neal is a perfect 3-4 end. D-lineman are just role players in this system. Jenkins will be missed, but not in a signifcant way. Barnett is an afterthought. Hawk and Bishop are clearly at the top of the depth chart. Non issue.

    “Woodson is a year older and no proven replacement exists for him.”

    -More idiocy. Did you watch Sam Shields dominate in the playoffs? He and Tramon Williams will form one of the best CB duos in football when Woodson is gone. And they beat the Steelers WITHOUT C-Wood anyway.

    “Ted Thompson doesn’t sign veteran free agents. The Packers are going to need two or three veteran free agents.”

    Wasn’t Woodson a highly paid free agent? One of the few TT signed since he’s been here, but why does that matter anyway? They spend their money locking up key draft picks and young stars. They have no holes on the roster that don’t have internal options to fill them. Where is the issue? I suppose they should have gone after Albert Haynesworth a few years ago? Overpaying for free agents is clearly how you build a champion.

    “The division is going to be just as tough as last year…perhaps tougher…and the Packers didn’t win it, last year.”

    Again, just simply pointless. They beat the Bears twice to end the season. They beat the Vikings twice. The Lions did win one against them, big deal. They are mostly hype right now and have proven nothing. One cheap win when GB was incredibly banged up and not playing at the top of their game. Put them against the Lions last year in week 17, you have a blood bath on your hands. And once again, the Packers WON the Super Bowl. Every division winner in the league would give up their pointless title to have that honor.

    Nice try, though. The end.

  39. svallen says: Jul 18, 2011 8:46 AM

    Some definite players the Packers must re-sign when lockout is over: Kuhn, Jenkins, Crosby – Jones is a possible must. (www.spotrac.com/free-agents/nfl/green-bay-packers/)

    This team is great already, and getting back all those players that had injuries last year is only going to make this team that much better I think. They need to find that niche that will keep them above everybody else – this team has potential to be really really great.

  40. backdapack says: Jul 18, 2011 9:06 AM

    hey melonomahead

    Lombardi Trophies in Bears Trophy Case = 1

    Lombardi Trophies in Vikings Trophy Case = 0

    Lombardi Trophies in Lions Trophy Case = 0

    not sure why Vikings even bother…do they have a Trophy Case?

    Green Bay Packers….13 Time World Champions!!!!!

  41. sj39 says: Jul 18, 2011 9:14 AM

    The Packers will suck this season.

  42. melonnhead says: Jul 18, 2011 9:25 AM

    Hey backdapack

    Lombardi Trophies in Packers Trophy case: 4

    Lombardi Trophies in Cowboys Trophy case: 5

  43. bordner says: Jul 18, 2011 9:57 AM

    hamdiggitty says:
    Jul 18, 2011 2:12 AM

    You Packers Fans LOL…..if I’m not mistaken our starting QB was out when we played Green Bay the second time of the season…..WE PUT YOUR STARTING QB OUT OF THE GAME….an WON!!!!

    sign Lions foever
    ————————————————
    What a joke. What was that? The Lions first win over the Packers in 5 years? So now you’re gonna steamroll over the Packers on your way to the Super Bowl? Because of one game?!!

    Actually, over the last 15-20 years, the Lions have seemed to give the Packers fits in at least one of the two games each season, occasionally winning a few of them. How’s that been working out for you so far?

  44. gregjennings85 says: Jul 18, 2011 10:06 AM

    Hey melonhead:

    The last time the Cowboys were in the Super Bowl, the Nintendo 64 had yet to debut (it was discontinued in 2003, nearly 9 years ago), and ‘Braveheart’ had just won the Academy Award for “best picture”:

    In the last 15 years:

    Green Bay Packers
    _____________
    3 Super Bowl appearances
    2 Super Bowl wins

    Dallas Cowboys
    ___________
    0 Super Bowl appearances
    0 Super Bowl wins.

  45. smoothjimmyapollo says: Jul 18, 2011 10:12 AM

    “Cancer survivors will not get a Aaron Rodgers autograph!”

    I get that you’re bitter about the Packers (and Rodgers specifically) carving up the vaunted Steelers defense in the Super Bowl, but don’t you think it’s about time to get some new material? Especially something other than a story that has pretty much been put to rest by everyone including the alleged snubbing victim?

  46. smoothjimmyapollo says: Jul 18, 2011 10:30 AM

    “WE PUT YOUR STARTING QB OUT OF THE GAME….an WON!!!!…sign Lions foever”

    “#6 Lose to the Lions twice this year baby!!! Lions are out for blood son!! 12-4 EASY! Allahu Akbar everybody!!”

    Is it me or did Lions fans start to get annoying quickly? I mean, they haven’t won anything of importance. They’re not being picked by anybody to win the Super Bowl so they’re not even paper champs – they’re a paper 9-7 team.

    As a Packer fan, I was kind of rooting for the Lions to compete for second place. I kind of felt sorry for their fan base. Look at what they’ve had to put up with in the last 20 years. They had a once-in-a-lifetime player in Barry Sanders playing under Wayne Fontes. They have Sanders retire with some decent years left in him. They get Matt Millen as a GM. They live through an 0-16 season. They live in Detroit. The list can go on and on for the torture they’ve endured. If they too become a bunch of trophy-less blowhards, then sending the Vikings out to LA just kind of feels like a wash.

  47. arnoldziffel says: Jul 18, 2011 10:32 AM

    Much has been made is some circles regarding the Packers lack of team-organized off-season practices this summer.

    But just remember – the Pack was holding organized team activities all the way through February 6th … (as were the Steelers.) Most NFL teams were done 4 – 5 – 6 weeks earlier, so the time off from practice is not as significant and may in fact, be beneficial for players who need to rest and heal at the end of a long, grueling but rewarding season.

    When the lockout finally lifts, the green & gold will have the same offense in place that they’ve had for the past six seasons, and they will not be relying on rookies to step in and contribute right away. There are plenty of teams out there that wish they could make the same claim.

    It’s not easy to repeat as champions in the NFL, but the Packers at least have the pieces in place to make a serious run at another ring.

  48. aaronitout says: Jul 18, 2011 10:33 AM

    melonnhead says:
    Jul 18, 2011 8:36 AM
    “yet another Lombardi Trophy could be added to the case in which it belongs.”

    Pander much?

    Lombardi Trophies in the Packers’ trophy case = 4.

    Lombardi Trophies not in the Packers’ trophy case = 41.

    ———————————————————

    Time for a history lesson for another ignorant fan.

    The Lombardi Trophy is named as such for the Vince Lombardi. Vince was the head coach of the Green Bay Packers during a reign of dominance in the 1960s. During that reign the NFL merged with the AFL and in order to establish a clear end of season champion they decided to play the Super Bowl. The Packers went on to win Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II. To pay homage to the accomplishments of Green Bay and Vince Lombardi the trophy given to the SB champion was deemed the Lombardi Trophy.

    You came out of your mom’s vag…she still your mom even though every other guy on the planet has been in there too.

  49. melonnhead says: Jul 18, 2011 11:09 AM

    In the last 15 years:

    ———————————————————-

    Just a random window of time, right?

    Cowboys 5
    Packers 4

  50. melonnhead says: Jul 18, 2011 11:11 AM

    aaronitout… you really got mom jokes? How about this… Vince Lombardi left Green Bay like his hair was on fire. He preferred to coach the Redskins. Put that in your meth pipe and smoke it.

  51. backdapack says: Jul 18, 2011 11:21 AM

    melonomahead…

    Packers – 13 World Championships
    Packers – 21 Hall of Famers
    Packers – Owned by their Fans

    Cowboys – 5 World Championships
    Cowboys – 12 Hall of Famers
    Cowboys – Owned by a Turd

  52. sakatak says: Jul 18, 2011 11:29 AM

    p e r v y h a r v i n says:

    The World Champion Green Bay Packers are young and getting better, they have all the pieces in place to repeat this year. The Vikings make me cry every day, wish they were more like the Packers.
    I have been in therapy all summer, looking forward to chatting soon. Peace.

  53. packergalmke says: Jul 18, 2011 12:32 PM

    I talked to Mark Tauscher a couple of weeks agao when he was in town. At this time he is unsure if he even wants to come back. Don’t be surprised to see him retire.

    Jenkins is gone unless he doesn’t go for the money. Who in the NFL doesn’t go for the money?

    Jolly is a non-issue. I don’t think Godell will let him back into the NFL anytime soon. That said, he was never in trouble while in Green Bay and with the team. His problem is at home in Houston with his posse.

    Barnett is as good as gone. First, the Packers were able to win the Super Bowl without him. The Pack had a way of finding Zombo and others and they did the job. Second, is Barnett the kind of guy who could be a cancer in the locker room if contract talks are slow? Third, with the photo hissy fit he threw the week before the team’s biggest game of the season was a distraction. It also proved he could be a cancer. He’s out.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Packers cut James Jones. He’s 3 or 4 on the depth chart for wide receivers but lacks the concentration to be higher than that. Donald Driver is healthy and says he’ll be back. Jordy was the go-to guy over the playoffs and Jennings remains #1.

  54. tsi4431 says: Jul 18, 2011 12:44 PM

    It’s sad that Dallas’ QB is a better golfer then quarterback.

    Damn, I guess Romo is better at something then Rodgers after all.

  55. cleonslamminsalmon says: Jul 18, 2011 1:26 PM

    blackheld-
    How do I know you’re a Vikes fan? Because you’re talking about us not winning the division when we won the Super Bowl. Division championships are meaningless. Unless you have seen your team win a Super Bowl, you wouldn’t understand this. Good luck on your move to LA.

  56. ntracks says: Jul 18, 2011 1:39 PM

    The Packers are a young team and are just going to keep getting better. None of those listed in the checklist are thing that are going to hurt the team or be a big decision for them.

    They’re an elite team that’s come together perfectly and have a great change of doing it again this year.

    Can you say repeat?!

  57. krow101 says: Jul 18, 2011 2:12 PM

    Can you say Giants … Steelers … Saints?

  58. packerfan12 says: Jul 18, 2011 2:16 PM

    People keep saying that the Packers can’t repeat because it’s too hard. I agree with that, but at the same time I think the Packers are going to bring a different look to the offense this year which they could very easily benefit from. Obviously they will incorporate Finley’s role a lot more and get the ball over the middle, but still spread defenses out, and hopefully still utilize their very talented receivers, and honestly, I can’t wait to see Randall Cobb play, we might actually have a decent return game soon.

    Also, I liked Starks last year more than I usually like Grant, I like how he doesn’t go down on first contact, but seems to lack big play ability and only really averaged 3.5 yards a carry, but having two fresh running backs along with Alex Green who may very well take Brandon Jacksons spot will certainly help.

    My only concern is the defensive line with losing Jenkins, this guy’s a beast, but he’s injured too often to pay the kind of money he wants, Mike Neal should be his replacement and I was surprised at how well he did as a rookie, also I really like C.J Wilson, he gets very limited playing time, but I think he can end up making an impact on this team in the long run.

  59. aaronitout says: Jul 18, 2011 2:33 PM

    melonnhead says:
    Jul 18, 2011 11:11 AM
    aaronitout… you really got mom jokes? How about this… Vince Lombardi left Green Bay like his hair was on fire. He preferred to coach the Redskins. Put that in your meth pipe and smoke it.

    ———————————————————–

    He left???? I thought he was still coaching!

    Every coach eventually leaves an organization. How about you try and come back with something relevant.

  60. stavreafavre says: Jul 18, 2011 4:42 PM

    Hmm… I thought most Wisconsinites were supposed to share the sort of low-key, borderline pessimistic view of things that I’ve always had. Sort of weird to see all of the “Repeat! Guaranteed Dynasty!” comments from Pack fans here. Of course, three or so years ago a lot of these posters were probably howling for Thompson and McCarthy to be run out of town on a rail. Oh well. Look, I’m as big a fan of the Pack as anyone. I think they’ve got a chance to repeat; I’ll even go along with the idea that they should be the favorites. They obviously have a great coaching staff, great QB, great players around him, and I like their draft class. But it’s REALLY HARD to win it all folks, even if you’re really good. You’ve got to have some spectacular plays now and then and also some luck somewhere along the way, such as we had last year with the Giants imploding against Philly. So let’s enjoy being champs, let’s hope (for more than one reason) that Rodgers doesn’t suffer any more concussions, let’s Back the Pack and ignore the Vikes and Lions and their fans until they prove they’re relevant – but let’s not get all filled up with hubris and arrogance. That’s just not the Wisconsin way.

  61. teal379 says: Jul 18, 2011 4:52 PM

    As someone mentioned – the issue with the Packers not having off season player led work outs is a non-issue. They played into Feb and haven’t had any major turn over at key positions or coaches to worry about.

    McCarthy is steady eddie – he doesn’t change much. Last year’s play book is probably 75% of this year’s book. They’ll be fine. If they do poorly it wont be because they didn’t get together at East HS and toss water balloons and run some sprints.

    As to the whole “repeat” issue – I believe the last team to go back to back Superbowls from the NFC WAS the Packers….. Pats had their double up (AFC obviously) and that’s basically it.

    It’s not easy, no one’s denying that but show me another team in the NFC that’s built better to do it than the Packers?

  62. asublimeday says: Jul 18, 2011 5:29 PM

    A real feat would be somehow recruiting more inbred fans.

  63. paulharghis says: Jul 18, 2011 7:13 PM

    Is it me or did Lions fans start to get annoying quickly?
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    Is it me or have Packer fans always been annoying?

  64. jazzytrav says: Jul 18, 2011 8:14 PM

    stavreafavre says:
    Sort of weird to see all of the “Repeat! Guaranteed Dynasty!” comments from Pack fans here.

    ———————–

    There might be two, possibly three comments even close to this in the entire list. I think you just made that up to make a point that didn’t need to be made.

    No one thinks a repeat or dynasty will be easy, but on paper, a team that wins the Super Bowl with a bunch of backups and gets all of their starters back to go along with those Super Bowl backups should have a statistically good chance of repeating compared to other Super Bowl winners.

    The other argument could be that there isn’t enough room on the roster for all of the guys coming back and the guys that filled in admirably, which means other teams may have a shot at some good football players courtesy of Ted Thompson’s scouting department.

  65. packerbacker12 says: Jul 18, 2011 11:22 PM

    Lion fans, we all know your team had such a ‘spectacular’ year last year as the Lions improved from their typical 2-3 win season to 6-10 but until the Lions actually show they can have winning seasons, I’d shut up

  66. packerbacker12 says: Jul 18, 2011 11:24 PM

    and also I think one of the other Packers’ top priorities is re-signing Josh Sitton. The dude is a beast and by far the best offensive lineman on the team.

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