Season-opening opponent less than ideal

Season-opening opponent less than ideal

There are 14 comments on the WAOW-TV Wausau story from Sep 5, 2006, titled Season-opening opponent less than ideal. In it, WAOW-TV Wausau reports that:

The Chicago Bears are hardly an ideal season-opening opponent. The Bears bring back all eleven starters from a defense that ranked first in fewest points allowed last year.

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jerry

Eagle River, WI

#1 Sep 5, 2006
To the contrary, I'm glad we are opening up with the Bears at Lambeau. Because there are so many new players on the team, the Bears will not know what to expect, whereas after the Pack plays a couple of games, the opposition will be able to develop a strategy. Call me crazy, but I think we actually have a chance of beating them in this first game.
Packer Destiny

United States

#2 Sep 5, 2006
jerry wrote:
To the contrary, I'm glad we are opening up with the Bears at Lambeau. Because there are so many new players on the team, the Bears will not know what to expect, whereas after the Pack plays a couple of games, the opposition will be able to develop a strategy. Call me crazy, but I think we actually have a chance of beating them in this first game.
I think the key to the game is going to come down to our ability to stop the run. If we can't hold them to under 120 yards on the ground, I don't give us much chance to win. Granted, this is assuming we don't have massive turnovers or penalities, which are always factors in every game. From a strategy standpoint, however, we have to stop Thomas Jones (and Adrien Peterson and Cedric Benson, if he plays). If we can stop the run game, then Grossman will be forced to use the air. So the second key to the game is to get Charles Woodson to respond to this game like his career depended on it. But who really cares if we can't stop the run?
Norton

Beaver Dam, WI

#3 Sep 5, 2006
Packer Destiny wrote:
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I think the key to the game is going to come down to our ability to stop the run. If we can't hold them to under 120 yards on the ground, I don't give us much chance to win. Granted, this is assuming we don't have massive turnovers or penalities, which are always factors in every game. From a strategy standpoint, however, we have to stop Thomas Jones (and Adrien Peterson and Cedric Benson, if he plays). If we can stop the run game, then Grossman will be forced to use the air. So the second key to the game is to get Charles Woodson to respond to this game like his career depended on it. But who really cares if we can't stop the run?
PD! I don't think the defense is bad in the run, I know the pass rush and and tackling sucked during the preseason.. Here is what I hope was the plan, don't show anyone anything during the preseason..Leave the best for when the games count...No one and I mean even us fans should have a idea what there game plan will be.
New coaching staff should be hiding as much as possible...
This goes for the offense/special team play also..
Henry

Stevens Point, WI

#4 Sep 6, 2006
As long as KGB is an every down player, the Packers will have a weak spot against the run. The guy simply cannot rush from the inside. Watch him. Just about every down, he swings WAY around the outside, trying to go around the offensive line rather than through it. This has worked out great for him against the pass. He's close to beating Reggie White's team record for the Packers. However, it leaves a huge hole for the running back to go through. The main question here is, can our linebackers pick up the slack? I think they can this year - I think linebacker is our most talented, depth-filled position on the team. However, they're still going to have to be on the top of their game if the Packers look to stop them from rushing the ball at all.

In other news...I'm sweating just thinking about how close the season opener is. There's absolutely no feeling in the world quite like the 10 seconds or so leading up to the opening kickoff of the season. I can't wait!
eric

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#5 Sep 6, 2006
I think Mike Montgomery or Cullin Jenkins should play that end on 1st and 2nds and kgb on 3rd ( passing downs)
jerry

Eagle River, WI

#6 Sep 6, 2006
Keep your eye on rookie DE Jason Hunter who is even quicker than KGB. He is lighter, but can add 10-15 lbs w/o losing a step. It will be fun watching how he develops this year.
eric wrote:
I think Mike Montgomery or Cullin Jenkins should play that end on 1st and 2nds and kgb on 3rd ( passing downs)
Henry

Stevens Point, WI

#7 Sep 6, 2006
Yeah, he's going to be their speed pash-rush specialist from what I understand. And I'm happy for that, because we haven't had a sack specialist since KGB became a full-time starter. However, from what I've seen (though I stand to be corrected) he's still not too good against the run. We need a good d-end for running situations.

Eric, I've heard the Michael Montgomery is good against the run as well. Cullen Jenkins is a pass-rush interior lineman, not a run-stopping DE, but Montgomery might not be a bad bet there. To be honest, I'm going more off of camp reports than actually seeing him, but I like his style of play and hope he suceeds.
Packer Destiny

United States

#8 Sep 6, 2006
Norton wrote:
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PD! I don't think the defense is bad in the run, I know the pass rush and and tackling sucked during the preseason.. Here is what I hope was the plan, don't show anyone anything during the preseason..Leave the best for when the games count...No one and I mean even us fans should have a idea what there game plan will be.
New coaching staff should be hiding as much as possible...
This goes for the offense/special team play also..
Norton, I hope you're right. I'm just worried b/c Chicago has a decent running game.

Also, I would think it unlikely that the coaching staff would hide everything simply because we have a young team that needs to get as many game-time reps as possible. But you never know. McCarthy probably didn't show all the cards he was holding.
Packer Destiny

United States

#9 Sep 6, 2006
Henry wrote:
As long as KGB is an every down player, the Packers will have a weak spot against the run. The guy simply cannot rush from the inside. Watch him. Just about every down, he swings WAY around the outside, trying to go around the offensive line rather than through it. This has worked out great for him against the pass. He's close to beating Reggie White's team record for the Packers. However, it leaves a huge hole for the running back to go through. The main question here is, can our linebackers pick up the slack? I think they can this year - I think linebacker is our most talented, depth-filled position on the team. However, they're still going to have to be on the top of their game if the Packers look to stop them from rushing the ball at all.
In other news...I'm sweating just thinking about how close the season opener is. There's absolutely no feeling in the world quite like the 10 seconds or so leading up to the opening kickoff of the season. I can't wait!
Yeah, KGB is so fast he likes to swing way outside. He's not a bruiser that pile drives his way inside. I think you're analysis is right on the money: it's going to come down to the play of our linebackers. I like the way TT overhauled the unit. I'm very excited about watching Barnett, Hawk, and Poppinga (and Hodge too). If we can prevent turnovers, the first game should be classic.
Packer Destiny

United States

#10 Sep 6, 2006
eric wrote:
I think Mike Montgomery or Cullin Jenkins should play that end on 1st and 2nds and kgb on 3rd ( passing downs)
Mike Montgomery looked good in the preseason. Cullen Jenkins was a surprise (to me at least) last year; I hope he continues to improve.
Packer Destiny

United States

#11 Sep 6, 2006
Packer Destiny wrote:
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Mike Montgomery looked good in the preseason. Cullen Jenkins was a surprise (to me at least) last year; I hope he continues to improve.
I almost forgot: what about Aaron Kampman? He's quality.
eric

United States

#12 Sep 6, 2006
The Bears defence allowed the fewest points in football last year against an unorganized offence(us). but, The Bears also have mr Florida Rex Grossman at qb. and he still doesnt have alot of expierience.We can stack the defencive line because Grossman wont throw much at us,and stop thier underated running game ( in my opinion for what its worth).if we do stop the run,it truly will be low scoring because we wont score muuuch anyway against thier defence and lord knows Chicago doesnt have the offence to socre via the pass.
Henry

Stevens Point, WI

#13 Sep 6, 2006
Packer Destiny wrote:
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I almost forgot: what about Aaron Kampman? He's quality.
Yup, that's true. Kampman is solid against both the run and the pass. I'm not too worried about the left end. Just the right end where KGB resides.
eric

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#14 Sep 6, 2006
If A COUPLE OF THE YOUNGER ENDS STEP IT UP,I WONDER IF THAT PUTS KGB ON THE TRADING BLOCK DOWN THE LINE??( DUE TO HIS LESS THAN STELLER PLAY AGAINST THE RUN)

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