Mike McCarthy fired up about his team

Mike McCarthy fired up about his team

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PackerBacker-Wic hitaKs

Wichita, KS

#1 Apr 29, 2012
Coach Mike McCarthy should be fired up with the players drafted, especially on the defensive side of the ball. The Packers have added depth and competition on the defense. The top 3 drafted will most likely be starters with the others contributing in certain situations. It appears that the Packers, with the players drafted, have become quicker and more athletic. I think training camp will be very competitive and should be a wakeup call for several veterans that they will need to step it up to remain on the Packer roster. Dom Capers will be allowed to be a little more flexible with different defensive packages than he was last year. The defense had become pretty predictable. If these new players improve a poor pass rush from a year ago I like our chances. Excited about the possibilities.
GBPfan

Colorado Springs, CO

#2 Apr 29, 2012
I like the focus on defense. The one disappointment is the failure to draft a running back. I have to hope the Packers find the next Arian Foster I guess.
normallylikeyell ow

Burr Hill, VA

#3 Apr 29, 2012
We need a Roger Craig. I guess there aren't a lot of those...
GBPfan

Colorado Springs, CO

#4 Apr 29, 2012
normallylikeyellow wrote:
We need a Roger Craig. I guess there aren't a lot of those...
Roger Craig was drafted in the second round. It's too late to find a Roger Craig.
normallylikeyell ow

Burr Hill, VA

#5 Apr 29, 2012
Well the next Arian Foster just signed as an undrafted free agent. Count on it.
GBPfan

Colorado Springs, CO

#6 Apr 29, 2012
I'm hoping he just signed with the Packers.
normallylikeyell ow

Burr Hill, VA

#7 Apr 30, 2012
I'm with you. Tyler couldn't get on the field at USC (I guess he got in trouble for saying what we all know: college players get paid). I like their tailback depth chart better than ours. We'll give him a try. The other UFAs look like fullbacks to me.
GBPfan

Colorado Springs, CO

#8 May 1, 2012
Tyler ran a less than impressive 4.76 40 yard dash at the combine. He apparently struggles with his weight, and doesn't appear to have much potential to break for long runs. He better have some decent blocking and receiving skills if he hopes to make the team. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that the Packers are going to find the next Arian Foster from this group of UFAs.
PackerBacker-Wic hitaKs

Wichita, KS

#9 May 1, 2012
GBPfan wrote:
Tyler ran a less than impressive 4.76 40 yard dash at the combine. He apparently struggles with his weight, and doesn't appear to have much potential to break for long runs. He better have some decent blocking and receiving skills if he hopes to make the team. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that the Packers are going to find the next Arian Foster from this group of UFAs.
What the Packers need is a RB to keep the opposing defenses honest. Are you aware of any experienced FA's out there that the Packers may be looking at?
GBPfan

Colorado Springs, CO

#10 May 1, 2012
The other RBs signed by the Packers include Duane Bennett from Minnestota and Nicholas Cooper from Winston-Salem State. I give both of them slightly better chances of making the team than Tyler. Bennett is a 5'9" powerful running back. He could be tough to find coming out of the backfield, but doesn't have extremely great speed either. Cooper is 6'0" 240 lbs. and is projected as a FB. I give Cooper the best chance of making the team since the Packers have only one FB on the roster. His size may give him an advantage to contribute on special teams also.
GBPfan

Colorado Springs, CO

#11 May 1, 2012
PackerBacker-WichitaKs wrote:
<quoted text>What the Packers need is a RB to keep the opposing defenses honest. Are you aware of any experienced FA's out there that the Packers may be looking at?
No, and I would be surprised if Ted Thompson signed any. Knowing how he operates, I suspect he is content with the players on the roster.
PackerBacker-Wic hitaKs

Wichita, KS

#12 May 1, 2012
GBPfan wrote:
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No, and I would be surprised if Ted Thompson signed any. Knowing how he operates, I suspect he is content with the players on the roster.
I agree with you here. After reading about Cooper he sounds like he could be a descent fill-in behind Kuhn. If the rb's can get and stay healthy there should be a few different options. I think if the offense can do a better job of keeping the ball a little longer in some situations it would be a great help. I went to the KC game last season and the Packers offense couldn't stay on the field long. Some of that can be attributed to the lack of a running attack, dropped passes etc.
eric

Arpin, WI

#13 May 1, 2012
Thats just it.WR dropped 7 passes vs NYG in the playoffs,You cant do that and expect to win.
Im trying to find the WR from U.of Dubuque,He set the NCAA alltime reception record with 675 ( old record was like 630 or something like that) he was pushing 2K in WR yards last year.Yes, i know its only Dubuque but still,to put up that kind of numbers,pretty impressive.The last thing GB needs is WR but still..Tori Gurley,Shakey Smithson,Randall Cobb,,so we have a great young WR,2 guys who turned down roster spots for other teams,so im sure TT knows this,problem is do you keep Donald Driver around? NOW that GB is 10M under the cap by releasing Chad Clifton and Nick Collins,thats not the problem,but,if Gurley is a huge talent,do you want to keep Driver around? Do you trade James Jones? That should be an interesting question to be answered this off season.
eric

Arpin, WI

#14 May 1, 2012
Michael Zeifel is his name.140 catches,1900+ yards and 25 Td as a senior,,,111 catches in his junior season.
PackerBacker-Wic hitaKs

Wichita, KS

#15 May 1, 2012
eric wrote:
Thats just it.WR dropped 7 passes vs NYG in the playoffs,You cant do that and expect to win.
Im trying to find the WR from U.of Dubuque,He set the NCAA alltime reception record with 675 ( old record was like 630 or something like that) he was pushing 2K in WR yards last year.Yes, i know its only Dubuque but still,to put up that kind of numbers,pretty impressive.The last thing GB needs is WR but still..Tori Gurley,Shakey Smithson,Randall Cobb,,so we have a great young WR,2 guys who turned down roster spots for other teams,so im sure TT knows this,problem is do you keep Donald Driver around? NOW that GB is 10M under the cap by releasing Chad Clifton and Nick Collins,thats not the problem,but,if Gurley is a huge talent,do you want to keep Driver around? Do you trade James Jones? That should be an interesting question to be answered this off season.
To me, trade James Jones while there is still value. As far as Donald Driver, I don't know. Sentimentally, I'd like to see him retire as Packer. Business-wise it would free up cap space. Withthe added cap space do you see any FA RB out there that Green Bay may be interested in? I tend to agree with GBPfan that TT will go with his current roster of RB's.
eric

Arpin, WI

#16 May 1, 2012
If they are any good,they are signed already.Ted may have to wait until someone gets cut.Sometimes a good back slips thru the cracks.
TT signed a few FA RB and who knows if one of them lands.James Starks,if he can toughen up,or bulkup or somehow not get hurt as much ( easier said then done of course) it would help ( and he only has 1 100 yard game)John Kuhn is ok,short yardage bang that 3 and 1 type although not as good as some there but a decent back.Alex Green who i like but coming back from an ACL so who knows.
I think Ted stays put and maybe signs someone who gets cut from somewhere.IF Sherrod can return healthy and play as good as Clifton did All year,Lang ( or Ray DOmiquez) can be solid at LG,Sitton improves and is healthy all season at RG and Bulaga ( or Newhouse,or Chris Campbell) can play as good as a healthy Bulaga,the line should be good enough to protect Rodgers and a great passing game should help out the running attack and make the backs a bit better.We need improvment at LT Newhouse played well in some games,not so much at others but he was a rookie so im hoping he takes that step forward and i expect he will.That will help out a ton!
GBPfan

Colorado Springs, CO

#17 May 2, 2012
eric wrote:
TT signed a few FA RB and who knows if one of them lands.James Starks,if he can toughen up,or bulkup or somehow not get hurt as much ( easier said then done of course) it would help ( and he only has 1 100 yard game)John Kuhn is ok,short yardage bang that 3 and 1 type although not as good as some there but a decent back.Alex Green who i like but coming back from an ACL so who knows.
That about sums it up -- unfortunately.
eric

Arpin, WI

#18 May 2, 2012
I think they will be ok..Good thing its a passing league and with Newhouse nad Sherrod with a year under their belts should take the step and the oline can be a bit better which will help the Running game at least a little bit.
GBPfan

Colorado Springs, CO

#19 May 2, 2012
eric wrote:
I think they will be ok..Good thing its a passing league and with Newhouse nad Sherrod with a year under their belts should take the step and the oline can be a bit better which will help the Running game at least a little bit.
I'm forced to be optimistic also. I just wish I didn't feel forced to be optimistic. Drafting a good RB would have been nice, but I understand that a team can't address every need and want in a single draft.
PackerBacker-Wic hitaKs

Wichita, KS

#20 May 2, 2012
GBPfan wrote:
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I'm forced to be optimistic also. I just wish I didn't feel forced to be optimistic. Drafting a good RB would have been nice, but I understand that a team can't address every need and want in a single draft.
I understand your forced optimism as I also feel the same. I am not saying the Packers should spend a lot of $$$ in FA on a running back but it sure would be nice to have one you could rely on when the game situation calls for it.

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