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Green Bay Packers

Did Teddy Bridgewater Overtake Matthew Stafford as No. 2 ...

He's not at Stafford's level yet, regardless of what the stats might say. But... from what I saw of him this year, he definitely exceeded expectations, and in a couple of years I think he will be there. Stafford's pretty much hit his ceiling by this point in his career. He's good, but not great, and I don't think he is going to get better. Bridgewater, by contrast, is going to get better, probably quickly. Give him another year, and give him an offensive line where he doesn't have to run for his life, and I think the Vikings have a keeper. Which is good. Coming from a Packer fan, it's no fun when the Vikings aren't competitive.  (Jan 16, 2015 | post #5)

Minnesota Vikings

Bears at Vikings

Hey guys. Not sure why we're not having this discussion on the Packers forum but... First, since we ARE on the Vikings forum: congrats to the Vikings for a nice season. You're on the right track. Bridgewater looks like he's going to be pretty good with some more experience, and you have a couple of potential future stars on offense in Johnson and McKinnon if they keep developing. I think the Vikings are going to be contending in the very near future. Just have to get that O-line fixed. As most of you know, I'm not a homer/hater "my Packers are the best and everyone else sucks" sort of fan... I don't roll that way. I hope the Vikings do keep building and getting better because a rivalry doesn't mean anything when it's one sided. I'd rather watch the Vikings win a really well fought game against the Packers than watch the Packers blow them out in a no-contest sort of game, because above all I love watching a good game. Now, about Detroit/Dallas: personally, though I have no love for the Lions, I hope they do beat Dallas next week. Why? Because I think they are the one team in the NFC playoffs that can beat Seattle at home. Assuming (and no, I am not giving the Packers a gimme against Arizona or Carolina) that the Packers do win and make it to the NFC championship game, I would love to see the Lions come back to Lambeau. Back to the Packers forum...  (Dec 29, 2014 | post #63)

Minnesota Vikings

Vikings at Bears game thread

Look, I'm a lifelong Packer fan. That means that, though it's been a fun ride the last 20+ years, I also lived through the 20 years before all the fun. I really started paying attention right about the time Dan Devine took over and the slump really kicked in. So I know what it's like to be a fan of a team that's not playing up to the level you hope for. Having said all that, while I'm a Packer fam (again) I am not one of those homers that spouts "my team's the best, your team sucks". I do try to stay objective, and I'm pretty sure most of the guys who post here can back that up. And I'll say the same thing about the Vikings that I said before the season started: they are putting pieces in place to be pretty damn good a couple years down the road. But, it's going to take time. They are definitely not one player away from being a contender, but they are closer than a lot of people give them credit for. It's going to take a little patience, though. Is Bridgewater the answer? I don't think anyone can say he is, or that he isn't. In my opinion (and I realize that Cassel's injury kind of forced things) the Vikings did him a disservice by forcing him into the starter's role. Starting a rookie QB rarely works out, and it's made worse if the rest of the team isn't good enough to support him. He would really benefit by sitting behind a starter for another year. For the record, I think Ponder would have turned out much better if he had the same opportunity to learn instead of being thrust into the savior's role. Yeah, we have the great Aaron Rodgers, but people tend to forget that he got to learn on the sidelines for a few years before he became the starter. For every Andrew Luck or Peyton Manning or whoever that can start right away, there are tons of "franchise quarterbacks" that never make it, because too much is expected too soon. I believe that if Rodgers had started his career the same way Bridgewater has, his career probably would not have turned out the way it did. Best thing the Vikings could do at this point? Live with Bridgewater for the rest of the year, or put Ponder back in, work on getting a better offensive line assembled, maybe even bring Cassel back next year so Bridgewater has another year to learn, and things will take care of themselves. They've got a pretty good start, but they need a couple of years to really put it all together. But if you expect results faster than that, you will be disappointed.  (Nov 17, 2014 | post #49)

Green Bay Packers

Tonights game

Wow. Just wow. I don't think I have any other words...  (Nov 9, 2014 | post #4)

Green Bay Packers

How about those Packers?

Bears/Packers in 3 days, and it's like a graveyard around here. Where is everybody?  (Nov 6, 2014 | post #18)

Green Bay Packers

Sherrod

You know (not that this means anything, it's just interesting) the 2011 draft doesn't look all that great in general in the first couple of rounds. There are a lot of players picked in the first couple of rounds that seem like they didn't play up to their draft ranking. Lots of non-starters, or cut and signed by someone else, or just out of the league entirely. Seems like a lot more than usual. Second half of Round 1: Danny Watkins (23 overall) James Carpenter (25 overall) Jon Baldwin (26 overall) Gabe Carimi (29 overall) Derek Sherrod (32 overall) Round 2 Ras-I Dowling (33 overall) Ryan Williams (38 overall) Brooks Reed (42 overall) Titus Young (44 overall) Ben Ijalana (49 overall) Marvin Austin (52 overall) Jaiquawn Jarrett (54 overall) Mikel Leshoure (57 overall)  (Nov 6, 2014 | post #2)

Green Bay Packers

How about those Packers?

Geez, I hate when I'm right. I believe I started this thread by saying that I didn't think that the Packers would win this one. Now it's bye time, and then we hit the second half of the schedule. Still feeling pretty good about the season.  (Oct 27, 2014 | post #12)

Green Bay Packers

How about those Packers?

Can't believe how quiet it's been around here the past couple weeks, other than the fart guy. Our Packers are looking damn good. I am not ready to anoint them Super Bowl champs quite yet, but if they can keep this up, who knows how far they can go? I gotta say it's nice that while they are scoring 35+ points per game, they don't need to for a win since the defense is really coming together. Not having to rely on Clay Matthews is a huge bonus, I don't care if he only has 1 sack the rest of the year as long as the rest of the defensive front brings it like they have been. Clinton-Dix looks like the real deal, Morgan Burnett has finally figured out how to play, Hayward is making plays again... Next week we get the Saints down in New Orleans. I really don't expect them to win this one. Of course they certainly can, but NO is tough at home and they have to be pretty ticked about how their season is going, especially losing to Detroit the way they did this week. I'm writing it off as a loss at this point, but even if I'm right, the news isn't all bad, because... ...have you looked at the rest of the schedule? Once we get past NO, EVERY single game the remainder of the season looks very winnable. Bears, Eagles, Patriots, Falcons, and Lions all at Lambeau, and Vikings, Bills, and Bucs on the road. It's not out of the question that they could run the table at this point, and even if they lose to NO that still puts them at 13-3. Of course this could all fall apart in a moment (remember last year?) and anything can happen, but for now I have to like the Packers' chances. Your thoughts please...  (Oct 21, 2014 | post #1)

Green Bay Packers

Rodgers 200 TDs + more

Actually, in looking at the list, they are all active quarterbacks. It's not an all time list. That would explain Marino not being there. It also raises the question of who else isn't on it.  (Oct 8, 2014 | post #8)

Green Bay Packers

Quarterback dilemma for Vikings vs Packers

Yeah, though I don't post a whole lot I do read every post every day. Everyone's been pretty well behaved around here lately, with one exception whose posts I just ignore (and the regulars know who I mean). I didn't take PH's post as trash or sour grapes or anything, it just sounded like an opinion to me. Honestly his and Eric's dialogues have been the most interesting thing to read here of late, lots of good respectful football talk. Stay classy, Packers fans, and leave the trash talking to the fans of other teams. When you're a fan of a good team, you don't have to talk trash. Trash talking is the defense of a fan who knows his team isn't really all that great and has to try to bring the other teams down to their level.  (Oct 3, 2014 | post #29)

Green Bay Packers

GB at Det

I don't profess to have the answers, but one question has been bothering me for the last couple of years. Why is it, when the Packers have a 3rd and short situation, that they insist on throwing a 10-15 yard pass (or longer)? I didn't count, but it seems that they have had to punt way too many times because they haven't been completing those passes. I understand that the conventional wisdom is to run it and maybe they were trying to outsmart the defense by not doing what they would be expected to do, but I don't think it's a surprise any more. What's wrong with just giving the ball to Kuhn or Lacy (or even a Rodgers keeper on occasion) on 3rd and 2? Sure, it isn't guaranteed to work, but neither are the passes lately.  (Sep 23, 2014 | post #30)

Green Bay Packers

5 Keys To Victory For Green Bay Packers In Week 1

Wow. The Packers got handed a huge gift yesterday in Chicago. Let's hope they take advantage of it. Instead of being one game down on the Bears after the first week, they have the chance to be a game up after next week. Look at it this way: both the Packers and the Bears start the season with a game they should win, and a game they aren't likely to win. Nobody expected the Packers to win in Seattle, and they will be heavily favored to win next week against the Jets. Meanwhile, the Bears were huge favorites against the Bills, and then have to play SF at home, which will be a very tough game for them. Logic dictates that both the Packers and the Bears would start off the season 1-1. Instead, the Packers have a good shot to be 1-1, while it's likely the Bears will be 0-2. Absolutely huge. Not discounting the Vikings or Lions yet (who knows, anything can happen), but throwing homerism out the window and looking at it purely objectively, the Packers and the Bears are definitely seen as the top of the division. Hopefully the Bears' loss to the Bills will loom large down the road this season. Again, the Packers got a gift courtesy of the Bills... hopefully they can take advantage of it.  (Sep 8, 2014 | post #12)

Green Bay Packers

Traded

I see this as a positive. Thompson just went up in my estimation by doing this, basically admitting that the pick didn't work out. That's a sign of a good GM, instead of hanging on to him too long and using up a roster spot that can be used by someone who will help the team more. And I don't see it as a wasted pick... pretty much all the "experts " had Worthy ranked as a great value at that point in the draft. It wasn't a reach. It just didn't work out. It happens.  (Aug 13, 2014 | post #3)

Green Bay Packers

update

The loss of Barclay hurts. A lot. We've learned the value of depth over the past couple of years, and in my mind he was the single most important backup on the team. Hopefully someone can step up to fill that role, but I don't think there is another lineman on the team with his versatility. As it stands, the Packers need BOTH Sherrod and Taylor to step up now. Lyerla... well, it's a shame, but I don't think anyone was counting on him to contribute this year. It would have been a nice bonus if he came from nowhere to make an impact, but it wouldn't have been expected. It wasn't a given he was even going to make the team. Abbrederis... (and don't shoot me for saying this) was kind of the same situation. Putting the whole Badger homer thing aside, I don't think it was a given he was going to make the team either. Not that I make the roster decisions, but I wasn't ready to hand him a spot. Hopefully he can make a full recovery and come back next year to compete again. Now that Lyerla is confirmed out, I wonder if that is going to start the Finley rumor mill again. It's sounding like his insurance policy might not be as bankable as he thought... that it might not pay out if he's getting all these medical clearances to play. In that case, he is going to have to settle for a LOT less than he was asking. I'd be ok with the Packers resigning him for a lower, incentive based one year contract. Putting feelings aside and looking at it objectively, he's not worth what he was asking, but he is honestly a lot better than a league minimum contract.  (Aug 6, 2014 | post #7)

Green Bay Packers

contract extension

No complaints here. First Nelson, then Thompson. Now all we need is to get Cobb extended.  (Jul 31, 2014 | post #2)