One Side Wins All

The old saying: “Defense Wins Championships.” is very true.

Time and time again it is the defense that comes up big to win the big game. Think about Von Miller, Malcom Butler, Larry Brown, Ray Lewis, Reggie White … and on and on and on.

Teams know that a great defense is the key to winning so why doesn’t every team primarily focus on the defensive side of the ball?

If you really think about it, all you need is a great defense — by itself — to win games.

A good defense in and of itself can not only stop scoring but it can score all the points a team needs to win.

Shut out a good offense. Hold them to zero or three points and all you must do is get a pick-six or a fumble recovery returned for a TD to win.

An offense can only score to win.

Another old saying: “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.”

But …

If your basket is the defensive basket, it might not be a bad idea.

What do you think?

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3 Crazy Moves The Packers Should Make in the 2016 Draft

No risk. No reward.

Ok. Are we done with cliches?

It might be a good year for the Packers to take some odd risk in the NFL draft. Not the kind of risk that pays off instantly but some really l ong-term risk.

Herein are 3 off the wall pick ideas for the 2016 draft.


  1. QB – Yes, Hundley looks good but he will have sat too long before his shot comes. The best bet is to try and get him some live reps and use it as trade bait. Thus, this year grabbing a QB early might not be a bad call. Grab Connor Cook, have him sit for four years and #12 should be on his way out. Or the Packers GM (probably Wolf) can trade him similar to the way the 9ers dropped Montana. Sure we all cringe at the idea of A.R. wearing another uni but that’s life in big boy sports.

2.  WR – This year’s crop of wideouts have been labeled slow. Maybe, maybe not. The long and short of it is this: While the Packers might have one of the best receiver corps in the NFL, it takes one injury to change this dynamic in an instant. Why not stock up. It’s always better to have too much than not enough.

3. DB – Yes, go get another one. It looks like TT hit gold with Randall and Rollins. Come next payday that won’t be able to keep both. Oh and Ha Ha should be laughing all the way to the bank too. So keep the shelf full.

Just food for thought. What do you think?

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If not now … When?

?The Green Bay Packers build through the draft. Yes. we get it. The Green Bay Packers are not very active in Free Agency. Yes, we get it.

The Green Bay Packers win and are in the hunt for a title almost every year — yes we get that too.

But … (and you knew it was coming)

When do the truly remarkable take the big risk to make themselves legends?

When does the conservative approach (that isn’t getting the final job done) end?

When does the exciting free agent come to Green Bay (like Reggie White) and actually produce?

When does the organization move up –way up– in the draft and take a NEED?

When does the team stop acting like middle of the road players picked up in free agency are a big deal?

When does an organization tire of getting near the doorstep of a championship and instead breakthrough?

This is not a complaint or a rant or a unreasonable fit of emotion.

It’s merely a question: When is enough, enough?

For the first time ever, I’m not brimming with excitement for the upcoming season. I am looking forward to it, but in the back of my mind, it appears the Green Bay Packers are head down a familiar path.

Here’s another question Looking at the roster as it sits today, are the Green Bay Packers a Championship team?

The game isn’t won on paper. It’s won on a field. Lets see what happens.

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The End of an Era?

On the cusp of the Superbowl isn’t cutting it anymore.

There are rumblings out of Titletown that friction exists between Thompson and McCarthy. And while it seems obvious … Where there is smoke there is fire.

The clock is ticking on Aaron Rodgers career. His hard work and patience has — to some extent — been taken advantage of by Thompson. For the past few seasons, while the team has been close to going back to the big game, it has come up short. So what or who exactly is to blame?

Thus the only effort that has not truly been made to put them over the top — Free Agency: Must be addressed this off season. Hello Mr. Thompson, time to see if it works because doing the same thing (as well all know) is insanity.

If a true effort in free agency isn’t made it could be the end of the Thompson Era and the slow downward spiral of the Rodgers era as well.

Certainly such negative thoughts are not “The Packer Way” but logic must have a voice and the voice is saying: When you’ve dominated your division and conference for this long, eventually things break down and you must begin a new.

Nothing great lasts forever.

One more season may write the final chapter. We will see.

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3 Things the Packers Must Do to Beat the Skins

Sure the Washington Redskins do not appear to be much of a of a challenge as the Packers head into the playoffs, but fans beware….

This is, after all, the NFL playoffs. Crazy things can happen. (I.E. A team dominates the NFC Championship Game only to lose it in final three minutes.)

Assuming the Skins faithful will be loud enough to cause a scoring filabuster for the Packers, here are 3 things the green and gold must do to win next Sunday in Maryland.

Trick plays – Sure no one likes to use them as a consistent resource, but since the reality of the Packers receiving corps can best be summed up as…merely available, it will take a lateral or two to make this victory happen. (For those that think this is a bit nuts, Dan Reeves made a living off of trick plays at one time.)

Turnovers – Yes, I hate this one because it’s such a cliche. Every analyst can throw out the ol’ “The team that wins the turnover battle….” statement. It’s silly in most cases, but this isn’t one of them. I doubt the Packers will win without at least one interception or fumble recovery.

Unsung Defensive Hero – Calling Jayrone Elliott…Calling Jake Ryan…Calling BJ Raji..Oh and if you’re the real Mike Daniels, please stand up! It doesn’t matter what it takes, someone needs to make the Redskins offense very uncomfortable other than Clay Matthews.

We will see what happens. Anything can in the NFL playoffs.


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5 Things Packers Fans Should Be Thankful 4

Happy Thanksgiving! Sure the season has taken a odd turn of the unexpected, but the Vikings game may have been the wake up call to get things back on track. And the Bears tonight are next!

Nevertheless it’s a time to be thankful. Here are 5 things to be thankful for if you are a Packers fan:

5. You’re not a Browns, Lions, Bears or Jets fan

4. Your team plays in the best venue of all of sport – Lambeau Field!

3. The Packers as an organization constantly give fans something to look forward to … the New Titletown Plaza and venues soon to be built in Green Bay.

2. Goes without saying but we’ll say it anyway: Starr, Favre…Rodgers. Any team in the NFL would die for that lineup!

  1. Same old Jay!
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Has your Panic Attack Ended?

The sky turns grey in Green Bay after a Packers loss and the clouds appear as though they are close enough to the parking lot at Kroll’s West that you can touch them.

It’s an oddity of science that no one can figure out. It seems to happen every NFL season between one to four times.

The Packers lose and instantly everything needs to be fixed … the team will never win another game … fire Dom Capers…. McCarthy needs to get involved in the play calling…Where’s the pass rush?

Wake up boys and girls, the team we have now is the team we’ve always had under McCarthy — And I’ll take it every single time.

You don’t fire your entire sales staff when they don’t reach their goal for one week or month do you?

You don’t give your mail carrier the bird because your mail didn’t come at the right time last week do you?

So settle down. The Packers had one bad hair day. They drank some goofy Kool Aid and said things they normally would not have.

Tomorrow they could have a record breaking sale. They could sing a tune so well that they win the Voice…

To put it in McCarthy terms: “Keep Calm, Carry on”

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We are a spoiled lot in Packerland.

Undefeated after five weeks of the 2016/2016 NFL season and it feels like nothing more than the proverbial fart in the wind around here…

I guess that’s what goes with expectations.

So what have we learned?

  1. Defense is a nice surprise: CM3 could be looking at defensive player of the year so far.
  2. Our WR corps might not even visible if it weren’t for TT picking up James Jones.
  3. The NFL as a whole is down. It’s parity in the negative…a lot of teams are just not that good lets be honest.

Which begs the question: Are the Packers that good or is the NFL that bad?

And before we get too excited, remember weird things happen. Before you know it we are hosting the NY Giants or Seahawks for the NFC title at Lambeau….

But let’s just get there first.


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2 Weeks In…

So we’re two weeks into the 2015 NFL season and everyone in Pac.kerland is excited.

2-0 looks good doesn’t it?

James Jones looks like the perfect fit doesn’t he?

Other teams with high expectations are crumbling. Andrew appears out of Luck. Nothing is a Brees for Drew and it’s another snake bite for Romo as he will be a no show for most of the year.

Oh, and ….Same old Jay.

But be humble my Packer faithful. Eddie has a nicked peg. The Adams family is limping along and the linebackers? Anyone remember how reliable AJ Hawk was?

I guess reliable counts for something doesn’t it?

Now Chiefs roll into town with a bruised ego. I don’t want to  be Debbie Downer, but beware of your comfort my fellow fans.

Be humble my friends, be humble …  and carry on.

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Lost Piece Found

It was hard not to hear the Counting Crows in my head on Sunday.

“Mr. Jones and … fairy tales..”

I rest my case. Two past posts called  for veteran leadership and just when the Green Bay Packers were in danger of leaning all their weight on youth, an ol’ vet shows up to save the day.

Thank you Mr. Jones!

But here’s the thing, James Jones is only 31 years-old. At worst he has four good years in him. He’s not really an “old vet” yet.

To think he just needs to band-aid for 2015-16 is foolish.

Embrace the idea that he should reasonably remain in Green Bay for the next few years and retire as a solid fixture of team history.

Anything less would be a GIANT mistake.

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