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Bring On Your Packers Questions

Posted August 3rd, 2011 @ 03:08pm

I'd like to run a modified chat over the next few days. Fire away your questions in the comment section or via the "contact" button and I will post them in blog format and continue to update it through the week.

Here's one I've gotten a lot via email while filling in on KFAN this week: Why do you think the loss of Cullen Jenkins is bigger than the loss of Darren Colledge? I have a hunch the Pack will find a very capable replacement for Colledge. There's a spirited competition among Lang, Newhouse, McDonald and Sherrod, with the rookie getting the first chance early in camp. One of those guys will step up and grab that job.

Meanwhile, I don't think the Packers have anyone on their roster with the skill set Jenkins has. He was very productive in the 3-4 when he was on the field, causing opponents to pay attention to him, while freeing up Clay Matthews to wreak havoc from the other side. I think the Pack will be fine on early downs with Green manning the spot, but in passing situations, Neal, Wilson or Wynn needs to take a big step forward. Neal would be the favorite, but he isn't expected to be 100% until sometime in October and you can bet the training staff will bring him in slowly.

Side note, it was kind of cool to have a Twitter exchange with Neal on Tuesday. When he tweeted that he had just watched a few hours of tape on Cullen Jenkins, remarking on what a beast he is, I tweeted back: "Great. Now please BE him for 16+ games this season." He tweeted back: "I'm me." Love that...maybe I got under his skin a bit, but you know he realizes he as a great opportunity in 2011. With BJ Raji coming into his own as a Pro Bowl talent, that will only help his development.

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on April 6th, 2012 at 03:42pm

What do you think of the kick returner/ punt return situation. I hope they do not keep sending Charles Woodson back there.

on August 3rd, 2011 at 03:59pm

I would expect that Cobb is going to be our PR man and it sounds as though Alex Green is getting a chance to win the role of KR. As long as Tramon Williams is not back there, I will be happy. Our Return teams should be much improved just based on some unit cohesion which was missing throughout the entire season because of injuries (special teams made up usually of LB/FB/TE/WR positions-backups).

on August 3rd, 2011 at 04:39pm

I am worried about spreading the ball around.. I remember early last year how Jennings wanted more targets - then Jermichael went out and he got more looks. If we actually stay healthy how do we end up keeping Jennings, Driver, Jones, Nelson, Cobb, AND, Finley happy?? Not to mention we have 2 workhorse type backs who need carries as well as Kuhn and a possible 3rd down back in Green.. I personally expect to see (barring injury) Swain switch to strictly a ST role.. Basically my question to is how you think McCarthy plans to spread the ball around. This is a really exciting predicament to be in for a head coach id imagine..

on August 3rd, 2011 at 05:14pm

This is long but very interesting and informative: This was in the Desert News, the Salt Lake City newspaper. > Maybe the only truly romantic thing left in American sports: The Green Bay Packers! > > Seriously, America , what's not to like about the Green Bay Packers? > > What's not to like about a small-town team that is not only surviving, but > thriving in the billion-dollar business of professional football? > > There is nothing like them in professional sports. > Think about what an oddity they are. Teams have come and gone in the NFL in > a continuous game of musical chairs. > - the Baltimore Colts moved to Indianapolis, the Cleveland Browns to > Baltimore, the Oakland Raiders to L.A. > and back to Oakland, the Cardinals from Chicago to St. Louis to Phoenix, the > Los Angeles Rams to St. Louis. > > But the Packers have stayed in tiny Green Bay , Wis.., since their birth in > 1919. America 's second biggest city, Los Angeles, with a population of 4 million, doesn't even have a franchise, but Green Bay, with a population of 101,000, does. It's like plunking down a team in the middle of Sandy , Utah . > > They are the smallest market in pro sports. Green Bay's metro area - if you > stretch the definition of "metro" - is 283,000. > Buffalo, the next smallest in sports, has 1.1 million. New York City has 8.5 > million in the city limits alone, 19 million in the metro area. > > What's not to like about a team that was dreamed up during a street-corner > conversation one day? Curly Lambeau , > a former Green Bay prep star and Notre Dame football player, hatched the > idea and convinced his employer, > the Indian Packing Company, to buy uniforms and provide a practice field. In > turn, the team called itself the Packers. > Lambeau was the team's first star player (for 11 years) and its first coach > (for 30 years). > ...... and - you've got to like this - he pioneered the forward pass in the NFL. > > What's not to like about the last small-town survivor of the National > Football League? > In the early '20s, the fledgling NFL consisted almost entirely of small-town > teams like Green Bay. > ...... - the Decatur Staleys, Akron Pros, Canton Bulldogs, Muncie Flyers, > Rochester Jeffersons, Rock Island Independents. > But as the league turned fully to professionalism, those teams either folded > or moved to big cities for bigger profits. > Green Bay found a way to keep the Packers - the community bought them. > > What's not to like about a team that is owned by its fans? The Packers are > the only publicly owned team in professional sports. > There's no Jerry Jones, George Steinbrenner or Daniel Snyder in Green Bay. > The other teams have one very rich, often reviled, owner; the Packers have > 112,000 shareholders. > ..... - or 112,000 Monday-morning quarterbacks who are legally entitled to > kibbitz. > They've rescued the team from financial hardship four times - in 1923, '35, > '50 and '97. > Without them, the team simply would not exist. > > > What's not to like about this team? Apparently, not much. > > Despite their small-town roots - or perhaps because of it - they have > courted a world-wide following. According to a 2010 Harris poll, the Packers > are still the third most popular team in the country, 40 years after their > glory years. Someone once asked the late former NFL commissioner Pete > Rozelle to name the best football city in America . " Green Bay ," he > replied. "A small town.. People owning their own football team. Rabid > supporters." > > The Packers have one of the longest waiting lists for season tickets in pro > sports, some 80,000 deep (Lambeau Field seats only 78,000). The average wait > for season tickets is estimated to be 30 years, but if you added your name > to the list now you probably wouldn't get tickets in your lifetime. Packer > fans are known to leave season tickets in their wills or to place newborn > babies on the waiting list. Packer games have been sold out since 1960. > > "I'm a 'green and gold' season ticket holder and have some voting stock in > the team," explains Walt Mehr, a Utah resident who grew up in Eagle River, > Wis., just north of Green Bay . "It took me 23 years to get season tickets. > We have a big shareholders meeting in July and vote. We were involved with > remodeling of the stadium. As season-ticket holders we had to put up money > for that - $5,000. My tickets are in my will."> > > It's every fan's dream - they get to help run the team.. You've got to like > that. > > What's not to like about a team that has been an almost mythical force since > joining the NFL in 1921? They've won 13 championships - nine NFL titles in > the pre-Super Bowl era, and four Super Bowls - and no one else is close to > matching them.. > > They won the first two Super Bowls . They won five championships in seven > years during the '60s. They're the only team that's ever won three in a row. > The city's nickname is "Titletown." Their coach's name is on the Super Bowl > Trophy . They have 21 Hall of Famers, second only to the Chicago Bears. They > are a team of legends - Starr, Nitschke, Taylor, Lombardi, Davis, Hornung, > Kramer, Gregg, Hutson, Lambeau, Favre. > > > What's not to like about a team that is so entrenched in the community in > such a personal way? It's big-time football in a small-town way that has > been lost as the NFL has grown. This is the town that spawned the Lambeau > Leap - players leaping into the arms of fans behind the end zone after a > touchdown, a routine that has since been adopted throughout the league. It > symbolizes the close connection between the team and the fans, like so many > other things. > > Green Bay 's stadium is bordered by the back yards of middle-class > neighborhoods. The players live in regular neighborhoods, with the fans. > > "Unlike the other NFL cities, where players can live in mansions away from > the masses, Green Bay has no real 'affluent' suburbs," says Vai Sikahema , a > former Packer and BYU player. > > "And because of the frigid weather, everyone had second homes in warmer > places. So the players lived in modest homes in regular neighborhoods. > > "Playing for the Packers and living in Green Bay is generally the way it was > in the '60's when Vince Lombardi lived there. The house we rented was rented > by a host of former Packers , dating back to the great running back Jim Taylor .> > > "Another player rented a home once lived in by Bart Starr . That creates > this extra unique bond with the fan base. On Tuesdays, our day off, we'd > walk our children to the bus stop and all the dads would go in late so they > could walk their own kids and talk football with us at the bus stop. My wife > had play dates with regular moms on our street, as opposed to the closed, > elitist 'wives club' on other teams." > > There is a tradition in Green Bay that has received considerable publicity > over the years. Kids wait for Packer players outside the locker room and > often use their bikes to ride to the practice field. The kids hold the > players' helmets and jog alongside the players as they ride the kids' bikes > to practice. Who couldn't like that? > > "I was one of those kids who ran next to a player while he rode my bike to > the practice field from the locker room," says Mark Stimpson, a Salt Lake > resident who grew up in Green Bay . "We did it every day during the summer. > I had a metallic green stingray bike. I'd wait by the locker room. The > player would hand me his helmet. The players wouldn't pedal the bikes. They > were too big. They'd just stick their legs out and coast because it's a > down-hill walk to the field. We'd talk to them while we walked beside them. > Then, during practice we'd watch the guy who rode our bike. It was a fun > time. The players were great to us." > > Sikahema remembers the bike routine, as well. "The bikes are one of those > unique things in Green Bay that allow fans, especially kids, to get to know > the players in a personal way," he says. "I stayed in touch with the kid > whose bike I used through his college years and his wedding. He's now in his > mid-30s. His name is Aaron Smet. When I was there, a bunch of poor kids > didn't have bikes to lend to the players and (teammate) Sterling Sharpe had > Wal-Mart deliver to the complex a tractor trailer full of bikes that he gave > away to less fortunate kids." > > Stimpson recalls seeing Willie Wood , Ray Nitschke , Elijah Pitts and Bart > Starr around town when he was a kid. The Packers were one of them. His > sister, Mary Nelson, babysat for reserve quarterback Zeke Bratkowski . > " Zeke lived around the corner from us," says Nelson. "After the games some > of the players would come over to Zeke's house. I got to meet Bart Starr , > Jerry Kramer and Max McGee and their wives. Every time I babysat Zeke's kids > he would walk me home." > > > What's not to like about a town that is all about its team? Green Bay > businesses are Packer themed. The streets are named after Packers - Lombardi > , Ray Nitschke , Brett Favre , Mike Holmgren , Don Hutson , Reggie White , > Bart Starr , Tony Canadeo . Even the official Green Bay website is all about > the local football team. > > The town shuts down during games; churches schedule around the Packers , > then open their parking lots for Packer fans. "The streets are empty during > the games," says Stimpson. "When I was a boy I could ride my bike down the > middle of the street because there was no traffic." > > What's not to like about a team that won the Ice Bowl , one of the greatest > games ever played? It was the 1967 NFL Championship game in Green Bay , and > the temperature was minus-13 degrees , with a windchill hovering around 50 > below . Rick Delacenserie, who grew up in the Green Bay area and now lives in Park > City, watched the Packer practices as a boy and witnessed the Ice Bowl from > the same end zone where Starr scored the game-winning touchdown. > > "I spent most of the third quarter in the bathroom," he recalls. "It was > packed in there. Everyone was trying to get warm. Someone brought a hacksaw > and cut up the goal posts. All I got was some of the foam they wrapped > around the post." > > You've got to love a team that inspires fans to brave sub-zero weather. > > After the Super Bowl victory that followed the Ice Bowl , the Packers went > into decline for 25 years until the Favre years arrived in the early '90s , > but the Packers still inspired fierce loyalty and love. > "The only thing you can see on the horizon is Lambeau Field ," says Mehr, > who pauses to choke back tears before continuing. "I get chills when I see > it. On a beautiful clear day, omigosh." > > For his part, Stimpson left home decades ago to attend BYU and settle in > Utah . He doesn't follow sports as he once did, and the game has changed, > and yet he still says this: "The Packers are so much a part of you. The > Packers still have a certain pull. They always will." You've got to like that.

on August 3rd, 2011 at 06:54pm

I agree that Jenkins will be harder to replace. The Packers could easily have afforded 5 million/yr for Jenkins. I wonder if it had more to do with the length of the contract? TT might have felt that Jenkins might be worth the money now but not for the following years, especially given his injury history. Sad to see him go. GoPack!

on August 3rd, 2011 at 12:27pm

I'm looking around trying to see where this team is week. It seems strong at a lot of positions. How do you see running back shaking out? Do they only need to be ordinary? I watched highlights of Green and it seemed like a lot of huge holes on the line. What are your thoughts on him?

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