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Thoughts on the Lockout and Proposed NFL Rule Changes

Posted March 16th, 2011 @ 05:03pm

This sucks. This should be the time of year when teams like the Vikings and Redskins make headlines for the latest washed up veterans they are overpaying in free agency.

Instead, the owners have locked out the players; the players are suing the owners and the only people smiling are the lawyers who get to duke it out in court and bill them outrageous amounts for their time.

While there's a chance everyone comes to their senses by draft time, the more likely scenario is this thing drags along until August or September. If that happens, the Packers will be on a short list of teams who won't be hampered by a shut down offseason. The coaching staff is in place, as is the core of the Super Bowl champs.

With a number of key players coming back from injury, you can argue that getting the rookies up to speed will be less important to the Pack than it is in most years. Sure they could use an impact guy with their first round pick, but it won't be huge if they can't count on the rookie class this season.

It looks like we won't see any changes in playoff seeding this season, but kickoffs might look a lot different. There's a groundswell of support for moving kickoffs to the 35, and touchbacks to the 25. Also, players wouldn't be able to line up deeper than the 30 to get running starts--the hope here is that it will reduce injuries.

The owners are also looking into making all scoring plays reviewable by the booth--coaches would not have to use the red flag on these plays; they would automatically get looked at. I love this. Would it slow down the game a bit? Yes. But the bottom line is these plays need to be officiated correctly. If a coach has used his two challenges and can't question an obviously blown call that results in a score, nobody wins.

The other change being discussed is punishing repeat illegal hit defenders with suspensions and outlawing players launching their bodies when they tackle. I'm one who believes that fines don't prevent illegal hits. Suspending players will do the trick. There is a proper way to tackle. Most guys know how to do it--the dirty play has to end before we witness tragedy on the field.

My Mock Draft II will be up next Friday, the 25th.

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I'd pick Vince Young. It would be a huge boost for the organization. He's young and the team could grow with him, the reevunes generated would offset getting/affording better players. Zoolander (Carr)is about as good as Aikman with a concussion, he's taken too many beating already. I'd buy season tickets if they sign him.

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on July 31st, 2012 at 11:24pm

Saw a recent mock draft that had us taking Jon Baldwin out of Pitt. Have to say that while I have felt that OL should and will be our pick at that point, I would be happy to see a 6-5, 220lb receiver with great hands join our squad. Pick up an O-lineman in the 2nd round. Also, could pick up the O-guard with one of our likely 2, 3rd round selections. I have to say that I will be disappointed if they pick a RB in the first or second rounds. Too many other good players out there to waste on a position we have covered. -- I think with the depth of defensive players in this draft, you could take a WR with pick 32 and then get Dline/Oline in 2nd/3rd rounds. -- Did anyone else notice MM's comments about Badger TE Lance Kendricks at Said he thought he would look good in Green and Gold.....I would be happy to see them pick up Kendricks as I think he might not be as explosive as Quarless but will be better blocker and more reliable player IMO. GoPack!

on March 17th, 2011 at 09:23am

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on March 18th, 2011 at 07:27am

Note to you Scheny.....we are out there....myself I just got back from Vegas and being a huge basketball fan love the fact we still have the Karma going from the Pack and flowing to Marquette and Wisconsin to the Sweet 16. But I still stay with my post of Feb. 18th which follows on my Rube Mock Draft for the Pack: With all of the good comments on the previous blog on free agents and needs here is my Rube Mock Draft for the Packers first 5 rounds of the 2011 draft: Assume position more important than the actual player....although player would be nice.....from a draft rube's draft Jerry Jones allowed in my draft room to f....things up: Round 1: Anthony Castonzo....OT....Boston College....6-7, 308. Holds the record for career starts at Boston College with 54... Associated Press Third Team All-American, All-ACC first team honoree...National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete...finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy and the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award...named to Lindy's preseason All-America first team and the Playboy Preseason All-America team. 2010 Season Team captain...started all 13 games at left tackle...blocked for All-ACC back Montel Harris, who led the conference in rushing and ranks 16th nationally...the line allowed Eagles' running backs to gain 100 or more yards in nine different games...BC ranks 51st in the country in tackles for loss allowed (6.15). Would be a good future replacement for Clifton. Round 2: Mason Foster....OLB....Washington..6-1 241....runs a 4.6...led the PAC 10 in tackles...perfect fit for Packer 3-4 and should be available here. Round 3---Randall Cobb....WR/ KR....Kentucky.. 5-11, 186...first team all SEC .....One of the nation's most versatile performers ... Dynamic playmaker at wide receiver, quarterback, punt returner and kickoff returner ... Sees action primarily as a wide receiver and also plays quarterback in what one reporter nicknamed the "WildCobb" formation ... Also holds for placekicks ... has scored four game-winning fourth-quarter touchdowns during his career ... Has played in 23 career games, with 20 starts . With James Jones out this would be our Randle - EL type. Round 4....Shane Vereen....RB...California..5-10, 204. Perfect 3rd down back to replace Brandon Jackson. finished his career ranked among the school's all-time leaders in rushing touchdowns (29, No. 3-T), total touchdowns (35, No. 4-T), all-purpose yards (4,069, No. 5), rushing yards (2,834, No. 7), 100-yard rushing games (11, No. 7) and scoring (210, No. 9-T) ... Good pass receiver and more versatile than Jackson. Round 5: Darius Morris....OT/G... Temple....6-4, 318....nice insurance for future....especially if Colledge gone All of these would fit some limited needs Packers have and from my research may be available at their choices. Position needs are where I believe we need help at least in depth. Who knows ....TT might need a rube on his draft warroom......GO PACK GO !!! OLD South Side Guy

on March 20th, 2011 at 09:24pm

I can't totally agree that the Packers aren't hurt by the inability to develop rookies. Brian Bulaga, Andrew Quarless, James Starks, Sam Shields, Tim Masthay--all rookies in 2010, and all important parts of the season. One of TT's big strengths is the ability to draft guys that can come in and make a big impact pretty much right away. Sure, the Pack has a pretty good team right now, but I think it's a mistake to discount the disadvantage of not being able to develop rookie talent

on March 21st, 2011 at 10:58pm

Dave, I understand where you're coming from. I was trying to make the point that the Pack arguably is least dependent of all 32 teams on rookies this year because of the youth and depth on the rosters. The return of the injured players is almost like a new draft class. And OSSG, great job on the Packers draft. I've got some work to do to catch up. My complete Packers draft projections is about a month away. I better start crammin'!

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