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These Are Quiet Days in Titletown

Posted May 26th, 2011 @ 04:05pm

OK, it's been a month since the draft and this page has been strangely quiet. Let me apologize up front.  The whole idea behind is for me to post all the time, but the labor issues have me singing the blues--I'm sure you're in the same boat.

I have to say, I'm very surprised by the results of our current poll. As of this writing, 45% of you are 100% sure the Pack and Saints will play on September 8th. Two-thirds of you are at least 75% sure. I wish I could be so certain. DeMaurice Smith has dug in his cleats and wants to make his mark--only a favorable ruling for the owners in court will make me feel like the season will start on time.

In a perfect world, the defending champs would be tinkering with the roster and implementing the rookies--maybe even, shudder the thought, bringing in a free agent. But of course none of this is happening. Does it take some of the fun out of being the Super Bowl champs? Yes.

But on the flip side, the Packers are the team that is least affected by the lockout. The new trophy is in the case and the rings have been ordered. The team is at the top of the mountain and the other 31 teams are trying to get there. Their needs vary from tweaking to complete makeovers. Pity the teams with new coaches and/or new QBs. The offseason gets shorter by the day. These teams have no shot to prepare the way they need to if they want to get to the playoff party.

So things could be worse. Green Bay is in the enviable position of not needing their first round pick to take the field in week 1, or whenever the season starts. Derek Sherrod can be afforded the luxury of learning behind Chad Clifton, waiting in the wings until he's needed due to injury, or appears so ready that the team needs to find a spot for him.

The lockout may not have a huge impact on the next two picks, either. Randall Cobb will be the instant punt returner and will slowly be integrated into the offense. There's no urgency here, even if James Jones packs his bags. With Jennings, Driver and Nelson, along with the return of Finley, Cobb doesn't figure to be a major weapon in the first part of the season--but his impact could grow as the season moves along. Alex Green can step right in, once he figures out how to pick up blitzes and shows he can pass protect.

What we most likely won't see this year is a Sam Shields or a Frank Zombo. Pity the undrafted rookies, who may have wink-wink deals in place with teams, but won't have a chance to show their wares until training camp opens. The shortened camps and potentially abbreviated preseason games will make it very difficult for these guys to turn coaches' heads.

For now, we'll wait for a labor breakthrough. Here's one thing to look forward to: in the coming days I'll be adding a merchandising page to this site where you can get your very own HeadCheese shirts and caps. Talk about the perfect Father's Day gift!

And if anyone has some topics they'd like me to write about, I'm all ears.

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on February 29th, 2012 at 02:22am

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on January 19th, 2012 at 04:08pm

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on January 19th, 2012 at 06:42pm

Please teach the rest of these itnerent hooligans how to write and research!

on January 21st, 2012 at 01:36am

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on June 18th, 2011 at 01:12am

HOW ABOUT THOSE RINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

on June 19th, 2011 at 10:25pm

How about a Super Bowl replay party? I attented one a few weeks ago.. and what a great time... We raised a lot of money for charity... and funny the Packers still WON... Looking forward to seeing The Head Cheese merchandise....

on June 1st, 2011 at 10:17pm

Did he say he was going to post weekly or monthly?

on June 20th, 2011 at 09:18am

Davy...may be hard to speculate..but do you think the current coaching staff stays intact.?

on June 21st, 2011 at 12:25pm

The headline to this article should read, "These are quiet days on"

on June 28th, 2011 at 10:29pm

Dave, i told u 6 months ago, cockadix is p.a. he is so jealous of the pack but deep down worships us and wants it for the queens. even bud grant said bring on the packers, they all want we have. did u notice they finally had something on the pack in nfl live monday. they had driver on and said they are all keeping in shape privatley and still enjoying being the champs. then bruski and golic cut the hell out of him for still thinking of the super bowl and not getting ready for next year. finally some pub, and they cut our guy down. all the ever talk about is the pats, jets, boys and vick. it is pathetic. we know were america's team look at the following in away games. see ya all this fall. i say we will have 2 pre season games and LET"S PLAY

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on May 20th, 2012 at 02:48am

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on May 20th, 2012 at 04:21am

First of all Dave, by gajeez I've missed reading this site for the last 3 months. Now here's my question to you... could you maybe write an article rating the tight ends on the team? Quarless came on strong last year but clifton and Donald were great on the end at times. I think that'd be a fun read.

on May 26th, 2011 at 10:28pm

I love Dennis C., whoever you are!

on May 27th, 2011 at 10:34am

Will there be any type of ring ceremony at Park Tavern this fall?

on May 29th, 2011 at 02:46pm

Sorry, Triple...carry on

on May 29th, 2011 at 02:47pm

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