The defense, specialist and coaching grades to follow tomorrow.
Look forward to your reactions.
Aaron Rodgers: A-
Rodgers became one of the leagues best quarterbacks throughout the course of the season and did a great job attacking his major flaw – holding on to the ball too long. Next season should cement Rodgers as an elite NFL quarterback.
Matt Flynn: C
Flynn looked worlds better when he saw the field this season than he did last year in his one appearance. Of course, coming in for mop-up duty is much different than coming in down big and needing to drive the team to a score…
Ryan Grant: B
Ended the season with several big runs and definitely showed the same explosion through the hole he displayed in ’07. Did an adequate job in the passing game but still needs work in that area
Brandon Jackson: B+
An absolute beast in pass protection, Jackson not only improved in that area, he became a true threat in the screen game. Needs more opportunities.
Ahman Green: C
Green was brought in for his veteran leadership and he supplied it. Obviously not the elite back he was under Mike Sherman, but a pro’s pro who gets the job done.
Deshawn Wynn: D
The coaching staff raved about his ability all offseason and throughout training camp. It never appeared on the field in 2009 before the second year back was put on I.R.
Korey Hall: C
Bit by the injury bug all year, Hall was an exceptional lead blocker when he did see the field.
John Kuhn: C
A versatile player that McCarthy uses in numerous ways, his pass catching ablility offsets his less-than-stellar blocking
Quinn Johnson: C-
Johnson, inactive the first part of the season, had one or two blocks a game that showed you why the Packers drafted him. His inability to grasp the system early was a big disappointment.
Greg Jennings: B
Jennings caught fire down the stretch, and most fans will remember his two sensational catches in the Wildcard playoff game. But that doesn’t wash away his slow start and the horrible drops he had almost all season long
Donald Driver: B -
The inverse of Jennings, started the season on fire and faded greatly down the stretch. Uncharacteristically fumbled the ball in a couple key spots and had his own problem with dropped balls
James Jones: C +
Again, had his fare share of drops (sense a theme here?) but also made some great catches and improved his blocking in the running game.
Jordy Nelson: C
The Sophmore Slump was definitely in effect for young Nelson from the very first game where he had more drops (2) than he did all season in ’08 (1). Was miscast as a returner in the punt and kickoff games.
Brett Swain: I
Showed great promise in camp and started the season as a monster on special teams
Patrick Williams: I
I got nothin’. Neither did he.
Donald Lee: D
Dropped almost identical touchdown passes. Offers nothing after the catch and his blocking slipped.
Jermichael Finley: B+
The key to making the offense go, Finely was a revelation after a slow start to the season, mostly due to the offense’s protection problems. Along with Rodgers, set to take the next step next season into Elite status.
Spencer Havner: B –
A genuine surprise in his uncanny ability to find the endzone, Havner was a great lunchpail-type player who did everything he was asked to do just a bit better than you thought he would.
Chad Clifton: B –
As good as ever in pass protection (for the most part) Clifton was a liability in the run game and needs to be hidden in the screen game. Set to be a free agent, would no doubt be welcome back at a Packer-friendly rate. Can not be counted on for a full season.
Mark Tauscher: B
Savior of the offense. That’s all. Also set to be a free agent, I would be shocked if he’s not back. Nowhere near as lockdown as he was earlier in his career, Tauscher gets by on veteran savy and his excellent use of leverage. Teammates voted him their Union representative.
T.J. Lang: C+
The kid has got the goods. Needs to get stronger, and needs to work on his balance, but Lang should be a starter sooner rather than later
Alan Barbre: D –
Almost ruined the entire season single-handedly before Mark Tauscher was signed. Had no punch against quicker defensive ends and gave up the edge in pass protection faster than Chris Johnson runs 10 yards. The only reason he doesn’t get an ‘F” is because he was at least effective in the run game.
Breno Giacomini: F
An absolute waste of a roster spot. Looked terrible in preseason. The fact that Barbre was playing as poorly as he was and Giacomini was still never active for a game tells you all you need to know.
Daryn Colledge: C –
After a mostly superb 2008, Colledge reverted back to his incredibly inconsistent ways in 2009, though he did improve slightly over the course of the last month. One of the many players in limbo due to the CBA mess, I think the Packers let him walk if he becomes a free agent, but would sign him back if he finds no takers, much like Mike Montgomery last offseason.
Josh Sitton: B +
Should be an anchor on the offensive line for years to come, Sitton was the one constant in a sea of instability all year. His pass pro sets really improved from his limited work last year and I documented how much he helped improve the whole screen game. Was a solid contributor in the run game as well. Say it with me – the Packers best offensive lineman.
Evan Dietrich-Smith: C -
Saw spot duty a few times, both at guard and at center, and more than held his own. Interesting prospect that could surprise in camp if he focuses during the offseason program. Not as far away from Wells as people think…
Scott Wells: B –
Took over the starting position after Spitz’ injury and immediately looked better than the guy he lost the job to in August. All told, coming out of camp, the Packers got just about every call they needed to make on the offensive line wrong. Wells did a great job sorting out protections all year long, the highlight being his work in the Pittsburgh game. Also handled some of the mammoth nose tackles he faced with relative ease.
Jason Spitz: C –
Won the starting center job in camp and then proceeded to play shockingly soft and tentatively out of the gate. Never really seemed to take control of the line before getting injured. While McCarthy put a brave face on it in his season-ending press conference, Spitz’ back injury is a real concern and something to monitor this offseason.
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