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A.J. Hawk Believes the Packers Have a Real Shot at Super Bowl

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A.J. Hawk Believes the Packers Have a Real Shot at Super Bowl

Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk joined former NFL quarterback Jake Plummer on his podcast "Snake's Takes with Jake Plummer" on PodcastOne.com on Monday.

Hawk shared his feelings about the Packers and their chances to win the Super Bowl in 2014.

"You know in April, May, June, July there's 32 teams saying they feel great and they're going to win the Super Bowl and everything, and in reality, there's only a handful that have a real shot at that," said Hawk. "But I definitely think we're a part of that handful. If you've got a guy like Aaron Rodgers, I say it all the time, I believe he's the best player on the planet. I say it to anybody that asks me, and he's so good."

The starting inside linebacker of the Packers also discussed the team's big free-agent signing signing during the offseason.

"We got big ol' Julius Peppers, came over from the Bears," said Hawk. "We stole one from our rivals and that guy's been an awesome addition already in just the short time he's been here. Man, what a great team guy and what an absolute physical freak."

Interestingly, Hawk also hinted at a podcast he's recording that will apparently be released soon. His first guest is supposed to be Brett Michels of Poison.

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BVanRoschke's picture

I always respected Jake Plummer. Glad to see he's still around and talking sports. The last time I saw him he looked like Grizzly Adams and was living like a mountain man and just gave up on football on his terms. Thanks for posting this Mr. Carriveau.

Travis Clev's picture

I personally believe this is our best shot and our best team since the Super Bowl. Some might say the 15-1 season in 2011, but that team had some serious deficiencies on defense. The hail mary against the giants at the end of the half was pretty much a microcosm of the season. Our defense just let up big play after big play and if it wasn't for Rodgers amazing MVP year, we would have struggled to make the playoffs. Im very excited about this upcoming year because we finally established a running game which kind of gave our team a physical element, Rodgers is completely healthy, and our defense looks to be much improved. I listen when MM says he will make sure the defense is better, and thats exactly what he did with the running game last year. I believe this will also happen with the defense, he has a vision and he will execute it. The addition of peppers cannot be understated. He is old and takes plays off sometimes but is clearly the best player we have had to pair with Mathews. Cullen was a beast, but I think Peppers will be even better, if not, just as good. This in addition to the fact that Capers will sort of "dumb down" for lack of a better word the defensive playbook. Making the players able to understand and react must faster on the field, instead of making communication errors or overthinking over and over again. Anyway to get the players to read and react instead of overthinking and being slow to make a play. Im looking for a whole new defensive look this year with MM's and capers collaborative vision. When MM single's something out and makes a proclamation, he generally follows through on it and this is what gives me so much excitement and hope coming into this season.

GO PACK GO

COW's picture

"...and our defense looks to be much improved. "

We shall see.

But I have my doubts that adding a 34 year old (and changing his position), moving a slow corner to safety, throwing 3 drafted rookies into the mix, and telling Dom to "stop making everyone think so much" is going to result in much of a difference.

Bearmeat's picture

You know... I think the troll has a fair point here. Things could be great on D (meaning top 10) OR things could only get marginally better and Capers would get fired.

You still suck Cow.

4thand1's picture

Yeah, what Bearmeat said.

Stroh's picture

I agree w/ the "dumbing down" of the D. Especially since the Packers have so many young defensive players. If the young players, going back to the Perry, Hayward, Worthy draft can start elevating their play it will go along way in improving the D. Think about all the Defensive players we're talking about for a second...

Perry, Hayward, Worthy, Lattimore, Datone Jones, Hyde, Boyd, Clinton-Dix, Thornton, Bradford being the primary choices... If only 2 or 3 of those players step up their level of play, it will have a dramatic impact on the Defense. Improving the D at every level form the DL to LB and DB's!

Hell just the return of Hayward and the addition of Peppers adds two possible playmakers to the D to go along w/ Matthews. Perry and Neal in the pass rush, Hayward, Hyde, Clinton-Dix in coverage will go a long way.

COW's picture

"Hell just the return of Hayward and the addition of Peppers adds two possible playmakers to the D to go along w/ Matthews. Perry and Neal in the pass rush, Hayward, Hyde, Clinton-Dix in coverage will go a long way."

That's if you believe that Peppers, Perry, Hyde, and Clinton - Dix are any good... which is still questionable/doubtful.

Bearmeat's picture

....here comes the troll.

1. Hyde was excellent for a rookie last year and he's being put (as Dime/FS) in a better role for him this year. It is REASONABLE to expect an improved player.

2. Even if Peppers doesn't have top tier pass rush left in him on a regular basis, his addition as a 2nd (or a 3rd) pass rush threat can only be a GOOD thing. Who cares if he was too expensive for this year. We had the cap room to burn...

3. Perry's problems (like Neal's in 2010-12) have almost all been injury. Neal was very effective at setting the edge and rushing the passer last year. They are very similar builds and Perry's pressures per snap have numbers (when healthy) have been just fine thank you very much. Even if Perry isn't going to ever be a blue chip player, IMO it's reasonable to assume that he'll be effective (red chip) IF he can stay healthy.

4. HHCD - We shall see. Even if he busts, he'll be better than the Dr and company were last year. Plus we don't know what we have in Richardson yet... and he's certainly got the measurables.

GB may not be a top 5 defense - but they certainly could be a top 15 easily (if they stay healthy)

Tundraboy's picture

That's the spirit. Cant wait for this year.

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