...did they just drop suddenly? Does the prospect of overpaying for marginal talent and the Packers annual removal from the process just cause otherwise usually astute observers of the Packer condition to become the blogosphere equivalent of Ignatius J. Reilly?
Brandon over at ACME Packing Company is the latest Packer blogger to lose the plot. Seems he is "depressed" that the Packers have shown interest in two safeties, an area where Brandon seems to think the Packers are just fine, thank you very much. I think this is the height of naivete, and his insinuations that neither Mike Adams or Anthony Smith are even in the same league as Nick Collins or Atari Bigby is just plain ignorance. The Packers are looking at Smith and looked at Adams (who re-signed with Cleveland) because they could indeed step in in 2010 if the Packers lost Bigby or Collins, but more importantly, because both players could EASILY beat out Bigby for a starting job, and Smith could certainly give Collins a run for his money.
I keep saying this over and over - Nick Collins is the most overrated player on the Packers' roster. His Pro Bowl appearance was a product of two things. 1) His peers seeing him on SportsCenter returning interceptions for touchdowns and 2) The overall weak play at the position this past season in the NFC. He is terrible in coverage, incredibly inconsistent with coverage calls in the secondary and can't tackle. Sure he can run fast and throw a shoulder into a back or receiver that is just catching the ball but if he has to break down and make an honest to goodness tackle? Terrible.
Now, I'm not saying Anthony Smith would suddenly turn into Ed Reed. I am saying he's got experience in the type of system the Packers are trying to implement on defense. He has the all the physical tools to become a star at the position. You don't 'get depressed' because your team is looking at that kind of player, especially if you write for one of the better Packer blogs out there.
UPDATE: The Packers have signed Smith. Excellent.
- Like Like
- 1 points