After Sunday's practice Johnny Jolly spoke with the media and shared some updates about his personal life.
Johnny Jolly said in locker room he got married last Monday. — Mike Vandermause (@MikeVandermause) July 28, 2013
DL Johnny Jolly says he's completely changed his life around - will return to college if cut. Married his girlfriend of 3 years last week.— Mike Clemens (@MikeClemensNFL) July 28, 2013
Last week I shared my story of why I am rooting for Jolly. Hearing that Jolly is committed to changing his life off the playing field as well, is a positive step.
Good for you buddy
Good for You Johnny! I'm pulling for you in a big way. Glad to hear you've turned your life around. Now hopefully you replace Wilson at DE and bring the Pack some of that physicality you showed in the past!
Lol, you're tired of Wilson too!? I feel he's been making the roster due to no other DE playing close to decent.
Wilson is a backup DE at best IMO. I look at it like this... Wilson was "allegedly" a good run defender on a bad run Defense, so how can he be much to write home about. Jolly on the other hand was the best DL on the '09 #1 ranked run D. He brings physicality and aggression to the entire D. He was the tone setter for that run D in '09. If Jolly is anything close to what he was in '09 it would be a HUGE improvement for the run D in particular and the D as a whole.
You're giving Jolly too much credit. That run defense in 2009 also had Nick Barnett, Charles Woodson, Cullen Jenkins, Aaron Kampman (9 games), Al Harris and Nick Collins.... That's a lot of talent that hasn't even remotely been replaced.... This season could be a rough one.... Better get ready.
McCarthy and Pickett called Jolly the heart of that run D. A recent article on JSO and another Packer site w/ professional writers, said Jolly was the best DL on the '09 team. But don't let that stop you from arguing otherwise.
Oh, but I forgot you read other fan forums so you clearly know more than McCarthy or Pickett! LMFAO
Wilde, ESPNWisconsin... "No one seems to know if Jolly will regain his pre-suspension form – he was the defensive line’s best player in 2009, when the Packers ranked No. 1 against the run in the 32-team NFL – but they love having him back in the fold and love the passion he brings to work each day."
Pickett and Mac were just being politically correct. 24 tackles with 15 assists and 1 sack in 16 starts. Not great numbers for a DL starter on any defense, even a 3-4 defense. He did bat down a few passes but that's about it...
Most of the others I listed were Pro-Bowlers at one time or another in their careers. Jolly's never been close.
You're all caught up in the emotion of Jolly getting another chance. However, you still need to keep things real.
Pick and Mac weren't being PC, they said it after that year. Well b4 Jollys suspension. And again, its not about numbers for a DL vs the run. Jolly commanded double teams and brought a physical presence and aggression to the team. He was the tone setter for the D as a whole and the DL in particular.
That is truly wonderful news. Jolly certainly seems to be talking the talk and walking the walk.
If he is able to complete the turn-around of his life by making this team, I would give anything to be at Lambeau for the first home game of the season. I would love nothing more than to see the Packers make Jolly honorary team captain for that game, and I can only imagine the ovation he'd receive from the crowd.
For that one game, if it could happen, Jolly's jersey number should be 180. Here's hoping he can do it...
Keeping things real,I'd rather roll the dice on Jolly over Wilson.
Johnny Jolly will have to dig deep to make the final roster. He just may not have enough left after all the time off. No matter what, he's come along way so far.
It's amazing how fans rewrite history after only a few years. Jolly was an average DL, nothing more, nothing less. There's just too much hype about his return. It might not be a good sign for the DL if he makes the team. I think someone else will have to be injuried and out.
Sorry, but the stats don't bear that out. Check the stats for Jolly's final season in 2009 (which was his fourth and the one where he really got his game going) vs those of the late much-lamented Cullen Jenkins:
32 combined tackles, 5 stuffs, 4.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 0 fumbles recovered, 1 INT, 1 pass defensed
39 combined tackles, 4 stuffs, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumbles recovered, 1 INT, 10 passes defensed
Note that in 2010, Jenkins' last season with GB, his stats were lower than in 2009. He only played in 11 games, had half the tackles, did have more sacks, but no stuffs, FFs or INTs.
Jolly's career in GB wasn't long, but he wasn't merely average. Was he great? No, but he was a good solid player and he brought a nastiness to the field that is still missing today. IF (big if) he can still play and can beat out a truly average player like CJ Wilson, that will be a very good thing for the Packers' defense. And it would make a nice feel-good story as well -- but that is definitely secondary to whether he can play.
Wish the guy the best. Ya he screwed up he knows that. Its football time now and he better give it everything he has.
It comes down to one thing and its the fan's that count. Can this guy play football at a level required of his position or is this just a feel good thing for the Packers.
Time the Packers got serious and put a defensive line on the field. The fans deserve no less.
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