Just watching old highlights here at my desk (LORD do I need help) and I came across this one - you remember it, I'm sure. It's the Week One sack of Jay Cutler by Brandon Chillar that got us all excited to watch Chillar all year.
As it turned out, it was just about the only play he made before getting hurt.
I remember during one of our training camp live blogs positing the theory that the Packers should look at moving Chillar outside. I brought it up to a couple of the beat guys, who in turn told me it had been discussed by the coaching staff but, for whatever reason, they didn't think it would be a good fit.
Look at it again - Chillar comes down from his inside backer position and actually lines up outside and Kampman, the actual outside backer, slides inside and then falls back into coverage while Chillar rushes from the edge, leaping over the pathetic blocking attempt by the back, bringing down Cutler from behind.
As the year went on, we kept waiting to see more plays like that one but instead we were treated to Chillar getting burned, twice, by no-name tight ends in St. Louis, getting mauled in the run game repeatedly and then to his getting hurt and then rewarded with a puzzling contract extension.
So here's where I throw something against the wall, Packer Update-style:
What if the Packers knew there was no way Kampman would be back and what if the Chillar extension was a preemptive move to lock up the guy who would get first crack at replacing him?
Say, you know what? This pulling-things-out-of-thin-air is kinda fun...
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