Good to see Brian Carriveau posting with some regularity again over at Railbird Central, and he has an astute post up today regarding the loss of Barnett for the season and the media's reaction to it. Echoing almost my exact thoughts after reading Tom Silverstein's article in the Journal-Sentinel, Brian notes:
People can think that the Packers took a step backwards when middle linebacker Nick Barnett was lost for the season against the Minnesota Vikings. The mainstream media is doing it.
"The odds that the Green Bay Packers' defense will strengthen and stop allowing opposing running backs to run wild were diminished Monday when linebacker Nick Barnett was declared lost for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee," writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Meanwhile, the mainstream media is including polls on their websites asking for the most disappointing player of the season and including Nick Barnett on the list.
Sure, whoever steps into the middle linebacker role is going to have their struggles. They're going to have a steep learning curve, and they're going to make some mistakes.
But are they going to be appreciably worse than Barnett? Probably not.
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