No, this isn't a post about the Packers running game, and no, it's not a post on one of the greatest coin-ops ever. No, the title refers to the attack on Twitter yesterday that kept most of the updates from the regular Packer beat reporters from getting through. This made following practice a wee bit tough. (Kudos, btw, to Tom Pelissero who still found a way to keep his blog updated as best he could)
I just wanted to follow up on an exchange I had with Cheesehead TV super-fan Andrew In Atlanta during our live blog of last night's practice. With said updates coming from the beat guys fast and furious, I've started to see a lot of fans starting to make sweeping proclamations about this or that player, the validity of the training staff, the problems the team is having in any number of areas, etc.
I'm here to say: Relax. And try to focus on the positive.
While the updates are nice, they are only snapshots, not only incomplete but without any context whatsoever. No good word from camp seems to come across the blog before some Debbie Downer has to fret about what it means for the player or side they were going against.
An interpretation of what I'm talking about:
Greg Jennings with a long catch against Al Harris
Oh God, see? I keep telling everyone, Al Harris is horrible in zone!
Ryan Pickett splits a double team and drops Wynn in the backfield
Our O-line sucks!
Ruvell Martin drops to the ground/Matthews drops out with a hammy
I thought we got rid of the strength and conditioning coach to stop all the injuries!
That last one is the most absurd.
Injuries happen folks. It's football, it's training camp and guys are going to get hurt.
As for the rest, I just hate how Packer fans seem to jump immediately to the negative. And it really got me thinking about Greg Bedard's observation in a chat he had with readers last year, about Wisconsin sports fans in general and their incredibly pessimistic view of their teams, no matter how good they are. (Sorry, I don't have the time here at work to look for it, but you can search his chats and find it if you're interested...)
It's easy to see a 140 character missive and get an image in your head. But it's impossible to know the ins and the outs of what is going on in practice. We know when they're running team drills, one on ones, and passing and line drills, but that's about it. We don't know what the offensive coaches are trying to accomplish, we don't know what the defensive coaches are trying to accomplish, and these objectives change with each segment of practice. We just don't know and have no way of knowing - so why not ENJOY what you're reading people? There will be plenty of time once the games start for real, when everyone's objective is crystal clear, to second guess, complain, nit pick, fret, etc. Why not take this time to revel in the positive? To enjoy the fact that our long national nightmare, ie baseball season, is almost over?
Now, I'm the first to admit that, yes, I'm as guilty as anyone of the above on occasion. It's natural from time to time and I completely understand the angst, believe me. I was just overwhelmed the last couple practices with some of negativity, and I wanted to try and appeal to fans to try looking at things a different way, if even just for a few weeks. Again, once the games start, we'll all have most of the hard evidence in front of us, ie broadcast film, to work off of.
Until then, just remember that we are far removed from the process. Why not enjoy it?
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