Look, I get it. Competition is good. Guys can be pushed to new heights when made to compete for their jobs. Yada, yada, yada. But pretending Brady Poppinga is in 'competition' with Brad Jones for the starting left outside linebacker position is, in a word, stupid. (That's right Jason Wilde - I said it.)
It would sure seem the Packers are falling victim to the "he's such a good teammate" syndrome here. The "he's done everything we've asked him to do" waltz is being played. So they are throwing him a bone and giving him the honorary "Jeremy Thompson Running With The Starters...In May" award. I think there may also be a bit of the ol' "Thompson Sees A Version of Himself When He Used To Play" at play as well.
I've tried to stay positive on Poppinga. I really have. I was one of the few who didn't pop a gasket when the Packers extended his contract a few years ago. I was one of the few who tried to point out he did a bit more than just jump on the pile after the play was over. (Not a LOT more, mind you. But a bit more.)But it's hard to stay positive when you see a guy offer absolutley nothing in the way of rushing the passer, zero in coverage and very, very little by way of stopping the run. After awhile, it's hard to stay positive.
The guy is just...a guy.
If the Packers truly are counting on Brad Jones to improve the pass rush, playing mind games with him seems to be a really dumb way to go about it. So, memo to McCarthy, Capers, Greene, and whoever else I need to speak to: Stop messing around and let Brad Jones run with the #1s. This is just...stupid.
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