Someone asked me who I thought the best player on the team is so I decided to expand on it. The top ten players on the team.
Now what do I judge by? Stats? Athleticism? Playmaking? I’m going to go with all three. We all know good players when we see them, despite possible lackluster statistics. We also know average players when we see them, despite awesome statistics(hey, Nick Collins, how are ya)
This list ought to anger a lot of people and I look forward to other’s opinions in the comment section. People might want to go “LongtimefanAssahlo” on me. We’ll see. Enough talk. Here’s the top ten Packers players in 2008.
10. A.J. Hawk – He didn’t have an amazing year but he’s still a hell of an athlete and I am glad he is on the team. He was consistent all year – even in the bad areas. He at least wouldn’t shock you with greatness one day and then turn around and play like a CFL linebacker. He was consistent, for what that’s worth. Don’t worry about ol A.J. though, he’s going to be just fine.
9. Nick Barnett – he had a disappointing year as far as being Nick Barnett goes. Other middle linebackers would have loved to have a “bad Nick Barnett” year though. When he was playing, he was good enough.
8. Al Harris – I can’t say enough about Al in 2008. Even after his spleen-ectomy he was money. Like Hawk, he was consistent – good and bad. He would be a shut down corner and be a pretty sure tackler, but he would also get owned by bigger receivers and get needless penalties. Overall, the 2008 season would have been better had he not missed time from his injury. I never thought I would say that.
7. Tramon Williams – “The Future” is a name I sometimes call Tramon by. Yes, I’m the only one who calls him that. When Al stepped out, Tramon stepped up. We barely missed a beat, which makes you wonder how good we could have been had all three been playing together all year.
6. Will Blackmon – What a good year for Blackmon! When he was out there at corner, he wasn’t too bad. He’s a darn fine dime back. He had 35 tackles and 2 forced fumbles. Not too shabby at all, but Blackmon gets on the top 10 because of his punt returning. 2 return TDs and five times he got more than 20 yards on a return. Field position is key, and Blackmon is the keymaster.
5. Aaron Kampman – Wow, Aaron barely broke the top 5. He didn’t have a great year though. He didn’t have much help, but he didn’t seem like the Kampman we’ve seen the last two seasons. Even so, he was a BEAST. I love when our guys do great, but it’s still not good enough. We have so much talent. Seriously though, Kampman needs to step it up next year.
4. Greg Jennings – Yes, Greg is not #1. Shut up. Jordy Nelson and Donald Driver both had better catch percentages than Greg. I know Jordy’s time was limited but Greg is supposed to be better than Driver, right? Greg’s lack of productivity and seemingly passion in the last quarter of the season rubbed me the wrong way a bit. I still love the man, but not “tongue down the throat” love like it used to be. Still, Greg got 9 TDs and over 1,000 yards and is awesome.
3. Donald Driver – That’s right, Donald is ahead of Greg. This is one of those “It’s not all in the statistics” things. Greg has Driver beat in just about every area, but Driver has heart. Driver has fight. He fights on every play as if the clock just expired and they need him to go the distance or they lose the superbowl. I love Driver as a person and a player. You know what you get from him every season, every game, every snap. Sometimes I think it might be easier to kill him than to tackle him, and that’s why Driver is #3.
2. Charles Woodson – My goodness. Someone tell this guy he’s supposed to get worse as he gets older, not better. And he did it all with a broken foot. This all helps my theory that Charles Woodson is in fact, a zombie, but one of those zombies that run like in 28 Days Later (and if someone tells me they weren’t zombies but infected people, I will punch you in the cheek). I’m curious to see how Woodson does next year, but he definitely earned the #2 spot, maybe even the #1 spot, but that spot goes to…
1. Aaron Rodgers – Yeah yeah, this doesn’t shock you. What can I say, the kid was money. Statistic wise he was money. Intelligence wise(throwing the ball away is something I haven’t seen in hears) he has it, and he gets extra points for picking and choosing spots to run the ball. Aaron Rodgers might be our best player for a while and in no way is that a bad thing.