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Breno's Back

Breno's Back


For two years, Breno Giacomini has been the great enigma of the Packers. Reportedly high on upside, he has managed to make the team out of camp the past two seasons, contributing nothing on the field in the process.







Breno's constant spot on the 53 man roster is perhaps only surpassed by the year after year retention of Jarrett Bush and his play which can only be described as terribly ineffective.


Not much was expected of Giacomini heading into 2010. with the incumbant Clifton and Tauscher resigned, and TJ Lang, Bryan Bulaga, Marshall Newhouse, and even Allen Barbre all on the roster, holding Giacomini, a non-factor the past two seasons, seemed highly unlikely.


Two things happened on June 2 that may have changed the fate of Giacomini. The first is the fight that broke out between him and Brad Jones. “The punch heard ‘round the bay” was reportedly so loud it could be heard across Ray Nitschke field, and grew the attention of approximately 20 other players. An unproven, fifth rounder taking on a seventh rounder, who could has been and could be a starter again, during OTAs? It shows great fire on both parties, and hopefully is an indication of the tough nature the Packers need to show throughout the season.


The second, and much more important, thing which took place was Mike McCarthy’s glowing endorsement of Breno in his June 2 press conference.


Reading into the words McCarthy says, it certianly seems like he is a coach’s favorite. Saying “he is going to compete for that right tackle position” signals that either McCarthy is a master of coach speak, or he truly believed that Breno has what it takes. If he does have “it”, he is going to have to show it in more than practice. Making the team isn’t enough-he has to be ready to go in and actually play (and perform) in a game situation. Also, saying “I kind of like Brad” right after getting into a fight with him, may signal a change in attitude for Breno, more of a get out of my way attitude, where nothing will stop him.


It’s early June, and there is a long way to go before rosters are finalized. Giacomini seems to have the support of coaches. He may have even gained some support from his teammates by fighting Jones. It will be curious to see how this turns out. If he does make the team, who could it be at the expense of? That is what I will be curious to see.


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Every Kid Boos's picture

I expect next to nothing from Breno except for a good pan of lasagna. Words from coaches during OTA's mean little.

PackersRS's picture

I don't know...

You wouldn't hear MM saying that "Breno will have to bust his ass to make the roster" exaclty...

FITZCORE1252's picture

I hope MM is just paying lip-service. I'm over the kid. BUT, as you said, the Million $$$ question is - "If he does make the team, who could it be at the expense of? "

I just don't have an answer to that that sits well with me (I'm already operating under the assumption Barbre is down the road). Tausch @ RT with Teeeeeej backing him up, no room for Breno (I hope).

GBP 4 LIFE

JohnRehor's picture

Knowing Thompson, who knows what will happen. How else does Bush stay year after year after year.

Globalpack's picture

It wouldn't surprise me that a memo went out to the coaching staff to talk up certain players to incrase percieved value in the hopes of making an early sept trade for a conditional 2012 seventh round pick.

JohnRehor's picture

Good thought, but I wonder if Breno would warrant a 7th. Now if it was someone like Jordy or Bishop, 2nd or 3rd stringers who could start, it could be more possible. Giacomini could turn out to be another Taucsher for all we know (low round draft pick who works his way to being a starter) but until he plays and proves himself, I can't see a team trading for him.

FITZCORE1252's picture

Hope your right GP! I just don't see a roster spot for the kid, never say never I guess.

Ron LC's picture

Breno "The Statue" Giacomini lives. He joins the ranks of the GB Packer "living dead". Never to die - EVER (note - See Bush)! The guy's creds as an OT? He was a converted tight end. A TE? With a 40 time of 3 minutes and 12 secs.

JohnRehor's picture

U71 Formation makes its grand return with the trio of Finley, Lee/Quarless/Havner (one of them is certianly gone) and Breno.

nypacker's picture

Mccarthy talks about competing for a roster spot year after year but we know it's a lie. We all know there's one player who never has to compete for his job and that's my favorite player LS Brett Goode. Guy is amazing!

nypacker's picture

Mccarthy talks about competing for a roster spot year after year but we know it's a lie. We all know there's one player who never has to compete for his job and that's my favorite player LS Brett Goode. Guy is amazing!

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