There plenty of opinions floating around after yesterday's cut list. Everyone and their brother seems to have one. Here's what some of those folks along with yours truly are sayin'.
The esteemed Mr. Nagler has actually been making some keen and intelligent observations. Yeah, I know, I couldn't believe it either. Anyway, two things coming out of Nagler's trap yesterday really made me think. First, was Mr. Nagler's comment that the Packers could be paving the way for the return of Mark Tauscher. It's a great thought, and I sincerely hope he is right. I was surprised at the amount of lineman the team let go yesterday, and knowing in the back of your mind that Tauscher is coming around would make perfect sense. For once, I hope Nagler is right on this one.
Secondly, he was the first guy I heard mention Jeff Garcia. Shortly thereafter, the clamoring began. I will take this moment to throw my hat into the Jeff Garcia ring. I think it would be a wise move, and one I have called for since the off-season. Bring in Garcia.
It is also notable that Nagler did a pretty nice job on his own cut list.
Sorry Carriveau, you had to be shocked after the Sutton cut went down, especially after writing this:
"Sutton is also "set in stone." Maybe he needs to work on pass protection some, but he absolutely deserves to have a job in the NFL. If the Packers cut him, they're nuts."
I was a little shocked at the Sutton move myself, but you see it every year. Someone really shines in the preseason (Gado) and people start going third string crazy all of a sudden. Did he show some flashes? Yes. Was he a superstar in the making? I highly doubt it. How long Sutton remains out of a job, will go a long way into determining what the rest of the NFL talent evaluators really think of the young man.
Oh Al, your Lumpkin crusade has officially ended in defeat. You made some hardcore pleas here and here but it wasn't meant to be. You did however manage to win our bet about the UFA's, with the signing of Deitrich-Smith. Congratulations, your signed and autographed picture of Dale Z in a g-string is on its way.
What I'm Sayin'
I thought they would keep Brohm for sure, although I am hardly disappointed. I have been advocating a veteran backup since before the draft. Now it looks like that door may have been opened a little bit. That's fine with me.
It really surprised me that Ruvell Martin got cut. I thought he was a lock. Not because of his talent, but with his off the field chemistry with Aaron Rodgers. I understand that Swain might give the teeny tiniest bit of an upgrade, but professional or not, you have to assume Aaron Rodgers isn't all that happy. I don't like this move at all.
I don't think there was anyone not surprised by the Smith cut and this includes me. I thought the guy played his way onto the team. It will be interesting to see what the underlying story is. Maybe the guy was just a turbo douche. If so, let's hope Derrick Martin is a horse a piece.
Which leaves us with Tyrell Sutton. I realize that the guy showed a little spark this off-season. So did Lumpkin last year. I was never on or off the Sutton bandwagon, but the cut doesn't really bother me. We are fine at running back, and if McCarthy starts handing the ball of the Jackson when he's healthy, I think Sutton will become a distant and irrelevant memory.
Tony Moll is officially gone. Hallelujah.
I'm just sayin'.