Since I really wanted to say thanks for the dough, I worked extra hard today on a post basically about nothing. Yet, it's Favre free and that's good.
On That's Pretty Good
To start, I want to know more about the Jared Allen injury. Since teams aren't forced to release those details in the pre-season, we may never know. It seems I can get plenty of injury updates from Packer practices, so I don't know what the deal is there. Either way, the Vikings are feeling the injuries just as much as the Packers.
Moving on, while watching Monday night football there was series in which Carolina fumbled the ball (well that was every series) and the Giants went to scoop it up and run. It of course brought me straight back to Jarrett Bush and his dumbass decision to not fall on the football in NFC championship game.
What interests me the most, is something John Gruden said after the play. Instead of chastising the guy for not falling on the fumble, Gruden said, "They are coached to scoop and score." I personally never realized that teams were coached to scoop and score or to fall on the ball. Most importantly, if the Packers teach anything other than flopping on that sucker hard, I want some names.
On Video Games
I don't play Madden all that much anymore. I have however played Madden every single year since its inception. Since I just sold my twice used controller to @midwestfan I most likely will not be playing at all bar the two games I got in this week at my buddy's house. On Madden, much like paper, the Packers looked pretty good. Two things stuck out to me that if true to the game this season will make me pretty darn happy.
B.J. Raji is a stud. He tears through people like they aren't even there. If he can dominate the line like he does in the game, we might have a shot of doing something.
James Jones is a beast. I personally think that this is James Jones' year. If he can dominate most nickel backs in the league and perform at a high level in the place of Driver or Jennings, this offense could be pert near unstoppable.
On Al Harris
I talked a little bit about Al Harris in my season predictions. Although I may have gone a little light on the record as to not be a homer, I think many of these predictions will come true and it doesn't mean the Packers will have a terrible season.
Al Harris does not have a single interception in team drills this training camp. He is going to struggle and let's make darn sure that the best guy is on the field.
On Clay Matthews, Jeremy Thompson, and Brady Poppinga
I hate if I am right on this one, but I predicted that Clay Matthews is essentially not going to make an impact for most of the season. They may say they are being cautious, but everyone knows what happens when you get a significant hammy hobble. Clay Matthews may not be one hundred percent for quite some time.
This in mind, I definitely am not sold on Jeremy Thompson and his injury status isn't helping any. With that, we are once again left with Brady Poppinga. Not all that good. I think with all this talk of Bishop and Chillar being so studly this season, it's time to start rotating either them or Hawk into to the mix to see what happens. One of those guys has to be better than Brady Poppinga. Please, Poppinga is not the answer.
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