I sat down to write up today's grades for your 2009 Green Bay Packers and I just couldn't do it. They say the grieving process has several stages, I think I just hit anger.
You go through this stupid list of players, and you realize just how much talent this team had going into the wildcard game. How on God's green earth could you lay such a monumental egg? I mean come on, this team went nearly undefeated down the stretch and then pisses it all away by coming out flat and uninspired? It's completely and totally unreal to me.
For everyone that wants to talk about free-agency already do you actually think we are going to have one? Seriously, do you think Ted Thompson is going to pull the trigger on any kind of impact or role player this off-season? I tell you one thing, he frickin' better.
If I have to sit through another off-season without Ted addressing any needs in free-agency I think I am going to lose it. Here you go Packers I have a list for you.
You need a veteran quarterback. You need one not only as a safety net, but as a mentor to Aaron Rodger's. I know everyone likes Matt Flynn, but he is not the answer, he is the situation. Get a smart veteran that can still manage an offense and do it right away.
You need to make a decision on what you are going to with your line quickly. If you are going to keep Tauscher and Clifton for another season, you need a veteran that can play both positions. No, Duke Preston is not available. You also better find a guy that can challenge Colledge or just let him walk and work on Spitz. If not, don't expect anything to get better at guard.
There will be an opportunity to pick up a top tier change of pace back this off-season. You need a playmaker that makes defenses think twice. Don't draft one, you suck at drafting running backs. You need to make an impact move here.
Get one, and not some guy that played soccer on an island somewhere in the middle of the Indian Ocean either. Get a guy who can kick the ball. I don't get what's so hard about that.
I think it's about time to realize that the Will Blackmon who couldn't stay healthy in college in now the Will Blackmon that can't stay healthy in the pro's. Jordy "I look like I'm walking" Nelson is not the answer. If Will does stay healthy, you are definitely going to want to use him somewhere else, for reason's to be explained below.
Screw Atari Bigby. The players might like him, but he isn't going to be worth the price. You need a guy who is going to make plays back there, and Atari Bigby is no longer the answer. He was supposed to be able to play from the line of scrimmage and simply doesn't get it done. He's pedestrian. Find a guy who isn't.
If I see Jarrett Bush play one snap on defense next year I am going to smash my television. This is two years in row that Jarret Bush has been a liability if not a determining factor in the outcome of big games. Like I have said a million times, Jarrett Bush sucks. The second Al Harris went down, a free-agent should have been signed. This off-season it's imperative. Quit putting the hopes and dreams of your team and your fans on the shoulders of a two-bit wannabe like Jarret Bush. Quit being stupid and shore up the hole. Your bench can't stay healthy and the one guy who can is a dumbass. Don't be stupid.
For some reason that last paragraph really made me feel a whole lot better. Don't get me wrong, I am still furious that the Packers didn't do anything to address the Bush situation immediately. It was perhaps the dumbest thing I think I have seen happen around these parts in quite some time.
The bottom line, again this year, is that the Packers need to use free-agency this off-season more than any in recent memory. There are guys out there that can take this team over the hump. If Ted fails to realize that in the next two months, he's probably going to realize it sitting at home in 2011.