It's very rare that I have anything bad to say about the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Packer coverage. In fact, I think Greg Bedard is perhaps the finest Packer reporter I have ever read. There are some apparently who need to take a cue from Bedard, because articles like this one leave me scratching my head while wondering, where do I apply?
I understand completely that this year's draft was not the most exciting thing people have ever seen. I also understand how difficult it is this year to get a rise out of anyone. Packer fans are kind of in a lull right now, no one seems to be all that excited about the draft, and the focus this year has really turned towards the start of the season, and not the months leading up to it. Sure, it would be nice to have a Raji or Clay Matthews to dream about for a couple of months, but as fans we don't.
That being said, I am seeing more and more opinion articles popping up trying to fill that void. Now naturally I am all for opinion, but if you can't back it up with anything that makes sense, it's really just yellow journalism. I understand the pressure to get readers involved, but you need to be educated to do it correctly. To quote one of the finest writers on the planet:
"Writers used to never give opinions. Now I think you have to, it's more interesting to readers -- as long as it's an informed opinion."
Writer Rob Reischel failed to do any of that in yesterday's article Packers Didn't Swing for the Fences and I will go a step further and say he comes off as not having a clue. Let's count the ways.
"The Green Bay Packers seemed only a player or two from making a title push when the 2009 season ended. But, four months into the off-season, it doesn't appear the Packers have found that player. Packer general manager Ted Thompson ignored free agency as usual. Then Thompson seemed to draft more for the future than the present last weekend. Now, it remains unclear how the Packers can take the next step after finishing 11-5 a year ago and reaching an NFL wild-card game. For now, it still seems teams such as New Orleans and Minnesota are miles ahead of Green Bay."
I mean wow. At least you got the first sentence right. The rest is just hogwash. Yes, on the outside looking in, Ted Thompson's draft may have looked like it was designed for the future, but as far as the present is concerned, no one knows. In 2009 only one pick, ONE PICK (Meredith), did not contribute on the field at some point. Ted Thompson drafted in 2010 for week's 8-16 not the year 2011. In addition, it's pretty clear how the Packers are planning on taking the next step... by staying healthy. That's the final move, and Ted Thompson drafted to ensure that if we don't, we're covered. Finally, to even suggest the the Vikings are miles ahead of Green Bay right now is just downright stupid. They lost a big part of their backfield, don't know who their quarterback is going to be, and have a secondary worse off than the Packers right now. The only one miles ahead is me, in front of you. Let's increase that gap.
"A year ago, Thompson hit a home run in drafting outside linebacker Clay Matthews, who made the Pro Bowl as a rookie. But Thompson's seven-person rookie class in 2010 doesn't appear to have any players ready to make an instant impact."
How on God's green earth do you know? In fact, coming out camp last year, we didn't even know if Clay was going to play. To project impact at this point, is quite simply impossible and uninformed. What's the impact of Bulaga if Clifton goes down? What's the impact of Morgan Burnett actually making Atari Bigby work for his job? But, I suppose you are right since everyone knew Brad Jones was going to contribute big time before the season last year. Can I get a Donald Driver here too? Again, truth is, the only thing we know about impact for sure is the rest of this facial.
"The Packers didn't address their two greatest need areas: outside linebacker and cornerback. Green Bay has a true star in Matthews at right outside linebacker. But after losing Aaron Kampman in free agency, there's uncertainty on the left side. For now, the job belongs to second-year man Brad Jones."
It's time to get off this whole need thing on the linebackers and cornerbacks. There is not a need there. Perhaps there is some uncertainty due to injury at corner, but there is not a need. We have gobs of corners, and frankly, anyone we had taken in the draft would have the same question marks as anyone on the roster. We have our guys, they just need to play. As far as Brad Jones is concerned, did you even watch the Packers last year? Brad Jones, as a seventh round pick, took over for a Pro-Bowl player and not only didn't drop-off, perhaps even enhanced the position. I have no uncertainty at all. And if I did, Ted Thompson directly answered those concerns in YOUR OWN ARTICLE by saying, "We didn't draft any linebackers this year, but still we're going to be trying to add some stuff to that position, sure." He'll add some stuff, good enough for me.
"Panic buttons are being pushed throughout Packer Nation after Thompson ignored both outside linebacker and cornerback."
Only by the people that read your uninformed piece of slosh and are now three times worse off as fans than they were a few paragraphs ago.
You've been served.
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