Packers Daily Links 7.13.10

The anticipation of the Packers' annual financial report highlights today's look at the world Green Bay football ...

On the Packers calendar today, the team's namesake Youth Football Camps continue with sessions going on in both Oshkosh and Mequon. Among the former players making appearances at the camps is linebacker John Anderson ...

It was announced the Packers will release their annual financial report on Wednesday according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com. Observers the league over will be poring over dollar signs and decimal points as the Packers are the only team in the NFL required to release their financial data. "This year, the fact that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be attended the team's annual shareholder meeting suggests that the news will be bad -- which is good news for the league's position in the ongoing bargaining sessions with the union," writes Florio. "Still, look for Smith to downplay the news, explaining that Green Bay's performance represents one piece of a much larger puzzle."

Small school Minnesota linebacker David Olson contacted the Packers looking for an invitation to attend training camp. "The former Rochester Community and Technical College linebacker was one of 80 players, and only eight linebackers, to go through an NFL tryout in the middle of June in Indianapolis," writes Guy Limbeck of the Rochester Post-Bulletin. Olsen represents the longest of long shots and probably won't be joining the Packers as they'd have to cut an extra player to make room for him before training camp. Hat tip to Brian McIntyre of the Other 31.

Soon-to-be inductee Greg Koch was interviewed by Bill Huber of Packer Report at Monday's Packers Hall of Fame Golf Classic. “Very proud. Very proud,” said Koch about his time in Green Bay. “Do I think we should have won some championships? I do. In 1983, they had us picked to win the Super Bowl. We go down to play Houston in the first game and lose both nose men on that horrible Astroturf. We just couldn’t stop anybody. But nobody wanted to play our offense, I’ll tell you that.” The Hall of Fame induction ceremony is Saturday evening in Green Bay.

Little-used offensive lineman Breno Giacomini is featured in an article written by Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. "James Campen swears he’s telling the truth," writes Wilde. "The Green Bay Packers offensive line coach insists that when training camp opens in a little less than three weeks, Breno Giacomini will have the opportunity to beat out veteran Mark Tauscher for the starting right tackle job." Most people would scoff at that statement. Giacomini figures to be behind both Tauscher and T.J. Lang and possibly even a Bryan Bulaga in the right tackle pecking order. If Giacomini is going to make the team this year, the most likely scenario is as a backup at more than one position with contributions on special teams.

An interview with defensive coordinator Dom Capers is shared by Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Capers touched on the backup cornerback situation. “Last year, Brandon Underwood made a very positive impression in the first three preseason games,” said Capers. “Brandon is smart. I was impressed with his toughness because he’s kind of a linear guy. He’s got good length to him that you like with his height to play corner. And he’s a pretty smart corner. I think Pat Lee has good size too. These are young guys who haven’t seen as many reps. You get a little spoiled when you get guys like Charles Woodson, who has played for a long time, and Al Harris, who has played for a long time, there’s value to having seen all those things.” Underwood and Lee should have improved with each of them now in the second and third year in the NFL, respectively. Will they have improved enough to make a difference on defense for the Packers? That remains to be seen, but we'll find out in training camp.

The Packers linebacking unit ranks third in the entire NFL by Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports. "Someday in the near future, NFL people will talk about how the Packers linebacking corps is like some four-headed nightmare," writes Cole. "With Nick Barnett, Clay Matthews, Brad Jones and A.J. Hawk (who is almost an afterthought in this group), the Packers have the best combination of great tacklers against the run and potential pass-rush stars. Throw in the fact that Barnett is the only one older than 26 (he’s 29), and you have the makings of something marvelous. Matthews was terrific all season, and Jones was a late-season revelation with all four of his sacks coming in the last five games." It was surprising to see so much love given to a group featuring two second-year players and two inside linebackers with not so much as a single Pro Bowl experience. The group has potential, though. It's possible 2010 will be the year they reach their potential. Hat tip to Packers Gab.

Former Packers wide receiver Koren Robinson was found to be the third-worst tax delinquent in the entire state of North Carolina. "Robinson was slated to play for the Florida Tuskers in the UFL last fall, but was traded to the New York Sentinels, who released Robinson after he failed to show up for team meetings," writes Brian McIntyre of the Other 31. One has to wonder whether Robinson will begrudgingly play in the UFL this season given his financial woes.

Every game on the 2010 schedule is ranked by Jeff Robbins of Bleacher Report. It's generally a pretty good sign when the home opener is ranked as the least-significant game of the entire season. "The good news is that this game, on Sunday, September 19, is the home opener," writes Robbins. "So, after not being able to witness a meaningful game at Lambeau Field since last December, Packer fans will need little reason to get excited. Which is good, because playing the worst team in football doesn’t normally create much excitement. Aaron Rodgers will enjoy a good chunk of this game from the sidelines." That last statement may be a little overzealous, however. Even though the Bills weren't very good the past couple seasons, this is the NFL. There's no many blowouts. Aaron Rodgers has been taken out of very few games in the past two years because of such situations.

Aaron Nagler here at CheeseheadTV is taking a brief break before the start of training camp. But before kicking it in the Hamptons (just kidding), he shared some thoughts about how the entire offense needs to help out in pass protection and looks forward to a deeper rotation along the defensive line with contributions from a particular rookie. "I think [Ted] Thompson and company saw what we all saw when it came to the pass rush – linebackers flying around the ends…with plenty of space for the quarterback to step up in the pocket," writes Nagler. "The hope is not only that [Mike] Neal can provide a bit of push himself but that his being able to play quality snaps in the rotation will keep [Cullen] Jenkins and company fresher when it comes time to rush the passer as well."

"Jersey" Al Bracco opens a recent article with a bold statement. "Jordy Nelson will have a longer and better career as an NFL wide receiver than James Jones. There – let’s just get that out of the way," writes Bracco. "I have nothing against James Jones, and his hard-luck personal story makes me want to root for him, but I just don’t think he will ever be more than a good NFL receiver. I believe Jordy Nelson, however, has the extras that could propel him to be a quasi-star in the NFL." Not that Nelson has been a disappointment by any stretch of the imagination, but Nelson has been nothing but average through two NFL seasons, maybe below average. There's certainly tons of time to up the ante, but that is a bold prediction for someone who's yet to make a significant inpact in the NFL and is blocked by better receivers in front of him.

Life After Favre author Phil Hanrahan predicts Favre will be back with the Vikings this season in a Q&A conducted with BrentFavre.com. "As sure as onions in gumbo," says Hanrahan. "There’s a taste he wants to erase, he’s still one of the best out there, his team will contend, and something tells me his desire to 'stick it' to a couple Packer People hasn’t completely gone away."

A fundraiser will be held at John's Bar in Beaver Dam this Thursday July 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to benefit former Packer Caroll Dale's grandson. "Vincent Dale Cox, 7, suffers from a rare disease called fanconi anemia and recently underwent a bone marrow transplant costing more than $1 million. Former Packers Boyd Dowler, Dave Robinson, Marv Fleming, Bob Long and Jesse Whittenton will join Carroll Dale in the effort, called 'Lombardi’s Champions Saving Vincent,'" writes Aaron Martin of the Beaver Dam Daily Citizen. Players will be signing autographs of Robinson's book The Lombardi Legacy for $50 with $25 going to the young man's medical costs.

I called upon the Packers to prove Justin Harrell can contribute this season by giving him a lot of reps in training camp in the preseason. Some good comments were provided by our readers including this one from the WiscoKid, "The problem is, those types of back injuries never go away and the strain of playing that position just exacerbates the problem. It will be too bad if his career is over before it even starts."

A new Packers blog arrived on the scene, JonBob's Packer Blog, and has a new post about how Lambeau Field has lost a bit of luster as a home-field advantage.

Ol' Bag of Donuts is running a trivia contest in which you can win t-shirts from Sconnie.

Speaking of Ol' Bag of Donuts, writer Chris Lempesis will be the guest on a new episode of Cheesehead Radio to air on Thursday.

PackerWorld Central takes a look at the tight ends.

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July 13, 2010 at 01:17 pm

A few thoughts:

-Coaches love to talk up back-ups and claim they're more valuable been they are. It rarely plays out that way. Breno won't make the team, Underwood has bigger things to worry about, and Jordy won't ever be more than a solid #2.
-The Packers LB crew ain't that rad. Clay had a great season but I'm expecting a dip in production now that teams are aware of him. Barnett is solid. AJ is unspecatcular. Brad Jones...well we'll see.
-Wow. i knew the Pack haven't been great at home recently, but i didnt know it was that bad. ouch.

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