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Packers exhibition game No. 3: Live journal

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Packers exhibition game No. 3: Live journal

I had the bright idea to do a running diary of the Packers third exhibition game Saturday night against the Eagles. I was pumped to offer my keen insight into players on the bubble and make other observations to share with all of you, the dedicated readers of CheeseheadTV.com.

Then Randall Cobb hurt his shoulder. Micah Hyde did something with his neck. And Bryan Bulaga went down with an ankle injury.

If that wasn't enough, the Packers No. 1 defense got steamrolled and the special teams were in midseason form (meaning they were awful).

The Packers trailed 39-14 at halftime. Miraculously, no players were injured walking to the locker room.

At the half, I went to Home Depot and purchased a jackhammer, a gallon of lighter fluid and book of matches. After pummeling my laptop into tiny particles with the jackhammer, I lit the dust on fire for good measure.

So yeah, my live journal didn't happen. Here are my only thoughts about Saturday night's atrocity:

This exhibition season needs to end.

Now.

Forfeit the final game, and let's start the damn season already.

Yes, the Packers are still Super Bowl contenders despite the exhibition season injuries and ugliness. But enough is enough. It's time to play real games and end this s#!tshow of meaningless, but still dangerous, football.

Go Pack Go.

(Anyone have a laptop for sale at a decent price?)

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

LOL. So I guess the Gut Reactions were so gut wrenching that Aaron was too incapacitated to think about last night's game, much less put it into words. Can't say that I blame him.

Tarynfor12's picture

The best comedic skit in the whole comedic skit of a game/night was watching Mike Daniels do the 'talk tough' interview.....The $11 Million Dollar Man.

4thand1's picture

That was lame indeed.

Allan Murphy's picture

Does any one no how long Q is out for the gun thing ??????

Imma Fubared's picture

tre gameses amigo

Bearmeat's picture

I'm really not concerned about how bad the offense looks. Just the injuries. The special teams are concerning. The defense less so.

This team still will be in the mix in January. Who cares about all the drama now?

Nick Perry's picture

Remember Bearmeat, that was the Packers starting secondary that gave up 5 TD passes in the first half to Bradford and Sanchez. That in itself is concerning because McCarthy is saying the same thing he has for years, communication problems. With the exception of HHCD those guys have been together for a few years. Communication shouldn't be the problem anymore.

Tarynfor12's picture

"I'm really not concerned about how bad the offense looks. Just the injuries. The special teams are concerning. The defense less so."

I can visualize the performing art of 'sweeping it under the rug'. :)

Chad Toporski's picture

Masthay's performance aside, I'm not ready to condemn or even worry that much about special teams (yet). As McCarthy said earlier, he wanted to use more starters on the Special Teams units as a way to improve their effectiveness. How many starters are now out with injury? We often overlook the fact that injuries can cripple a ST unit just as much as they can cripple an offense or defense.

Nick Perry's picture

The Packers ST are absolutely horrible. Masthay is ranked 42nd out of 45 punters with 3 punts or more. I stopped counting after 7 penalties on ST teams alone, are you kidding me! Zook was part of the problem last year so I had a hard time seeing him as a solution this year. Well that and he's been a loser most of his coaching career so I wouldn't expect huge changes at 61 years old. What helped Crosby out of his slump of 2012 the following year didn't do squat for Masthay. Do they still have Mandell's number?

Loved Hundley and I really like Clemonts using the screen game. I never understood why McCarthy didn't use more screens but it looks like Clemonts will. Hundley will be the Packers backup next year. Hundley was going through his progressions, something Tolzien seems to struggle with. He can also buy time with his legs where Tolzien really doesn't.

Rajon Neal might be Lacy's back-up if he keeps playing like that. He can definitely catch the ball and did some nice work picking up the blitz. Look out Starks, looks like you have some real competition for the #2 RB position.

Hopefully Cobb, Bulaga, Sitton, Bakhtiari, Lang, and Hyde, are ready week one. If not hopefully Thompson can find something a little better (Well a lot better) for backup O-Linemen once cuts start.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

Yes, STs were bad. I tried but failed to keep track of who committed the penalties, but I remember that some were made by Fanor and Banjo, 2 guys that might not be on the team. I don't know what to say about Masthay.

I was somewhat reassured that Walker could be a swing OT. We're set everywhere else, with Tretter at OC and tons of guys who can play OG, including an improved Lane Taylor, Walker, Barclay. If Cobb, Bakh, Bulaga, and Lang are fine by 9/13, we'll be okay.

Nick Perry's picture

Really? I guess I didn't watch him enough to make that call. Personally I believe the Packers could find someone better when cutdowns begin, perhaps a veteran Tackle or one who's logged at least some regular season snaps. For example, would you still be reassured if Bulaga goes down in Seattle for a few series? I can't say I would.

jh9's picture

After watching last night's debacle all I can say is, "Good luck, Mike, with that fast start."

murph27's picture

Speaking of players on the bubble, before the game the big concern was whether either Don Barclay or Josh Walker could be adequate as the swing tackle. I've read six Packer articles but have not seen a word on how either of them fared in a game.

Evan's picture

Barclay was apparently half-way decent last night, from what I've read.

4thand1's picture

A half way decent Barclay still equals "sucks"

Dan Stodola's picture

It might mean he's getting the rust off after his ACL last year. On the whole I'm not worried about the OL. Walker seems like a passable OT, probably more suited at RT like Barclay tho.

Tretter would make some team a terrific starting Center. Wonder if he might be a possible trading piece should Thompson decide we need a more experienced WR. Not that I expect that from Thompson tho.

Allan Murphy's picture

Yes he was nocking off the rust .............

PaulRosik's picture

The Packers could not run the ball but threw it for over 400 yards. There wasn't much pressure at any time and the QB's had time. There were few lanes to run all game long and only a few outside darts by Neal made any yardage. There was only one sack for 42 pass attempts. There were only 22 running attempts and they gained like 60 yards total.

So there were no bi gaffes by either player. It wasn't the physical butt whupping the line took the week before.

ray nichkee's picture

Breaking news for those who want more help at TE: brandon botchkick just got cut by the queens.

4thand1's picture

Say it ain't so, the vikings cut an ex Packer?

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