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.. Mike McCarthy to make up his mind on Bob Sanders, the more likely it becomes that he will keep the embattled defensive coordinator.

I understand McCarthy wanting to take his time, and I understand the things working in Sanders' favor (injuries this season, the defense's relatively good performance last season when healthy, lack of talent to work with at the most important position in his scheme this season, and so on...) but the fact that McCarthy didn't fire Sanders last Sunday evening only speaks to a head coach who is unable to step back and see the glaring weaknesses that plague his third year defensive coordinator. I've written ad nauseum about McCarthty's 'Shoop Phase' and the last six days are the most glaring example of that aptly named (if I do say so myself) condition.

If Sanders is retained (and there is now a decent chance he will be) the onus falls to Ted Thompson to stock up on quality talent on the defensive line using every avenue at his disposal. He needs to draft, trade and work free agency to its full effect to stockpile 10 to 12 very good players on the defensive line. If he doesn't do that for Sanders, you can count on 2009 being another wasted season.

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Alex Tallitsch's picture

Amen...I agree I don't think Stock is going anywhere. Next year will define future employment for many people.

packeraaron's picture

Assume you mean Sanders, not Stock. But I can't say I disagree with the general thrust of your comment.

Alex Tallitsch's picture

See what Mike Stock has done to me. I can't even get my Packers news right.

Ron La Canne's picture

Go back and review the performance of the "Great Bob Sanders Fourth Quarter Defense". It Stunk! And the scheme stayed the same week after losing week.

jerseypackfan's picture

So we as fans can expect another season of no blitzing and no pressure on the QB? Sound like the rest of the teams in the NFL next year with have nothing to worry about when they play the Packers next year.

Ron's picture

If McCarthy has another losing year in 09, then he will try to buy more time by firing Stock next year. Stock is now McCarthy's/Thompson's "ace in the hole" for 09.

Andrew in Atlanta's picture

Was Sanders secretly calling the defense for the Falcons on Arizona's last drive? Third down and forever - one of the LBs might want to cover the TE

ctpack's picture

If the Packers don't go to the playoffs next season the whole coaching staff will be gone.As was said on the Chargers game there will be a few quality head coaches after next season

Alex Tallitsch's picture

You can now add Mr. Sanders to the list.

IPBprez's picture

I would brighten my outlooks on our ability to get to the passer next season. If TT doesn't draft some of the Defensive stuff on the shelf in THIS draft, then I say FIRE HIS A$$. There is a wealth of DT's & DE's on this List.

I have also made up a list of who's out there for the O-Line. Can you believe that even GUARDS are showing up at 6'5" and taller AND LARGER? It smacks of Dallas Cowboy lineups throughout. MAC did say his use of the ZBS will be defined by what personnel we have. It's our ability to process the ABS that concerns me.

Assessing the D preferences will take a couple of more weeks.

If I had my rathers, I'd try to sign Alex Mack for Center, without a doubt. Also looking at Duke Robinson(even though there might be a weight issue).

My REAL CONCERN will be why there's a need to KEEP James Campen. We can go find better. I remember he played Center for the Pack. I just don't think he's the right coach for our O-Line. Too much coddling of Daryn Colledge, playing the insanity card, season after season. I would trade him away-tired of the Ross Verba experiment all over again.

ALL DRAFT PICKS should be focused on the Line Personnel, first & foremost - let's solidify our depth for both (remember, Jolly probably won't be back-you already know why). I would give Colin Cole first option next to Pickett, while bringing in two new (BIG) Rookie DT's. Cole really only needs another 15-lbs, if that. Let's re-create the Gravedigger/GravyTrain lineup of 2003.

JMHO, cheeseheads... that's all!

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