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Want To Play GM?




Want to run an NFL organization for the day? Here’s your chance. Let’s take a look into the future.





The story begins on Halloween night. The Packer’s season has been incredible. Ahead of the curve in all facets of the game, the Packers squad has posted a league best 4-1 record heading into tomorrow’s game against the Vikings at Lambeau.

Aaron Rodgers has been spectacular. A near lock for the Pro-Bowl, the mustached maestro has orchestrated a near perfect performance. Putting up 1953 yards and 14 touchdowns, Rodgers has proven he certainly is the superstar of the future. Greg Jennings had been on the receiving end of 10 of Rodger’s darts, while allowing his teammates the other four balls as a pure act of sportsmanship. Michael Finley’s 82 yard dash in overtime against a surprising Rams team has hogged highlight reels for several weeks.

The offensive line has been serviceable. The early worries at right tackle never surfaced as Allen Barbre has dramatically improved all facets of his game. Josh Sitton, Jason Spitz, and Darren Colledge have been solid, and without the five false starts by Chad Clifton, Joe Philbin’s unit has been penalty free.

The offensive line play has also opened up the running game for starter Brandon Jackson. Now a dual threat out of the backfield, his 750 yards are hardly pedestrian going into this weekend. Deshawn Wynn has been average on third down, but should be given a pat on the rear for his devastating blows in pass protection. Ryan Grant has seen less and less playing time after coughing up the ball in week four to essentially hand the game to Minnesota. Most notable has been the effectiveness of the team on third and short situations. The GB-22 formation of Kuhn and Johnson has been near unstoppable. Affectionately known as “The Mighty Quinn” it has been a welcome addition to the short yardage game.

The defense continues to improve. The loss of Al Harris and the continued holdout of Nick Collins did not hurt the team’s chemistry early. Tramon Williams has shown he was worthy of the contract he signed earlier in the season, while Atari Bigby and Anthony Smith continue to improve. The heart and soul of the defense continues to revolve around the linebackers and defensive line. The “Greene” Bay wrecking crew has been fierce, ranking third in the league against the run. Rookie Clay Matthews has shown why he was branded such a hard worker, and Aaron Kampan, although still not polished in coverage, has caused fits for quarterbacks in every matchup. The combination of Raji, Pickett, and Jenkins has made the middle of the line nearly impenetrable, while Nick Barnett leads the team in tackles with 43. According to his latest Twitter, he is happy about it too, exclaiming:

"feeling good about leeding the team in takles. they should play me on offens LOL via TwitterFon"

The Vikings arrive in Green Bay looking for a season sweep. The team has been solid this year. Sage Rosenfels has been a surprise, leading the squad to a 5-2 mark, and leaving little question who the quarterback in Minnesota should be. The run game continues to flourish behind Adrian Peterson, and the defense has not lost a step even with the four game suspension of defensive tackle Pat Williams. The Packers come into the game eager to wash out the sour taste left in their mouth after the Grant debacle in the Metrodome.

The game is a back and forth struggle that finds the Packers driving late in the ballgame down 23-21. With two minutes left in the fourth quarter, Rodgers drops back on what should be a simple dump off to Lee over the middle. Shortly after releasing the ball, Aaron is hit low and late by the Viking's Jared Allen, perhaps the dirtiest player in the NFL. It is a blatant late hit, and Rodgers rolls on the ground grasping his shin in agony. Chad Clifton and Allen break out in a scuffle, and the crowd at Lambeau shouts obscenities before dimming to a low murmur.

Shortly thereafter, Rodgers is carted off the field to a standing ovation, but backup quarterback Matt Flynn is unable to drive the team to victory. Both the Vikings and Packers leave week eight with two losses. The Vikings take a slight edge with their 6-2 record, as well as commanding the division win in the result of a tie-breaker. The Packers at 5-2 are now scrambling for answers at quarterback.

The next day Jared Allen receives a suspension for his hit on Rodgers, but it is too late. An MRI has revealed a broken bone in Aaron’s leg and he is expected to put on the IR list for the remainder of the season. You sit in your office debating what to do. Matt Flynn, although growing at the position, has been little more than average. Third stringer Brian Brohm, still recovering from his training camp injury, has not thrown a ball in game action in over a year.

You are sick at the thought, as the chance for a division championship was not only looking like a possibility; it is a necessity as the wild card race is tight throughout the NFC. You are just about to sit down with Coach McCarthy to discuss strategy when the phone rings. As you answer you are taken back by the voice on the other end. After a slight pause, and a moment to reflect, you decide to choose your words carefully.

You raise the phone back to your ear and say, “Well Bus I was just thinking about that and…”

Finish the sentence


(Stay Tuned)

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Pack93z's picture

... "Jay Cutler is unhappy again, eh. Sorry Bus, the trading deadline has past."

Alex Tallitsch's picture

Nice, adding to the story.

Toby Hump's picture

"... I believe a sprinkling of carroway seeds can be added to carrots to liven them up"

Alex Tallitsch's picture

I have been meaning to do a "Best Comments" piece for a while.

Franklin Hillside's picture

This may be the mother of all jinxes....

Alex Tallitsch's picture

Damn, I should have added a big name free agent in there.

Packnic's picture

seriously... why even tempt fate like this. The injury jinx potential outweighs the traffic boost benefit you will recieve.

Brett Favre is never playing for the Packers again. ever. He made his choice, and Brohm/Flynn are our backups now. I also have a hard time believing that anyone at 1265 Lombardi would pick up a telephone if they saw Bus Cook on the caller ID. That greedy, story planting, PR abusing douchebag should be on a black list at Lambeau.

Alex Tallitsch's picture

Last year I didn't jinx it, and see what happened? It's the Lounge man, the opposite of normal happens here.

Packnic's picture

fair enough... i think? I'm confused now. So is someone gonna get hurt now or what? where am i?

Alex Tallitsch's picture

No, we should be fine now.

Asshalo's picture

Nice piece of fan fiction. I like the Mighy Quinn Formation. Two losses to the vikings though? I hope not. We have an easy stretch to start the first 6 games. 5-1 is definitely a benchmark because of how much harder to schedule is supposed to get later (Dallas, Minn, Chi, Pitt, Balt, Ariz). I like a hard late schedule though...If we're manage to get through it with a good seed and no serious injuries, it will be great preparation heading into the post season

I'm not so sure Flynn and Brohm won't have improved this offseason. I have never liked flynn though-- too small. Maybe Brohm will flourish the next two seasons because no one is expecting anything of him. Maybe in week 5 (if he's healthy) he will surprise everyone like Rodgers did against Dallas.

BTW, did anyone read/watch the Raji/Matthews press conference. I guess they're going to be using him at DE in addition to NT. I expected this in short yard situations, but didn't really consider it frequently throughout the game though. He certainly has the speed to play there.

PackersRS's picture

..."The Bears still suck!"

Elmo's picture

Aaron Rodgers is a pu$$y, and will be an answer in Trivial Pursuit 2015....

Who was the losing, bust of a QB who followed Brett Favre after the Great One retired, and who was the pathetic and insignificant GM who drafted him?

Tyler Bohms's picture

Tell Brett Favre to screw himself.....hopefully we have a decent backup qb at that point.

Greg C.'s picture

"...the answer is the same as always. He is done here. We've moved on."

Graffin's picture

"...I love your pu$$y" uh I mean, what?

Graffin's picture

sorry to much Stern show. In that precise situation, what would be the downside? Nothing really as long as Favre knew that after this year Aaron would be back regardless. While I think Thompson would be open to something like this, would Favre ever even consider helping Thompson in any way shape or form? I think the answer is no.

Elmo's picture

Thompson, the egoist, would NEVER be open to something like this...

He wanted to get RID of Favre so that the team could be the Green Bay Thompson's....

The ship is sinking, the train has de-railed...and Thompson is taking this team down to obscurity, AGAIN!

Welcome back, 1970' of Ted Thompson!

Graffin's picture

Elmo, will you have my baby?

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