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What Might Have Been

What Might Have Been




Hello again Packer fans. After a brief hiatus to re-introduce myself to the wife and kids, I am back to once again discuss all things Packers. I have had several weeks to digest the Packers playoff loss to the Cardinals and their season, in general.





As the Super Bowl (oops, “the Big Game”) approaches, I am left to wonder what might have been.


What might have been if the Packers had brought in some experienced DB help (not talking Josh Bell, here) like the Saints did when injuries hit their secondary. The Saints brought three different CBs in until they found the right combination to stabilize their secondary.


What might have been if Ted Thompson hadn’t traded up to pick Clay Matthews. Imagine the Packers defense without his QB pressures, 10 sacks and big plays?


What might have been if Al Harris had not been lost to injury. Besides the obvious effect of moving Jarret Bush up the depth chart, it very much affected what Dom Capers could do with Defensive Player of the Year Charles Woodson. As I predicted in this article, Capers could no longer afford to risk bringing Woodson on blitzes and leaving the other inexperienced cornerbacks to fend for themselves.


What might have been if 23 other teams hadn’t passed on Aaron Rodgers. I don’t think I’ve ever properly expressed my gratitude, so let me officially say “thank you guys”. Getting Rodgers was like finding a Lexus in your driveway on Christmas morning.  By the way, does that ever really happen?


What might have been if the Packers had a kicking game. I mean a real kicking game. I mean a punter that could occasionally pin a team back inside their 10 yard line. I mean a place kicker that could be depended upon to make a big field goal when the team needs it most. Yes, that kind of kicking game.

What might have been if Charles Woodson hadn’t decided to come to the last place on earth he wanted to be. Green Bay? For Charles Woodson? Really? YES!


What might have been if Scott Green wasn’t refereeing the Packers – Cardinals Playoff game. And for doing such a fabulous job, he’s rewarded by being named as the Super Bowl referee. Business as usual in the NFL.


What might have been if  Ted Thompson hadn’t plucked Jermichael Finley in the third round of the 2008 NFL draft. Still only 22 at the time of this article, Finley has a world of upside and could very well crack the All-pro lineup next season. Much like Shonne Greene was the steal of the ‘09 draft, Finley will carry that title for the ‘08 draft.


What might have been if the Packers hadn’t seriously underestimated their depth at offensive tackle and the trickle-down effect seen when 3 starting positions were changed. Granted, there aren’t many good tackles out there that you could bring in as a reserve, but how about a right tackle to compete for the job in camp with Barbre and Giacomini? Or why wasn’t T.J. Lang given a real shot at the RT job? I believe Mike McCarthy had his starting OL set in his mind before camp even started. Personally, I'm for open competition.


What might have been if Bob Sanders was still the Defensive Coordinator of the Packers. Dom Capers led an amazing turnaround for the Packers defense. Sure, there were some bad games. But remember, the majority of the personnel on the Packers defense were drafted to play in 4-3 scheme. While some players can make quick adjustments, others will struggle. For everyone who is still blaming Capers for not blitzing more against the Vikings, Steelers and Cardinals, you’re misguided. Capers had to pick his poison against the better quarterbacks. And with nobody other than Clay Matthews getting to the quarterback, he chose coverage. It was all he could do.


What might have been if Bret Favre was still on the Packers…    Nah, just kidding on that one.


This article officially concludes my looking back on the 2009 season.  From this point on, I'll be focusing on the NFL Draft and the 2010 season. In the near future, I’ll be posing a series of questions I feel need to be answered to make for a successful Super Bowl run in 2010.  Stay tuned…


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Jersey Al Bracco is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for and the Packers Fan Voice for NFL Touchdown.

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Alex's picture

Looks like everyone is happy to see you back, Al.

Jersey Al's picture

Do they think the blog has moved to Minnesota also?

PackersRS's picture

Great to have ya back, Al!

More importantly, what could've been if the Vikings had won the SB?

HA! That's like murdering a dead man! Never going to happen!

Jersey Al's picture

So great that they get to be tortured for another year...

Asshalo's picture

What might have been if I hadn't ate too many wings and drank too many beers last night. Probably wouldn't have had the shatz this AM.

FITZCORE1252's picture


Gbpfan's picture

Good to see you back. All this wondering is interesting, but what will it accomplish? All of us fans need to move on, and always be thinking toward the future. This team is on the fast track to becoming a Superbowl contender, and I hope we can all look forward to that.

Go Pack Go!

Jersey Al's picture

Had to get it out of my system one last time and now I'm ready to move forward!

FITZCORE1252's picture

Good to see you back Al.

After the last second ticks of the clock Sunday, we will officially be tied for the best record in the league, 0-0, what we do with that clean slate is in the hands of people I trust (A-Rod, Chuck, Coach, Ted). I truly think '09 was a step in the right direction, and '10 has the potential to be special. Monday morning '09 will firmly be behind me...

BUT, first things first,

LET'S GO SAINTS, make Daddy some $$$... WHO DAT.


Jersey Al's picture

Thanks, Fitz. There are questions to be answered, though, which I will be delving into.

FITZCORE1252's picture

You'd better, we have a loooong off-season in front of us. In-depth analysis is a must!

This looks to be the most boring FA period EVER, I sure hope the draft gives us plenty to discuss (I'm sure it will).

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