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2011 Regular season LB depth chart prediction

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  1. PackersATW
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    This group probably the most unpredictable of all the Packers personel groups. This lineup assumes that AJ Hawk will not restructure his contract and the Packers waive him. Ted Thompson will not pay him 10 mill for one year considering all the other $ tied up in the linebackers. If the Packers do work something out with Hawk, he will start and the Packers will try to trade Barnett.

    Last year Thompson kept 4 TE, I say he cuts that by one and keeps another LB (Poppinga) or ILB draft pick
    2011 Prediction

    OLB Clay Matthews
    ILB Desmond Bishop
    ILB Nick Barnett
    OLB Erik Walden

    Reserves:

    Brandon Chillar
    Frank Zombo
    Brad Jones
    Brady Poppinga or ILB draft pick/undrafted free agent

    Here's a look back to last years opening day lineup
    2010 Opening Day

    OLB Clay Matthews
    ILB Brandon Chillar
    ILB Nick Barnett
    OLB Brad Jones

    Reserves:

    AJ Hawk
    Desmond Bishop
    Frank Zombo

    Whatdya all think?
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    I think AJ Hawk might start since he did pretty good replacing Nick Barnett!
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    No way does Hawk get away, he is smart, will restructure and Twitter boy Barnett will be flying the coop.

    I say they take a stud OLB in the draft by moving up and taking Von Miller or pick one up via FA.
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    I'd keep Hawk. Barnett's tweeting and samurai dance after tackling somebody after a 3 yard run is getting old.
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    I'd keep Hawk over Barnett but I'd prefer both. I always thought Barnett was miscast as an undersized ILB and with his pursuit speed could be the answer opposite Clay.
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    When healthy I would take Barnett any day but hawk is less of a pain in the lockerroom and he is more likely to stay healthy it seems.
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    All I can ever picture in my mind when I hear Barnett is him not dropping deep enough on a certain 4th and 26.
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    That was so very painful. But I think if Barnett had the 2nd full season with Capers you would have seen some great things from #56.

    Not my favorite player by far but I think he gets a bad rap from that Twitter flap and all, he seems to be a pretty loyal Packer as far as I can see :)
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    All I can remember is favre blowing another game with a terrible INT when I think of that game.
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    It's weird how seeing things can remind somebody one particular instance. Like when I see the St. Louis Rams I always think of Favre's 6 ints in the playoffs.
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itz-IrptWNU&feature=player_embedded]YouTube - Brett Favre - The Definition of Insanity[/ame]
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    I don't know whether to laugh, cry, pull my hair out, or gouge my eyeballs. The worst was the Rams INT. Totally reprehensible on his part.
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    Well, Favre wouldn't have thrown that INT if Barnett would have dropped deep enough.
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    I don't know where this idea that AJ Hawk will 'restructure his deal' came from. AJ Hawk wants big money, and because he's proven to work well in a 43 and 34, he can get it somewhere, especially after a SB run. GB isn't going to pay for Hawk. He's a goner.

    I can only hope we draft a top end rush linebacker so we don't have to start Brad Jones, Erik Walden, or Frank Zombo next season.

    Rotation

    ILB - Barnett, Bishop, Chillar, Rookie
    OLB - Matthews, Jones, Rookie, Walden, Zombo

    I think the ROLB issue depends on the draft. I would assume Jones has the edge to start next year, but who knows.
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    I'm not sure where you get that impression... In interviews he seems unsure of his future primarily because he isn't sure if he is in the Packers plans. I think (and this is purely conjecture) that if TT makes him a reasonable offer, he will take it. Now I'm not saying he'll take the vet min, but I think a similar deal to Bishop (maybe slightly more) would be plenty to lock him up.

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