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Do you think we will see Clifton again?

Discussion in 'Packer Fan Forum' started by ivo610, Nov 13, 2011.

  1. ivo610

    ivo610 Cheesehead

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    Do you guys think we will ever see Clifton again in the starting lineup? Was this the end of an era? No Tauscher or Clifton? seems like they have been around forever.
     
  2. Kitten

    Kitten Feline Cheesehead Staff Member Super Moderator

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    I hope we see him again. I love Clifton and Tauscher too and I'm honestly not ready for a changing of the guard. But if the next generation must be now, I'm confident these new guys can get the job done. Hopefully they've taken the opportunity to learn from the best.
     
  3. SpartaChris

    SpartaChris Cheesehead

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    I think Clifton will be back for the playoffs. There's a reason they didn't IR him yet, and instead have kept him on for the last several weeks.
     
  4. TJV

    TJV Lifelong Packers Fanatic

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    I don’t know but I hope so. According to McGinn’s mid season report card, Marshall Newhouse leads the team in sacks allowed with four and pressures with 14.5. He’s done OK, particularly for a second-year late 5th rounder. But the offense works best when both OTs can handle their guys consistently one-on-one. If last year’s version of Chad Clifton reappears, believe it or not, the offense becomes even better because the “extra blocker” can challenge the D at the snap instead of double team or chip to help Newhouse.

    I’m optimistic about the OT position overall and think they’ll be fine next year without Clifton. The future Newhouse and/or Sherrod could approach or exceed the play of Clifton. But that’s not going to happen this season and the Packers could use the pass blocking “sure thing” at LT Clifton has been for a decade plus.
     
  5. Kitten

    Kitten Feline Cheesehead Staff Member Super Moderator

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    What about Bulaga? What's going on with him? I fear OT might be the one weak link in our armor this year. Newhouse and Sherrod are pretty green. I'm not saying they are not good, I'd like to see them get a little more experience before they become full time starters. That's one of the main reason I would love to see Cliffy hang around awhile to coach up these guys. OT is one of the most important positions on the OL, second only to the QB. Protecting a QB like Aaron Rodgers has got to be one of the top priorities on our list.

    I maintain my confidence, mainly in TT and MM. If either of these guys had any doubt in any of these players ability to protect Rodgers, I think they would be sitting on the sofa watching the game from home.
     
  6. realcaliforniacheese

    realcaliforniacheese A-Rods Boss

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    We are going to need Chad. There will be no replacement for his experience and skill when we make our run to repeat. Next year is next year and we'll see if Sherrod is ready to take over. My guess is yes. But right now the sooner we get CC back the better for ARoge's long term health.
     
  7. TJV

    TJV Lifelong Packers Fanatic

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    What’s going on with Bulaga? He’s been great! The only concern I have with him is durability; if he can stay healthy he’ll be the answer at RT for a very long time (unless they unfortunately have to switch him to LT). He had a very rough rookie season until the end of that season. This year I don’t believe he’s been responsible for a single sack or QB hit. (If I've jinxed him, it's Kittens' fault!:cautious:)
     
  8. Jules

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    From November 2nd

    http://cheeseheadtv.com/blog/green-...rodgers-receivers-on-sports-illustrated-cover
     
  9. Kitten

    Kitten Feline Cheesehead Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Oh now you stop! I wasn't calling him out like that! I heart Bulaga!!! :) I was just wondering because now this has got me thinking who is going to be our future OTs. We've had Cliffy forever so it seems, but now is it time for Bulaga, Newhouse, and Sherrod? I would take Bulaga over Sherrod right now. Sherrod can do with some more experience even though I think he's going prove a very good draft pick for us.

    But back to the original point of the thread. Clifton. I'm NOT ready to see him go! I'd move for him to stay a few more years, he's one of my favorites! The nature of this discussion is going to lead people to think of his replacements, but I am honestly hoping to see him play again.
     
  10. 13 Times Champs

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    Newhouse is decent but not as good as Clifton is right now. I do think this will be Clifton's last season.
     
  11. neilfii

    neilfii Hall of Fame Fan

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    Kitten, I think you mean a changing of the tackles. :D
     
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    I guess I'm alone in my 'We are better off with Newhouse' belief. Clifton is better in pass protection, but gave us little to nothing in run blocking. I isolated him in a few games last season and he was abysmal, appearing to not even try. Our run game is significantly better with Newhouse, and Newhouse is getting better at pass protection every week. I say we stick with the kid and by the Superbowl, he will be a decent experienced vet in all phases of the game.
     
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    I do not think we will see him again. Granted, I have said that about him before.
     
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    And we're a passing team hence the need for Clifton.
     
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  15. Kitten

    Kitten Feline Cheesehead Staff Member Super Moderator

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    LOL! Play on words!!! I don't want to jinx the guards!!!!
     

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