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great article by Jean Groh

Discussion in 'Packer Fan Forum' started by PackerLegend, Oct 23, 2006.

  1. PackerLegend

    PackerLegend Cheesehead

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    Week 7 ....Packers Progress!!
    October 23, 2006
    Written by Jean Groh - PackerChatters Staff


    If you're looking for negatives, don't read this, it's not for you.

    1. It wasn't long ago that our special teams was downright horrid. I'd say we are currently at a respectable level. This is significant. Our kicking and our punting is not only respectable, it's downright GOOD. Anyone else besides myself believe that, had one of our own players not committed a boneheaded penalty that not only backed Rayner up the 15 yards, but resulted in the clock running out, that Rayner would’ve booted the 55-yarder thru again? I sure think he would have. Once again..."Longwell who"??

    2. The O-line continues to gel – despite the continued shuffling that is going on. Kudos to Philbin – he had some big shoes to fill after Beightol left, and so far he is getting the job done. Perhaps by season-end, all of the incessant crying and belly-aching about our departed guards will migrate OFF of this board. Wouldn’t that be nice …

    3. Along those same lines … If yesterday’s game wasn’t proof-positive at how much more critically valuable the role of a tackle is than a guard (specifically, LEFT tackle), then I don’t know what is. Like many of the rest of you, during the first offensive series I wondered aloud, “Where the hell is Clifton?”, as Jason Taylor proceeded to beat Brett Favre like a red-headed stepchild. The beauty of the whole thing is that it didn’t last very long – why? Because the coaching staff made adjustments!! Ahhh…. In-game adjustments. Such a beautiful thing!!

    4. Ahman Green showed that THAT’S why you never give up on the run. Any minute during a game, there’s the capability to reel-off the big one. And reel it off he did. What’s that folks were saying about him “not having any more ‘burst’ left”? Nonsense. And he did this under the hot Florida sun, where his asthma certainly could have been problematic (not to mention the ‘sweating’ issues … leading to … the dreaded “f” word). But Batman held onto the rock yesterday. Didn’t he? Nice work. Especially considering he was coming off of being out for a couple of weeks.

    5. Some heads-up play by our defense yesterday. Hawk, Dendy, Woodson … nice games. Defensive turnovers are something this team needs to generate more of!

    6. Yes, we beat a “lousy team.” *Ahem!* - However, may I point out that, over the last several seasons, this hasn’t always been a ‘given’ for us. Recall losing games at Arizona, home v. Cleveland, etc.? We have had a tendency to play down to our worst opponents in previous years. Additionally, this was a venue where Brett Favre had never thrown a TD pass, much less won a game. I was down at Pro Player (or whatever they’re calling it these days) the last time the Packers were there – and we lost. So it was very gratifying to get the ‘W’ there yesterday. We beat a team we “should have” beat. Yes – I consider that progress, folks!

    7. Anyone catch when the announcing crew was talking about A.J. Hawk – how much he “understood” what it means to put on the Green & Gold uniform, and how he loves being a Packer? Also – that his parents have purchased a home 5 minutes from Lambeau Field? Awesome. (BTW, for TT’s critics: Hawk was not a “gimme” draft pick. Just ask Texans fans about “gimme picks”…)

    8. And last but not least – our #1 wide-out Donald Driver delivered once again in the clutch yesterday. Anyone who can sit there and attempt to say with a straight face that that catch he made in the end-zone, completely blanketed by two defenders (btw – I thought opponents “don’t double-team Driver”? *snicker*), is *not* the sort of catch that a #1 wide-out makes …. Well, to put it bluntly, you don't have a leg to stand on if you actually believe that. I’ll leave it at that.

    (Next up: Time to avenge the last Cardinals game!!)
     
  2. Hammer

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    I am dying to see Ahman's TD run, anybody know where I can find a video of it? Every NFL highlight show I've seen shows only the Favre-Driver play.
     
  3. PackerLegend

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    http://www.nfl.com/video/2006/7


    Here ya go! Click Packers Dolphins game it has the game highlights and the run is in there.
     
  4. PackFanInSC

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    On the highlight clip, Ahman gets tackled by Driver right in middle of his dance. I would sure hate for him to get re-injured that way.
     
  5. LambeauLeaper

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    So, Chica66's real name is Jean Groh? Or is that a pen name?
     
  6. WinnipegPackFan

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    PackerLegend,

    Love those highlights, thanks for posting them !!!
     
  7. Zombieslayer

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    Thanks Legend! I was looking for that.

    2 things - I really wanted to see that TD throw to Driver again. It was a thing of beauty, rolling left and unloading between two defenders. Have to agree with the writer - anyone who thinks Driver is not a #1 receiver needs to see that catch.

    The other thing - I really wanted to see that TD run. I think that run shows that Green still has burst. He sprinted past a guy half his size, and the DB didn't catch him. Amazing. I'd love to see Green finish this year with 1000+ yards. it's still possible.
     
  8. Bobby Roberts

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    I do think that it was obvious for us to pick Hawk, as well as it was obvious for us to pick Rodgers last year. TT made the obvious good picks, and that's a positive for him. Houston screwing up their pick just shows the bad management down there and should not be a measuring stick for us.

    TT has been very good with the draft and the two players to reference IMO are Collins and Jennings. These were great picks and show our scouting department is doing a good job.

    The first round pick is the highest profile and the most scouted pick. Every GM knows the first rounders inside and out, especially the top 10 players. Therefore I don't think that it's that big of a deal to make a good first round pick.

    It is a big deal though to make great picks in later rounds, where the talent tends to be much more even and all the players have been available to all of the teams for awhile. That is where TT and crew have proven themselves IMO.

    great post! GO PACK GO!!!
     
  9. DePack

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    Of course it was an obvious pick but I will give him credit for not blowing the obvious pick.

    I don't think Rodgers was an obvious pick and he hasn't proven anything yet. Obviously he hasn't gotten a chance yet and hopefully he won't for a couple more years. In my opinion, TT had a good draft this year but last years draft sucked. Just my opinion.
     

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