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It's a chilly but clear night at Lambeau Field. The field looks good and the players are in the locker room after warmups.
Mays is active and I expect him to get some carries. I have a feeling the game plan is going to be to run it, run it, run it. We shall see.
Well, House is active, so it will be House and Hawkins at corner and I assume Burnett and Whitehead in the slot again. So neither may play. Pipkins is more of a slot guy and Brown plays outside.
If you find out the answer, tell Mike McCarthy.
Excellent coordinator. A proven winner. Excellent scheme. Much like Capers but doesn't blitz all that much. It's an option if he gets fired, but I think they need to consider a young mind with some new ideas.
I honestly have no idea how he would do in the NFL. McCarthy interviewed him some years ago for a position. I don't know if he's ready to be a coordinator in the NFL. Part of being a coordinator is hiring a capable staff. He might not be ready to do that.
What's different is that there's more disfunction in the group than before. There have been broken assignments before, but the inability to hang their hat on any style of defense is striking. It's possible the players have finally tuned out the coaches or given up on the system. I don't believe that was the case and the defense has been good enough to get to NFCC games. Continuity is important in the NFL. You don't want to change staffs every couple of years.
Yes, players win championships. No question. The loss of those players hurt, I seriously would not have re-signed Hyde and I don't know if Peppers even wanted to come back. I think he wanted to finish off his career in N.C. I think the problem is not dabbling in free agency. It's killing the Packers because they never draft high enough to get impact players.
Nah, you go one or the other. If it's a blowout, I'd try to get Callahan some snaps. But don't dilute their play. If you want to look at Callahan, start him next week against Detroit.
Not much. None of them seem to be seeking payback.
It could be anywhere from 12 to 20.
Probably. I don't have inside sources telling me that, but I suspect it's going to happen.
He plays 4-3 defense quite a bit here. They almost never play 3-4. He's usually one of the inside tackles in the nickel and dime.
No. He's had a much better season than you realize. Go and check how many quarterback hits and pressures he has this season. He's versatile and still very athletic. They'd be idiots to get rid of him.
Yes, it definitely could. That's an excellent point. But I assume most people figure he's going to be here for awhile. He's got one of the best records in the NFL. He's not going anywhere.
Yes, he's inactive with a knee injury.
No question. But how far would they have gone in the playoffs. That's the bottom line. I'm guessing not far enough with this defense.
Yes. The appeal process makes it look like Roger Goodell isn't the supreme commander that he really is. It gives the illusion that he's not in his ivory tower handing out suspensions based on his own conclusions.