I'd think if they come out of it at 1-1 they'll have to feel OK. The playoff implications are real because of the head-to-head tie-breakers for playoff seeding. And these teams will be different in January than they are in December. But it's worth pointing out that the 6-0 start in '15 fizzled and they were bumped from the playoffs early. Last year they were 4-6 but ended up playing in the NFC championship game.
I'm wondering that myself. Remember that game out there I think in '14 when Sherman covered Nelson, and Rodgers never threw at him? I doubt we'll see a repeat of that, though Sherman still is clearly their best corner, and they're not as strong at the other CB spots as they were then. So the game play still could be to attack the other CBs.
We make our picks tomorrow (Friday).
They must really like taking a first-hand look at other QBs they kinda like. I don't know if that's something Sean Payton always has done, or if they're doing it more now as Brees gets into his late 30s.
Yeah, I think they could get a lot of mileage from that personnel group because Bennett is a good blocker for a TE, and Kendricks is OK, plus both can run. It's a tough match-up and decision for D-coordinators on personnel whether it's no-huddle or not.
Brooks should help, though at 33 you never know, when guys hit the wall in the NFL, it's usually pretty hard. So you can't rule out that this could be his year to decline. But based on his consistent production through last year, there's probably pretty decent reason to think he has another year left in him. So he could help. They now can put him, Matthews, Perry and Daniels on the field on third down, that's an upgrade from what it would have been. I just don't know much about Odom.
San Francisco had the No. 32 defense last year, so it wasn't a good defense. But that's more likely a problem of not having difference makers, or at least enough of them. That wouldn't preclude a couple of their backups from being better than the Packers' backups. And in the case of Brooks, the 49ers know they aren't going anywhere this year, so they cut an old and declining player so they could try to develop younger guys for a couple years down the road.
Yes. King and Josh Jones bring more speed to the defense. A healthy Randall could also.
Only if he's a vested veteran (i.e., already has played four years in the NFL).
Not really. Tough game to pick, Packers are a three-point favorite. Seattle has that defense and picked up Sheldon Richardson, he could make a difference. I'm still not sure who I'm going to pick.
Could be, though winning usually keeps those kind of gripes to a minimum.
Yeah, based on the preseason I don't think anybody will be trading a two or three for him. That could change if Rodgers gets hurt and Hundley has to play a couple regular-season games. If he showed well then, he could improve his stock a lot.
Yeah, you often have to be wary of what they say publicly. Ultimately you judge them by what they do, and their moves at OLB in the last week say it all. yes, I think they expected at least one of Elliott or Fackrell, and really both, to make a jump. But neither appeared to have improved, or at least not much, from what I could see.
He was limited participation, which is actually a good sign because he didn't do anything in practice last week.
It's hard to know when you're allowed in the locker room for only short periods of time, as the media is. I will say that it looks like Rickey Jean Francois is a real good leader. Jahri Evans seems to be a consummate professional, just a really stable, sound guy to have around. Bennett has brought some life to the locker room, which could really help over the long haul of a season if he can remain a bright light when times get tough. Rodgers and McCarthy have said they've consulted those guys to see what things were like with other teams, what these guys like about the way they do things here, some things they liked that were different on their other stops. It all has to help.
They were both full participants yesterday, so looks like they're full go.
I'd think that will motivate him. Sounds like he's still on the heavy side, so it's not like he's transformed himself, but he could have a burr in his saddle this week. I suspect he'll be running hard -- he always did, when he was with the Packers, there's no denying that.
Yeah, if they end up paying Adams a big contract, I kinda doubt they could pay three WRs in the $10M range. So Cobb would be the most likely man out. But we have to see what happens this season, you never know what might change in the next half year.
No, I think he's as safe as they come.
I'd think it's Patrick. He's out of the concussion protocol and was ahead of McCray before that.
Couldn't agree more. I've got a column running this afternoon that addresses that -- not Wilson specifically, but the need to get Jones on the field, and to take advantage of their quality depth at safety to become more athletic and faster on passing downs. You're right, that could be especially helpful against Wilson -- Jones would be a much more effective spy than Thomas. The one problem is that Seattle is going to try to pound the ball, so you have to make sure you have enough run defense on the field too, at least on early downs.
One of the tackles (Spriggs or Murphy), two of the C-Gs (Barclay and probably McCray), M. Adams, not sure about the final one.
To be honest, I can't tell a lot about RBs as ball carriers in practice, there's no tackling so it's kind a tough to tell, at least for me. He's the most complete of the rookie RBs -- he's the best at pass protection, for sure, and seems to catch the ball pretty easily. I agree he didn't show much as a runner in the preseason, but let's see how he does with the starting line in a real game.