Hi everybody, let's get started. Our reporters at practice will be tweeting attendance relatively soon, so we'll know who's taking part at least part time today. And yes, if either of the RBs can't go, they'd have to elevate Jackson from the practice squad. No way to know for sure whether Lacy is going to play, we'll just have to see. McCarthy sounds optimistic but you never know if he really is or if it's a decoy.
You have to think they will get more chances, because I and everybody else sees what you see as far as the speed and quickness. Janis actually played a little more than I expected last week, considering he was just coming off getting the cast off I didn't think he'd play at all at receiver. The only person on the practice squad who might add a little speed is the TE Cajuste, I think he runs pretty well. As for Cobb, I'm sure they have it in their playbook, though if I'm the Packers I want Rodgers throwing the passes, not Cobb. But yeah, maybe it would be a good change up, keep defenses a little more honest.
I think most of it is personnel and how guys are playing. Perry has been outstanding, same with Daniels. Datones Jones has been good against the run, as have Martinez and Jake Ryan. I think that's the bulk of the story there.
I'd guess Price will go back to the practice squad to make room for Pennel. Don't know about what they'll do for Goodson. They have a one-week exemption on those guys if they choose, so they can wait to activate them next week. For Goodson, assuming they don't cut him, maybe they'd try to get Evans to the practice squad.
My guess is they don't want it to be a revolving door for the rest of the season. That creates disruption in the place kicking game too because the punter is the holder. But I'd think Schum is on a short leash, because since that first preseason game he hasn't been very good.
I mean, I guess you never say never, but I'd say that goes in the not going to happen category. Rodgers already is a Hall of Famer and he still has a lot of good years left. And no matter how much promise Hundley has shown, you never know about a guy until he has the job for a year or more, and defenses have had a chance to study him, etc. The risk of doing something like that is enormous. But they do have to get Rodgers playing better.
No way to know. The only part of practice open to reporters in the regular season is the first few periods -- individual and small-group stuff. So media doesn't see the punting in the regular season.
That's how things get at times during the season, the pressures build, etc. I'm sure they're concerned about the offense, and McCarthy has been getting hammered with questions and stories about why the offense isn't producing like it did more or less from '09 through '14.
The last couple weeks he's started to mix in more personnel, and I'd think he'll continue to do more of it. Because that static three WR, 1 TE look just isn't producing much. We'll see on Sunday.
That's one of the big questions. Dallas has the league's best offensive line, and Elliott looks like an outstanding young RB. This is as tough as it will get for the run D, so we'll have a much better idea of how good the run D really is. Should be interesting.
I agree, Lacy needs more touches. They need to really ride him, the difference with him on the field or not was really easy to see last week. We'll see as the week goes on and might not know until they announce the inactives on Sunday whether he's going to play.
I can't say for sure, but usually when a guy has missed a few weeks as Shields has, if he doesn't practice Wednesday he's not playing. Shields didn't practice yesterday, so I'd bet against him playing.
Maybe he'd have done the Favre trade if he'd been a scout in '91 and thought Favre was the best player in that draft like Wolf did. But White I'd say no way. Dotson and Jones, I don't remember if they were signed in the first couple days or if they were on the market for a little bit. Thompson did sign Pickett, so I guess you never know, but I'd bet against him signing either of them, either. Rison was an in-season injury pickup after Cleveland cut him, I don't know if Thompson would have done that or not, probably not but really that's a tough one to guess on. Howard was cheap if I remember right, so maybe he'd have done that.
I can't say for sure, maybe he knows something is going on. But my guess is that's his way of lobbying Thompson
I find it hard to believe this will continue for the rest of the season, the guy's too good a player. But the proof will be on the field.
I doubt they'd let it get to that, they'd bring up Jackson. But even if Jackson is active, I'd think Cobb and Montgomery would get snaps in the backfield.
They did that several snaps last week, that was the first they'd done it this year from what I can remember.
I wonder the same thing. Assuming Shields is out, I could see Gunter starting at one corner and either Randall or Rollins at the other, with the other of those two as the slot guy in the nickel.
I re-watch the game Monday, and the all-22 isn't available until Tuesday I believe, so I usually don't see the all-22, which shows the whole field every snap. So I can't always see what's going on in the secondary while at the mercy of the TV network. I wonder the same thing you do. From what I can see, both factors are at work, and I'm still not sure which is the bigger one. Rodgers often seems to want to break the pocket and try to make a bigger play, that's almost his default setting now. But there are plays where guys aren't getting much separation either. I guess push comes to shove, the ball's in Rodgers' hands, so maybe he just has to be willing to throw quickly to guys who aren't as open as he'd like.
It is looking like a pretty good defense early on, have to agree there. I don't know about top five, that would be saying a lot, but top 10 appears to be realistic and should be plenty good enough to win a title. Maybe they could be as good as you suggest, though the young secondary will have to play better than it has. There is talent back there, so it could.
I find it almost impossible to judge his performance from the outside looking in. He's coordinator in name, but he has McCarthy and Clements above him in the offensive hierarchy. McCarthy calls the plays, so he's ultimately the guy when it comes to the offense.
I'm not sure the Packers' WR talent is above average right now, in fact I'd say it isn't. Your point about mental fatigue is interesting and could have merit. Favre went through some rough patches after his MVP years also, and I'm sure that was part of it. Maybe that's a factor with Rodgers.